2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder “Tsuyu”

Post By: Unofficial

Date: 10/06/2023

The Story

Bought during the pandemic as a project, this is my first car and the shrewdest teacher I have ever had. Named "Tsuyu" after its froglike appearance, it was supposed to stay stock. But 3 months in, I ran out of talent on a poorly maintained road in the rain. The clean title truly was the cork in the bottle, as following repairs, I relentlessly pursued Time Trial and AutoX. The result: A custom roll bar, wheels, tires, suspension, sway bars, hard top, racing seat with harnesses…But left the engine stock for reliability. When all was said and done, I topped up with fresh oil. Which proved pointless a day and a half later, when it all burned up in stop and go traffic. Because of the setbacks, Tsuyu got me deeper into the car community. And from suspension work, troubleshooting, tearing apart and swapping engines, every problem was an opportunity to learn. Though I admit that sometimes I think "should I have bought that Cayman instead?"

Current Setup

  • Exterior: Luxurypart Ducktail Spoiler
  • Interior: Scion FRS Pioneer T1819 Radio Unit
  • Wheels: Konig Hypergram, 15x7.5 all around, Matte Grey (Track Use Only)
  • Tires: Hankook Ventus R-S4, 195/50R15 Front+225/45ZR15 Rear (Mounted on Konig Hypergram)
  • Wheels: Toyota OEM 15" Wheels, 15x6 Front+15x6.5 Rear (Street Use)
  • Tires: Dunlop DZ101 Front/DZ102 Rear, 185/55R15 Front+205/50R15 Rear (Mounted to Toyota OEM 15")
  • Wheels: Racing Hart Evolution C2, 17x7.5 Front+18x7.5 Rear (Street Use)
  • Suspension: Annex Clubspec Pro, 5k Front+8k Rear
  • Suspension: Whiteline Sway bars, 22mm Front+18mm Rear
  • Exterior: Toyota OEM Hardtop
  • Interior: 425 Motorsports Custom Fabricated SCCA/NASA Compliant Roll Bar, painted in Porsche Acid Green
  • Interior: Recaro Pole Position N.G. Driver Seat
  • Suspension: Snelbaard Rear Strut Brace
  • Exterior: Snelbaard Low Profile Hardtop Mount

Planned Upgrades

  • Suspension: Techno Toy Tuning Rear Lower Control Arms
  • Exterior: Snelbaard Full Underbracing kit: Toe Arm Brace, Rear Member Brace, Breastplate, Steering Rack Brace
  • Exterior: C-One Inspired Side Vent Valence
  • Interior: Schroth Profi 6-point FIA Harnesses
  • Performance: ACT TC2-HDSS Street Clutch
  • Performance: Fidanza 130231 Street Flywheel
  • Performance: Goodrich Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • Performance: TRD Helical Limited-Slip Differential
  • Suspension: Superpro Suspension Bushings (Front Control Arm Kits, Rear Toe Control Arm, Rear Trailing Arm)
  • Interior: Prosport Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Performance: PPE Headers w/ High Flow Cat
  • Performance: HKS Sport Exhaust



I build and break cars with my excessively passionate (and stubborn) optimism. I enjoy all builds and motorsport, and the associated stories even more. My side hustle is translating car-centric manga, anime, and games. I can be found perusing JP auction sites and making spreadsheets. Fun Fact: I give my cars proper names.