Time for me to start a build thread. I just picked up them Gem from a CL member today. Very clean car and well maintained. 95 5sp with 118k. I use to have a turbo IS but that ended up getting totaled 2 weeks ago Still deciding on which direction i want to go with the SC either 1j or 2j swap. Most likely i will be starting it over the winter time so for now i will be enjoy the sc as is. I plan on swapping the wheels from the IS to the SC for the time. Below you will see a few pics of how my IS sat and was and then my new gem. Enjoy.
went from this
engine bay. It pretty much stayed the same since 09 besides rebuilding the bottom end lol.
Heres my new gem
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Haha thanks. Yea i was thinking about building another Na-t set up but i already had it on my IS. I want to do something different this time around. I sold most of my NA-T parts to some of my friends already too.
Thanks Omar. Yea ive been doing alot of research on 1jz and 2jz. Like i mentioned not looking for alot a hp and this will be my daily. Shooting for around the 350-400hp range. This is what i was thinking.
motor, ecu, harness - 900-1000
Tial bov- 200
ems - 1000
Tial bov- 250
Tial Wg- 250
Im not really on a budget because i will be taking my time with the build and will be buying parts over the winter time. But im thinking i could just go with the 1j swap and rock the twins until they blow then upgrade. Also those prices i just did an estimate. Im pretty sure i can find some of those parts used as well. Also whats a good year and car to get the 1j from. I heard that the vvti ones are the ones you want to stay away from is that correct?
That is correct. At the same time a matter of opinion. Thats up to you. I say the non vvti cause you can add cams and what not. The vvti has more power in stock form but the wiring is a bit more tedious. Just do the research and it will help you decide on which route you need to go and for your budget. If you decide on the 1jz it will be the cheapest and parts are still available today if needed. Good luck man.
Thanks. like i said i plan on doing this over the winter time so i have plenty of time to figure out what i want to do and which route. i have a decent amount of money saved up right now and also money left over from insurance so im set lol. So many decisions though haha. Ill just start buying universal parts now like bov,wg, fmic now since i can use that for any of the setups i go with.