CategoryMR2 Spyder (Tech)

MR2 Spyder Speed Source Solid Shift Cable Bushings

The new solid bushings installed.

Introduction After installing the Speed Source shifter bushings it is time to tackle the other end of the shifter mechanism. Namely, the rubber bushings at the end of the shifter cables. By replacing the rubber cable ends with solid bushings, the shift mechanism is made that much more precise. Also, unlike the rubber bushings, these solid bushing will not wear out and deteriorate overtime. Tools...

MR2 Spyder Speed Source Solid Shifter Bushing Install

Introduction What Speed Source offers with their solid aluminum shifter bushings is nothing short of amazing when you realize just how profoundly these bushings alter the feel of the Spyder. By replacing the factory rubber bushings with solid aluminum units, the Speed Source bushings banish the spongy, lacking feel of the factory shifter. The shifter now exhibits the urgent, mechanical feel it...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) Part 1: Summary Introduction This is the final...

MR2 Spyder- Permanently Mounting the ScanGaugeII

The ScanGaugeII is a small automotive computer that interfaces with the OBDII port of the MR2 Spyder.  It contains a small LCD screen that can be used to display the motor’s factory sensors in realtime.  Although the ScanGaugeII is a multipurpose device that can display a wide variety of values ranging from MPG to cost per mile most enthusiasts will use this gauge to measure up to four...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) This is the fourth addition to the MR2 Spyder...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal Index

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy)
MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box)
MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light)

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) This is part 3 of what has turned into a 4 part...

MR2 Spyder Gas Mileage (MPG)

It’s the summer of 2008 and the country is going bananas over gas prices. And with the cost of gas increasing on a daily basis, there is an ever growing outcry for more fuel efficient vehicles. As a result, the tuner crowd is beginning to look toward fuel efficiency in combination with power as the hallmark of the next generation of street machines. On this page you will be able to view the...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) (NOTE: This guide adds to part 1 so if you...

Odyssey PC680 Lightweight Battery Install (And Relocating the Battery to the Front)

This article serves two purposes. First of all, I am replacing the factory 29+ pound battery in the MR2 with the Odyssey PC680 unit weighing in at a “hefty” 14.8 pounds, effectively creating a 14.2+ pound weight reduction. Additionally, I am relocating the new battery to the front of the car to a location in between the strut towers. Without delving too deep into the weight...

TRD Rear Strut Tower Brace Install

Unlike the front brace on the MR2 Spyder where the trim had to be cut and the spare tire lid removed, the TRD rear strut tower brace requires no modifications. In fact, a 14mm wrench and about ten minutes is all it takes to replace the factory x-brace with TRD triangulated unit. The Install The procedure for this install could be summed up in one sentence, “unbolt the x-brace and install...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) You’d be hard pressed to purchase a car...

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