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AE86 Trivia: all Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited facts

December 14, 2013 in AE86 Trivia by banpei

It is time to dig a bit deeper into the AE86 again and this time I had a specific model in mind: the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited!
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A total of 400 Black Limited AE86 were made in 1986 and all of them are Sprinter Truenos, so no Levins were available in the Black Limited edition! All Black Limited cars were graded as GT Apex.

This is the official brochure from 1986:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

Fast forward 27 years and this is how some examples by Carland AE86 look today:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

What are the key differences between the normal kouki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and the Black Limited?

  • Black (duh!) paint in colorcode (204) that was not available on the normal lineup.
  • Gold painted 5.5JJ x 14 inch rims (aka Snowflakes)
  • Kouki tail lights with a Black Limited mid section
  • Black Limited gold livery on the doors with a gold pinstripe
  • Golden Trueno grille logo
  • Black/grey/orange gauge cluster
  • Black/grey/orange leather GT steering wheel
  • Black/grey/orange leather gearshifter knob
  • Black/grey/orange interior

A very good example of the Black Limited orange livery: Read the rest of this entry →

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AE86 Trivia: AE86 and AE85 Gauge clusters

June 5, 2013 in AE86 Trivia, AE86 Trivia by banpei

Earlier I featured the AE86 GT-Apex Digi Dash and obviously it raises many AE86 enthusiasts hearts. This time I’d like to feature the normal AE86 cluster versus the AE85 cluster.
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In case you feel you have a deja-vu by now: you are completely right about that! I did post the AE86 gauge clusters earlier, but repost it once again with additional information.

JDM
If you ever owned an AE86 (or watched too much Initial D) these clusters should be quite familar:

AE86 Trivia: Toyota Levin AE86 gauge cluster
The top one is the standard JDM zenki AE86 cluster (83010-1A730) and the lower one is the kouki cluster (83010-1A731), both for RHD cars. Difference between the kouki and zenki cluster are the the white vertical lines, white needles that replaced the old orange needles and the orange indication you are driving over 100km/h.
In general these two clusters were always present in the GT and GT-V editions, while the GT-APEX editions did feature quite frequently the popular digidash option.

Another variant is this Black Limited gauge cluster:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno Black Limited AE86 gauge cluster Auctions Yahoo
It is the orange version of the zenki gauge cluster. Remember that the Black Limited actually is a kouki Sprinter Trueno with black/orange elements, so it is a bit surprising to see its gauge cluster being a zenki item. On the other hand I would not be charmed of a cluster with vertical orange stripes… ;)

AUDM
Almost similar to the zenki JDM dash is the Australian dash:
AE86 trivia: Australian zenki AE86 gauge cluster
They only sold the Sprinters (as they were called) till 1985, so they only received the zenki dash. The tacho’s redline is at 6K as these Sprinters received the 4A-C engine and not the 4A-GE. They were still featuring the AE86 chassis code, just like their USDM counterparts.
Big thanks to Fez for contributing this picture!

UKDM
Difference between JDM, AUDM and UKDM gauge cluster is the speedo that reaches 150mph (240km/h). Unfortunately I haven’t found a picture of that cluster (yet)…

EUDM
Difference between JDM and continental EUDM gauge cluster is the mirrored layout and speedo that reaches 240 km/h. Read the rest of this entry →

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Auctions Yahoo: Black Limited AE86 gauge cluster

May 16, 2013 in AE86 Trivia, AE86 Trivia, auctions yahoo by banpei

Disclaimer: I’m not selling this! I posted this because it MAY interest someone as it is a super rare object. Don’t ask me any questions regarding the object as I do not own it!

If anyone has 40000 yen spare (roughly about 300 euro) you can buy an original Black Limited gauge cluster for your AE86:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno Black Limited AE86 gauge cluster Auctions Yahoo
Four hundred Black Limited cars were made and one of the distinguishing items on the car was an orange gauge cluster. So if you are building your own Black Limited copy you can make it a bit more genuine by buying this cluster. A whole lot better than making your own using an orange marker on your original cluster… ;)

On a sidenote: I missed this one in the AE86 Trivia about the various gauge clusters, so I’ll add this one later on.

You can find the auction here:
Black Limited AE86 gauge cluster for sale at Auctions Yahoo
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If you need any help buying and importing this cluster to your country, you can use companies like Hayatonka to get them for you. Be aware that the total price can be a bit more than the 300 euros price of the auction. :P

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AE86 Trivia: AE86 and AE85 Gauge clusters

December 29, 2012 in AE86 Trivia by banpei

Earlier I featured the AE86 GT-Apex Digi Dash and obviously it raises many AE86 enthusiasts hearts. This time I’d like to feature the normal AE86 cluster versus the AE85 cluster.
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If you ever owned an AE86 (or watched too much Initial D) this cluster should be quite familar:
AE86 Trivia: Toyota Levin AE86 gauge cluster
It is the standard JDM kouki AE86 cluster for RHD cars. Difference between the kouki and zenki cluster are the the white vertical lines and white needles that replaced the old orange needles.
Difference between JDM and UKDM gauge cluster is the speedo that reaches 150mph (240km/h). Unfortunately I haven’t found a picture of that cluster yet…

Difference between JDM and continental EUDM gauge cluster is the mirrored layout and speedo that reaches 240 km/h. Read the rest of this entry →

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AE86 Trivia: Toyota AE86 windhield replacement found!

May 26, 2011 in AE86 Trivia by banpei


I bought my USDM Corolla AE86 with a cracked windshield. This was mainly due to a design flaw in the AE86: the support for the windshield is a watertrap and after trapping water for more than 20 years it rusts through from underneath. Naturally this stresses the windshield and hence it cracks. So I accepted the cracked windshield, took it out and had its support repaired before replacing the windshield. Then the problems started: a replacement was not easy to find.

Carglass was only able to source a Corolla AE82 windshield and with help from Toyota Netherlands they sourced a windshield from the UK. I’ve heard from many other AE86 owners it is a big problem to find a new windshield nowadays because apparently the AE86 windshield is almost extinct now… So currently the options are either pray or find a used windshield…

Yesterday I read some breaking news on AEU86: a windshield replacement has been found for the AE86!
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia

ZaX mentioned someone told him (max_ae86?) that the Daewoo/Chevrolet Nexia windshield is a 99% fit and the only thing you need to adjust to make it fit is put a little bit more glue on the topcenter (where the rear view mirror is mounted) to make it fit properly.
I know from experience that the EUDM windshield is the same as the USDM, but I have no clue if the JDM windshield is the same…

This is the exact model Nexia you need to borrow your windshield from:
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia

The added benefit of this windshield is that you will have a shaded band on top of the windshield as well! So start hoarding those second generation Nexias!