Here you will find an informative collection of SXA10 Rav4 repair & modification how-to’s, most of which I have or my mechanic has done to my vehicle. The site is essentially my way of giving back, to the Toyota community that has given to me for some many years. My main focus has been to share and provide as much useful and relevant data as possible on how-to swap a 3sgte into a Rav4. Hopefully I’ll provide enough info to make your potential future 3sgte swap much easier.

*NOTE* – Some blog posts are adaptations of submitted threads from a variety of forums. Therefore, while this site serves to be a filter amongst these, please use this web site at your own risk. The site is just to give you a better pictorial description and a “real-world” perspective of what you would expect if you were to perform these repairs or modifications.

Enough of the mumbo-jumbo. Enjoy your visit, and if you have any suggestions or comments please email me at AW111MR2@msn.com. Also, if you have a write-up that you would like to contribute please feel free to send the info and with your email address as well. A couple pics would be nice to have, but aren’t absolutely necessary.


– Steve

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  1. Hey Steve. Was wondering if you figured out the whole larger bore master cylinder thing? Due up for brakes soon and would love to upgrade to the larger, thicker rotors. Thanks


  2. Good day Steve!

    I’m Banjo Castro from the Philippines, also a fellow RAV4.1 owner (1997 model 3-door, AWD). I read your write up about the GTE swap, and I was entertained by the idea. Well, I might consider doing it in the future as it seems that I’ll be keeping my RAV4 as may daily for years to come.

    Anyway, I have questions regarding the transmission swap. You said the Caldina ST215 transmission may have problems with the RAV4 speedo as it doesn’t have the VSS. Is the Caldina ST215 transmission different from the Celica ST205’s completely or only different because of the speed sensor? And are they both codenamed E154F?

    And by “Gen3 transmission” being compatible with the RAV4 speedo, do you mean the E154F transmission from the Celica ST205?

    Looking forward to your reply. 🙂

    • Hi Banjo,

      Correct the ST215 transmission which is a E150F doesn’t use a VSS setup. While it is similar to the E154F, it is a different transmission. No, they are different codenamed, Celica ST205 being E154F and the Caldina ST215 being E150F. Yes the Gen3 3sgte from a Celica ST205 is compatible with the RAV4 speedo setup.

    • I was using a custom built front coilover setup and a custom rear shock & spring combo. I have to dig up some old photos to post some pictures up.

  3. Hi Steve
    I want to upgrade the front brakes of my Celica ST from those of the GT model. What do you recommend me?

    • If you own a Celica ST, just get the brakes from a GT model. This includes, calipers, rotors, pads, and caliper bracket. Be sure to double check, measure and make sure they are indeed larger then your current Celica ST setup.

    • Hi Dinh, those are the front and rear engine mounts which I’ve highlighted at the bottom of the post. They are located in the front and rear sides of the transmission.

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