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    Just wanted to drop in and say "Hi". Picked up a "new to me" 2007 tC w/ a manual trans a little over 108k on it. Kinda had to get it in a pinch, and it was either the Scion or a Honda hybrid. Absolutely loving the car. The previous owner did some light mod work using TRD parts (short ram air and exhaust). I see some serious potential for this little gem.






    Nice ride man
    HighTech1011 wrote:
    Just wanted to drop in and say "Hi". Picked up a "new to me" 2007 tC w/ a manual trans a little over 108k on it. Kinda had to get it in a pinch, and it was either the Scion or a Honda hybrid. Absolutely loving the car. The previous owner did some light mod work using TRD parts (short ram air and exhaust). I see some serious potential for this little gem.



    Looks like the previous owner took good care of that tC! You should be very happy they actually cared! TRD parts show they actually got good parts. Instead of some DIY made up cold air intake..

    Welcome to CSTC! Look around, LOTS of info from when the tC1 (1st gen tC) came on the scene. I know the fuel economy will NOT be what a honda hybrid is, but you will grin a lot more with the tC! If it doesn't have the TRD rear sway, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! I just installed it and it really tightened up the car exactly the amount it should. I'll have to post up soon the entire build I just did. But wanted to tell ya that now.
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    sciontc_mich wrote:
    HighTech1011 wrote:
    Just wanted to drop in and say "Hi". Picked up a "new to me" 2007 tC w/ a manual trans a little over 108k on it. Kinda had to get it in a pinch, and it was either the Scion or a Honda hybrid. Absolutely loving the car. The previous owner did some light mod work using TRD parts (short ram air and exhaust). I see some serious potential for this little gem.



    Looks like the previous owner took good care of that tC! You should be very happy they actually cared! TRD parts show they actually got good parts. Instead of some DIY made up cold air intake..

    Welcome to CSTC! Look around, LOTS of info from when the tC1 (1st gen tC) came on the scene. I know the fuel economy will NOT be what a honda hybrid is, but you will grin a lot more with the tC! If it doesn't have the TRD rear sway, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! I just installed it and it really tightened up the car exactly the amount it should. I'll have to post up soon the entire build I just did. But wanted to tell ya that now.


    Thanks for the suggestion. I did notice it has a fair amount of body roll when taking turns. I was looking at getting both the front and rear sway bars, as well as front and rear strut bracing, and eventually a set of coilovers to lower the CG a tad.

    This car does but a grin on my face. The sound it makes when opening it up in 3 and 4 gear, and how easily it "gets up and goes" when doing so brings a smile to my face every time.
    HighTech1011 wrote:
    Thanks for the suggestion. I did notice it has a fair amount of body roll when taking turns. I was looking at getting both the front and rear sway bars, as well as front and rear strut bracing, and eventually a set of coilovers to lower the CG a tad.

    This car does but a grin on my face. The sound it makes when opening it up in 3 and 4 gear, and how easily it "gets up and goes" when doing so brings a smile to my face every time.


    couple of things.. if the shocks/springs need to be replaced that would help with the body roll. It's up to you to change the front sway bar, but it does require that you drop the front subframe a little for clearance. It's in their really tight!

    TRD (toyota racing) didn't offer a front sway bar upgrade just the rear, so that makes you think it didn't need one. I have the stock front sway and the TRD rear on my tC1 and it is a perfect feel! I can see why they never messed with the front. You're free to do what you want, just giving you my perspective.

    Oh and about the front/rear strut tower braces. The rear does not need one, and you probably will not find an aftermarket company making them. It's because the tC1 has the strut tower reinforcement already built into the chassis! Yup, I found this out when I went looking to get a rear strut tower brace. The front is available, TRD makes one as other aftermarket companies.

    If you still have the stock exhaust the reason the tune changes (along with more torque) at those rpms is because the stock muffler has a flap inside that will open up above 2800-3000 rpms that allows more of a straight-through exhaust path! Very cool that they put that in there. And of course this engine is for torque down low which is always a grin-producing effect! Sure, it's not some 600hp Mustang Shelby, but for what it is, it's satisfying.

    If you get coilovers, that will definitely help with the body roll. Recently (Still have to post this up soon) when I replaced the suspension, I went back to the original Toyota shocks/springs. I did this because of the roads in Michigan! Not to mention that the last set lasted me 13years! between performance/budget/longevity it's why I did. what brand of coilovers were you thinking of? I know tein makes a nice set, but people say to go with the top of the line that you can actually have a module that is electronic and controls the settings remotely.. plus that the rebound/compression is adjustable for the shocks compared to the standard/basic version.

    I pretty sure the car is still riding on factory shocks/springs. I have looked and don't see any sign of them being replaced. Thanks for the heads up about the rear strut bracing, I would have been pissed finding that out later on down the road.

    I'm not overly worried about having to drop the subframe out to replace the front sway bar. I have access to a hoist and a couple strong backed friends if needed. LOL

    The exhaust appears to be TRD as well. It doesn't look like the factory exhaust that I have seen on stock tCs.

    Believe me, no need to explain the road conditions in Michigan. Born in GR, raised just north of Lansing, and most of my adult life on Detroit's eastside before moving to VA. I know the roads there can wreck hell on a car. I was looking at TEIN coilovers, but spending the extra money and getting the ability to adjust them remotely. Eventually I will start work under the hood, replacing the short ram with a CAI (the current setup sucks way to much hot air in for my taste).
    HighTech1011 wrote:
    I pretty sure the car is still riding on factory shocks/springs. I have looked and don't see any sign of them being replaced. Thanks for the heads up about the rear strut bracing, I would have been pissed finding that out later on down the road.

    I'm not overly worried about having to drop the subframe out to replace the front sway bar. I have access to a hoist and a couple strong backed friends if needed. LOL

    The exhaust appears to be TRD as well. It doesn't look like the factory exhaust that I have seen on stock tCs.

    Believe me, no need to explain the road conditions in Michigan. Born in GR, raised just north of Lansing, and most of my adult life on Detroit's eastside before moving to VA. I know the roads there can wreck hell on a car. I was looking at TEIN coilovers, but spending the extra money and getting the ability to adjust them remotely. Eventually I will start work under the hood, replacing the short ram with a CAI (the current setup sucks way to much hot air in for my taste).


    hey no problem on letting ya know some of the features. saves a lot of time, definitely search the cstc forums, lots of info! you'll be here for hours! lol

    ahh, yes you know the roads VERY well.. we'll see if this new governor we have actually was truthful in her political ads about fixing the roads.. hey I can dream, right?

    yeah the tein coilovers from what I've heard are good quality, and i see you're looking at the remote adjustable, that's really the best way to go, once you save your $$$. Thanks for the update! Be interesting to see what you do along the way.
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