This page is simply a culmination of all the parts I am sourcing for the Matrix over the next few months. Again, this isnt going to be a show car, or a time ... Show moreattack champion. Its going to be a daily driven car, which has been modified to reflect what Toyota should have offered from the factory.
Suspension is going to be handled by Tein SS springs sleeved over stock Toyota parts. Although TRD offers springs for the Matrix the majoity of Matrix owners have gone with the Tein SS series with positive outcomes. They offer 2" of drop in the rear and 1.5" in the front. Enough to give the car a more agressive look without bringing it to low to the ground. A problem which already plagues the Matrix, even with stock suspension components.
Along with the Tein SS springs, the stock suspension will be aided by a Megan Racing front strut bar bridging the two strut towers under the hood. This will serve to stiffen the front end, reduce chassis roll, and aid in handling.
Once the car is sitting pretty I am going to focus on its breathing. The stock intake route is very restrictive thanks to several bends in the plastic tubing just before the filter box. To fix this I plan to have a short ram intake installed just behind where the battery sits. This will suck in the same density and temperature air as stock, but with simplier intake path. I also am going to redo the exhuast so it follows the stock path, but with a larger diameter pipe and better flowing muffler. I havnt figured out who I will be going with for the muffler just yet, but I will update once I do.
Intake and Exhaust:
After she's breathing right and sitting pretty it'll be time to tuck some wheels under the arches in the form of stock 17in Scion TC wheels in matte black. They'll be wrapped in some relativly sticky rubber such as Toyo or Hankook for better handling in the twisties, something this car already tends to do in stock form. I dont have a picture of them in black but so you can get an idea, these are the stock 'bronze' color Tc wheel. Show Less