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Street Build 1997 GSX

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Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
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  1. EVLGSX

    EVLGSX Proven Member

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    20171213_160716.jpg This is the car shortly after I bought it. First thing I did was fix all the dings and dents, sanded down all the sun beat clear, and locked it down with a quality urethane primer. This was a few years back when most of the body parts where available at the dealer. I went nuts and bought everything, belt moldings, quarter glass, roof drip moldings, windshield rubber, ect. All hoarded for the day I decide to spray it and reassemble with all mint new parts. It will be a special time when I finally do this. Something I planned way back. 20171213_160731.jpg 20171213_160748.jpg 20171213_160803.jpg 20171216_193146 (1).jpg Car was completely stock when I bought it. At this point I had switched out the plastic BOV for a 1g unit just to turn the boost up a touch on the T25. I did not leave it this way long. 20171217_141255.jpg This is a V1 HTA68 I picked up a while back. Before i got this car.

    20171217_152827.jpg This is a mint almost brand new FP Green. Wasnt sure exactly which one I wanted to go with. Ended up trying a few different things. 20171224_012841.jpg Picked up a Punishment Racing FMIC kit mainly for the piping and to get something in there fast and easy. I had plans on swapping to a better quality core in the near future. 20171225_164745.jpg 20171226_110358.jpg 20171226_110406.jpg Getting a 7cm evoIII 16g exhaust housing ready for use. Started off with the internal gate so porting the WG passage to help combat creep. 20180123_162738.jpg 20180123_162748.jpg Picked up a set of mint Evo 8 Enkeis. I had wanted these for about 10 years. 20180127_193814.jpg Going with and EvoIII Intake manifold 20180127_193816.jpg 20180127_194325.jpg I cut off the mounting lugs for the coil pack bracket in addition to a few other things for a cleaner appearance. 20180127_210936.jpg Wetsanding, almost ready to start the polish 20180128_164421.jpg 20180128_164430.jpg Went with a 1g NA throttle body. Sent it to throttlebodies.com for a rebuild, taper and polish. 20180128_184242.jpg Evo II IM next to stock unit. All finished up ready to install. 20180129_203250.jpg At this point, the quick and simple setup was coming together really nice. Started off with the evoIII 16g. I was really happy with the way the IM turned out too. I had also added ECMlink and a set of FIC 1200cc HiZ injectors, in addition to all other supporting mods to run around 22 psi on pump gas. 20180129_204301.jpg Evo8 MAF here. Swapped to a new RAD too. Those slim fans did not work out. They just cannot flow enough to do the job. 20180129_204327.jpg 20180201_153508.jpg Adding a set of HKS 264s to the setup 20180203_145233.jpg I really enjoyed the way the car performed at this stage in its build. I had it tuned pretty well around the way the WG would blow open and the spike in boost was a blast as it was accounted for and settled in really nice at 22psi later in the pull. Might sound crazy but I felt like I had lost some of the fun when i switched from the internal gate to an external gate. I missed that spike.
     
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    20180210_170351.jpg Added a Fuel Lab AFPR. Made a bracket to mount it to one of the threaded locations that I did decide to leave on the evoIII manifold. 20180210_170359.jpg Still on the EVO8 MAF but added an OMNI 4bar to log boost. 20180210_192246.jpg 20180210_192258.jpg 20180409_165705.jpg Decided to give the HTA68 a spin. 20180411_015521.jpg Also put toghether with a JM FAB External gate Recirc O2 housing. 20180418_133940.jpg Now with an Evo8 steering wheel. This wheel is a major improvement to the look and feel. 20180418_134002.jpg 20180503_170232.jpg needed an additional tap to the IM 20180503_171137.jpg fast,simple 20180503_171152.jpg this is the shop vac attachment I made to suck up any shavings as they where created. You can see it in action above. 20180511_184736.jpg Made up a 4'' pre turbo setup. No more MAF. Decided to try out SD. Never did switch back. 20180525_192620.jpg 20180626_023335.jpg Switched from an old school official Greddy Type S to a newer TIAL BOV. Also picked up a Mitsu labeled valved cover and refinished it. Added a cheap sealed catch can between the valve cover and the preturbo pipe too. 20180626_023411.jpg 20180626_023431.jpg I switched back to the EVO III 16g. There was a couple reasons for this. Finally picked up the ARC2 to add to the COP setup. I had just added methanol injection and was looking to max out an EVOIII16g. 20180707_120758.jpg Manifold blanket and turbo blanket from TPP. These really do a great job a lowering engine bay temps. It all adds up. 20180707_121041.jpg Frontline Fab rear diff brace. couldnt say no. 20180712_233925.jpg TEIN= waste of $ 20180714_232808.jpg Pulled the rear diff and cleaned it up.Swapped the new diff cover on. 20180720_205548.jpg 20180721_222127 (1).jpg Back in there 20180721_222127.jpg 20180812_193231.jpg Thinking about giving this FP Green a shot so I made this arm to hold the WG flapper open. Nice because Im able to try it out on my external O2gate without permanently altering the FP 8cm housing. 20180812_210021.jpg Having a proper shop makes all this stuff so much more enjoyable. Me and my buddy split the place. We added the lift last year. I remember what it was like to be out in the driveway.
     
