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Starlet GT Turbo

Ben Tyrie

This page is a brief history of my first Japanese car.

I had this car imported for me after searching for a few months for the right one – low mileage,  grade 4 interior and  exterior, and no modifications.

Here she is as I collected her in December 2006:

Starlet Front Starlet Side Starlet Rear

Added xmas ’06:

More pics!:

Well what a difference a set of wheels make! Check out the GT now after a Christmas present to myself…

Starlet xmas Starlet xmas

Also, I fitted a turbo timer/boost gauge (Blitz DTT DC IV) because I was already fed up of sitting in the car waiting for it to cool……..managed to mount it on the centre console after a bit of swearing!

Starlet Turbo Timer

and here’s a bonus pic seeing as it was xmas an’ all…….

mmmmmm, shiny………….

Added 25/03/07

Sourced some rare ClimbGear Japanese shocks and springs from the same guy that imported the car.  They arrived from Japan in the boot of a skyline!

These were fitted along with a Tomei sterring wheel which I grabbed as a 2nd hand bargain.
Both mods have changed the car completely – the handling is now quite simply, AWESOME – just what I wanted.

Here’s the shocks and springs:
Climb-Gear

and the steering wheel (complete with sexy TRD horn button!)
Just changing this before I swapped the suspension seemed to make the steering feel a bit heavier and less skittish…..weird, but felt good: Steering-Wheel

BEFORE:
Before-Suspension-Change AFTER:
After-suspension-change IN BETWEEN:(fitted the fronts and noticed that it had dropped by about 80mm! Obviously this wasnt right so I removed them again to find that the new shocks hadnt come with the complete top assembly, only the top mounts. So I dismantled the stock shocks for the top part and created my very own ‘hybrid’ shocks!)
This is how it sat…..
Too-Low

July 07

Had the GT dyno’d to get an idea of what I was working with before a front mount intercooler and an exhaust/decat went on.

Was measured at JKM in Portsmouth and made 125.8 bhp with 135 ftlb torque.

The car was completely standard……..not a bad result! 😀

Here’s the printout for all you naysayers:

Following the good result I started to install a front mount intercooler from WEPR (a Sri Lankan based tuner that builds monster GTs), work was slow going due to the air con and radiator getting in the way, but I found a way around it!

Cooler temporarily held on with string so I could get everything in place:
Front Mount Install

The brackets I made up for the cooler:
Front Mount Install 2

It got too dark to take a pic of the finished article but it looks good and the home made brackets are doing a good job of holding it all in place….it just wont budge! 😀

As you can see from the pics, the pipework sticks out quite a bit and so the bumper is going to need some major saw action to get it back on…..

FMIC all done: Bumper trimmed and fitted
FMIC Install Starlet Engine Bay I also fitted an HKS actuator which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone as the boost is so much stronger even set at standard…

*09/08/07*

Took the GT plus 2nd hand 2.5″ exhaust to PMCC in Fareham, where it had a silencer put into the centre piece. This took the edge off it slightly and got rid of most of the bassy drone that i was experiencing when letting off the throttle…..which is nice. It was still loud though!
Starlet Exhaust Subtle? Pah! 😀

The car now accelerated a WHOLE LOT quicker and I had to turn the boost down quite a bit from what I had it set on at the boost controller (a Blitz SBC ID3) – only because she tried to boost over 12 psi, and I wanted it more at 10 psi (avoiding det until fuelling mods came along!).

20/08/07

Finally got around to finishing off the front bumper after fitting the FMIC.

I cut out the original ‘grill’ and replaced it with black mesh – just waiting on some number plate mounts to be delivered so I can fit the plate securely and it’ll be sorted!
FMIC Install FMIC Install 03/10/07

Took the GT to Richard Bell @ Rising Sun Performance in Ropley (nr Alton) to have the SAFC setup on the rollers.

Very happy with the result – Richard did a grand job making the torque skyhigh and meeting my desired power. All in all a very experienced bloke who was very helpful!

The results were:

155.9 BHP and 170 ft lb Torque @ 0.9 bar

The graph:
SAFC Power Graph

She pulled so great afterwards……going to Japshow this weekend so we’ll see if we can add some times alongside the graphs.

A little photo as she looks now with my relocated number plate…..

19/06/09

What a fantastic car the little Starlet was! Really miss it’s awesome acceleration and the way it picked up so very quickly on open roads.
The spec list below is what I had done to her when she was at her prime:

WEPR FMIC
K&N Panel Filter
HKS Actuator
HKS SSQV
2.5″ Custom Exhaust
Decat
Climb Gear KYBs
Whiteline Panhard Rod
15″ Datachamps D-09’s Alloys
Blitz DTT DCIV Turbo Timer
Blitz SBC ID3
NGK Iridiums
8.5mm Magnecours
Apexi S-AFC

Unfortunately I never got around to fitting the braided Brake Lines that I had sat in the garage due to selingl up fairly quickly as I accidentally put a deposit down on a rather special car on it’s way over from Japan – more on that in another page!
Starlet Front