AE86 Panda paint scheme

I have been toying around with the idea of creating small videos on various JDM topics for a while now and put that into action a few weeks ago. The latest video, number 8, I made one about the AE86 panda paint scheme.
JDM Trivia #8: Panda AE86 paint scheme
I tried to cover all the necessary aspects of the AE86 panda paint scheme and make a good, clear story about it in a four minute video.

You can watch and enjoy the video below: Read More

petrolicious antonio alvendia ae86

Petrolicious and Japanese Nostalgic Car joined forces for the second time and yesterday they released their latest video featuring Antonio Alvendia and two of his AE86s:
petrolicious antonio alvendia ae86
Antonio is the organizer of 86Fest and spiritual creator of MotorMavens. He has been renowned for his obsession with the AE86 and this quote from the beginning of the video describes it all:
I don’t have two of the same car: I have five of the same car. I’m just kind of a victim of a good deal.

You can watch and hear all about the hachi roku in the video below: Read More

noriyaro ae86

Alexi Smith aka Nori Yaro finally came to his senses and bought himself an AE86:
noriyaro ae86
Well, actually he admits it is an AE85, but it has been converted with all the necessary components including a set Hoshino Impul and Hayashi Streets. He takes it to two AE86 events and drifts the Trueno on Sports Land Yamanashi.

Obviously he made a video covering buying, servicing and drifting the AE86:

In case you want to see the non-stop drifting video he refers to: Read More

Offset Kings Japan event @ Speedhunters

The AE86 is still very big in Japan and Dino Dalle Carbonare posted a nice article on Speedhunters about their presence at the Offset Kings Japan event.
Offset Kings Japan event @ Speedhunters
What is great about his post is that he shows the variety of subcultures embracing the AE86: it varies from drift style to USDM SoCal.

Enjoy the whole article at Speedhunters:
Offset Kings Japan event @ Speedhunters

Regular Car Reviews: Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86

I enjoy watching episodes of Regular Car Reviews because they are honest and blunt. The reviews generally feature harsh language and he really gives you a piece of his mind. So I kind of feared when I spotted his Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 review in my subscription list.
Regular Car Reviews: Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
The review consists out of two parts, so enjoy part one: Read More

Toyota Corolla Levin AE86

Just hot from the press: Toyota released three mini movies (3 minutes each) called The World Is One in their Next One campaign featuring the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 in three continents: Japan, Africa (South Africa) and Australia.
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
The movie really feels like following the Initial D vibe: two high school students, the nerdy one falls in love with a girl, works his ass of to get a license and a car and then buys a zenki Toyota Corolla Levin AE86. They both go for a ride in the AE86: drifting/hooning off and then cruising along the shores. There the girl is found with another guy and see for yourselves the ending in all three parts. It is really well made!

Japan: Read More

Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

First of all: Happy New Year!
My personal New Years resolution is to post more frequent to the front page of AEU86. So today I’ll kick off with a blog post about the Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited model I wrote a year ago for my own blog.

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!
AE86 Trivia header
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: Read More

Merry Christmas AEU86

Merry Christmas from AEU86!
Merry Christmas AEU86
I hope you had many presents under the Christmas tree this year and had your fun unwrapping that supercharged 4A-GZE engine and a Supra W57 gearbox!

This year the season greetings were honored by HybirD07’s old Toyota Corolla GT AE86!


Hi there,

This week i’ll bring you everything i know about LSDs and CWP for the AE86.
An issue that is discussed everywhere on the web and much information is available… Still some of you may not know actually what is there for us and our machines.

I’ll split the topic between the LSD and the CWP.



There are many ways to distinguish the AE86 LSDs.
The first thing you will notice when talking about LSDs are the words Zenki or Kouki.

Those words mean, like i’ve written in my last article, the first version and second version of the AE86 model.
The difference between the Zenki and Kouki is the size of the halfshafts.


left image – zenki halfshaft size
right image – kouki halfshaft size

As you may noticed the Kouki halfshaft is bigger than the Zenki one. So when buying your LSD you must make sure you are buying the correct LSD for you car.

The second thing about the AE86 LSDs is the “way”. You may notice that there are references to 1way, 2way and 1.5way.
What does that mean? Plain simple, is how the LSDs behaves when you’re driving your car.

Check the image below.

Notice how the forces work on the different verions of LSDs when you have the throttle on and off.
You have many videos on the web explaining this locking system.

Joining the LSDs we have the CWP.

The Crown Wheel Pinion is also known as final gear. The original final gear ratio that came on the AE86 is the 4.33.

The AE86 that came with the 4A-C had the 4.10 final gear ratio.

With the evolution of the model into competition and drift, there were made mode ratios as the next table shows.

Final Gear Ratio

Toyota Part Numbers

















What do the final gear values mean?

The CWP values you read on the web actually mean the amount of teeth the drive has.

For example, the 4.556 has 41 teeth in the crown and 9 teeth in the pinion.

When buying a new final gear, you must first make sure what you want to use it for with the AE86. If you need a track car, the 4.778 must the best choice, if you want a full OEM AE86 the 4.300 (the original one) is the one to pick, but what if you have an ultra swapped car?!

Wheel the shorter gear ratios, that actually means that they are the longest ones and those are the ones you may want for a 4AGZE for example.

About me, i personally think that the 4.556 is the best option between an occasional track car and daily one. It is a bit shorter than the original but not so short that it may sound like a rally car.

The 4.556 can be found in the Toyota Liteace versions

That is all for now!

Until the next article!

I have many happy memories playing with LEGO when I was young and have now continued the tradition with my kids with an ever growing collection of new LEGO sets.

One thing that has changed LEGO radically in the last few years is that the company behind it has started listening to its fans and embraced the internet to do so.

One faithful AE86 fan has come forward and created one of the most awesome ideas for a new LEGO set based on our beloved Manga Initial D. Lets make this happen and up support counter on this project:

initial D lego