Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

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Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:41 pm

hey guys this is my second vibe gt.
ive owned a 1st gen 2003 vibe gt 6 speed. that i loved but had compression issues on cylinder number 2 had to get rid of it.
now i have a 2009 vibe gt 5 speed manual ( i really miss LIFT though)
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as of today i have changed couple things on it due to maintenance.
replaced the shifter mechanism for an OEM unit ( helped with slop but did not get rid of it all) if any one has any ides what to do to fix all the slop let me know.
also got some wheels for the winter that i like more then the OEM wheels so i might get some different tires and use them as summer wheels.( OEM wheels for sale)
i will be making an air intake myself, because it is way overpriced for the once that are sold online.
i am considering about doing a lift kit ( around 2-3 inch lift) for the vibe platform and selling them ( let me know if you are interested)
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby 53Bowtie » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:36 am

Looks like a good start! Where are you located? May be interested in the GT wheels if your close to SE Michigan.

What kind of lift kit is made for our cars? I have heard of the TRD lowering springs but haven't heard of a lift kit......
Thomas

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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby vibenvy » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:44 am

Welcome to GenVibe! Nice looking 2nd gen GT ;)!
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:39 pm

im actually located in Indianapolis.


53Bowtie wrote:Looks like a good start! Where are you located? May be interested in the GT wheels if your close to SE Michigan.

What kind of lift kit is made for our cars? I have heard of the TRD lowering springs but haven't heard of a lift kit......

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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:38 pm

its official im using the Sparco 16x7 as summer tires and will get steel wheels for winters.
installed 205 55 16 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires. they look and handle amazing

Can any one suggest some lowering springs for the car?
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby tpollauf » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:02 am

russki1990 wrote:installed 205 55 16 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires. they look and handle amazing


Looks great :D Handling ??? You likely have a smoother/softer ride but when it comes to hard cornering you probably roll a bit more. I really like the factory 18" for summer and we ride on 16" steelies for winter. Keep the mods coming ;)
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:08 pm

i had some 6 year old tires on the car they where all dry. it handles so much better. needs a little more suspension balancing. does any one know what you can adjust in the rear suspension settings?

next mod will be headers.

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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:20 am

i got a Strup header for my vibe gt, hope to install it soon.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:43 pm

installed the header.
reused the old gasket and doughnut just sprayed them with copper spray.
needed to add a spacer for the oil dipstick about 3/4 inch thick.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:44 pm

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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:48 pm

my next mod will be a short shifter.
this is a TRD knockoff by OBX from Ebay ( 35$ )
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon May 08, 2017 4:28 pm

this weekend i installed that short shifter. and it feels amazing. but when i was in their i found out one of my bushings on the shifter was warn out and moved about 1/8 inch and it caused a lot of slop in the shifter mechanism. i found out that the 1st gen brass shifter bushings will work on the second gen vibes. at least it did on my 09 GT.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon May 08, 2017 4:31 pm

for 35$ its great buy on ebay.
just look up the item name
OBX Racing Short / Quick Shifter Toyota Scion XB 08-11 Manual Trans
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon May 08, 2017 4:32 pm

easy to install.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Thu May 11, 2017 7:36 pm

just bought a intake for a Scion XB it looks really similar to the intake on a Vibe.
will be trying out this intake hopefully it will fit.
its a lot cheaper then the intakes that are marked as vibe specific intakes.
bout this for just 43$
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Tue May 23, 2017 5:19 pm

the intake got installed, and it fits nice. it was a cheap way to get some cool sounds from the engine.

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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby trb » Tue May 23, 2017 6:15 pm

russki1990 wrote:the intake got installed, and it fits nice. it was a cheap way to get some cool sounds from the engine.

Nice! Any pics? I might have to try this on my twin boy's new 09 GT for that price.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:43 pm

It fits good but i did have to make a bracket, otherwise it rubbed on the intake housing mounting.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:48 pm

Also did a hardened engine mount for the front of the engine.
i was getting a lot of play so i decided to try out how this would feel.
i got some shore 30 rated silicone and filled it in.
will be installing it in a couple days due to it needing about 3 days to dry.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:54 pm

does any one know what this is and can i get rid of it ?

my guess is that its a clutch damper ( it has an orifice inside that slows down how fast you can dump the clutch)

has any one ever deleted that from the system and just ran a SS hose to the slave?
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:29 pm

drove the vibe today for the first time with the new engine mount.
it feels amazing, you dont get any vibration from the engine at idle or when starting off ( does vibrate a little when the engine first fires on start up) but the response is much much better now. i think i will try and do the rear engine mount too.

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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:33 pm

whooops i installed the engine mount too soon, seems like you will need more then 4 hot days to cure the stuff.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:36 pm

Had to make a O2 sensor thing to fool it that it still has a cat.
side note it needs to be longer then this / further away from the exhaust stream.
ohhhh and just a straight adapter like the spark plug fouler would not fit in this spot due to hitting the sub-frame
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:17 pm

what do you guys think of my new / (old because i did this a long time ago) shift knob?
took some aluminum and turn it on my lathe.
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby JetBlack » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:53 pm

Looks beautifully minimalist, Hows the super strengthened engine mounts feeling?
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Re: Russki1990 2009 vibe GT manual

Postby russki1990 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:24 pm

JetBlack wrote:Looks beautifully minimalist, Hows the super strengthened engine mounts feeling?

the engine mount gives off a little of vibration at idle but other then that not really noticeable. ( i do need to redo the filling due to me not waiting long enough for the polyurethane to dry)


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