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Yeah I have found very little on YAJ in the way of the trunk latches. The ones I did find were all for crestas or chasers. Door handles seem to be pretty prevalent though.

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I only see handles being sold on YAJ with a door attached. Many times it's a Cresta or hardtop model door handle that has different body lines than the Cressida. The key is to find handles from a Mark II sedan. Easiest route is searching Australia.

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So I talked to a rep at AEM. You wouldn't be able to use one sensor for both your stock unit and your aftermarket gauge. The signal from the included sensor with whatever your aftermarket gauge is operates on a specific scale.

 

Splitting the signal from the aftermarket sensor to your stock gauge in the dash would throw the reading way off apparently. If you're going for compactness or a clean engine bay, I would just put the aftermarket temp sensor in the hole in the waterneck and call it a day.

 

You would lose the ability of your stock temp gauge to work though if you do this.

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My jz waterneck has 2 thread ports? 1 for the ecu and 1 for the cluster. If you had a standalone I'm sure you could configure it to output the temp signal to your dash as well as possibly your helladope gauge. I have a greddy upper rad pipe too, has a 1/8th NPT port but I got that plugged lol

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I would not use the water neck port for stand alone ect sensor. It won't tell you the accurate coolant temp of the engine when the stat is closed.

Just my .02

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Here's what i'm talking about... the water temp SENSOR (not sender) is pictured below, which feeds its signal to the stock ecu.

 

The nut directly above it is where you would normally put the temp SENDER to make your gauge in the cluster work.

 

I was thinking you could possibly put the aftermarket temp sensor there in its place. Yes, I believe it could be done with a standalone. The rep told me it is possible for it to work on a stock ECU, but it's unlikely that they would match up accurately.

 

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So I've had people ask me to take pictures of how my gauge setup looks during the day, so I figured I'd post a shot.

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I was able to attend the last drift event of the year in AZ. It was a private event with only a few drivers so I didn't get any media coverage aside from my own. The car did great and handled 45 minutes straight of back-to-back course runs. I had to cool down before the car had to cool down. I definitely could use some mods to enhance the car for track days, but it's current setup still makes for an enjoyable daily driver / track day car.

 

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Aimlessly searching Google after work lead me to finding a pick-a-part yard with a 1989 Cressida. I gave the place a call and they informed me that they in fact had (4) X83 Cressidas. I have only seen one at a local yard in the last few years that I've owned my Cressida. So I packed up my gear for the next day. I didn't have much time to pick parts as I only had 2 hours after work the following day before the yard closed. There were 3 white exterior Cressidas, one blue; I did not take any exterior parts since I have no need for any of the parts. Of the four Cressidas, there was only one that had a grey interior. Luckily enough for me, the grey interior was in 9/10 condition. Nothing broken/missing, nothing had any signs of being removed/worked on. There were only some small stains on the carpet/door cards. In the short time that I had, I managed to snag the interior carpet, door cards, arm rests, window switches, steering column shell, instrument cluster lexan, Instrument cluster surround with A/C vents, HVAC controls with almost no wear, radio bezel, shifter bezel, hazard switch, door closure switch, and other miscellaneous bits such as hardware and switches. Much of what I grabbed was not necessarily items I needed, but better condition parts and spare parts that would be difficult to obtain if mine were to fail on me.

 

After bringing home my new interior, I took advantage of the situation and scrubbed/pressure washed the carpet/door cards. I used Simple Green, laundry detergent, and cold water. Then I used a shop-vac to displace most of the water to speed up the dry time. The water that I vacuumed up was practically black and that was after two passes of scrubbing and multiple passes with the pressure washer. Interior looks as 10/10 as a 28 year old interior could look and 95% of the stains that were previously there, had been washed away. After a couple days of drying, I installed the parts and I love how spotless the interior is. The trunk liner is just forever dirty, so don't mind that. Lol

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Nice find !

 

Do any of them have good windshield trim?

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Those poor old cressida's are on borrowed time.How crazy to find 4 in one wrecker!!!

 

Soon they will be at the wrecker in the sky.

 

Cool find man! Rape those fuckers.

