Monthly Archives: June 2008

How To: T-50 Refresh!

The trusty T-50 residing in most of our 86’s are reaching the 25 year old mark. Where most people have treated their 25 year old 86s with some nice and tasteful modifications,  i’m damn sure that the good old gearbox has received nothing more than a lot of hard years of clutch kicks and flat changes if not much worse!

So we thought we would give you the know how to show some much needed love to your gearbox, with an in-depth “how to” showing everything from replacing worn out syncros and bearings to refreshing the gears themselves. All this magnificent knowledge is thanks to Andrew (aka assassin10000 on most 86/Toyota forums)

Click here to see all things T-50.

Source: Assassin10000,

Sydney HR BBQ & Drive. THIS SUNDAY!

That’s right folks, another Sydney HR Montly Meet is upon us! This Sunday we’re out and about with a BBQ at Bobbin Head for lunch then for a drive through Galston Gorge to Wisemans Ferry, along Peats Ridge to Cowan through to Brooklyn to Hornsby where we will be ending the day at the pub for good times good food and great beer!!

Sausages and drinks will be provided at the BBQ so all we ask is a minimum gold coin donation to cover costs.  Bring money for HR stickers if you want the latest and greatest designs coming off Beau’s sticker cutter!

WHERE: Bobbin Head Park, in Ku Ring Gai National Park

WHEN: 12pm Midday on the 29th June (THIS SUNDAY!)

ROUTE: Galston Gorge to Wisemans Ferry, along Peats Ridge to Cowan through to Brooklyn to Hornsby.

WHAT YOU NEED: A full tank of Petrol, yourself and your car! Bring your friends but remember to be wary of the public please, as we will be in a national park and there will be other people there enjoying themselves. Also, bring some money for afterwards if you wish to stay for the pub, or might stop along the way for a drink break.

Any questions head over to the forum an check out the NSW Events section for more info! Otherwise, see you there!

FNATZ AE86 Trueno Coupe

Due for a full feature in HPI issue #95, (on the stands any day now) this little AE86 was prettied up and shot by resident Japanaholic and motoring journalist Alexi Smith.

Owned by a mechanic from the renowned FNATZ workshop in Tokyo, this daily driver (no i’m not kidding, she’s a daily…) rides on semi slicks powered by a 150kW naturally aspirated 4A-GE with 11.7:1 compression, Cosworth pistons and the rest of the power package goodies you’ll have to pick up the mag to check out.

Not to mention its GX71 power steering conversion and killer trademark Longchamp XR-4’s, this is one feature you dont wanna miss!

Photo: Alexi Smith

HR Victoria Fish & Chips Meet Report

Eleven Sprinters, freezing cold weather and over priced fish & chips pretty much sums up the second Victorian HR monthly meet up, but all was not lost – we still had a day dedicated to our collective AE86’s!

Check out the full event write-up and pics after the jump!


86’s do the Nurburgring

When the coolest cars in the world visit the coolest circuit in the world, it’s certainly an event to remember.  We have put together some of the AE86 Nurburgring shots we’ve found on the web for you all to enjoy. If you have photos from your own circuit travels let us know!

Check em out after the jump!


Tec Art’s ‘Street-Spec’ Trueno

Some shots of the Tec-Art’s Street Spec Trueno from the D1 exhibition round at Odaiba last weekend to start your working week of AE86 style – It’s pretty nice for a drift car. Certainly a pity they don’t make more drift cars this nice here in Australia.


VIDEO: Coilover Conversion How-To

We know a lot of AE86 owners like to get their hands dirty and save a few dollars so here is a few videos of how to convert your front suspension to a coil-over system.

Videos after the Jump.


HR Melbourne Meet This Saturday!

It’s time again for the Victorian crew to get out there and drive and this month we decided to get some meet and eat and of course, photo opportunities!

Event Information
Meet at Albert park, fish and chips at Rex Hunt (Yibbida Yibbida) fish & chip store near the pier then photoshoot at Westgate Bridge or Docklands.

21st June 2008 *This Saturday*

Meet at 12pm then leave at 1pm to go to Rex Hunt Fish & Chips

Meeting point – Carpark on Aquatic Drive, Albert Park
Fish & Chips – 105 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

What to bring
Yourself, your AE86 and the HR attitude!!

Rules and common sense outlined:
1. Members/attendees found to be acting in such a manner may have their plate reported to the relevant authorities, and will not be welcome at any future meets.
2. Any guests which you bring along must not act in the manners outlined above. Your guest your responsibility.
3. Please come and have fun but be mindful of the location and the people that are at the meeting too.
4. Do try not to litter the venue we choose to hold our events and meetings. You must have come in a car so dump your rubbish back in there and take it home for disposal.
5. and of course HAVE FUN!!!

See You There!

Can You Feel The TE37 Love?!

Are TE37s the hottest wheel to be put on the AE86? We think they are and so we have got a gallery of the hottest AE86’s wearing TE37 for stompin’ boots.

Hit the jump for the Gallery.


JCCA Parking Lot Madness!

Only in Japan is it possible to have a parking lot THIS cool! AE86’s were certainly NOT the main attraction at this years JCCA ‘Parking Lot Party’ although a few did sneak in. The mainstay? Hako’s, S30 Z’s, Bozu styled everything and so many other examples of classic JDM steel. If this is only the carpark for the event can you imagine what’s inside?

Check out the few AE86 pics from the carpark party and a link to the gallery after the jump.