How to Tune a Toyota Corolla E10

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How to Tune a Toyota Corolla E10
Revitalise your E10 Corolla with some modern day performance. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

E10 is the designation given to the first-generation Toyota Corolla. This model was produced from 1966 to 1970. Offered in coupe, sedan and wagon models, the E10 came equipped with an automatic or four-speed manual transmission. Powered by a 1.1-litre, four-cylinder carburetted engine capable of producing 60 horsepower, the first-generation Corollas were able to deliver adequate performance thanks to lightweight construction and a minimalist interior. As with all conventionally aspirated (non-turbo) internal combustion engines, the K-series motor, which was the base engine in the E10 models, can be modified to produce more power with a series of bolt-on upgrades.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Performance carburettor
  • Sports exhaust
  • Lowering springs
  • Brake kit
  • Wheel upgrade

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  1. 1

    Replace the stock carburettor with an upgraded unit capable of delivering more air and fuel into the engine. When the mixture is ignited, the resulting greater pressure will increase horsepower and torque across the rev range.

  2. 2

    Install a high-flow exhaust system to increase engine efficiency. The use of less restrictive components reduces back-pressure and allows spent gases to exit more freely.

  3. 3

    Add a set of lowering springs to improve stability and handling by reducing the centre of gravity.

  4. 4

    Upgrade the factory brakes with a performance brake package consisting of rotors and pads. This upgrade significantly improves stopping power by increasing frictional area and reducing brake fade that often occurs because of excessive heat build-up.

  5. 5

    Replace the Corolla's wheels with a set of alloy rims and tires. These will not only add a unique style to your E10 but also will improve cornering speeds and reduce unsprung vehicle weight, meaning weight not carried by the suspension.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when modifying your factory stock vehicle. Such modifications can cause engine damage and may void the manufacturer's warranty.

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