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Old 06-06-2018, 05:31 PM   #1  
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Going to buy a 2012 RS 7.0 and want to know of some signs I should look out for in a bad Scion I already have one to view and it has 83k miles and looks pretty mint in the pics
but I don't know what I should check out other then oil, coolant, leaks, engine noise and just ____ty repair on it but I don't know how to check for more serious stuff or things that go unnoticed so any warnings?

Also how would I install a backup camera on it? would I need to replace the head unit and use that since the RS7.0 one is different then stock? If the car has more then one 12v outlet I would just buy one that has a separate monitor screen.

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The RS series isn't really any different mechanical-wise than a normal tC. They mostly just come with TRD springs and slightly different styling/muffler. The 2G tC is pretty reliable, if it looks/feels good it probably is. It's a Toyota after all.

If the one you're looking had has a touch screen as the headunit, it should accept a backup cam. If not, then you'll need to replace it or come up with a different option for a screen. My 2014 came with a touch screen stock and I was able to plug a cam right into it, just make sure if it's OEM that the camera has an OEM harness option so it fits. If it's aftermarket, a generic camera will fit. Pretty basic there. Car only has one 12v outlet under the radio. Easy to tap into if needed, the hardest part of the backup cam install is running the wires.. and even that's not hard if you take your time. There's a DIY for it on here - BackUp Camera Install tC2 Alpine HU

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The RS series isn't really any different mechanical-wise than a normal tC. They mostly just come with TRD springs and slightly different styling/muffler. The 2G tC is pretty reliable, if it looks/feels good it probably is. It's a Toyota after all.

If the one you're looking had has a touch screen as the head unit, it should accept a backup cam. If not, then you'll need to replace it or come up with a different option for a screen. My 2014 came with a touch screen stock and I was able to plug a cam right into it, just make sure if it's OEM that the camera has an OEM harness option so it fits. If it's aftermarket, a generic camera will fit. Pretty basic there. Car only has one 12v outlet under the radio. Easy to tap into if needed, the hardest part of the backup cam install is running the wires.. and even that's not hard if you take your time. There's a DIY for it on here - BackUp Camera Install tC2 Alpine HU
Oh really? ____ mine has the Stabilizer bar, Intake, and the TRD exhaust which I thought all already came with the RS series but I looked it up and I was wrong I know the TRD exhaust is def aftermarket since the 7.0 I seen videos of never had that as stock. But at least my car is a
bit modded out I test drove it yesterday and bought it on spot getting it today :D. It sounds amazing way better in person and drives well all the mounts and stuff checked out and it even got neon lights (LED Glow) so its super sick. But checking the VIN this morning I seen the Copart
listing for it before it got rebuilt and it wasn't pretty not the worst I seen but still nasty but I have hopes for it. I had a 2011 2G before and it was amazing I loved that car and the reliability it had was, sad when I had to give it up for my V6 Stang.

Pic of my Stereo

And sadly no it's a Pioneer unit one special for the RS7.0 has no touchscreen capabilities just Bluetooth I would have to replace it but it seems that the space for the radio is small then the base tC with a head unit so it may need modifications for that but for now f that I'm just
gonna do that when the times right.

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Oh yeah it's one of the gross headunits lol. Can drop in an aftermarket touch screen with a dash kit or OEM 14+ headunit easily.

Congrats on the purchase. Strut bar might be stock on an RS, never looked into it much. For 14+ the RS looks tacky to me, 2013 RS is solid though, love the lip kit.
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Thanks dude i"m so happy I drove it to campus today right after buying it and the drive was just amazing sound is so good almost like my friends stock infiniti exhaust and it feels stable so I'm really digging it I got to just watch how I drive cause I can already see it driving it like I stole it and thats something I want to stop. and I honestly dont know where the stabalizer bar is located it has a TRD bar attached to the body right under the hood and over the exhaust so is that it? and what are some good shoes for it that are sticky and help alot with cornering? I got conticontact continental(dont know specific part #) and they feel really nice and sticky but I would something better if these arent really good tires since I dont know much about them.

and honestly hearing the unit I kinda dont want to get rid of it and possibly lose that sound I would have to find a good unit within 200-300$ to replace it with that woiuldnt lose out in the BT or sound cause jesus man I was surprised by how loud these were and the pioneer unit just makes it so much better.
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Changing the headunit will 99.9999% of the time improve sound quality, and it damn sure will on a tC. The stock headunit is fairly awful and cuts off a lot of frequencies that would be heard by an aftermarket unit, not to mention only puts out 11-14w. It's a very good upgrade to swap them out if you like your sound. I opted to keep mine as I just can't get rid of a factory touch screen and I dropped in amps and new speakers that I could tune when I overhauled my audio. Had I had a non-touch radio it would have been one of the first things to go.

Anyways, yeah that is a strut tower bar. It's TRD but I can't say if it's part of the RS or not. Probably not coz Toyota likes to nickel and dime you for anything that says TRD on it. Looks like an Injen SRI and possibly a header as well.

