Project MR2 Spyder (DD)

MR2 Spyder Speed Source Solid Shift Cable Bushings
By October 1, 2010 Read More →

MR2 Spyder Speed Source Solid Shift Cable Bushings

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 [...]

MR2 Spyder Speed Source Solid Shifter Bushing Install
By September 28, 2010 Read More →

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 [...]

MR2 Spyder Transmission Fluid Change
By September 15, 2010 Read More →

MR2 Spyder Transmission Fluid Change

Introduction Let’s start with semantics. With the mid-engined, transversely mounted Spyder, you basically have a fwd Corolla engine sitting behind the passenger compartment driving the rear wheels. This means the transmission and differential are part of the same unit and sit in the same housing together. So changing the transmission fluid in the Spyder is [...]

MR2 Spyder- Permanently Mounting the ScanGaugeII
By October 10, 2008 Read More →

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 [...]

Project MR2 Spyder Part 4: Electronics
By October 7, 2008 Read More →

Project MR2 Spyder Part 4: Electronics

I must admit that this is a first for me. I have never installed a head unit in any car that I’ve owned because frankly, I am not an audophile. I always figure that if I am going to spend money on a car, that money will be spent on performance. However, in adding aftermarket [...]

By April 21, 2008 Read More →

Part 3: Weight Reduction and Steering

We all know how important it is to define goals for any project car and from the beginning I’ve described project MR2 Spyder as a daily driven commuter that needs to have a healthy track appetite. In working towards this goal, I plan to reach a sub 2100 pound curb weight with somewhere close to [...]

Part 2:  But Can This Thing Flex 20′s?
By March 10, 2008 Read More →

Part 2: But Can This Thing Flex 20′s?

Ok so maybe it will. But I ask should it because this article has nothing to do with flexin’ yo’ 20′s fo da bling blang. Or in the Spyder’s case, some oversized 18″ rims. Something that I unfortunately witnessed the other day on a MR2 Spyder as it slowly crept through the left hand turn [...]

Part 1: Introducing the Daily Driven, Grip Racing MR2 Spyder.
By December 22, 2007 Read More →

Part 1: Introducing the Daily Driven, Grip Racing MR2 Spyder.

Introducing project MR2 Spyder (MR-S), my daily driver. I might as well come clean up front, I wouldn’t want you guys to think I am going soft, or crazy for that matter as the MR2 is not the best choice for a drift platform. It really is simple though, my passion for motorsports extends beyond [...]