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LC Engineering Toyota 22RE Engine Rebuild - Wasabi Project's Sudden Acceleration

Engine
Nick Green | Writer
Posted July 1, 2010
Photographers: Courtesy of LC Engineering

22RE Four-Banger Building

If you have been following along with our '93 Toyota project, you know about all the great aftermarket products we have installed. First, we started out with a mild mid-travel lift with torsion bars and Bilstein shocks, mounted up some Pro Comp wheels with some 32x11.5 BFGs, and threw in a bolt-in All Pro interior rollcage (that we welded together). Then we went on to install some Auto Meter gauges, fiberglass fenders from Glassworks, and clearance the firewall so we could turn the 32s without rubbing. After we grew out of that we tore off the front suspension and installed the Total Chaos long-travel ball-joint kit and stuffed in a set of Fox coilovers to take place of the torsion bars. With all this work the truck sounds like it's ready to go, right? Well...not quite. It lacked a little in the power department. The stock 22RE engine definitely never had any sudden acceleration problems. In fact, I had to put the gas pedal to the floor to maintain freeway speed on the smallest incline. Third gear wound out at 50 mph if the wind was to my back. Toyota built the 22RE for longevity, not speed, and longevity is what we got. As you know, the Wasabi Project has more than 236,000 miles on the original drivetrain and it still runs perfectly.

With more power on our minds it was time to tear down the stock 22RE and start over with some power upgrades. No one knows Toyota engines better than LC Engineering in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, so that's where we went. They have an awesome facility with some really high tech machinery. LC Engineering does everything in-house, from valve covers to disk brakes. I was more than impressed when I walked in and saw how clean everything was. I have been in my share of machine shops from junior colleges to full-on race shops and LC Engineering was amongst the cleanest I have ever seen. When I first arrived with the Wasabi Project, John Naper from LC Engineering met me at the front door. We went over everything we wanted to do and he made some suggestions and we were off to the races.

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