MR2 Spyder Speed Source Solid Shifter Bushing Install

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 [...]

By September 28, 2010 Read More →
MR2 Spyder Transmission Fluid Change

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 [...]

By September 15, 2010 Read More →
Update coming now!

Update coming now!

After another long hiatus (sorry guys) Driftopia is coming back online with regular updates. I’m going to begin an update of our hosting services in the morning so we can all enjoy the latest technology that web 3.0 has to offer (:rolleyes) But really just to fix a few bugs the site has been experiencing. [...]

By September 1, 2010 Read More →
Project 240sx Final Build (Part 1 – Chassis)

Project 240sx Final Build (Part 1 – Chassis)

Welcome to the chassis build of project 240sx. The following photos document the complete gutting and restoration of project 240sx to include roll cage installatio0n as well as painting of the inside, outside and underside of the chassis. Simply scroll down to view the images or jump straight to the Gallery. Prep The bare s13 [...]

By December 10, 2008 Read More →
MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install)

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) [...]

By October 29, 2008 Read More →
CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (Part 2: Filling in the Blanks)

CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (Part 2: Filling in the Blanks)

Related Links CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler) This is a follow up post to the original (CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler)) guide which describes how to install a US market (UK style) oil cooler onto the CA18DET. Filling in the Blanks As promised, I traveled back to the salvage [...]

By October 22, 2008 Read More →
MR2 Spyder- Permanently Mounting the ScanGaugeII

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 [...]

By October 10, 2008 Read More →
Project MR2 Spyder Part 4: Electronics

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 October 7, 2008 Read More →
CA18DET Timing Belt Install (Part 1:  The Factory Way)

CA18DET Timing Belt Install (Part 1: The Factory Way)

(NOTE: A lot of this information is covered in the FSM. You can download the CA18DET FSM here and check out the engine mechanical section. Background Replacing the timing belt on the CA18DET is a simple, though somewhat labor intensive task that can trip up new owners of the CA18DET. This guide will explain the [...]

By September 10, 2008 Read More →
Project 240SX Overhaul Journal (Day 26)

Project 240SX Overhaul Journal (Day 26)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index Day 26 and there are a lot of miscellaneous things creeping up. First, I am making a few changes to the oil system in the cylinder head of the CA18DET. Below are a few random pics and I will follow this up with a full guide that explains [...]

By September 8, 2008 Read More →
Archived News (July 2008)

Archived News (July 2008)

July 30, 2008 I found this rare oil cooler for my CA18DET at a salvage yard. It is a Nissan inline oil cooler that bolts to the CA18DET block. Although these were standard on UK market CA’s, I found this little gem on a 1980′s (year unknown) Nissan Maxima. Check it out: (CA18DET Inline Oil [...]

By September 2, 2008 Read More →

Project 240SX Overhaul Journal (Day 25)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index Day 25: I used my new powder coating gun to powder coat the valve covers, front engine cover and the thermostat housing. Also, new hard lines have been run from the 2 valve cover vents to a common T which will then route to an oil catch can. [...]

By September 2, 2008 Read More →