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  4. EVLGSX

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  5. tk106

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    You should be able to upload them all but I do have trouble sometimes and think it’s because the file is too large. You can upload one at a time. That way you’ll know which one is too large
     

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  6. EVLGSX

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    20180812_210054.jpg Ive had this Thermal Exhaust forever. Pulled it off the last GSX. I think I was doing the tank to rail setup here. 20180812_210200.jpg Had just done the Brembo swap too. 20180815_201359.jpg Sorry my photos do become a bit out of order from here out..................Heres a look at my weld job for the evo steering wheel. This was actually the splined hub that I dug out of a 2g steering wheel. It is buried under a ton of aluminum on the 2g wheel but the part that matters is steel and it CAN be dug out and used. Heres proof. Obviously the donor 2g wheel was junk to begin with and was destroyed to do this. 20180822_204429.jpg Scored an evo8 ETS 4'' core. I made some minor modifications to make it work well here. 20180823_164220.jpg 20180823_164238.jpg 20180827_165626.jpg should I do it?? lmk what you guys think 20180916_140057.jpg An awesome deal on something I always thought was really cool. 20180916_140102.jpg 20180916_140140.jpg Tcase ready to go 20180916_144921.jpg back in there 20180917_191107.jpg 20180917_191138.jpg I had to make a few minor modifications to get the tcase in with the brace but nothing too crazy.......just a couple relief notches. I also had to slightly reroute my exhaust. 20180917_191150.jpg This is a look at one of my most used methanol injection locations, just after the intercooler. Ive tried a few different things as far as nozzle quantity, size, and location. I have found that one single properly sized nozzle in this location to give the best results. I would like to pick up a spare evoIII IM and weld a bung to each runner and try direct injection with 4 small nozzles at some point. I live in a pathetic place with no E85.........this is all I can reasonably do. 20180918_162807.jpg 20181001_150256 (1).jpg Picked up a carbon fiber hatch, local. Another deal I could not say no to. Something i would never typically do but I was ready to try something new. Also pulled my EDM tail lights out of the parts hoard. Ive had them forever. Ive got the side view mirrors and the side markers (fender mount) too. View attachment 571798 20181004_062001.jpg Did the ABS delete. New 3g Brake Master 20181005_050611.jpg New Non ABS Brake proportioning valve 20181005_050620.jpg 20181005_180549.jpg The car was now at about 75k. Very low millage but it needed the timing belt service routine. I took a peak in at the balance shaft belt, which was really what was worrying since I hadnt inspected it yet.......it was a scary sight. 20181006_173502.jpg In the mean time, picked up an all original never opened 7 bolt split thrust block to build when I get to it or have an immediate need for. 20181006_173505.jpg 20181006_173516.jpg .
     
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  7. EVLGSX

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    cracked the code man- thanks

    you can do 25 at a time and I found it best to highlight the 25 together in chunks and send em. doubt thats gonna help anyone now that im reading it.

    anyway heres what Ive done with this car in the last year plus a few months. I will add in text here and there
     

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    20181009_170417.jpg Put the car on the lift to do the timing job. Decided to do the head gasket too.At some point while I was waiting for parts I added an evo8 oil filter housing and a Setrab oil cooler. 20181009_223707.jpg Found this guy in there. 20181009_223716.jpg Spent some time cleaning up the front case and changing all of the seals with new OEM. 20181010_023537.jpg 20181010_145447.jpg head is now off 20181011_004433.jpg Block all cleaned up and ready for new OEM composite gasket. New A1 H11 headstuds and new OEM water pump 20181012_154107.jpg Decided to do some work to the head while I have it off 20181012_184353.jpg 20181012_184357.jpg Mild port job. Removed all casting flash 20181013_163355.jpg Lapped all valves and tested seal 20181013_172553.jpg 20181014_200510.jpg Dropped head back on with evo8valvesprings,retainers and keepers, 3g lifters and a Kiggly HLA. 20181017_231013.jpg 20181017_231634.jpg HKS 272s 20181019_015502.jpg all back together with new oem parts. I love to see a spotless timing case like this. 20181019_072902.jpg Evo9 Kevlar Timing Belt 20181019_101732 (1).jpg Heres a few shots of the evo8 oil filter housing/ oil cooler install 20181019_101732.jpg I used low profile banjo fittings so the factory splash shield would still fit without rubbing anywhere 20181019_101739 (1).jpg 20181019_101739.jpg 20181019_144253.jpg
     
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  9. tk106

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    Nice build evl! That tcase probably costs an arm and a leg. Is that your crx? Pretty clean and they’ll be going up in value as long as it’s not a rust bucket.
     

