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MKIV.com Site Update Status

The goal when we took over MKIV.com a few years ago was to revitalize the site and foster member engagement and keep the site relevant and useful for the Supra community. There have been some ups and downs and quite a steep learning curve.

We initially moved the site to a new pro bono host in the Supra community and set to work on the functionality of the site. It became clear pretty quickly that the web designer contracted by the previous owner wouldn’t be available to make the repairs and updates to the site. We contemplated going back to the old site framework. We determined that the WordPress platform gives us the functionality necessary to have user interaction and the ability to have multiple contributors adding, editing and updating articles.

After some time, the pro-bono host had a change in business focus and we had to search for a new host. We found a host who specializes in WordPress hosting and transferred the site. Since then, we have been working (albeit slowly) on fixing functionality (as users report errors) and doing the groundwork to add new features.

A few months ago, the site was hacked and went down. We worked to get site back up. Despite many anti-malware and spam tools, we recently realized that the theme that had been used was still harboring some suspect code. It was a good (and necessary) opportunity to replace the site theme.

Based on feedback, we’ve changed theme and are working on making the site more user friendly and giving it a look and feel more familiar long time users while still keeping and improving the current functionality. We are still working out a few bugs with the new theme but they should be resolved in the near future.

As we near our 20th year as a website and resource, we look forward to help make and keep this site relevant and useful for many more Supra owner generations to come.

Sincerely,

-MKIV.com Admin Team

If you have constructive feedback and/or would like to become a site contributor, please respond to this thread in the form below, leave a comment or message the Admin Team.


Update (July 15th):

Afternooon all!
As you may have seen, we have the site running on the new theme. However we are still having some issues with old code fouling up the menu functions, etc. 

In the next few days we’re are going to be doing a full reinstall, so there may be some downtime while we’re working on the repairs.

If the site is down, please check this post on our Facebook Page for updates. 

MKIV.com Update Status

Favorite Supra Picture? Show MKIV.com Yours!

We all have a favorite Supra image stored on our computer/laptop/tablet.
For some of us, this image is our background.

I know, like me, the members of MKIV.com have a huge folder of Supra photos on their computer – and they always go back to
a select 4 or 5 that are their all time favorites.

To keep this short…

I want to see what your favorite all time MKIV Supra photo is.
It’s easiest to reply via Facebook — so visit the MKIV.com Facebook page (linked on the right sidebar).

It can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMKIV

If you haven’t joined – please do and then show us your favorite image ever.
You can also link a photo in the comments section.

I’m eager to see what photo(s) are your obsessions!

I have one that I’ve always liked – it’s a bone stock QS that I used to own:

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– Aron

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Hello readers at MKIV.com I’m Mario and thought it’d be nice to share something about my own supra and how she has been evolved since my ownership.

I own an originally Red june-1993 supra SZ which was bought by me when first imported into the Netherlands back in august 2009.

Since my ownership the car has been undergoing a few major changes, for example the 2JZ-GE got exchanged for an 2JZ-GTE, also the 5-speed W58 got exchanged for an 6-speed V160 in combination with an A02B differential.

While the previously fitted 2JZ-GE was taken out of the engine compartment the supra was sent off to the paint shop to get the engine compartment resprayed.
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Installation of my 4” HKS Titanium exhaust system, customized for more ground clearance.

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BPU’d the 2JZ-GTE and upgraded the j-spec 2/1 pot configuration into the ‘’US-spec’’ brakes all round.
The system exhaust got upgraded to an 4’’ HKS Titanium.
The supra is recently completely overhauled, the previous owner(s) resprayed the supra in a goldish, top-secret ish color with an aftermarket body kit. I wanted to get the supra back in her original shape with only OEM exterior parts. The supra received a full overhaul and is sprayed in Toyota’s 040 white, during the overhaul she received new window seals and installation materials as bolts, nuts, clips etc. Also she received OEM facelift lightening all round. Also new CCW wheels got fitted.

A few pictures of the restauration and how she sits at the minute, I will let the pictures do the talking.

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Exchanged the final drive from A02B>B03B this included the prop/ and driveshafts to be exchanged as well.

