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1990 Eagle Talon TSI AWD OEM+ Build

Kaane

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Jun 25, 2002
Dallas, Texas
20 years since I last owned a DSM. Since then I have gone through like 50 cars. I always told myself I would go back and build another. My first project car was a 1990 Gold GSX. I spent all my money on it, didn't have a clue back then, but it was so much fun. Back in those days I also had a 1992 Galant VR4.

Few days ago I saw a Red 1 owner 85K mile 1990 Eagle Talon TSI AWD 5 Speed 100% stock car for sale locally. It was cheap, but it needed a lot of work. I had to have it. The day I got it.

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Car has been sitting in a covered car port since 2007. It starts, but entire cooling system is rusted. I will tear it apart and replace and fix everything back to OEM or OEM+.

My goals for the car is just to have a fun weekend toy. Just some clean proven mods to get 300-350hp, no crazy power.

Engine Bay Day 1.

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Some basic things the car needs right now.

Full suspension overhaul
All new gaskets / seals / hoses
Entire new cooling system
Timing belt
Clean / replace injectors
Replace / upgrade brakes
New Door Seals
New Hatch Seals

Once Its restored to operating condition, I will start with some basic mods :)
 

CrackedDSM

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Dec 17, 2009
Pensacola, Florida
OEM+ used to be the dsm mantra before it was a thing. I absolutely love 300-350hp builds. They’re so much more fun and easily attainable and honestly way faster on the street than a lot of cars that should be faster on paper.


Gonna keep A/C and stuff? Good luck with the build!
 

Kaane

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Jun 25, 2002
Dallas, Texas
OEM+ used to be the dsm mantra before it was a thing. I absolutely love 300-350hp builds. They’re so much more fun and easily attainable and honestly way faster on the street than a lot of cars that should be faster on paper.


Gonna keep A/C and stuff? Good luck with the build!
Yes, going to keep AC, can't live without it in Texas :) Funny thing it is ice cold even after sitting for 15 years.

Pulled the Motor. Dropped it out the bottom, what a pain in the ass. There is no good place to keep it level underneath, almost fell off my table LOL.

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Hard to order some long ass bolts for my engine stand, the ones I had didn't fit.

Engine on the stand. Filthy, a bit rusted. Going to be stripped to bare long block and cleaned.

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Also ordered some 2003 Cobra Brakes with RTM Brackets, was going to do outlander brakes, but I like the Cobra calipers look more.

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CrackedDSM

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Spent like 4 hours scrubbing the engine. So filthy.

Got it almost clean.

Before
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After

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Parts pile growing

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What did you use to clean the engine so well? I’m gonna be doing this myself soon to both my long block and transmission, so inquiring minds want to know. :p
 

Kaane

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Jun 25, 2002
Dallas, Texas
I'm glad you're going for oem+ and not "ruining" such a great example, I'm excited to follow along!
What's the interior condition?
The Interior is pretty good, needs new steering wheel and shift knob and driver seat, it has one tear in it.

What did you use to clean the engine so well? I’m gonna be doing this myself soon to both my long block and transmission, so inquiring minds want to know. :p
Simple green with brass brushes and a lot of elbow grease :)
 

Kaane

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Jun 25, 2002
Dallas, Texas
While waiting on parts to arrive, did a couple of things.

Replaced the worn out pedal rubber pads, one was completely gone and second was super worn.

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New ones installed

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Next, I noticed front wheel bearings have way too much play. Man what a pain in the ass to remove them. Ordered some SKF bearings and Seals.

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pauleyman

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Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
Depends on what you're doing. Daily drive? Weekend dry only? Track? Two sets of tires/wheels?
 

CrackedDSM

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Dec 17, 2009
Pensacola, Florida
I like the cooper zeon RS3-G1’s for everything but snow. But honestly you shouldn’t drive these things in snow anymore so there’s that. Great handling tire, great wet and dry weather traction, good quiet ride, comfy tire. I had them on the red 2G and will be going with them on the talon.

If it’s a track monster you’re after or a drag strip killer, definitely better to look elsewhere.


But, pricing them around, it’s only like $40 more total for 4 if you go with continental extremecontact DWS 06 plus and those are stellar tires even by summer tire standards. So I think I just changed my mind. :p
 
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pauleyman

DSM Wiseman
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Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
If it low mileage through the year consider the 200 treadwear examples. My personal favorite street tire is Michelin pilot series. A little more aggressive would be anything at 200 treadwear or below.
 

CrackedDSM

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Dec 17, 2009
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If it low mileage through the year consider the 200 treadwear examples. My personal favorite street tire is Michelin pilot series. A little more aggressive would be anything at 200 treadwear or below.

The pilot sport AS4’s are pretty awesome and their tread wear is 540.
 

Kaane

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Jun 25, 2002
Dallas, Texas
I use pss on my GTR, PS4 are next once I wear those out. I considered them for the talon but I don’t need $300 tires for it.
 

Kaane

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Jun 25, 2002
Dallas, Texas
Got new bearings installed in the spindles. Got the spindles soaked in evaporust and painted.

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Did a brake test fit as well, wheels clear caliper perfectly.

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