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  1. Tomei Poncams

    I wanted to share my cam adventure with you guys. Below are some picture of the Tomei intake cam from my 1jzvvti. Driving home late one night and my car just stops running. I have batter power, so I naturally thought it was a wiring issue. I towed it home and started testing everything. swapped out the igniter, solenoids, replaced wires, even replaced the computer and after a month of on and off trouble shooting, I contacted AEM (I have a standalone) and with their help I tracked it down to a bad cam sensor. But when a new Cam sensor didn't fix the problem, I had a bad feeling.... I pulled the valve cover to find a broken cam. Only about 400 miles on them so I called Tomei and they promptly replaced the intake side. I am in the process of putting it in, but I need to order some shims to finish. I think the worst part of this is that I don't have confidence that this one will stay in one piece...
  2. It's alive

    Sorry, no build thread... I used the R154 transmission. At first I had the stock computer and kept the boost at stock level till I worked out the bugs. Once I felt confident, I sent the turbo off to be bored out at Driftmotion, put in the cams, fuel rail with bigger injectors, and used an AEM standalone. I'm currently having some problems with the waste gate fluttering so I think I'll shim it or get a better one if I can find a place that has one... It only boosts to 13-15psi so I know it has some more power I can pull out.
  3. It's alive

    Well, I have been a LONG time lurker on the site. Last month I finally got the car tuned. So far it’s been a blast! Take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlyJ2qKiDXE The story started in 2000... I bought the car for $25.00! It needed some work... It was more work than I thought. Lots of fabrication to get it the way I wanted it. Welded seams, and deleted signals, no rear bumper, roll bar, sectioned struts, deleted the rain gutter... Added a vent So many times I could have quit. I didn't have time, I went back to school, We had a child... I did the body work and panted it myself, so it isn't perfect. in 2012, I got the 1jz VVTi I still have more to do, but It running. Moral of the story... Don't quit...