99 GSX Rebirth/Clean-Up/Build

Posted by bettfootball, Feb 10, 2013

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  1. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    When I turned 16 I purchased my 99 GSX from a woman in Chicago, and wanted to build it up to be clean and look like how a GSX should have come from mitsubishi.

    Here is my ongoing build.

    How I bought the car

    99 GSX Auto
    Northstar White
    Black leather interior
    89,000 on body

    Engine:

    Stock 7 bolt
    89,000 on it
    powdercoated valve cover
    jmf heat shield

    Appearance:

    sh**ty chrome pitted wheels 17x8
    Ebay full 3 inch exhaust
    intercooler core (just for looks)

    Day I bought it
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    Not much happened for a while since I was paying almost 280 a month for full coverage. I paid 6500 for the car in cash so I didn't need full coverage, but wanted it just in case for a couple of months.

    The first thing I did was paint the ugly rims black so they didn't really stand out.

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    After cancelling full coverage and switching to liability, I had some more funds ready. I purchased;

    Punishment FMIC
    Safc2
    Megan Boost gauge

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    After cruising around my gsx all that first summer for about 10k miles, I really started to research dsm's, their problems, what makes them work, and why they fail. I learned a ton by messing with things and tearing sh** apart in the bay, reading on forums, and studying everyones build threads.

    Winter rolled around and one afternoon it threw a rod in the high school parking lot while leaving for lunch.

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    I really didn't know what I was going to do at this point. Wasn't sure if I should just sell the shell or try to find someone that could help on the rebuild.

    I found a guy through a guy I knew that said he would help putting a new motor in. My plans were just to get another 7 bolt block and call it a day but he pursuaded me into a 6 bolt, telling me it was an easy swap and he had done it 100 times.

    So my car went into his shed and he began telling me things I needed to buy.


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    Well this buddy of mine told me he could do all this work for around 600 bucks. Me, not knowing dsm's that well, believed him. Well he tore my whole engine bay apart within two months or so and started running into trouble with bolting the 6 bolt to my auto trans.

    This whole time my car was in his garage an hour away from me I became pretty worried about it. So I started doing tons of research on what it takes to swap a 6 bolt into an auto. I found a lot of parts that were needed that would double my budget that he said, those parts being;

    Kiggly 6-bolt 2g adapter
    6-bolt cas/adapter harness
    Pretty much everything on the timing

    After all of this I decided to pull the plug on him helping and took the car back to my garage to do the work on my own.


    Car in my dads workshop

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    Keep in mind I had never done anything like this before so I was new to everything and working alone haha.


    Managed to get the motor out all by myself to start checking everything out.

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    The carnage I found when removing the head.

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    While the engine was out, I really wanted to do some stuff to the bay/car. This stuff included;


    Engine bay shave
    Engine bay repaint
    Wire tuck
    Battery relocation
    Abs delete
    Fuse box relocation
    Power steering delete
    A/c delete
    Fix a little strut tower rust
     

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  2. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    The car was a northern car so yes, it has some rust around the metal edges and what not.

    The bay was disgusting.

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    I took the whole abs harness out.

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    I then started to gather up all of my 6 bolt swap parts that I would need.

    I picked up all of the following over the span of a year and a half while my car was sitting in a garage.

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    These are all the new parts that went in to the eclipse.

    Engine:

    Eagle rods/wiseco 9:1
    Oem 6 bolt front case
    OFH
    BSE kit
    New alternator
    New water pump
    New dipstick tube/ dipstick
    New Oem black 6 bolt timing cover (galant)
    New valve stem seals
    All new OEM bolts
    ACL tri-metal bearings

    Turbo/Intake:

    Small 16g fresh rebuild
    New FP Blue drain line
    New ss feed line
    Injen style intake
    Extreme Psi t bolt clamps (tired of the sh**ty ones)
    Voodo MBC

    Fuel:

    Denso 660's
    6an filter to rail

    Exhaust:

    3" Apexi N1 downpipe
    3" Apexi N1 cat back
    Megan ss o2 dump

    Suspension/Wheels:

    BC Racing type BR Coilovers
    Enkei RPF1
    Potenza RE-11

    Well my dad wanted my car out of his garage so luckily my buddies dad had just rented out this big ass warehouse 5 minutes from my house he let me move into.

