Lots O' Links

Here are some links I've found to be helpful, informative, or otherwise fun.

This is a short list of links I can personally recommend:

The 22RTE-Trucks email list. A Yahoo group devoted to the 22RTE-Trucks (D'oh!). More info here.

The Old Celica Club mailing list - A great mail list devoted to old (1970 - mid '80's) Celicas. Great info on modifying 20R/22R-series engines. A subset of the Toyota Mods mail list, but with discussions focused on 22R-related issues. Highly recommended. (To subscribe, look for the button in the middle of the page labeled "Subscribe to OCC Mailing List".)

Matti Kalalahati's incredible Toyota site - Not a 4X4 site, but don't let that stop you; Matti has assembled the most complete collection of Toyota specifications I've yet seen. The king of Toyota content, IMHO, especially related to vintage Toyota fuel injection.

Bill Lantz runs a 22R-TE site called Elite Turbo Toys. He is currently looking for pictures of 22R-TE and turbo 22RE trucks, 4Runners, and Celicas to post on his site.

Bruce Hawkins, a member of the 22RTE-Trucks list, has a 22RTE site with lots of valuable information. Worth checking out: http://www.bchawkins.com/22rte.html

Some high performance business sites that are worth checking out:

D.O.A. Racing Engines - Tim Jenkins, Obi-wan of 22R-TE modification, runs this business. He does a lot more than simply modify 22R-TEs (he has some very trick stuff for 3FZE V6 engines) but he knows the insides of the 22R-series like no one else I've found. He's also got a set of metal-backed timing chain guides for single-width timing chain sets that dramatically reduces their failure rate (when compared to the stock plastic/composite guides) -- much cheaper than converting to a dual-width chain. Highly recommended.

LC Engineering - Not the cheapest, but among the most experienced folks in the business of modifying the 22R/22RE engines.

Baker Precision - A racing supply house with some good prices on oil coolers, silicone intercooler hose, etc.

Performance Techniques - A good source of turbos, intercooler hoses, T-clamps, wastegates, etc. They only ship COD, and they *only* take cash, but they have a decent selection of goods.

Turbo Hoses.com - A great source of quality reinforced silicone hoses of various sizes and shapes.

McMaster-Carr - Maybe the most amazing source on the web for arcane hardware and industrial fittings. "Huge" doesn't begin to describe their inventory. When you absolutely need to find some exotic fitting, adapter, hose, or piece of arcana, this is the place to look.

RC Engineering - Not to be confused with LC Engineering, RC specializes in high performance fuel injectors; they really know their stuff!

Simple Digital Systems - When you realize that the stock engine management system (ECU, injectors, mass air sensor) can't keep up with your engine's need for correctly metered fuel, these are the folks to call. They seem to have a lot of experience with hot turbo'd 22RE/RTE engines, and they make some powerful-yet-simple systems.

Fuel, Air, Spark Trchnologies (F.A.S.T.) - Makers of the standalone fuel injection system I used on my truck. This is a great system, and I heartily recommend it.

Split Second - Another entry in the replace-the-AFM market. Their system is intriguing, if a little pricey when compared to the SDS model. Still, worth checking out, IMHO.

MoTeC - The king of the engine management computer business. When maximum performance is the ultimate goal (and money is not an obstacle to gettijng there) these are the guys to go with. Too rich for my blood, but I can dream, right?


The best book on turbocharging I've read so far:

Corky Bell's Maximum Boost . If you want to read a clear description of the various component systems that all come together in a modern turbocharged engine, this is the book to read. Sort of like The Way Things Work for turbochargers. While not the most technical of books on the subject (though plenty technical for me, thank you very much), Bell nonetheless explains how all of these read-about-but-never-quite-understood things function. I came away from reading it with a much better understanding of how to get the most from my engine.


The best book on modern engine tuning I've read so far:

A. Graham Bell's Modern Engine Tuning is a clearly written book on all of the major aspects of tuning a modern fuel injected (and turbo charged) engine. I especially appreciated the chapter on camshafts, as he is able to concisely and logically explain how all of the opening, closing, duration and lobe separation numbers work together to create performance and/or economy. This book covers a lot of ground very well. Forced Induction Performance Tuning, by the same author, is also quite good. Both books cover similar material. The second book is more recent, and maybe gets the nod on that basis, but either if a great addition to your collection.

Other links:

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