Best place to buy a TRD Kit?

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Best place to buy a TRD Kit?

Post  Infamous on Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:18 am

Hi,

I'm looking to undertake a TRD conversion soon and was looking for advice on the best place to get my TRD body kit from.
So far I've found these sites below selling the kits...
www.visracing.com
http://www.extremedimensions.com/1941.html
www.knightracer.com/mr2.htm

Obviously I'm weighing up prices with how good the fitment of the kits are.
What kit have you used and how good was the fitment, did it take much modifying to get it to fit right?

Also, how long did it take you to fit your kit or have your kit fitted (whatever the case may be)?


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Post  Admin on Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:00 am

Mines from VISRacing - required a bit of tweaking but that is most probably down to me being fussy! LOL

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Re: Best place to buy a TRD Kit?

Post  jack on Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:57 am


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Post  Infamous on Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:29 am

Cheers for the link but Im looking for a kit that has yet to be fitted.
Plus I live in Ireland so would be a nightmare for me trying to bring a car like that over.

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:26 am

After a false start with a supplier in the UK who took my money and ran I turned to the US to source a kit. Did a lot of hunting on the US forums and Extreme seem to have a bad reputation and I didn't like the way they responded to criticism on the forums. Anyway, after checking out every lead I could find the one company which repeatedly came up with good reviews was VISracing.

Only problem with VISTRacing is there seems to be dozens of "agents" and after emailing them I wasnt always so sure that was what they were really selling so ended up going directly to VIS themselves - a couple of hundred dollars dearer but at least your guaranteed of the quality. Cost me £1,100 all in delivered to my door. Only problem I encountered was that they sent a TOMS front bumper instead of a TRD bumper but they airmailed a replacement front bumper for free which only took 2 days to come.


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Post  Infamous on Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:41 am

Thanks for the reply.

Did you never get your money back from the UK supplier? Can you say how it was?

By the looks of things I will end up going with VIS.

How long did it take you to fit your kit yourself?

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:56 am

I'm afraid not - seriously out of pocket :-(

Fitment was OK but it did have some strange oddities about it - no hole for the aerial, no filler cap petrol filler cap or rear wing????!!!!! To source these seperately will add about £500 on top the already extremely high price - very poor value IMO

My kit is still not quite finished but thats my own fault!! I keep reading books on bodywork and redoing stuff! LOL Shouldnt take long though if you just get on with it - depends on how fussy you are TBH and Ive learnt loads since so could do it a lot quicker.

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Post  Infamous on Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:06 am

Damn! I thought this kit included everything you needed?!
Where did you end up getting the filler cap, petrol cap?

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:08 am

Not sure whether your misunderstanding me but my VIS kit did come with everything - its the one from the UK supplier that had the faults/bits missing.

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Post  Infamous on Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:15 am

Aw right, I thought you said that I would need to source these things as well.

Thats sweet then if the VIS kit comes with everything, I was thinking of trying to fit it myself though tbh I'll probably end up giving it to a local shop as I don't have enough body work experience and I want a really good job done.

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:31 am

My VIS kit has been fitted entirely by myself and I had zero previous bodywork experience - once you know the techniques it really is easy. Might be owrth speaking to Jack too since hes just done his - hopefully hell put some more pics up too - hint, hint ;-')

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Post  Infamous on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:17 am

Yeah build threads are the main thing I'd like to see more of on this forum! Question
Anyone who ever did a TRD conversion should put their thread up here to help spur others like myself on. study
Most of them already have them up on other sites already so it would only be a matter of copy and pasting.

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:30 am

Ive actually photographed in immense detail my strip down and build - just need to get round to posting it all up!!!

Made a start here:

Strip down:

http://trd2000gt.forumotion.com/f26-removing-existing-panels


Kit fitting:

http://trd2000gt.forumotion.com/f4-fitting-the-new-panels-includes-official-trd-instructions

I will get round to posting the other 200+ photos Ive done LOL

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:35 am

This is how my VIS kit xame - in one enormous big box!!!






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Post  Infamous on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:38 am

Nice one.
Look forward to seeing it when its all been posted up.
I could literally spend all day just looking at build threads lol

Shocked Jebus thats such a big box Laughing

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:56 am

I think (but not sure) I have the only one with an EU style number plate recess too (made it myself LOL). Had to mold the plate recess of my other car then cut out the US plate and re-fibreglass in the EU plate. Still needs a bit of work to straighten it up and excuse the flared bumpere - its not bolted on at bottom in pic.



And how it used to looked to begin with....


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Post  Infamous on Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:30 pm

Thats a nice custom modification to the bodykit!
Im going to go with the Jap style plates though as i've always liked them better on MR2s for some reason.

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Post  jack on Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:56 am

as said above i've just recently finished mine and fitted it myself with no previous bodywork experience. i would of course be more than happy to answer any questions you have and will work on getting my build thread up soon. i just want to take some completed pics before i do so! i also agree with jeff that it all depends how fussy you are on how quick it gets done. i think now i know what im doing more it would take alot less time though and there are perhaps a few things i may do differently.

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Post  Admin on Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:11 am

+1 on what Jacks saying - I think your first on is a massive learning curve but bags of fund to do and very satisfying knowing its all your own work! :-)

Few more pics for you of my DIY fit VIS kit






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Post  Admin on Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:54 pm

Ive added a few more threads in the strip down section - I'll add the others tomorrow :-)

http://trd2000gt.forumotion.com/f26-removing-existing-panels

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Post  Infamous on Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:45 pm

Cheers Jack, look forward to seeing your build when its up.
Nice one Harry, can't wait to get my project underway now.

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Post  Admin on Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:32 am

Another VIS kit in the US



Pinched it off this thread here:

http://www.mr2oc.com/showthread.php?t=415877&highlight=trd


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Post  Infamous on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:02 pm

That pic doesn't seem to be showing up.
Is it that candy apple coloured one with the volk rims?
If so, its v.nice looking, quite like that colour!

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Post  Admin on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:06 pm

thats the one :-)

Dont know why it wont show up

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