Like the title says, I am in the process of getting one of these into the US since it is >25 yrs old.
Have a few questions and cannot seem to find much outside of KKITP, acquiring parts is going to be…interesting. However, there is hope as I have a contact in Japan I think.
Is this chassis the L200 or L200S? And is the 94 model the L500? Are there any decent manuals online anywhere? The aforementioned parts guy can get me stuff I think, but requires a VIN and parts numbers, which I’m hoping will be in a Factory Service manual?
So, friend of mine has a 94 Mira TR-XX Avanzato R with a mechanical front diff over here, and after driving it for a day, I wanted one. Found a 1992 Mira TR-XX, which from what I’m reading, is a 3cyl turbo 12v as opposed to the 94 4cyl turbo 16V, correct? How much of a difference will that make if any? I see there is a slight torque boost. Are there any other differences between the 92 TR-XX and the 94 TR-XX Avanzato R?
Going to look into basic maint parts first, front/rear brakes, plugs/wires, tires, suspension bushings, air filter etc,. and an oil change and oil sample sent to Blackstone for analysis.
Post that, and assuming it has a decent bill of health, it’s then off to locating 4x110 13" wheels and tires for it and some alignment, maybe springs if I can find any. Then it’s to the radio, which seems to have been entirely removed, is this a Double DIN setup? Are there any radio wiring diagrams? I did not find any on The12volt.com.
Regarding power, is there any way to easily increase boost on these turbo motors, I think they’re EF-xx motors? Can I use something like a manual boost controller or will I need a full SAFC before that point? Is it even worth it/can more power be extracted? I know they’re tiny cars, but even a few PSI on something that light would be nice. I see that there are a few people using Starlet intercoolers, are there any easily modifiable top mounts I might be able to use/convert for increase flow/cooling?
Thanks in advance for any info or advice, excited to drive this thing.
Car in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tarbO_duFL0