Okay tuners it is time for another update on project ďRedSunĒ. A lot has happened in the last 2 weeks and Iím long overdue for this update to my first journal with you all at DSMtuners. My project has shifted a bit since my car for car trade with a not so proud owner of my current black 98 GSX but after a very exciting trade with him he is now a very proud and happy owner of a 95 GSX 6 bolt and me a 98 GSX 7 bolt. Enough with the recap itís all in the history books. Now itís time to restate my goals and all the changes to them.
100% COMPLETE *Full 2Ga to 2Gb Conversion w/ Hardtop conversion w/High Rise Spoiler
*Full restoration of the exterior Paint Touchupís and Window Tint
*Interior remodel (Racing seats, Sound system, )
*Return 100% of mechanical functionality (In-completed and unaccomplished services , Sensors, Troubleshoot and remove check engine codes, etc..)
*Stage 1 Upgrade Path (To include T28 Turbo, AEM Wideband, Boost gauge, Voltmeter gauge, OBD2 Readout gauge)
*Suspension (Hotbits DT1 Suspension System)
50% Complete *Full engine bay cleanup and dress
Here are the upgrade parts and what Iíve done so far:
NGR Greddy Style BOV ( Will I ever get my NGR Performance BOV?
Installed - Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator,
Installed - Mishimoto Fan shroud kit,
Installed - Mishimoto Silicone Radiator Hoses Received -Mishimoto Street Style intercooler (Black)
Installed - MIT OEM Sparkplug cover
Installed - MIT OEM BOV Recirculation Tube
Received -Mishimoto Street Style intercooler (Black)
Received - Driver Side door cap
Received - Wink Mirror (I love them this time no stickers)
Received - Bonehead Performance Oil Feed Line Kit
Rebuilt on 14B - OEM 14B/16G/20G Waste gate Actuator
Rebuilt on 14B - 14B Turbine Shaft/wheel
Rebuilt on 14B - 14B TD05H Rebuild kit
So I traded my lightly modified 95 GSX for a completely stock 98 GSX, which has a nearly flawless body along with the 2GB body style Iíve long awaited. Leaving the older 95 2Ga GSX was one of the better decisions Iíve made in my time with DSMís. It was argued in the forums that 2Gaís should be left 2Gaís. Iím not too much of a fan of the 2Ga body style, but I have enough respect for DSMís to leave it alone and no ďbutcherĒ a perfectly fine looking car. Anyway aside from that Iíve decided that within my exterior portion of the restoration Achieving the 2Gb body I want was very successful, and Iíve also decided to NOT do a hardtop conversion. One of the main reasons I wanted a hardtop 2Gb is because rust always likes to form on the sunroof assembly. In this cars case, there is no rust or signs of rust on the sunroof assembly, and as long as I continue to take care of that general area after heavy rain or washing I should be fine. Sunroofs add a nice accent to the car I must say. The only thing left for me to do with the exterior part of my restoration is to fix the sun damage on the roof and the high rise spoiler. This shouldnít cost too much or be too hard.
The interior of this car is spectacular. Not only is it very clean and well kept, thereís no sun or heat damage inside the car, all the body panels are present and undamaged. There is is new black carpet all the way to the truck space, and new black suede headliner which adds a nice touch to the GSX. Along with the inside the car features the OEM stereo/CD player. Of course it is in lockdown mode and I havenít had any luck with contacting Mitsubishi on getting the code for it. This weekend when I open up the interior panels and check my ECU and electronic equipment Iíll see about getting the unlock code. Iíll be leaving most of the interior alone since it is in such good condition but I will be replacing the sets with black leather racing seats and adding my listed AEM gauges and other electronic mediums inside (Future updates)
The engine bay is well stock. Except for some upper hard piping and a Authentic Greddy Type S BOV, which the adjusting bolt stripped when I was adjusting. But thatís okay hopefully my NGR Type S will be here soon ( Will I ever get my NGR Performance BOV?
). I plan on upgrading the turbo with a true bolt on with performance in mind T28 Turbocharger. I also plan on either using my Mishimoto FMIC or another SMIC for the 98 GSX. My current SMIC has a hole in it Iíve repaired with Aluminum Epoxy. It was a quick fix at a gas station but seems to be holding well, and was the source of my boost leak. I could possibly still be leaking boost which might be the reason my boost isnít ďknock you in your seat powerfulĒ or it could be the very stock T25 turbo I currently have on there. My DSM isnít the fabled 98 GSX Iíve read about on the forums so I am a tad disappointed but then again. Power wasnít meant o be purchased outright, you have to work towards it. I am at ease as my engine bay is free of tangled unorganized wires leading to nothing, and missing components here and there. I have NO LEAKS. This is a first for me in any used car ESPECIALLY a DSM. Unlike the other GSX Iíve found nothing wrong with the vacuum lines except the ones leading to the WG. Thanks to John over on Big Island I was able to do the BCS mod. Although my car isnít running right now because of a fuel pressure solenoid (Did Seafoam kill my car?
My Exhaust system is stock as well. I have no idea really what kind of system I will be putting on this beautiful machine, but I know Iím not going to make the same mistake as to getting a 3in straight pipe system with Apexi turbo back muffler ( Rally Exhaust?
) Iím more so considering a 3 in downpipe, 2.5 in Piping with a resonator and HKS turbo Muffler or Apexi. I feel like with this setup I wonít hear the annoying sounds I hear from Hondas. But all of this costs money which I am no unfortunately short of. Hell my car doesnít start because of a fuel pressure solenoid and I cant really afford to fix that because of the lawyer fees Iím now paying from a Racing on highway charge and speeding above 81 MPH ( Need a Jailhouse Lawyer
). But Iíve been getting a lot of help from my friend John over on Big island and without him I would be up a creek without a paddle. After all of my legal troubles are solved Iíll continue full speed with Project ďRedSunĒ. You all are probably wondering why Iím still calling it ďRedSunĒ. Youíll understand in either the next project update or a very near future update from me.
Before I hit you with all my photo updates for Project ďRedSunĒ I would like to give thanks to the following.
Dsmkauai Ė John Ė You da man!
Jonathan Hopkins Ė Awesome advice
4Lurker4 Ė Thanks you so much for support
JusMX141 Ė King of Turbos
DSMtuners Ė Unrivaled IT support
Oíriely Auto Ė After closing parts lookup and sales.
Mike Ė For helping me track down the new owner of this rare gem
Amazon.com Ė Every aftermarket, replacement and maintenance need all in one place
Mishimoto - Below is a video of thier product.
Mishimoto Radiator and Fan Shroud installed