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    I am in North Georgia and would like to find someone that can stretch a Toyota MR2 Spyder for me. Do you guys know if this is possible and if so who I should contact? I would like to add about a 6" stretch just in front of the rear wheels. Any suggestions?

    James

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    James what are you working on? Give it up... hehehe

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      6 Inches Difference... Just in front of the rear wheels... Teehehehe ;D

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        I am trying to come up with my own design. I do not have anything to show at this point but when I do I will post. Anyone know about doing a stretch?

        James

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          take some pictures of the rear an post them ,then some of our members can asist you most of us here has stretched a fiero but not a Mr2 call an talk to mike vetter he has done boxsters an a NSX he could give some insite
          In the USA if you pay a company / person to start a plug, then it,s your plug and work ,it is not theirs to sell or trade !!

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          • #6
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            IKR,

            Who is Mike Vetter and how does one get in touch with him?

            James

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              • #8
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                Powerhouse,

                Thanks for the lead. I spoke with Mike and he is super helpful. Much better than amyone else I have called. Most say no it can't be done or it is too expensive. He just said, "sure I can do it. I can stretch anything" SuperGreat guy. Have you had him do any work for you? If so what?

                James

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                • #9
                  Re: Stretching An MR2 Spyder

                  Sure it's possible and plausible, but unlike a fiero the MR2 Mk3 is a unibody design so stretching it will be ALOT and i mean ALOT more work, and it will kill the handling and accelecration of the car because the reinforced frame (for cloth top) is cut in half then patched up with different metal, plus the added weight will easily bump it from 2150lb to 2400+

                  My question is why go through this much trouble? You can get a chassis made then transfer all the MR2 parts over (getting a 2nd gen is way cheaper and more powerful) for a stiff and light result, and the cost will be about the same if not less. MR2s are still $10k+ unless it's salvage, which has its own series of problems.
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                  • #10
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                    Instead of cutting the chassis it may be worth looking into just moving the engine cradle back into the trunk area and then relocating the shock towers.

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                    • #11
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                      The reason to stretch the chassis is to make the wheelbase of the car longer. I have studied numerous exotic cars and almost all of them have a longer wheelbase than the Spyder. I think that if it were about 5"-7" longer it would look sooo much better(even you guys taht want a Modena know that the wheelbase is longer than the MR2 Spyder). I am not sure about the handleing but would hope it would improve. I quess that being a unibody though it probably would not improve. I wonder how the Porsche Boxster is made: unibody? Mike Vetter has been stretching those with much luck. Of course I would like to try and designa a custom body kit for the car. The main problem is that I cannot find anyone that has the artistic skills to help put my ideas on paper. Powerhouse.. Can you do a photoshop for me of the car with a stretch of 7" just in front of the rear wheels? This would be awesome to see what kind of visual change this makes to the car. I have to believe it will be dramatic. I may have said it before, but I do not want to start with a chassis and try to build up a complete car. This seems like so much work.

                      Thanks,

                      James

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                      • #12
                        Re: Stretching An MR2 Spyder

                        well again, stretching will definitely not improve handling, but rather increase the flexing and shear making the car more wobbly and corner far worse. a stretched unibody car becomes a cruiser, fine in a straight line, but questionable in the bends. and when you have a 135hp car that is heavier and is only sporty going straight, you lose the whole point of the MR2.

                        i'm not sure you realize the biggest problem with MR2 as a donor for a kit car, it's the width. Extreme sure found that out, same with steve at TG when he did the old 360 kit. the MR2 spyder is missing something like 20+ inches in width compared to most exotic sports cars, including the 360, and spacers+really deep wheels can only do so much. you'll have little to no ability to steer with huge wheels up front, and the whole car will be resting on the spacers and lug nuts and not the wheel and hub evenly.

                        i have an older MR2, and i know the spyder in terms of construction, just trying to save you some headache.

                        look at the chassis, you'll see it's far from square tubes like a fiero, and there's no spot where you can just cut straight across. i can't see how relocating the engine would work either.
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                        • #13
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                          I would not suggest you stretch the MR2 Spyder. Whilst I was building my IRA, I had a chat with another IRA builder who tried to stretch the MR2. It is really not possible as he had to write off the car. He had experience in stretching Fierro's.

                          The main reason is because the MR2 body is one body, it has no segments. What makes it more difficult is that the engine is situated where you want to stretch it, plust you will need many adjustments, including the gearbox.

                          My conclusion is that, you rather take the advice of a fellow forum member here and purchase a tube chassis and move everything over. That will be much easier and safer job than stretching the MR2.

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                          • #14
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                            I noticed that the Boxter is a mid-engine w/ longitudinal layout. I wonder if the Lambo guys are using that tranny instead of the 911 which has to have the diff. gear flipped?

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                            • #15
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                              this has been done beforin japan i think.i've seen the pics with the car in a lift.dont know what the project was.just know its been done already.

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