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While at it the stock old brake lines got exchanged for the HKS braided lines,

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Still lots of things in mind, will keep you updated.

Mario.

 

 

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Memories and thoughts about Supra ownership, and why the Supra is still an amazing car today

If you’re reading this, it probably goes without saying that the MKIV Supra represents the pinnacle of Japanese engineering from the 1990’s.  Even in 1993 when the MKIV Supra debuted, the automotive mainstream seemed to realize that something special had just been presented to them.  Although the car didn’t win over everyone with it’s overall styling, many of us were smitten right away, particularly with its awe-inspiring rear end.  I remember working as a valet in college that year and having the chance to drive one for the first time, it was magical, emotional, and something I’ll never forget.  The only thing that topped that was the feeling of buying my first in 1999, a 1994 black/tan 6 speed targa with 82k original miles on it.  I was so proud and so happy to own that car, and it brought a smile to my face every time I drove it.

Many of us went on to buy these great cars, sometimes more than once.  I’m a 5 time repeat offender myself!  The camaraderie of the online community, the abundance of incredible parts to modify and enhance the cars, the amazing national meets, and the virtually indestructible hardware (engine, transmission) that the Supra came with all inspired us to continue building them up, selling them, buying more of them, and trying new things.  Looking back on my personal time with Supras that spanned from 1999-2008 I’d say my only single regret was to not stay committed to a single example, instead choosing to buy cars in different colors or having different modifications, changing a few things around, and then starting over to try again.  My final Supra was actually the lowest mileage and cleanest example I’d ever owned, but I tired of spending so much money on modifications as a project that seemed like it would never be complete.

Looking back on that, the problem was always with me, never with the car (except for a particular 1995 hardtop, but that is a story for another time).  I wasn’t patient enough, cut too many corners on modifications (ie:  didn’t get what I really wanted), and not thorough enough to make the project a success.  Given the opportunities to see some very fine built Supras over the years I can now see with 20:20 hindsight that I lacked the overall vision to obtain the results I really wanted.  If you still own one of these great cars, take this advice to heart.  It’s not too late to build something that is exactly what you want to have.  Don’t settle for shortcuts, don’t buy cheap imitation parts, don’t assume that cutting up the car is a good idea since it sounds fine to you right now.  Owning these cars can be like having a relationship with a loving woman, but it takes time and patience to get to the end result that you’re looking for.

Now that I’ve been able to reflect back on Supra ownership more and more, I can see that it really was a special milestone of a vehicle.  There are newer and faster platforms available now (Gallardo TT, GTR, ZR1, etc.), but I cannot think of another that gives you such a relatively easy (and arguably affordable) ability to make big and reliable horsepower, run single digit quarter mile times, run crazy high speeds if that is your thing, road race, or just cruise down by the beach in style.  The Supra is truly a super-car for every person, not just the rich and famous.  The cars continue to get rarer and more cialis online desirable, particularly in stock form so that a new vision can be attained by a modification driven owner.  More owners are buying multiple examples to own simultaneously now, and far too many cars have been lost to people with even less patience and foresight than myself.  I’m very proud to say that all of my personal Supras were sold intact to happy new owners!

That’s a shame of course.  As the age of the electric driver-less car draws ever nearer, it’s time to really reflect back on the cars that made an impression on our lives.  The MKIV Supra is absolutely one of those cars, has attained cult-like status, has earned the respect of the general enthusiast, and is coveted by those of us who know and love them well.  As an owner, I really feel that it’s your duty to keep these cars in great shape and preserved so that you and others can continue to get immense satisfaction out of them for years to come.  Although I haven’t owned one in over 4 years now, my memories are extremely vivid and joyful, and I never fail to wave to the proud Supra owners driving around and showing them off at various car shows.  It’s normal for a car guy to appreciate many types of cars, but the Supra stands in very rarefied air, a terrific example of a well rounded machine that can excel at so many things…even now!  So, proud Supra owners, I hope that you’ll carry on the fine traditions that I remember so much as part of the community (don’t worry, I have no plans of leaving despite not owning one), and continue to blaze new ground and set new standards for others to look up to.

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