Category: Engines


How To: V6 Swap Primer

Engines: Compatiblity / Grocery List
1997+: 1MZ-FE
Best choice for swap.

1992-1996: 1MZ-FE
Compatible, but not recommended.
Early 90’s 3vz is proven to work also*


3SGTE Engine Removal / Build-up Pictures

I followed the service manual as well as the excellent write up on this site: to remove the engine out of the bottom of the MR2.  The reason for removing the engine was...

How To: Install AutoLab Level 2 Turbo Kit

This page contains notes and pictures for the installation of the Autolab Level 2 turbo kit. This kit contains the following components:

T3/T4 50trim water cooled Garrett turbocharger

Tial wastegate

Necessary fittings/gaskets for wastegate


How To: Port the Exhaust Manifold

While having the exhaust manifold, and turbocharger off, I decided to attempt to port match the exhaust manifold to the head ports, and the exhaust manifold to turbocharger ports.  I decided that attempting to...

How To: Adjust MR2 Valve Clearance

Here are some notes pertaining to adjusting the valve clearance on a 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo. Start off by removing the basics – the strut tower brace, and air tubes leading to the throttle...

4 EGT to 1 Switched Gauge Install

Forward: We do NOT reccommend drilling into your ex. manifold with it on your car. Shane and Pat pulled the motor shortly after, and when Shane pulled the head, he found evidence that this...


Electronic Water Injection Controller

Reason The water injection setup originally used two pressure switches to turn on two solenoids at different boost pressures.  In order to have better control over the turn on point, I decided that it...


Cam Degreeing

Here are some tips and info on how to degree cams for the 3SGTE. This article does not cover cam install, just the degreeing process for aftermarket cams. If you do not degree your...


Oilpan Airflow Mod

The purpose of this mod is to allow the underbody airflow to hit the front of the oilpan, and carry away some of the heat in the oil. The mod was found on a...

Turbocharger Installation

These are just some notes on installing the stock turbocharger back into the MR2.  I start out by loosely bolting the turbo oil pipe to the turbocharger (two 10mm bolts).  The dump pipe (downpipe)...


Engine Control Unit Monitoring

The objective was to design a way to monitor various engine parameters and log them using a serial port to a laptop or other serial device.  This was attempted before using an 8051 type...


Distributorless Ignition For The MR2

RX-7 twin tower ignition coils installed in MR2 Turbo. The goal of the project was to design and build an affordable ignition upgrade for the MR2 Turbo (3S-GTE).  The original plan was to build...