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Old 04-23-2021, 02:28 PM   #23031
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Swapped in the MTEC clutch spring tonight. That was a surprising PITA for something that looked so simple! Pleased with the result, though. Pedal feels like it should have all along, and somehow the throw feels shorter?
That spring makes a big difference, it's impressive how much. You can adjust where your clutch engages, there's plenty of DIY posts here.

The next step is to install the shift spring kit. These springs really improve the shifter feel.

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Old 04-23-2021, 03:27 PM   #23032
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Edit agreed about the mtec clutch spring. That was the first mod I did. I ordered it before I took delivery.
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Old 04-23-2021, 08:29 PM   #23033
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Picked up some 8mm spacers. Wanted their V2 version with hub ring for the wheels.
Did you need to get extended studs to run them? Looking to pick them up as well.

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Did you need to get extended studs to run them? Looking to pick them up as well.

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I did yes. Went with ARP 2.5". Was able to install them on the rear without removing the hub. Required the nipple at the end to be cut off but does the trick.
I wouldn't feel comfortable running anything more than 3mm on the stock studs.


Oh and I installed both the trans bushing and shift springs. Springs were a lot easier than I've read. I used a wire brush on a drill to clean the threads when I took the bolts out and they went back in with no issues.

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Old 04-24-2021, 09:15 AM   #23035
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That spring makes a big difference, it's impressive how much. You can adjust where your clutch engages, there's plenty of DIY posts here.

The next step is to install the shift spring kit. These springs really improve the shifter feel.
Yep, those are going in tonight!
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Yep, those are going in tonight!
Frustrating day in the garage because I'm a dumdum. Changed the oil (nbd), installed the shifter springs (bit fiddly to get the big bolt started without cross-threading, but still nbd), and installed the Cusco trans collar brace (instructions in Japanese but they were hardly necessary; surprising number of bolts though; still nbd).

I left the steering rack bushings for last, figuring they'd be easiest. Nope. I neglected to buy a puller or Cusco's own removal/install tool, figuring I could just MacGyver something with what I had laying around in the garage. That sort of worked... Big C clamp, some PVC, and a deep well socket to push against, and I got the OEM bushings out after much grunting and cursing.

But then on the install, I managed to cock the metal sleeve slightly sideways while pressing it in with the C clamp, and ruined the inboard bushings.

So now I get to order a new kit plus the tool. Damn rookie mistake.

Question though, does anybody recommend a little bit of grease to help ease the install of those bushings, or nah?
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Frustrating day in the garage because I'm a dumdum. Changed the oil (nbd), installed the shifter springs (bit fiddly to get the big bolt started without cross-threading, but still nbd), and installed the Cusco trans collar brace (instructions in Japanese but they were hardly necessary; surprising number of bolts though; still nbd).

I left the steering rack bushings for last, figuring they'd be easiest. Nope. I neglected to buy a puller or Cusco's own removal/install tool, figuring I could just MacGyver something with what I had laying around in the garage. That sort of worked... Big C clamp, some PVC, and a deep well socket to push against, and I got the OEM bushings out after much grunting and cursing.

But then on the install, I managed to cock the metal sleeve slightly sideways while pressing it in with the C clamp, and ruined the inboard bushings.

So now I get to order a new kit plus the tool. Damn rookie mistake.

Question though, does anybody recommend a little bit of grease to help ease the install of those bushings, or nah?


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That spring makes a big difference, it's impressive how much. You can adjust where your clutch engages, there's plenty of DIY posts here.

The next step is to install the shift spring kit. These springs really improve the shifter feel.

Highly recommend the shift spring kit. It's even better when paired with a short shifter.
Better response and makes shifting a breeze
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Old 04-26-2021, 10:37 PM   #23040
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Highly recommend the shift spring kit. It's even better when paired with a short shifter.

Better response and makes shifting a breeze
Why could the car not come like this from factory is beyond me. Love how the spring remove alot of the slop in the stock shifter

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Fedex delivered some goodies from Japan today.

TWS T66-F 18x8.5 in Limited Color Gloss Pearl Gold
Blitz racing radiator and radiator hoses
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Cusco oil catch can
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Fedex delivered some goodies from Japan today.

TWS T66-F 18x8.5 in Limited Color Gloss Pearl Gold
Blitz racing radiator and radiator hoses
Cusco oil cooler
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Carbing strut bar
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Greddy hood dampers
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Just out of curiosity, what is the "TRD engine bay rice"?

Care to show what that is? I'm assuming it's a spelling error or a rare as hell part I've never heard of.

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Just out of curiosity, what is the "TRD engine bay rice"?

Care to show what that is? I'm assuming it's a spelling error or a rare as hell part I've never heard of.

Engine bay rice was just oil filler cap and battery clamp which didn't even fit over the oem battery that comes with 2020 86 GT so it'll be a paperweight until i get a smaller battery

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Engine bay rice was just oil filler cap and battery clamp which didn't even fit over the oem battery that comes with 2020 86 GT so it'll be a paperweight until i get a smaller battery
Ah, thanks for the clarification. Almost got the battery clamp myself but kinda glad to know it doesn't fit the OEM battery size.
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