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    Now that I had a great place to work, I really got the ball rolling on getting this bit%h back together!

    I had the whole motor together and began working on the engine bay.

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    All the aluminum parts were soda blasted and painted aluminum with a clear on top.
     
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  3. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    I removed the trans/ subframe and cleaned everything up as good as I can.

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    Then I began on my engine bay shave.

    I knew what bolt holes were being used and welded up all the other ones I didn't want to be seen.

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    I thought how I could get all the paint out and start over fresh for a couple days when decided to just strip the whole bay.

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    In between working on the bay I turned my attention to my transmission. I power washed the #### out of it and had it soda blasted so I could paint it. Also picked up a new OEM dipstick for it since the other one was fried.

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    I then used rust inhibitor on all the bay, then primered, and used more rust inhibitor on the known parts that get rusty.

    I used standard "high performance rustoleum" because I saw a guy had good experiences with it so gave it a try.

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  4. crash89

    crash89 Supporting Member

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    Looks great so far! You know you dont have to heat wrap the J pipe right? LOL Keep it up!
     
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  5. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    Haha yes I know I don't have to heat wrap it, it won't make a difference, it is just for looks!


    There are a few more things that I bought while re-doing the bay.

    AEM boost/oil/wideband gauges
    STM oil cooler kit
    B&M trans cooler kit
    Authentic Greddy type s


    Here are some pics of the parts and installs.

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    While I was doing this I noticed my front bumper was looking pretty gnarly, along with my front fenders so I sent them off to get painted.

    I also picked up;

    Oem front emblem
    Oem fog light covers
    Foglights, ( I didn't have any)
    And put an HD lip on my fresh bumper.

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    Now I was ready to throw the engine in.

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    I had also put on my new BC coilovers and wheels

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    This was the first time it was all back together in a little under 2 years

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    And the engine bay shot when it was just put together.


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    I decided to take some new pictures with my dads new camera gear.

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  6. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    I took it to MOD this year, first time it has been to any kind of show really.

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    Well that pretty much took all of the summer and I had to put it under wraps, in a new garage, while I went to school at Iowa State.


    Here are some pictures of it that I took right before I left for school.

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    I went back another weekend and took some interior shots since I haven't really taken pictures of that before.

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    My girlfriends mother goes to Germany a couple times a year so I figured it would be a good way for me to get some rare parts from over seas.

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    I went back and put them on/wired them up, thanks to the spidey write up here on tuners.

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    Ever since the BSE I've had some pretty high oil pressure so over break I decided to port the OFH.

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    I also took the time over break to fix my camber via the bolts in the upper arms in the rear, and also to put some spacers on all four to bring the tires out to be a little more flush.


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  7. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    With my tax return money I went ahead and purchased some much needed parts :)


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    Full evo 8 Brembo kit with rotor pro slotted discs and 2g brembo adapters.

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    These things fit perfectly.

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    This is just for mock up, I will be stripping them and either painting them or getting them powdercoated.

    I also picked up this little guy.

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    This is pretty much were my project stands right now. I'm sure I forgot a ton of crap but I did my best. When I return from college I will be sure to post up more pictures of what's going on with my build.

    Future plans

    Install my evo 9 fuel pump
    Purchase evo 9 recaros
    Get rear bumper/ sideskirts repainted
    Get tactrix 2.0 cable with ecuflash/evoscan
    Roll rear fenders
    5spd swap

    I do not plan on doing anything else performance wise, I'm not so big into that kind of stuff. I just really want my eclipse to be clean and be done right. I don't plan on driving this thing everyday, but do plan on just keeping it until it rusts apart or gets totaled.
     
