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1998 Gst restoration

Average User Rating:
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Year:
1998
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
  1. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    This is the exact reason I bought a used OEM alt and will just have it rebuilt when it goes. These cheap rebuilds can't hold up next to our exhausts. And I'm running blankets, heat coated, thermal wrap coated, and stock heat shield.

    Do you have a link / part number to which thermostat your using?
     

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    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST

    Street Build

    T25   automatic
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  2. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    I've tried to build a few heat shields, but being so close to hitting the alternator power cable makes me uneasy, and having something rest on the housing unsecured means it could rattle. I haven't figured out a good solution. My eBay blanket fell apart after one use, so the next step would be to wrap the turbine housing with exhaust wrap and use steel zip ties to keep it in place

    I'm using a lower than factory temp thermostat, I said 160, but I think it's more like 180 maybe even 195 but I'll double check

    I've had it forsale for a while now, but now with all the major issues solved, and every little issue solved, it's a great daily driver. Ice cold ac, good manners and soft exhaust tone but loud when you're in boost. I'm keeping my price at $5k for it, even then I still think it's worth more. I have yet to see anything other than project car trash on the Facebook classifieds, and mine is literally the only second gen forsale in Texas.

    So I'll just keep putting more miles on the old girl

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  3. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Dammit, I just realized you're exactly right. I got the car with a drain and replaced the alternator and battery at the same time and the drain went away. The 2 AutoZone replacements, one had a bad bearing, the other had stripped bolt holes, and the last one cooked like the original
     
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  4. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Its a bit hard to find but this is the blankets I use. The one on the manifold I only put on during race right now as its has started to lose its color.

    https://turbo-performance-products.myshopify.com/

    Here is the one for our baby turbos --- https://turbo-performance-products....-1/products/dsm-16g-18g-20g-fp-8cm-turbo-sock
     
    My DSM:
    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST

    Street Build

    T25   automatic
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  5. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Yeah my stock manifold heat shield does it's job, it retains the heat back to the gas inside to be expelled by exhaust flow. My main issue is that no one makes an 02 housing "sock" to cover that area between the steering pump, alternator, and dip stick.

    Replaced every side skirt clip on the car yesterday. Individually they are $2 on extreme psi, I found an eBay seller offering a pack of 100 for $8 shipped. They are identical to oem

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  6. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    Damn good deal!
     
  7. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Just daily driver things. About 3k miles on rebuild

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  8. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Mirror fell off yesterday doh! Had to glue the button back on the windshield to hang the rearview mirror. Also put new light bulbs in the map lights

    Debating taking the car on a 20 hour road trip to Michigan. I'll be doing some long commutes to test for any bugs or issues that may arise on a long road trip. With my super large trans cooler and extra cooling effeciency from the extra fan and custom shroud I don't think I'll have any issues.

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  9. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Eh it's still cycling the compressor a bit while I'm sitting in the car on lunch, so I've ordered a manifold blanket and another turbo blanket. Also went overkill on the heat wrap, I plan to wrap the hotside down to the flex pipe

    I could half ass it and just make a cut above the intercooler for the condensor fan, but I haven't cut any corners yet so let's go with that theme. Also want to see if I can fit the factory heat sheild over the blanket. Want it to look factory

    Also put on the eBay lip this week

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  10. jinscho

    jinscho Proven Member

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    How difficult was the lip install with the universal kit? I've been looking for a lip and that $10 price point has me very intrigued....
     
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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder N/T

    Street Build

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  11. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    I mean it works fine, the tape on it says m3 not 3m, so I used self tapping screws every six inches or so to make sure that even if the adhesive fails the lip won't fall off.

    It seemed to stick alright but with the Texas heat I could see the double sided tape failing first and it just falling off

    It had about an extra 4 inches of lip left after install.

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  12. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Waxed up

    Got the first t3 blanket today, waiting on the manifold blanket and then I will be wrapping the 02 housing and downpipe.

