Educate me on late 80's and early 90's Supras

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  1. KDXman

    KDXman New Member

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    the turbo ones, i dont have the time to turbo one my self but im looking at them and just was wondering about reliablility,peoples personal experiences, fun factor etc
     
  2. kick7you

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    they suck ?
     
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    rsxm5 OT Supporter

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    That helped a lot... thanks for your input.
     
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    The 7M-GTE seems to be a rather underrated engine. It doesn't make power quite as readily as the 2JZ, but it has potential. I know a former MkIII Turbo owner who I believe was making somewhere in the neighborhood of 450hp without doing any major work on the bottom end. It's fairly heavy stock, but there's a lot of things that can be stripped.

    Reliability depends on how far you mod it, and obviously other factors like mileage and maintenance . I think they are solid enough for a turbocharged car of that vintage. Better than a DSM certainly.

    Fun factor depends on what you want... Supras should appeal to people who like power and shitloads of grip, but not to people who like tight, flickable sports cars.
     
  5. VashTheStampede

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    A couple things you definately have to watch out for, first is the head gasket and then the vavle cover gaskets. Toyota didn't get the torque specs right for the head gasket, so the best thing you can do once you get one is re-torque the head. There's a how-to on Supra Forums.

    As for the vavle cover gasket, simply replace the bolts on them. The best thing to use is an allen head bolt with some Loc-Tite, and a lock nut on the bottom. And also get rid of the stupid rubber washers they use and get some lock washers.

    Other than that, the turbo model is a great car. I've owned two of them, and would buy another in a heartbeat if I had the money.
     
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    Sounds like somebody can't wait for the new Fast and the Furious :ugh:
     
  7. KDXman

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    im just trying to get a feel for what the car is like. im not such a huge fast and the furious fan, amusing to watch every now and then though
     
  8. Kroze

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    What?
    you're a fucking idiot and will end up getting killed by shotgun welding 18wheelers truck drivers.
     
  9. KDXman

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    i doubt it
     
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    SupraMan1990 New Member

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    What do you want to know? Only 2 real issues are blown head gaskets and rod knock. BHG is because Toyota torqued the head wrong as stated before. Rod knock is because owners don't pay attention and let their oil level drop too much. So as long as you keep the oil level up its fine. I own an 87 N/A as we speak so if you need anything else just PM me.
     
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    Sounds like he wants a leet drifter car.
     
  12. psyphre

    psyphre User #58, OG ftw. XBL/IG - davzilla77

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    wth is with the f'n'f comments? if he wanted a drift car, he might have mentioned it, and then he'd be pointed towards something else.
     
  13. DeeRock

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    He must have deleted it, but he made a post asking "How easy is it get the back end loose?"

    Either way, any RWD car, especially turbo, is gonna be easy to get loose.
     
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    supraforums.com
     
  15. Kroze

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    What?
    he did, the fucking dumbass kid asked "how easy tyte is it to break the back end loose yo!"
     
  16. KDXman

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    if i wanted a drifter car i would get a 240SX but i dont, i want something that might be able to handle too and if the back end is all over the road and its only good in a straight line then im not goign to bother
     
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    the 7m-gte has a major issue.... BHG ( blown head gasket ) i had my 87 mk3 for 2 years and i replaced the head gasket twice with a metal one, 20psi on a t70. i would say a DSM is more reliable.
     
  18. psyphre

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    well, that explains it.
     
  19. Kroze

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    What?
    you're such a freaking noob. save your allowance money and everyone else on the road by getting yourself a geo metro.

    you're going to be just like that jacko who bought his turbo 240sx only to total it in a week later b/c he went dorifto on the highway and almost went straight into oncoming traffic.
     
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    No no no, he hit standing water at like 50 mph
     
  21. KDXman

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    nga plz
     
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    First of all, the BHG is the biggest problem with the 7M motors. Secondly, the cars are going to be 14-20 years old. Shit is going to break. Thirdly, learn how to work on the car yoursel, or you will get raped by shops. Supraforums.com or Supramania.com are very good resources. I have had my 89T for almost 5 years. In this time I have replaced the headgasket. Everything wlse that I have to fix has been general wear and tear things. The car has about 175k miles on it and I have had a lot of fun with it. Excellent car in my opinion.
     
  23. DeeRock

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    Jay Dee Ehm FTW
     
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    quoted for lies. supra is heavy sir, not easy to break loose. even with a turbo. :hs:
     
  25. patina

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    First of all, don't listen to Kroze. He's a moron with a 06 Civic (with gps!!!11!oneone!)

    Secondly, the MKIII Turbo is a very fun car IF it is treated well. The main problem, as most people have stated, is the head gasket. It will blow if it hasn't already. Small parts will break and the 7M, while being a very capable motor of making big power, is not very reliable. I would look for a 1JZ or 2JZ swapped MKIII if I were going to buy one.

    Huntzor, My buddy Jon just bought a 7M MKIII that has 540rwhp. I believe it came out of Marco Djuric's shop. It is very fast and he is in love with the car.

    Overall the cars are very capable but not very reliable.
     

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