It's missing a battery tie-down so you might want to look into picking one up if there's nothing else securing that battery from sliding.

For tires it really depends where you live, what your driving needs are and how much traction you're trying to realistically get out of a tC. It's not a race car. Tires can definitely help if you're running hard stockers or yours are just old, but some suspension upgrades will likely make a more bigger impact. Tein S-Tech springs handle better and ride smoother than the TRD's that would have come on the RS. Coilovers are another great option for improving handling and ride, just more expensive. There is also a mid-chassis body brace made by TB Performance that helps with cornering a noticeable amount. The strut bar you have won't make a big difference for handling since the strut towers are against the firewall (basically a huuuuge brace) and they have a stock brace already that's hidden under the cowling.

I had my previous car (Mazda6 setup for autocross and HPDE events) outfitted with sway bars, coilovers, every body brace, super wide tires, etc, and the tC basically stock with upgraded tires (Hankook V12's) and S-Techs corners a lot tighter due to its lighter weight and turning radius.

Mods are great, but will really depend on what you want to get out of the car. I/we can recommend parts to you all day, but in the end you gotta mod for what suits you best.
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Changing the headunit will 99.9999% of the time improve sound quality, and it damn sure will on a tC. The stock headunit is fairly awful and cuts off a lot of frequencies that would be heard by an aftermarket unit, not to mention only puts out 11-14w. It's a very good upgrade to swap them out if you like your sound. I opted to keep mine as I just can't get rid of a factory touch screen and I dropped in amps and new speakers that I could tune when I overhauled my audio. Had I had a non-touch radio it would have been one of the first things to go.

Anyways, yeah that is a Strut Tower bar. It's TRD but I can't say if it's part of the RS or not. Probably not coz Toyota likes to nickel and dime you for anything that says TRD on it. Looks like an Injen SRI and possibly a header as well.

It's missing a battery tie-down so you might want to look into picking one up if there's nothing else securing that battery from sliding.

For tires it really depends where you live, what your driving needs are and how much traction you're trying to realistically get out of a tC. It's not a race car. Tires can definitely help if you're running hard stockers or yours are just old, but some suspension upgrades will likely make a more bigger impact. Tein S-Tech springs handle better and ride smoother than the TRD's that would have come on the RS. Coilovers are another great option for improving handling and ride, just more expensive. There is also a mid-chassis body brace made by TB Performance that helps with cornering a noticeable amount. The strut bar you have won't make a big difference for handling since the strut towers are against the firewall (basically a huuuuge brace) and they have a stock brace already that's hidden under the cowling.

I had my previous car (Mazda6 setup for autocross and HPDE events) outfitted with sway bars, coilovers, every body brace, super wide tires, etc, and the tC basically stock with upgraded tires (Hankook V12's) and S-Techs corners a lot tighter due to its lighter weight and turning radius.

Mods are great, but will really depend on what you want to get out of the car. I/we can recommend parts to you all day, but in the end you gotta mod for what suits you best.
I was going to order one from DHgate/aliexpress thats why I thought it would still be worse then the stock. So I'm def going to start looking up my options and see I want a Android head unit that has 7.0 so I'm hoping ones easy to find.

I checked and the Strut isn't stock was an aftermarket mod prob bought with the TRD exhaust too and I have the battery tie down but no screws for it the person I bought it from left it in the trunk so u know what screws I would need to secure it?

And damn I was super hyped for the Strut Bar being a good big boost to the suspension but oh well I'm just gonna paint it yellow so it matches the car color. I was looking and feel I'm going to spend money on my suspension I'm gonna want to get some
mid to high range gear. So I'm going to look at coilovers any good recommendations? and that mid chassis brace is something I'm def buying next month now that and the torque bar they sell seems like it would be useful.

And mainly since I know tC cant get much from engine mods unless you just drop a turbo in it but that's just too much now I want ti make this a handling monster and exterior mods to make the car just look sexy.

I also want to change my **** on a automatic so do you know the thread size for it?

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No idea what thread the ATX shifter is, I haven't owned an ATX in over a decade lol.

For the tie down bolt it should just be a basic 10mm m6 bolt that goes into the frame bar. The rear has a big J-hook piece with a free spinning nut on top.

For audio, I'd try to stick with brands you've heard of as the usually have more refined features and integrate easier. And just in case you get any amps later on, you'll be happier you picked something with that has at least 4V preouts.

I'm a biggggg fan of Tein suspension, so I'd recommend anything they make for coilovers, just don't go too low or you start to lose handling. BC, Tanabe, HKS, KW, etc, are all great brands as well, just stay away from those piece of crap Racelands. Eibach makes a sway bar kit for the car, too. I threw sways on my last car and they completely changed its handling. Felt like it was on rails, but they ruined the ride quality so not planning to throw those on this car, and personally I don't think the tC needs them anyway. If you do lower any further than the TRD springs you should also look into swapping in some adjustable rear control arms, as the factory camber is non-adjustable. On my S-techs (-1.8" advertised drop), I was sitting over -3 degrees back there, the SPC arms allowed me to get back to spec.
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