    Ebay16g seems to be doing very well so far. It's just at 12psi but will definitely put you back in your seat in second and third gear

    High temp was 103 today. Car is still my preferred daily driver

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  13. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Oh man I totally forgot, I bought and sold 4 other Honda Civics in this time frame. I can do a mechanical overhaul on a d16 Honda Civic in under 8 hours, that's including removing the AC compressor and lines and expansion valves and blowing out the system, also water pump and timing belts. D16 is the cockroach of gasoline engines, by far the most ironhorse and fuel effecient motors (I did not say fast LOL)
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  14. Pouffysubset

    Pouffysubset Probationary Member

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    That's a lot of Civics! LOL Love this build thread. You know I never really liked the 2ga, but for some reason seeing those pics of yours next to your 2gb made me love it. Maybe it's the clean white.
     
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  15. Vegas smith

    Vegas smith Proven Member

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    Mods: perma-ban this guy for the Honda pics.
     
    My DSM:
    1993 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Street Build

    GT30   manual
    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD (sold)

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  16. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    It's just dsm herpes rubbing off on you. The 96 is sitting in my garage with the transmission under it

    The trans went out at the same time as the steering rack, made my driveway look like a murder scene. And the new trans has a bad shift fork, I pulled it back out and promptly nearly lost a finger when the trans fell off the jack

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  17. Pouffysubset

    Pouffysubset Probationary Member

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    Must be. LOL Sucks about your car. Still looks pretty sittin' up there though. ;)
     
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  18. boostdawd

    boostdawd Supporting Member

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    Damn good looking 2g dsm! 5k is a steal in my book.
     
    My DSM:
    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Street Build

    16g   automatic
    1991 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Drag Race Build

    GT35   manual
    1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (sold)

    Street Build

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  19. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Over kill mode engaged

    I used a reflective radiant barrier on the water pipe, and on the j-pipe and compressor side. I also modified the eBay t3 style blanket to wrap around the hot side and a bit of the O2 housing. Also used the radiant barrier on the dip stick tube to form a barrier to protect the alternator. And then to put the icing on the cake the manifold blanket covered by the factory manifold shield

    Lol

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  20. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Sold! Got $4500 for her

    Can't believe i had that car for a year. I think including the car I was in it everything at $3500, and like 200 hours of labor LOL
     
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  21. Tony Lane

    Tony Lane Probationary Member

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    Wow! Your hard work paid off.
     
  22. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Updated.

    Saw the new owner a few times. The first time was for the turbo gasket to manifold. The eBay turbo bolts stretchted being under that turbo header blanket. It blew out the gasket and completely melted the condenser fan. Shockingly it also partially melted the radiator above the condensor fan use to mount. I got a new gasket and thread locker and we got rid of the manifold blanket and the issue has never come up again

    Next issue:

    New owner took it to a stereo shop and threw atleast $1200 down on a custom system with touch screen, long story short of course they burchered the sh** out of the interior harness that I literally cut out of a junk yard car to wire everything correctly. So his heater and ac knobs In the center stack dont work

    He had a new front bumper put on, the old one was decent enough in my opinion, but what the hell it did need new headlights. Of course he asked for hood pins and drilled into the radiator condenser. Oh and you know how I think bumper quick connects are cheesey, of course he had to have a set

    So back to working on her again. Covered in stickers again. I think he actually took a few of them off because he knows how I hate them LOL

    The rack and pinion took a dump. Probably the worst job on a dsm. Just terrible to do every part of the job

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  23. EclipseRacing99

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    I hate seeing this! Especially when it was a clean car when it left. Another reason to do all the work yourself but apparently the person you sold the car do can't.
     
    My DSM:
    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    Road Race Build

    T25   manual
    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Road Race Build

    GT30   manual
    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Drag Race Build

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  24. Techn0Nut1996

    Techn0Nut1996 Proven Member

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    Study for finals or read this thread.. yep definitely not the first option LOL. Love the car, it’s interesting how fast people can change the car after they have purchased it.
     
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  25. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

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    Fack man I really hate the rack setup in these cars. The racks should come pre-centered to make everything easier. My backyard alignments will let it drive straight but I can never line the splines up correctly to get the wheel centered.

    Hes also paying me to wire in triple pillar gauges and the bezel gauges. 5 in total

    I got the ac and vent controls working now, not sure why they stopped. The switch for the neon led underglow kit is tapped into the wrong line I think

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    She still looks good though

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