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interesting to find out ..i dont see too many on the road ....
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This is my 85 with 60,000 mi. Bone stock.
I'd like to drive it more often but it doesn't take the stuff I need to haul very well.
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Very Nice ...Looking forward to getting my 1986 MR2 ....
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I bought this 1985 NA last summer from the original owner at 154K. Spending spare retirement time tiding it up. Fixed the wiper switch, replaced the light switch, new clutch MC, replaced shocks, nearly done with suspension bushings. replaced some interior 'fabric' that had tears. It's been a good project and am looking to new tires, licensing and some insurance. Will have about $2K into it when it's driving. What to insure it for?
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1985 Toyota Mr2 N/A

After a year and a half of hibernating in New York, my 85' mr2 is finally on the road! Im the 3rd owner of the car and Im happy to say it barely has 96k miles
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I live in a city of about 1.3 million people and this past summer I've only seen one MK1 on the roads. There's a guy with a SC in my neighbourhood but the car doesn't appear to ever move from its parking spot. My 87 metallic beige gets a lot of, "what are you driving?" type of looks.
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I just renewed the registration on my 87SC. First time since late 2007. It's still not back on the road but hoping to have it fixed within the next couple of weeks (hesitation/bogging issue).

Can't wait even though I'll only have around a month to drive it before it gets put away for the winter.
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I just renewed the registration on my 87SC. First time since late 2007. It's still not back on the road but hoping to have it fixed within the next couple of weeks (hesitation/bogging issue).

Can't wait even though I'll only have around a month to drive it before it gets put away for the winter.
Beautiful car! What are the specs on the rim and tire setup (offsets, tire size etc.)? I don't wanna copy those exact wheels (although they are awesome), I
really like the fit. Any fender rolling required?

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Beautiful car! What are the specs on the rim and tire setup (offsets, tire size etc.)? I don't wanna copy those exact wheels (although they are awesome), I
really like the fit. Any fender rolling required?

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I know this is long but I just enjoy chatting about MR2 stuff;


I don't really mind. Technically I'm copying another Red SC MR2 from 5 or so years ago but he used slightly skinnier tires.

originally BBS RS 035 16x7 +24 offset and BBS RS 037 16x8 + 24 offset with 5x114.3 pattern. 73mm hub and I think the MK1 is 54.1 so rings are required. and of course machine work is required/welding, filling re-drill to 4x100.

If you know things about the BBS RS's then you know there are lots of offsets, and widths and sizes. But you also know that some of them did not have what BBS experts call Flat backs. Mean the back of the centers are not flat.

So, saying that I did not know that but luckily Elrichwheelworks in NC who restored mine had fixed this problem before. So, it ended up working out better b/c +24 while it would have worked well with 195/40/16 tires it would have required 2+ degrees of negative camber up front to run 205/40's like I have now.

By shaving down the hubs 6mm due to needing to redrill the centers from 5x114.3 to 4x100 I effectively made them 30mm offset wheels.

And, this has been confirmed to be safe.

Anyway, my tires are 205/40/16 front and 215/40/16 rear no rolling of any kind front or back and no rubbing. The alignment guy just told me that nothing was rubbing but he did have to add some negative camber up front 1.5 degrees which is nothing. But, it will be even less of an issue I decide to use 195's up front. I may end up using 195's up front and 205's out back because the sizes I have now, especially the 215's are very difficult to find. My car hasn't seen the road since early 2008! And my tires, although new looking and not dry rotted are ancient. So, those are going to be replaced soon.

For the rear he didn't say anything was needed. Car is pretty low as you can see. I also have very stiff springs though, Ground Control with 600lb/400lb no sway bar setup. (Read threads about it on here somewhere).

unfortunetly I found out that I still have a bogging/hesitation problem. I told the shop owner to keep my car at the shop to fix it. He scheduled vacation for this week and will be double booked when he gets back. But he said he hopes to get to it this coming week b/c people cancel. But, it's just my luck that would happen.

I'll be posting more pics once it's up and running as long as I beat the first snow.
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I know this is long but I just enjoy chatting about MR2 stuff;


I don't really mind. Technically I'm copying another Red SC MR2 from 5 or so years ago but he used slightly skinnier tires.

originally BBS RS 035 16x7 +24 offset and BBS RS 037 16x8 + 24 offset with 5x114.3 pattern. 73mm hub and I think the MK1 is 54.1 so rings are required. and of course machine work is required/welding, filling re-drill to 4x100.

If you know things about the BBS RS's then you know there are lots of offsets, and widths and sizes. But you also know that some of them did not have what BBS experts call Flat backs. Mean the back of the centers are not flat.

So, saying that I did not know that but luckily Elrichwheelworks in NC who restored mine had fixed this problem before. So, it ended up working out better b/c +24 while it would have worked well with 195/40/16 tires it would have required 2+ degrees of negative camber up front to run 205/40's like I have now.

By shaving down the hubs 6mm due to needing to redrill the centers from 5x114.3 to 4x100 I effectively made them 30mm offset wheels.

And, this has been confirmed to be safe.

Anyway, my tires are 205/40/16 front and 215/40/16 rear no rolling of any kind front or back and no rubbing. The alignment guy just told me that nothing was rubbing but he did have to add some negative camber up front 1.5 degrees which is nothing. But, it will be even less of an issue I decide to use 195's up front. I may end up using 195's up front and 205's out back because the sizes I have now, especially the 215's are very difficult to find. My car hasn't seen the road since early 2008! And my tires, although new looking and not dry rotted are ancient. So, those are going to be replaced soon.

For the rear he didn't say anything was needed. Car is pretty low as you can see. I also have very stiff springs though, Ground Control with 600lb/400lb no sway bar setup. (Read threads about it on here somewhere).

unfortunetly I found out that I still have a bogging/hesitation problem. I told the shop owner to keep my car at the shop to fix it. He scheduled vacation for this week and will be double booked when he gets back. But he said he hopes to get to it this coming week b/c people cancel. But, it's just my luck that would happen.

I'll be posting more pics once it's up and running as long as I beat the first snow.
They really suit the car. You must have had your mind set on those wheels to have them custom fit like that. They fit perfectly!
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My family has seven MR2s, two MK2 and five MK1s. None of they have any rust and are all garaged. Three of the MK1s are '89 SCs. Two of them have been completely restored. We have been questioned two sell the two restored SCs many times. A gardener even offered $15K for my car. I refused for many reasons.

We also have two turbo MK2s, a '93 and a '91. Both of them are also in very good condition. They also attract a lot of attention.

I do the mechanical restoration for all of the cars. I have a good inventory of parts. Some required parts require other methods of acquisition.

All of the cars are used in Southern CA, no ice or salted roads.
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My family has seven MR2s, two MK2 and five MK1s. None of they have any rust and are all garaged. Three of the MK1s are '89 SCs.

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