4th Sep 2001, 17:10

Jason, I was wondering, my friend has a 1986 Celica all track turbo and he was racing a 1993 Camaro six speed stock. And the Camaro beat the all track turbo big time, how come?

8th Sep 2001, 01:54

Try 240hp for the honda

11th Sep 2001, 17:07

Really, a 240hp Honda, huh! How about a 490hp z28 6 speed. To tell you the truth man, you don't have a chance. I like Hondas, Eclipeses, but there is no way in hell that a Honda is going to beat a real muscle car.

9th Aug 2002, 09:13

Hey, I just got a Red 92 Celica GT. I was just wondering what ALL I can do to it to make it perform/look a little better. It's a nice car, and only has 86K miles on it.

- Also I was wondering if there were any web sites I could buy some Euro head/tail lights from.

If you can help me out, I'd be greatful. If so mail me @ MORPH@aol.com.

12th Sep 2002, 14:12

30-40 hp from just intake, exhaust and a downpipe?? Nope, try 10 hp max! 30 hp from a gutted cat? No, 5 hp at the very most. There is nothing worse than people like yourself that make up numbers for horsepower gains from simple mods. The only way that you will gain 30-40 hp from a single mod is to go forced induction. Talk to me when you have a fast car.

13th Sep 2002, 14:13

I agree with the person above me here. I own a 1990 Celica GT, and have installed a monza exhast and a custom cold air intake with a K&N Cone filter. I also have access to a Dyno. The grand total gain for all this was 8 Hp gain at the wheels. The main restriction in the 5S-FE engine is the head and cams. A cam swap will release an easy 30Hp on this engine, but not an exhaust/Intake.

19th Sep 2002, 21:30

I own a stock 91 celica gt, I intend on all the usual mods of course, cold air intake, new cat and exhaust.. these things are relatively easy to find.. my dilemma is headers for the 2.2 5SFE engine.. do they even exist?? and where would one recommend I take my car to have the cams changed out? OK OK... one last question.. whats the most horsepower I can squeeze out of my celica under 4 or 5 grand?? suggestions and answers would be greatly appreciated AC.

6th Oct 2002, 15:06

To the guy with the comment on a turbo in seattle... Wheres this dealer located? And how much is that gonna cost?

22nd Oct 2002, 12:16

I have brought a 1990 Celica All-trac from Japan earlier this year. This car looks really great I must add, however, it can't seems to beat anything on the drags. To me, all this thing about that car and speed is a waste of time. If I could send it back I will.

2nd Nov 2002, 05:13

I've had a Celica gt 90 model for 3 years, in that time I've put in a K&N filter, exhaust, extractors, and cold air induction. the result is still boring. if any of you are thinking of doing more you'll be wasting your time and money. the engine is a heap of junk in terms of performance. if any of you are thinking of more performance the only thing I can recommend is an engine transplant. the 3S-GTE motor is the best for the job. don't get me wrong it's a great car, I've had no problems with it.

Oh yeah and to the all-Trac celica guy, your car is pretty fat in stock form. if you want to blow away little starlets and V8's and Honda's etc you will need more power, lucky for you your engine could be tuned to make big horsepower. first - do all the breathing mods exhaust, air filter, cold air intake. second - big front mount inter-cooler the stock one is pretty useless where it is sitting, run more boost. by doing these you can easily obtain about 70 horses no problems even more depending on your cars condition. make sure you use good oil and high octane fuel since your cars an import.

Good luck.

18th Dec 2002, 12:04

Lowering job, if I thread the dampers further down and leave the original springs on the car will there be any side-effects??? e-mail me at d_mevlit@hotmail.com.

14th Jan 2003, 18:45

Jason, you're quite ignorant about cars. As other people have pointed out, your more free-flowing exhaust will not add 30 HP. Adding larger wheels will also not help. You will have a higher top speed, but you're acceleration will actually suffer.

As for Celicas seeming slow, it's because they weren't really designed for the strip, they're more suited for the bends of mountainous roads. Remember, the GT-4 was a car that won the World Rally Championship. (twice if I'm not mistaken) If you don't want it, please sell it to me for a low price :D. All wheel drive turbo is pretty rare nowadays, and I'd love to have the stability (and flexibility in winter seasons) of an AWD car as a daily driver.

30th Jan 2003, 13:14

I own a 1990 Celica GT, and it has over 275000 km's on it, and a new motor with 50000 km's from Japan. The car is still pretty slow, but it will smoke most of my buddies in Civic's, 240sx's etc, on the highway, but they dust me on the straights, until I get into 4 gear, then I smoke them.

I love my Celica, but I hate being told by Civics. I love my car; it handles like a dream on the stock springs. For now I am going to get a 91 Talon TSI 4wheel drive turbo, because it is faster. But when I start to make a lot of money, I will for sure buy another Celica, and make it go fast.

Toronto, Ont


31st Jan 2003, 11:29

The turbo kit gives you 190hp with 5lbs of boost, but the turbo can go to 7lb of boost.

1st Mar 2003, 21:15

I own a 90 GT, and have found a several sites for upgrades on your 5th gen Celica.

Is anyone interested in a short shifter? Try: www.twmperformance.com.

Also Nopi has a catalog with pulleys and other various parts.

The most complete listing of body kits is on www.toyotacelicaonline.com.

I probably have a site for anything else that you need.

If you have a question, mail me @ 90celicagt@mail.com

Aaron Roberts.

14th Apr 2003, 07:37


I just bought a 1990 Celica GTR import in Australia. What can be done to increase performance. Turbo??



27th Apr 2003, 01:54

Yo.. I got myself a celica gt '90 last year and am doing all I can to get this thing flying. I've been racing for about two years now in a really small town in the middle of nowhere, USA. anyways, I really need to improve the looks on this thing. any ideas on celica coupe 90 european lights and any extra hp boosters..


1st Aug 2003, 06:25

OK, I'd like to add this. Who is the guy who said he had a 3sge NON-TURBO engine, and said he put a turbo in to make it the 3sgte? Toyota never made a 2.0 liter NA engine. Here is what Toyota made between 1990 and EARLY 1994 (listed as a 1993)

ST 1,587cc (1.6 Liter) NA 4-cylinder twin-cam 16-valve with EFI front wheel drive 103bhp@6000rpms and 102 ft/lbs of torque at 3200 rpms made 1990-1994.

ST-X same.

GT 2,164cc (2.2 liter) NA 4-cylinder twin-cam 16-valve with EFI front wheel drive 130bhp@5400rpms and 140 ft/lbs of torque at 4,400 rpms made 1990-1994.

GT-X same.

GT-S same.

All-trac (North American GT-Four) 1998cc (2.0 liter) Turbo intercooler (air cooled) 4-cylinder twin-cam 16-valve with EFI and All-wheel drive, viscous coupling center differential 201 bhp@6000rpms and 200 ft/lbs of torque @ 3200 rpms made 1990-1994.

Carlos Sainz Edition All-Trac 1998cc (2.0 liter) Turbo intercooler (water cooled) 4 cylinder twin-cam 16-valve with EFI and All-Wheel drive, viscous coupling center differential 205 bhp@6000rpms and 203 ft/lbs of torque @ 3200 rpms made 1992 only. 5000 made.

GT-Four (Japanese All-Trac) 1998cc (2.0 liter) Turbo intercooler (air cooled) 4 cylinder twin-cam 16-valve with EFI and All-Wheel drive, viscous coupling center differential. 235 bhp unknown rpms. unknown torque. made 1990-1994.

I have every spec you can think of, even firing order. Hehe e-mail me if anyone has a question about any 1990-1994 5th gen Celica.