The Legendary 4AGE Engine

I was talking to someone today about possible engine swaps for Toyota Corollas. Most 4AGE engines will be able to fit nicely and satisfy your need for speed. Their halfcuts are relatively cheap, cheap to run (I get 13.7km/l for my BT20V), cheap road tax and they’re virtually maintenance free. Haven’t had a single breakdown for the past 3 years, and I regularly bring it up to 8.1k RPM.

Anyways here are some awe inspiring 4AGE engine setups. The following are mildly modified 4AGEs. Sporting custom intakes, tuned exhaust pipes and probably more aggressive cams.

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On the left you can see some nice velocity stacks/trumpets to give good airflow into the throttle bodies.

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Check out the individual air filters for each throttle body!

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Individual coil packs. Distributor-less.

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Lovely exhaust pipes.

With naturally aspirated (NA) 4AGE engines you can probably get up to 200hp only after tuning and everything, economically speaking. To get more power, a turbocharger is required. I have no idea how much horsepower the following turboed 4AGEs produce but I’m guessing around 300-500. Keep in mind that the displacement of these engines are only 1.6L.

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Nice and clean engine bay.

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And last but not least, who can forget the legendary Formula Atlantic 4AGE engine which generates 240hp with a displacement of only 1.6L.

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Naturally aspirated, no turbos! Redlines at 11k RPM.

Turboed version of the Formula Atlantic engine:

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For more information on Toyota’s 4AGE engines:

Club4AG Technical Content
Bill Sherwood’s Modified 4AGE Page
4AGE.net
Wikipedia.org

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Why Wii and TVs Don't Mix

I’ve had my Wiimote for a few days now and I haven’t fully explored the accelerometers so I haven’t been swinging it around. It’s now working as my Winamp remote. Really nice since I can change songs without having to switch over to Winamp while browsing. Or while I’m in the toilet. I’ll post the tutorial up soon.

If you’ve just bought an expensive 50″ plasma TV, don’t go and buy yourself a Wii before you get some protection for your TV. At least get some acrylic panes that will stop flying Wiimotes from puncturing your RM10,000 TV. Don’t end up with these:

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And here’s what really happens when you actually break one.

If you have more photos of destroyed TVs, do email me or post the link on the comments below. Wii will share your sorrows. Continue reading

Rechargeable CR2 Battery

Since using my Nikon F65, I’ve always had to buy expensive CR2 batteries for it. They don’t run out fast, but once they do, replacing both at the same time costs about 2 rolls of film. So after the last set ran out, I had enough and I went and bought rechargeable ones (battery and charger from dealextreme.com).

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Rechargeable CR2s and the charger.

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The Nikon F65 takes 2 CR2s.

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No more buying these.

Now I just fully charge them before a trip and I can be sure that they won’t run out halfway through a shoot. And they cost me less to replace. Get them if you’re still using CR2s, this is a real no-brainer deal. Continue reading

Clean Desk

My brother went back to Kuching for his semester break so I took his 22″ monitor to use on my laptop. I think I’ll buy it over from him soon.

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Studio strobe on camera right bounced off cream colored wall. One SB600 mounted on camera bounced directly up at the ceiling. I had to wait for the sun to set slightly so the outside won’t be overexposed.

The LCD displays are also adjusted so their brightness would be the same and look right with the surrounding. Laptop LCD displaying Tweetdeck, taskmanager and Sygate personal firewall, 22″ LCD displaying Google Earth, iPhone playing Jojo’s Too Little Too Late. Wiimote functions as my remote control.

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Small Airports in Sarawak

We’ve all been to huge modern airports and they are as comfy and as equipped as shopping centers. You have fast food chains, snack shops, bookstores, and even spas in some.

In Sarawak however, there are some very small airports that are used to connect rural areas. Often these airports consist of a short runway and a small building that functions as the departure and arrival hall. There are no baggage carousels, you just take your bags from a spot. Simple and easy, like a bus stop.

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Long Lellang. That’s a Twin Otter parked beside it.

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Mulu. Fokker 50s parked on the apron. I’ve been to this airport onboard a Twin Otter a few years back.

Must be a real challenge coming in for landing in these airports. I’m quite sure there’s no ILS (instrument landing system) so it’s hand flying all the way down. Fun!

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