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  8. 952g63t

    952g63t Proven Member

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    So fresh'n so clean. You have an awesome build going. So jelly of the interior. :D
     
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    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    Street Build

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  9. idkiliketurbos

    idkiliketurbos Proven Member

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    Man I love this car! I'm glad you finally added your build thread to dsmtuners!
     
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    Street Build

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  10. squid267

    squid267 Proven Member

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    Love. This. This is inspiring me to finish the 6 bolt swap in my '95 GSX. Thanks
     
  11. Leonthefaded

    Leonthefaded Supporting VIP

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    Awesome build
     
  12. AwD4g63TsI

    AwD4g63TsI Proven Member

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    Great looking '99 you've got. First picture you put up looks like where I used to live on Central Avenue in Bett. How do you like the BC coilovers?
     
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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    16.140 @ 88.050 MPH
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  13. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    Nope, thats crestview heights, by Pleasant valley high school.

    The coilovers are awesome, plenty of adjustability. I have them as stiff as a rock right now but I don't drive much so I sacrificed ride quality for the lower stance.
     
  14. danielsl1999gsx

    danielsl1999gsx Proven Member

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    So this is the car i've seen all over FB. Nice job on everything!
     
  15. stvdsm

    stvdsm Probationary Member

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    Absolutely amazing build congrats man beautiful car!:thumb:
     
  16. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    Have parts on the way:

    FP 4 inch intake with couplers
    OEM double din brackets to put my mint infinity radio in
    MINT evo 9 black steering wheel

    Thinking about dying all the interior grey with SEM black dye. Also re-do the carpet and headliner in black carpet and suade. We will see about that though!
     
  17. TheFallenJosh

    TheFallenJosh Proven Member

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    Awesome build! Really clean car! Keep it up! Subscribed!
     
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  18. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    Better look of how the Brembos look behind the wheels. Can't wait until its nice out so I can test them out!


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  19. rongonz86

    rongonz86 Probationary Member

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    Awesome build the car looks amazing!! I love the way the brembos look in those rims!
     
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  20. Bud92gsx

    Bud92gsx Supporting Member

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    F***ing Beautiful..


    Will you go to earlville with me? I want to see this beast in person.
     
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    1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

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  21. vr4joe

    vr4joe Proven Member

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    Very nice build and really clean! Nice job man, keep up the great work.
     
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  22. bettfootball

    bettfootball Proven Member

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    Okay well after another little spree at JNZ for oem crap I ended up with some sweet stuff.

    OEM mitsubishi trunk decal
    a majority of the OEM decals/stickers that they had
    Fuel pump rewire
    OEM GSX decals for the trunk.

    So I have always wanted to get the oem gsx decal but I have always read that they stopped producing it, so I just ordered 2 'gs" ones from JNZ, well I got a call and they had some error with my order.

    Through the conversation I mentioned that I didn't even have a "gs" and needed the "gsx" emblem but they didn't make it anymore and no dealer had it. Well JNZ then told me that they actually had 3 in stock at their warehouse, so I bought 2 LOL.

    Next week I will probably finish up my brake job, fuel pump install and rewire, and maybe dye the carpet! My buddy also picked up a fender roller from eastwood so I will be doing that for sure.

    Pisses me off that we keep getting snow because I wanted to take it out for a spin but doesn't look like that will be happening.....
     
  23. GSTurbo1

    GSTurbo1 Proven Member

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    Gorgeous! Wish I had a shop and some $$$. :(
     
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  24. evo1rice

    evo1rice Proven Member

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    This pic looks like icing
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    very nice work on the bay
     
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  25. amuscato77

    amuscato77 Probationary Member

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    Seriously nice build man! I must ask being in High School currently, HOW DID YOU AFFORD THIS BUILD? I mean I know it isn't like you bought everything at once but still. Also kudos on your mechanical skills at this age. I'm still teaching myself basic crap. And congratulations on the cleanest DSM interior ever, even though it's an automatic)=
     

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