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Old 10-23-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Best / Worst Yaris Investments

This used to be a pretty popular thread before the hack. Hopefully we can get it going again!

As a rule of thumb, try to keep it short and sweet. A little description/explanation is fine, but please let's not turn this into a conversation thread. TIA

NST is constantly coming out with great products for our beloved yarii, and the short shift kit is an excellent example of this. It makes the Yaris shift like a more expensive car, and the price definitely won't break the bank. I recommend both stages 1 and 2, but the first stage is more noticeable.

I don't recommend anything larger than 16" for Mexico roads. Of course this may/may not apply for some people elsewhere, but you should seriously consider a smaller diameter if the roads you frequent are not well maintained.

NST Pulley kit
The difference is felt instantly. Great price/performance ratio.

1ZZ Throttle Body
Same reasons as above, plus it was a fun DIY project.

UltraRacing 23mm sway bar
Stability has been greatly improved; another "should've come stock" item.

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Old 10-24-2008, 05:19 AM   #2
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Best Investment: Limo Tint
Privacy and protection from the heat in TEXAS? A MUST have! D:

Worst Investment: Custom Exhaust
Deep, loud, cop magnet and annoying (To others i'm sure)

Worthy Mention: Tanabe DF210
I almost put this in best investment, but in Texas, the heat protection is definitely more crucial. :\ Absolutely love the new stance and handling. Much much more confidence in harder turns.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:44 AM   #3
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Best Investiment: Tein Basic Damper Coilovers-
Best feeling overall, cornering is awesome and very superior to that of just springs alone.

Worst Investiment: JVC Ipod Adaptor-
Only reason I hate it, because it disabled my CD player, so I can only use the Ipod, or my CD player. Not Both...

Worthy Mention: NST Pulleys-
I dont have them yet, but I am sure regardless that they will be awesome when I do!
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:21 AM   #4
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Best Investiment: TRD shocks + Tanabe DF210s + TRD rear sway bar.
-I no longer do I look like a moon rover, and I handle much better!
Worst Investiment: None
-I do my research before cashing out on something.

Worthy Mention:Greddy Ti-C
Car no longer sounds like a sewing machine lol

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Old 10-26-2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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Awesome thread!!!

Best Investment: Joining YarisWold and building products for the Yaris.

Worst Investment: Not joining earlier!

Worthy Mention: YW members ROCK!!! Thank you everyone for your continued support.


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Old 10-26-2008, 06:47 PM   #6
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Worst Investment: Haven't bought anything bad. I research before I part with money.

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Old 10-26-2008, 07:44 PM   #7
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BEST INVESTMENT: Tanabe NF210s & TRD Sportiva Shocks.. They "complete" my wheel choice.

WORST INVESTMENT: Pulstar Pulse Plugs.. Though I enjoyed the performace "boost" by coils didn't. After running them for 6 weeks they "burned" one of my coils. The Yaris's coils couldn't handle the high energy pulse plugs. Fortunately, Pulstar stood behind their product and reimbursed me for the replacement of the coil. Cool !!

HONORABLE MENTION: NST SSK ... Wow !! The difference in shifting with this jewel is just "stupid different" !!
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:45 PM   #8
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my best investment.. is the yaris itself....hehehe i know it sound cheezy.. but it is..
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:14 PM   #9
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Best investement Taking money out of Janus funds in March to buy the Yaris with one check in April.

Worse investment None. I'm just buying gas and maintaince and keeping the car as a daily commuter. Plan to keep the car for 15 years.
Making a decision without following it with an action is still a fantasy.
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:50 PM   #10
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Best investment: Great on gas for basic transportation.

Worse investment: Could've used a little more backseat space.

Worthy Mention: Automatically attract attention during high gas prices. Occasional chick-magnet.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:43 AM   #11
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Best: The clear bra (3m clear film)

Worste: I bought a Celtic Woman CD for my Yaris, didn't like it like I thought I would

Honorable Mention: Beck/Arnley filters

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Old 12-17-2008, 04:08 AM   #12
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Best investment(s): NST crank pulley, TWM short shifter, reclining bucket seats, coilovers - makes the car drive much more responsively/sportily

Worst investments: 18" wheels (too fragile/heavy), couple useless engine gizmos...

Honorable mention: Redlinegoods leather shift boot. No real function but to look good, and it does
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:33 AM   #13
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Best Investment: Either my suspension mods or the Thai Vios spoiler & grill (both changes the looks of the car dramatically).

Worst Investment: None, but if I had to choose something, it would be the Falken Ziex 912's (saying this because they are less gripy and weigh more than the Yokohama Parada Spec-2's that I had on previously).

Worthy Mention: NST CR-Lite crank pulley. Quickens the revs.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:19 PM   #14
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best investment/bought it when it first came out $100 less than it is now
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BEST INVESTMENT: Alpine Type X sound system
It took me a long time to source all of the pieces of the system for reasonable prices, but once I got it all in I knew I went the right route. I've been an Alpine fanboy since I was in high school, and this was my dream system. Well, I'm 23, I'm a music nut, and I bang my tunes on my dream system. It is exactly what I expected when I decided to keep my whole system Alpine. Its refuckingdiculous. Not too loud, not too much bass, not too high, not too low... absolute American-made perfection. You can take your Pioneer, JVC and whatever else and shove it. Nobody touches Alpine when it comes to SQ.

I bought, I rocked, I hated, I sold. My 15" Heliums are doing MUCH better by me, and there was a noticable difference in the way the car drove as soon as I shed that 10 pounds per corner.

WORTHY MENTION: HKS axle-back exhaust
I'm young enough not to give a shit if my exhaust is loud, and houses here are spread out enough so that the neighbors agree. This was probably my most rewarding mod, mostly because I got it from our good friend Thomas and it is totally unique to my car. It is loud, sure... but it sounds so right!
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:33 PM   #16
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best investment (bang for the buck) my turbo setup

worst investment.. "solid" shift bushings from ebay.. runners up, hotchkis front swaybar

honorable mention: tanabe Sustec Pro S-OCII coilovers, GTSpec lower frame brace, APR upper strut bar, TRD lower rear brace, Progress rear swaybar, OTG hub spacers, TDR 15X7+23 wheels, hoosier R6 225/45/15, MOMO seats, Custom harness bar, Sparco belts, SPC camber bolts, and the panda on my hood :D
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:43 PM   #17
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Best Investment: Buying a Yaris and not doing any changes to the car !

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