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    20181019_144300.jpg 20181021_111910 (1).jpg 20181021_111910.jpg 20181024_212929.jpg 20181102_153046.jpg Swaped from the evo8 steering wheel to the evo9. 20181102_153656.jpg 20181115_055336.jpg 20190219_212812.jpg Left to right 14B - HTA68 V1 - Frank 1 - FP Green - Holset HY35 20190325_144029.jpg 20190325_144039.jpg 20190425_003529.jpg gsx night.jpg
     
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    These are just some random out of order pics that where missed 20180123_171032.jpg SC for Tacoma View attachment 571842 These are the calipers that went in the GSX last year 20180510_180913.jpg I was pretty pumped to be able to turn it up. Not having e85 here is a real bummer 20180521_235123.jpg 20180523_013608.jpg 20180525_192555.jpg evo8 OFH 20180610_175803.jpg 20180718_202611.jpg 20180901_123018.jpg 20180901_123044.jpg 20180901_123100.jpg 20180901_195205.jpg IR Boost Control Solenoid 20180901_195214.jpg 20180903_214817.jpg 20180903_214822.jpg 20180903_214834.jpg 20180911_182208.jpg 20180911_182214.jpg 20180911_182222.jpg 20180911_182228.jpg 20180911_182250.jpg 20180911_183331.jpg 20180911_183332.jpg 20180911_183339.jpg 20180911_183348.jpg
     
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  12. EVLGSX

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    Thanks man!

    The CR-X is my buddys car, I actually replaced both rear quarters, fixed a huge list of other dings/dents and painted that car for him 12 years ago, we just figured that the other day. He did an awesome job taking care of it! Even today it still looks like it just got done. I dont know how he does it.
     

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    Something happened to your pics. I was able to see them yesterday but not today.
     

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    looks like they are above this text Im entering right now. lmk if you still cant see,

    it was alot at once so maybe it just tweaked out real quick
     
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    I can see them on my phone but couldn’t when I was the laptop. Strange???
     

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    Been sitting around with a fractured wrist. Going nuts unable to do anything in this cast. So I finally added some words to go along with the photos above.....all typed with one hand. Its still super half assed compared to some of the awesome build threads others have taken the time to put together but its better than it was
     

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    Looks good man! Do you plan on painting it?
     

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    Thx!

    That really should be the next thing but Im thinking I might do a different setup first. Ive enjoyed this current one for the last year so Im ready to move on. Gonna do TS.
     

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    Ive been putting off the state emissions test for almost 2 full years now. My registration expires on the 27th so Ive got that many days to get it set up to pass. Ive got everything I need to do it but its just such a lame thing to do to the car. Especially when Im as happy as I am with how its performing.

    I will have to-

    -undo EGR delete

    -undo EVAP Delete

    -Pull evo3 IM

    - install Stock IM

    -hook MDP sensor back to its channel which has been taken to log fuel pressure

    -install FP solenoid/ EVAP solenoid/ whatever that 3rd solenoid is (forgot what its for ATM)

    - install a cat back setup with a cat (which I had to weld up the other night so it will bolt to my 3'' downpipe just so things dont get too crazy as far as what I have to do exhaust-wise)

    -hook the rear O2 sensor back up to its channel which has been taken for the wideband

    -Install the stock MAF / swap back from SD (I dont think I technically have to do this, so I might not)

    then just make the necessary changes in ecmlink...........I think thats everything.

    None of this is fun or cool, and I am going to hate every second of it.

    However, I have a pretty cool part on the way that I'm pretty pumped about, and am really looking forward to trying it out....... so ambition levels are way up. All the lame changes will be undone quickly after and I am also thrilled by the fact that this is the last time I will ever have to do this with this car.
     

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    I've just read through your short journal, and so far you've got my respect. But...

    ^Just reading that list made me cringe and gag. It really does suck how you did that much work to the car, and now you have to undo it for testing purposes, and then do it AGAIN assuming they give the thumbs up.

    That one post leaves me with two words: MOVE SOUTH LOL I've never had to do emissions testing with my car, nor have my friends with theirs. If they pass from the factory, then no one cares. :D But seriously, glad to hear that you won't have these problems anymore.
     

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    Man that blows. I think classic plates exempts you from state inspection and/or just emissions testing. That might vary from state to state and you’re only a few years away. Make sure you drive it to get most of you monitors complete so you don’t waste your time.
     

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    Glad your arm healed up and you can get back to dsming...I mean wrenching.
     

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    Thanks! yes- so happy to be back in action. that was a rough time. Im not 100% yet but way better than I had hoped to be at this point honestly.
     
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    Thanks for checking it out!

    I know the list looks like a lot and Im really whining about it but the truth is once I get setup and start going on it, I will have it all swapped in a few hours......I knew this day was coming so I was pretty careful about how I removed the stock IM and all the other crap to kinda set myself up- I left every vacuum line hooked up with all solenoids / TB and all vacuum lines as one unit, then everything that wasnt able to stay hooked up labeled well......if that makes sense.....should go well... At least I think it should go well...........stay tuned!

    I dont like CT at all. I dont plan on staying here
     

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    yes! 25 years and Im free. I have a 1997 so 2022 will be when I get those and will be exempt for good. So I will do it one last time next week, which will get me 2 more years, then Im pretty much there.

    Yes Im going to have to put some miles on it after all the changes so it can establish as well..........did I miss anything else?
     

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