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Site relaunch countdown!

Update: 01/03/2013 Just dropping by, the site is now moved to its new host and I am working on the new theme as we speak. You may notice a few images missing but they should be back shortly. I’m also going to start posting the new content I’ve been promissing for sooo long. 12/30/2012 To say these last two years have been a blur would be a gross understatement. I’m still...

Atlas Shrugged Part 1.

Way off topic but I want to share a little love for my favorite book of all time. Part 1 of the Atlas Shrugged movie premiering April 15th, 2011. Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!

Forum Updates This Week!

The forums have come under several spam attacks recently so it’s time to run a few updates on the site. These updates will focus on bringing phpBB up to date and switching over to a more sophisticated captcha. But if you happened to notice one of these attacks on the forums, I can assure you Driftopia has NOT partnered with an erectile dysfunction advertising campaign. In the meantime...

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 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 the same as changing the...

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. In the meantime, here is a nice teaser pic of the new project car, a 2006 Lotus Elise.

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 chassis sitting on the garage floor. In order to separate the sheet...

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...

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 yard to get the VIN number from the car and as luck would have it, it was gone...

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...

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 gauges to the MR2 Spyder, a unique set of issues presented themselves that ultimately led to modification of the...

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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