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What websites are there to use to order car parts... I’ve been using Demon Tweeks but any other sit

[]Ernie Szots

Wheelwell.com 😋

[]Sebastian Nounou

Google.

Decide on car part. Find part #. Google part# with quotation marks. Click shopping tab. Order by cheapest. Observe. Click web results. Check for cheaper links that didn’t come up under shopping. Save. Profit ???

[]Connor Ratcliffe

Ah I never thought of that!! Thank you so much mate

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So begins the stripping of the paint from the front bumper... I sanded most of the top part, howeve

[]Hayden Baker

When I re painted my bumper, I didn't strip off all the paint as it was still holding on to the bumper well. I just made sure it was smooth and clean. 18 months later it's still perfect. As long as the previous paint was still adhering to the metal or plastic well, you don't need to strip it all back

[]Connor Ratcliffe

This will save so much time haha!! Thank you so much!!

[]Robert Sixto

I've always heard naval jelly strips paint and everything right off.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

For plastic pieces like that bumper cover I'd see about getting a better sander and some coarse grit sanding pads. Something like a dual action sander would be best but I know the setup for them isn't exactly cheap. I'd avoid using the paint stripper on it just because the plastic may not react very well to it.

[]Connor Ratcliffe

Thank you mate!! The Garage next door to me has air sanders, so I will borrow them of him and get a better grit, I was using 120grit... what would you recommend going too??

[]Wilson Oberholzer

For the thicker spots that the 120 doesn't seem to be helping much I would try going to 80 grit and see what happens. Just be careful though, because it can dig in to the plastic fairly easily if you hit the spot wrong.

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K20 or B20 swap for the MR2... thinking a 2jz is a little too much for money when I can get roughly

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I'm in the K20 camp if you're going to go that direction. I would suggest, as Hayden suggested, considering the Toyota 2ZZ engine as well, but I would stay away from the 1ZZ.

[]Connor Ratcliffe

Thank you mate, appreciate the help!!

[]Robert Sixto

The K series is like the LS swap of four cylinders, they may be the "played out" choice to some, but there are very good reasons why they are so popular.

I never heard of a B20 that anyone got running well and reliably for good power, but this was during my Honda days long ago, and it was early in the Frankenstein swaps. Even if they've come a long way in sorting those, the K series is still the newer and better platform.

[]Connor Ratcliffe

My friend is running a Frankenstein engine in his original mini, it’s not up and running yet, but I’ve heard so many bad comments to positive!!
Think I’ll drop a k20 in it and get as much power as possible, then look into something bigger

[]Robert Sixto

Yeah I remember them being kind of a headache back in the day, and let's be real, part of the draw of using a Honda engine is getting the most reliable, worry free experience possible.

[]Hayden Baker

You could also go with a Toyota 1ZZ or 2ZZ to keep it in the family. The Elise guys have a ton of info on making power with them from NA to FI builds. Definitely K over B though. Just a better motor with more power potential

[]Sebastian Nounou

That is not a 1k hp capable engine.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think a K20 would be your best bet. It seems like the K series engines have a lot more aftermarket support and are easier to make power with than the B20 is. Just make sure that you take measurements and make sure it'll all fit. I'm not sure how big either motor is or the size of the MR2's engine bay.

[]Connor Ratcliffe

I’m going to cut the boot wall out and strengthen it up so I have plenty of room for extras, ie.. the turbo and extra cooling systems!! K20 is sounding like my best bet!!

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I am currently building a MR2, I am hoping to reach a 1000bhp, I know it’s a huge challenge... what

[]Sebastian Nounou

The challenge is how much it costs.

Prepare to spend upwards of 50 thousand 👍🏿

[]Connor Ratcliffe

All cool with this bro!! It’s a long project, I won’t be putting it on the road, just the strip!! So I’ll make a few adjustments to the body for safety and prevent it twisting!!
Huge thanks for all your help mate, really pointing me in the right direction

[]Sebastian Nounou

I can give you an address to drop the car and check off to if you want lol.

[]Robert Sixto

I'm admittedly not too familiar with the MR2 platform, but the 2jz would strike me as a very unconventional swap. The 3sgte can make pretty decent power, but I'm thinking 1000hp is not all that feasible. You can even do a Camry v6 and build that up for a good 400-500hp. Personally, if this is meant to be a road car, I'd think twice about going for something like 1000hp. Consider how well that chassis is going to handle that power, and also how challenging will it be to manage heat in that small mid engine package.

[]Connor Ratcliffe

Hmm very true... I’ve seen a build on YouTube with a guy who’s built a 1000bhp MR2 “white lightening”... I don’t want to over complicate the build and end up wasting time and money if it won’t work!!
Thank you for the advice mate, I will have a look into them engines now!! Huge thanks!!

[]Robert Sixto

Happy to help! I just know from personal experience, I built my RX-7 with a mild set up hoping for just over 300whp, and was worried I might want more. Honestly though, it seems like the right amount for the car, and I think more would make it a bit less usable on the street.

[]Connor Ratcliffe

Thanks for all the advice bro!! I’ll take it all on board while building!!

[]Robert Sixto

Best of luck, you've got a great starting point in that car, should be pretty amazing when done! 👍

[]Connor Ratcliffe

Thanks bro!! Means allot 🙌🏽

[]Sebastian Nounou

The K series Honda is a popular swap for the MR2 right now for good reason.

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Stripping

So I have began to strip the MR2, bare shell now, there are still a few things that I need to do, b