The AE92 Corolla marked the switch from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive for Toyota's Corolla platform, and thus is a markedly different car from the famous AE86. The AE92 still makes a potent weapon when properly tuned. Approaching holistic tuning with a clear budget and goals in mind is much more productive than simply choosing an unrelated list of aftermarket parts. From wheels and suspension to bolt-ons and engine tuning, the AE92 can be upgraded in nearly every way.
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Swap out your AE92's stock wheels for some light weight alloys. Whether a car is fitted with steel wheels or stock alloy wheels, they are heavier than they should be and sized 13- or 14- inches. Lightweight wheels will help the Corolla to perform better in both acceleration and cornering. Wheels above 15- inches in diameter or more than 7- inches wide may have problems fitting in the wheel wells, depending on the tires chosen and the suspension set-up. Ask the technician at the wheel shop to fit a wheel to the car to make sure there are no wheel offset or clearance issues. The AE92's bolt pattern is 4x100, meaning four mounting holes with a pitch circle diameter of 100mm.
Give the car's suspension a thorough goings-over. As with any 20-year-old car, it is likely some components will need to be replaced. Suspension bushings should be replaced in all cases, unless they are brand new. Replace the front and rear anti-sway bars with stiffer aftermarket units to help keep body roll in check. A fully adjustable coilover suspension system makes a nice addition to the AE92.
Determine which engine your car is equipped with. A Corolla GT-S is blessed with Toyota's excellent 4A-GE engine, which makes a great starting point toward mild-to-moderate tunes. If the Corolla is fitted with one of the lesser-powered engines from this generation, consider swapping to a 4A-GE, or even the Japanese domestic market supercharged 4A-GZE engine. Both will fit easily within your AE92's engine bay as they were installed in some Toyota Corolla, Levin and Trueno models. SR5 cars do not have this engine. It's possible to buy a complete engine and swap it in for less money than moderate tuning of your car's stock engine. This will provide a better canvas for later upgrades.
Customise your car's interior and exterior. In addition to wheels, a tasteful body kit can transform what is an attractive car into something truly unique and breathtaking. For the interior, the biggest performance bang-for-the-buck is a short-throw shifter. The AE92's stock stick has rather long and imprecise throws. Adding a short throw shifter will allow for quicker shifts, and therefore quicker acceleration. Some American Corolla owners like to go with the Japanese domestic market Levin or Trueno styling. These cars were the Japanese siblings to the Corolla GT-S. Everything from bumpers to headlights and badges can be changed over, resulting in an authentic look.
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