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Aygo catching up: doorsills and exhaust


By: Marijn Rongen
August 11th, 2014

Before I got the MR2 I snazzed up my little Aygo with some nice doorsills and a flashy exhaust tip (+5hp yo!). I actually had these parts laying around for quite a while before installing them.

Aygo doorsill step 1: measuring

Installing the doorsills is as easy as it gets, they just stick on. First I cleaned the bare doorsills. To keep both sides symettrical I measured the distance and marked the start with some electrical tape.

Aygo doorsill step 2: stick it on

After that it was just a question of sticking the sills on, starting at the tape and keeping it straight. Looks much better!

Another easy optical upgrade is the chromed exhaust tip. It just bolts on, but you’ll want to keep it level, for looks.

Toyota Aygo exhaust without tipToyota Aygo exhaust with tip

A side effect of the exhaust tip is a weird little rumble in exhaust noise, I like it but some people may be put off by this.

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New old car, late post


By: Marijn Rongen
August 1st, 2014

I’ve got myself another car, and it’s once again a Toyota. And again red. But technically speaking couldn’t be more different than my trusty Aygo.

  • It has one more cylinder
  • Displacement is 1.6 times as much
  • Has no backseat
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Mid mounted engine, that’s an engine behind the seats but in front of the rear axle.
  • It’s about 23 years older

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Moving on, sizing down. From Celica to Aygo


By: Marijn Rongen
November 15th, 2010

About 4 years ago I set out to find a compact car. About 3 weeks ago I finally took delivery of it…

The last 4 years I have been driving a Toyota Celica which you can read about right here on my blog. The car search 4 years ago was a matter of need and the focus was on compact cars, Honda Civic hatchbacks to be exact. The budget was tight, the Civics beaten up and the Celica I encountered by chance was stretching the budget, but I could not let it pass.

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How to change clock color of a 94-99 Toyota Celica


By: Marijn Rongen
July 10th, 2010

Before and after

This how-to describes how you can change the color of the clock in your 95-99 Toyota Celica.
This is a cheap and quick modification to accomplish.

What do you need?

What do you need?

For this modification you need:
– a clock
– a source of colored plastic (I used TicTac boxes)
– double sided sticky tape (preferably the type you can remove later
– scissors
– phillips-head screwdrivers

Step 1: remove shifter surround

Step 1: remove shifter surround

Remove the shifter surround by first lifting the lower end, and pulling the surround back. It is held in place by clips.

Step 2: remove radio surround

Step 2: remove radio surround

Remove the radio surround by first unscrewing the 2 screws at the bottom.
Then pull the surround toward you starting from the bottom. Like the shifter surround it is held in place by clips.

Step 3: remove clock from radio surround

Step 3: remove clock from radio surround

The clock is held in place by a clip on both sides of the clock. Gently easy it out by pulling the clips out, be careful not to break them!
Disconnect the cable from the back of the clock.

Step 4: disassemble the clock

Step 4: disassemble the clock

Disassemble the clock by removing the three screws on the back of the clock.

Step 5: prepare the color

Step 5: prepare the color

Cut the colored plastic to size.
You can stack two if you find the color is to light.

Step 6: attach to clock

Step 6: attach to clock

Stick the colored plastic to the clock as shown, be careful not to block part of the display with tape.

Now go through steps 1 to 5 in reverse order and your modification is complete!