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I'm sure one of them is bound to have decent windshield trim Gordo. The only downside is Arizona heat and UVs tends to eat the rubber seals.

 

TBone, yeah, it is sad to think that there will be four less Cressidas in existence when they are already scarce. I plan on heading back this weekend to hoard some more shit. The place says they keep the cars for 3 months before they crush them. It would be nice to grab an extra rear subframe, but I don't have the space to keep parts that size.

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i need the tweeter speaker clip that holds the cover on like yesterday

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Gibbs, if you are still looking, I went back to the parts yard and grabbed a tweeter speaker cover clip.

 

Still waiting on a few things before paint. In the mean time, I figured I would take the amber diffuser out of the turn winkers. I'm not a fan of the 'egg yolk' look. I also plan to retrofit some switchback LEDs to run the winkers as a DRL and amber blinker. Having the amber diffuser removed will allow the switchback LEDs to be the intended pure white LED for DRL and switch to amber LEDs when the blinker is activated.

 

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What are those corner lights from? X90,corolla,ls400?

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It's not much of a secret considering this BIG☆WIN body kit was originally a BN Sports kit for a JZX100 Mark II that utilized the factory turn winkers and had been adapted to the JZX81 Mark II. People just don't Google. Lol.

 

Battleaxe, I've been tossing up the idea of brake ducts or ducting to an external oil cooler & PS cooler if nothing else. I'd like to make the vents functional if I can help it.

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I'd like to make the vents functional

 

Good Man !

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aii good man indeed. my oil cooler is off to the side in the front, i do the drifting stuff and didnt want anything in the corners due to common bumping and bashing points. at least in the front theres some better crash protection...then again if u hit anything, things break anyways. i love me some brake ducts...ducting in general has been a current interest for me. race car shit lol.

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PSA to everyone interested in converting their Cressida to use an MK3 clutch-pack LSD:

I know I am not the first one to discover this, as I know there are many people before me who have disassembled the MK3 LSD, but since I never see anything on the interwebs discussing this, I figured I'd make a post.
I had a phone conversation recently with the gear specialist I had rebuild my LSD. I brought up the note that Gordo made a few months back where he noticed the funky configuration of the clutch pack. He instantly recalled the situation and told me that he took a picture of the orientation of the clutch pack because he thought it was comical how Toyota set the LSD from the factory.
The configuration as you can see from the photo below is as follows: Clutch, Clutch, Clutch, Plate, Plate, Plate, Clutch, Plate, Clutch.

We assume Toyota did this to lessen the aggressiveness of the LSD for general consumer use, but for those of you thinking you can drop in a factory MK3 LSD, you'd probably want to give that a second thought if you're looking for something that works.

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Uhh, that was probably a monday morning build. Both of mine came apart like the TSRM shows (clutch, disc, clutch)

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I think the Cressida LSD had them stacked for very light holding,

 

And Toyota was continually lessening holding on them due to wimpy customers complaining about 'noise' when they turned corners.

 

Little known (remembered) fact, the 8" originally came with a stronger spring.

The one on the right is the early one.

 

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I only ever seen one of these, but they probably can be found in the 86.5 MkIII.

 

Toyota thought this was too much, so they went to a lighter one.

Then they tried a dual spring, and even that can't be found any longer, although it shows up on old parts drawings.

 

When I was playing with these shitty LSDs, I first went to a spacer, so when assembled, would bring the spring close to coil bind.

Then, after seeing a parts drawing, went digging through my 50 lbs of springs, and found a heavy spring, of smaller diameter, to fit inside the stock spring.

 

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I forget where the spring came from, I think from some old hydraulic valves, as I had about 6 of them.

So being the Jew that I am (or capitalist, not sure), I offered them up for sale as a kit, that included the spacer.

Shortly after, Weir came out with a duplicate kit.

 

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With all this, and alternating the inner & outer clutch plates, I was able to get the damn thing to hold 95 ft/lbs.

(with the thing assembled with lube on the plates)

 

I still have the tools to check torque on these, if anyone wants them for cheap, as I'll ever run one of these again.

One shaft has a large plate welded to it so it goes in a vise, the other has a 1/2" drive socket so you can plug in your torque wrench.

 

Kyle ended up with my LSD.

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