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haloruler64
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As you guys know, I have a build thread on Spyderchat. Obviously with 57 pages I can't replicate everything here so check it out! A lot of the photos are gone (thanks Dropbox) but it still has a long journey detailed over the course of five and a half years. https://www.spyderchat.com/threads/haloruler64s-new-toyota-mr2.70818/

I haven't done all that much since I last updated that thread a long long time ago, until recently. I'll split this up into a few sections. 

I went to the annual MR2 BBQ. I've kept the car clean really well this year! 

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I joined an 86 drive through Woodside, was real fun.

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I installed a 9" Android Auto head unit, though it's not my first choice and may not stick around.

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Have a dog.

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Posted : December 23, 2019 9:37 am
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I drove her to LA and back, racking up mileage and visiting a friend who owns some nice cars.

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It was a great trip. The car is actually a decent one for driving long distances, besides the touchy throttle. It NEEDS cruise control. But I enjoyed it. 

Hit 150,000 miles. It's almost at 152,000 now. 

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Bonus dog in his car seat throne. 

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Posted : December 23, 2019 9:39 am
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I went to another autocross, unfortunately I missed a bunch this season and this was the last one. I had a blast. 

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The car did great. Beat out a lot of other great cars. My tires are heat cycled to death, need new ones. Got to also drive an SW20 Turbo, didn't fit! Helmet stuck out of the t top. SW was calm and insulated and a great GT car, but the Spyder was far sharper and more capable even on worse tires. The SW had great low end though, so easy to drive at autocross unlike the 1ZZ paired with a Euro 6 speed. 

I was more used to the Fortune Auto suspension this time around. Drifted the car a bit, got a feel for it. Really loving how this car is coming together.

And two random photos of how the car is currently sitting. Love the stance, though it's impractical. 

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Posted : December 23, 2019 9:43 am
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Some videos of autocross. This is my best lap:

This is a bad lap but I drifted a bit and had some fun: 

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Posted : December 23, 2019 9:46 am
CSPIDY
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very kool, and your car has a very nice tone.

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Posted : December 23, 2019 10:06 am
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My seat belts were torn up and the driver's side wasn't retracting right so I sent the assemblies off to Safety Restore. They replace the webbing and clean out the motor.

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This is what I got back.

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I think it looks phenomenal. Yeah it's bright and in your face, but it's not too much. I'm so happy with the final product! And they retract great. Not like new, the spring is still worn, but much better.

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Posted : December 23, 2019 10:14 am
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What was the cost?  We're you able to choose the color of the belt?  Do they try to match the original color? What was the turn-around time?  My Tacoma seat belts need some love. 

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Posted : December 23, 2019 12:22 pm
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And the bigger question, what everyone wants to know: do they offer belts in Electric Mica Green?

(Because, as everyone knows.....)

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🐸, 2003, Electric Green Mica, not enough mods

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Posted : December 23, 2019 12:31 pm
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Posted by: @uncle-mush

What was the cost?  We're you able to choose the color of the belt?  Do they try to match the original color? What was the turn-around time?  My Tacoma seat belts need some love. 

Regularly $75 per belt plus some shipping charge, I think it was $8 for me. So $83 per side. I got 20% off during Black Friday but I think you can get that discount any time. You can either have them match your OEM color or choose any simple or crazy color you want. I chose royal blue. Turnaround time is 24 hours, they did ship them out next business day after receiving them. But shipping takes a little while. To SF it was 4 days. Plus you have to ship your assemblies to them so add another 3-5 days. Yeah there's some downtime.

Check out their site! All the colors are listed there. I'm happy with the service I got.

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Posted : December 23, 2019 12:32 pm
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Posted by: @nottamiata

And the bigger question, what everyone wants to know: do they offer belts in Electric Mica Green?

(Because, as everyone knows.....)

Essentially https://www.safetyrestore.com/content/74-colored-seat-belts#SeatBeltColors

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Posted : December 23, 2019 12:33 pm
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@haloruler64

You should probably let them know who it was that just "reeled in" (unintentional, but I will take it) about 30 Spyder owners.

My wife would love those purple ones. But not in The Frog, of course.

These are almost cool enough for me to possibly even break my "only the necessary stuff right now" rule, but door bushings still top that list.

The blue looks great.

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Posted : December 23, 2019 12:39 pm
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Haha they're a lucky company if that's the case. All i wanted was blue seat belts like a BMW i8. 

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Posted : December 23, 2019 12:43 pm
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I also installed a 2001 RAV4 airbag. The silver ring was damaged so I Plasti Dipped it black. 

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Daytime photos of the belts.

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Posted : December 23, 2019 8:30 pm
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Do you re-wrap your steering wheel to get that blue stripe at the top?  

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Posted : December 24, 2019 7:46 am
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Posted by: @pwnzor

Do you re-wrap your steering wheel to get that blue stripe at the top?  

Yeah I had a custom wheel made by Redline Goods. They cut the bottom and installed a flat section (a very mild one, didn't want the flat bottom to be in your face) as well as the top stripe (rice city) and blue stitching.

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