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Toyota Yaris Tuning

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Toyota consistently evolves and one of the vehicles that has recently hit North America is the Toyota Yaris.  The Toyota Yaris has been sold for some time in other areas of the world, but over the last couple of years started finally appearing in North America as economy and fuel efficiency have become extremely important.  The Toyota Yaris while economical is also stylish and fun to drive- geared towards younger college students with limited budgets.  While one of Toyota’s least expensive vehicles, it does offer a little bit of pep and is generally fun to drive.

The Toyota Yaris is a great vehicle to tune.  In fact, the whole philosophy of the Yaris is highly open to tuning and modification.  There is even a trim level called I’ll trim level geared towards the millennium generation looking for their unique vehicle.  This makes tuning this car easy especially since there are plenty of components available.  While speed may not be the most significant aspect of the Yaris, for those looking to roll in style, the Yaris can easily be modified to look great, especially for the city streets.

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The Yaris comes as a 5 door hatchback, however it is definitely not your mom’s hatchback.  The styling is very contemporary and made for a sleek urban mover.  There are plenty of great options to upgrade the aesthetics of this vehicle.  For instance, for those that are looking to differentiate themselves from the masses, nothing works better than unique wheels.  There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your wheels, however chrome rims are a must for many.  And while adding chrome wheels, you might want to go either a little larger or wider adding some higher quality tires to boot.  In addition, high performance brakes are another option along with enhanced rotors.

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Besides wheels, there are a wide variety of body kits available for the Yaris and hooking up this vehicle is quite easy.  The stylish Yaris is pretty easy to make look even better and many manufacturers now offer components and body kits for the Yaris.  Other items for the exterior that you might want to look into include high performance lighting, ground LED Lighting, interior lighting and LED brake lights and turn signals.

Other modifications that many Yaris tuners are performing are changing the engine control unit to one based from economy to performance, easily upping the horsepower.  Another popular modification also includes upgrading the exhaust which can be a little restrictive.  There are many ways to get the most out of your exhaust, choosing a double exhaust, high performance muffler and pipes, etc.

Finally for serious tuner enthusiasts, you can add a turbo to the relatively small size engines or enhance the air flow which is as simple as adding a new high performance air filter, breather element and porting the air induction for more combustibility.

All in all, the Yaris, while not a speed demon, does have the personality to make it a tuner’s dream.  This is just one of the reasons why it has become popular in many urban areas.

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Toyota Corolla Tuning

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The Toyota Corolla is perhaps one of the best known Toyota cars currently being produced and while it is an economy based vehicle built for both those buying their first cars and those looking for a budget friendly vehicle, in the past, many Corollas definitely offered some peppy engines and decent performance.  It should also be noted on the other hand that there are plenty of Corollas that have been produced terribly under powered and as rock bottom base models.  While great for a hobby vehicle, many who choose these Corollas to modify are in for a lot of work.

Most tuners will undoubtedly be working on Corollas manufactured in the 9th and 10th generations.  The ninth generation dates back from 2000, the 10th generation started being produced at the end of 2006.  These vehicles come in a 4 door sedan, 5 door station wagon and 5 door hatchback which you can find only in Australia.  There are a total of 5 trims that the Toyota Corolla is available in.  The two most popular for tuning are the trim called S for sporty and the top of the line XRS.  These trims offer higher performance engines including a 2.4 liter I4 which can help the Corolla accelerate from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds and which delivers 140 horsepower.  The XRS also comes with some body effects including under skirts and a spoiler, not to mention other features including a sport tuned suspension, silver interior highlights and some traction control.

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It should also be noted that the new Corollas are extremely close to their cousin, the Camry.  In fact, the 2.4 liter engine is shared with the Camry model along with a wide assortment of engineering components.

For those that are looking to tune the Toyota Corolla, but have base or lower economy models, some options include adding some basic modifications to the corolla.  While there are body kits available for the Corolla, since this vehicle is a sedan and not necessarily targeted to the performance crowd, you might not find what you are looking for, however since the Corolla also shares the same platform, you may be able to find components that fit both the Matrix and Corolla.  Simple modifications can include adding a more breathable air filter, replacing the engine control unit for more performance instead of economy, upgrading the exhaust system which can be quite restrictive, upgrading tires and wheels along with high performance brakes and rotors.  Another modification that is quite easy is to upgrade the suspension for a tighter ride, specifically adding anti-sway bars.

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While the Toyota Corolla might not be the most stylish vehicle available, there are quite a lot of things to like about this vehicle and as many know, especially if you have been handed down the Corolla from either a parent or older sibling, the Corolla makes a great hobby car.

Toyota Tuning

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For those that are looking for a great brand to tune, Toyota definitely comes up on the top of the list.  While Toyota is known for creating quality family sedans such as the Camry and a wide variety of economy vehicles, there are plenty of both high end and low end cars to meet almost any tuner’s bankroll.  For those that are looking for a car to modify, a Toyota is one of the best.  Besides having quality engineering, the market is huge for almost all types of accessories to tune with.  Not to mention the huge community of Toyota tuners around the world and you definitely have a recipe for success.

Top Toyota Cars to Tune

One thing you will find is that there are plenty of great vehicles to tune when it comes to the Toyota name brand.  Just a few include the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Supra, Toyota Celica, Toyota Yaris and more.  Toyota runs the gamut when it comes to vehicles and going back, 2, 5 or 10 years, you will definitely find some quality vehicles out there to tune.

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The Toyota Supra

In tuning circles, the Toyota Supra is legendary.  The Toyota Supra became an iconic vehicle mainly to its great styling, extreme power, handling and overall cutting edge engineering.  While there have been 4 generations and all have been above average for their time period, the one generation that sticks out in the minds of tuners is the last generation, from 1993 to 2002.  During this period, Toyota engineers reached for the stars and definitely delivered one of the finest vehicles made.  There are plenty of ways to modify this vehicle, however since it is already a masterpiece in a lot of ways, many tuners usually focus on the smaller items instead of adding complex components.  Many focus on adding a few horsepower here and there with high performance modifications to the air intake, engine control unit, suspension, brakes, wheels and to some extent the exterior.

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Toyota Celica

Another top Toyota to tune is the Toyota Celica.  While the last manufactured year was 2006, the Toyota Celica is still in high demand for a wide range of reasons, mainly being its very sporty stance, light weight and variety of peppy engines.  There were two engines available for the last generation of Celicas, both 1.8 liters.  However, these were matched with either a 4, 5 or 6 speed transmission.  While horsepower is mediocre with some trim packages, it did deliver decent horsepower for a sporty low to mid end vehicle.  Today, the Celica is still popular with tuners, as they usually first modify the body and add a wide range of modifications to both the engine, suspension and electronics.  You will find plenty of Nitros kits, turbo kits and other complex mods available.  By the way, some of the body kits for the Celica are fantastic looking.  All in all, the Celica is a very sporty vehicle to tune and definitely gives any tuner a good return on their investment.

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