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Street Build 1998 2gb Black Talon TSi

Rating:
5/5,
Year:
1998
Model/Trim:
Eagle Talon TSi AWD
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  1. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    Street Build 391  3

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  2. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    Seen a lot of awesome builds going on here so I figured I would at least update mine! Not really much of a build as I acquired the car with less than 50k mileage and bone stock. With it being 20+ years old, a black box ecu and in excellent shape, I figured I would keep it pretty mild.

    Over the winter I pulled the radiator, turbo and O2 housing. I sent the O2 housing out to get ported and ceramic coated by Boosted Performance:
    O2 housing1.jpg O2 housing2.jpg

    The stock radiator was in decent shape but I upgraded to a Mishimoto unit:
    Radiator.jpg

    I also managed to acquire a Hahn SMIC:
    Hahn.jpg

    This is overkill for a stock T25 turbo but I had the itch to turn wrenches through the winter and spring. With the exception of the radiator, I've kept all stock parts!

    Norm
     

    Street Build 391  3

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  3. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    While putting everything back together, I found the stock oil feed line to be a hug PITA. It snapped while trying to line up so I picked up a flexible feed line with 0.075" restrictor. The only thing that proved to be a bigger pain than the oil feed line was the connection into the OFH. I tried a ton of PB Blaster but that thing was not moving. I used an induction coil for about 12 seconds and the connection came right out:
    inductor.jpg OFH.jpg

    While the DSM may be mild the MK7 Golf R is getting a boost in...well, boost:
    AP.jpg

    Next up for the DSM is the brakes and suspension. Picked up Outlander brackets and rotors with some porterfield pads. Flush the brake and clutch lines, change out the pads and rotors, and install theRM rear sway bar.
     

    Street Build 391  3

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  4. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    So I'm considering ECMlink as I've read many threads stating that it is beneficial (even for a stock vehicle) in terms of a diagnostic tool. I've seen some posts indicating that for a '98 vehicle you have to swap plug wires and some posts saying and click "invert CAS", some posts saying you just have to click "invert CAS" and ECMlink website saying that neither of those are needed anymore but that you have to notify them if you are using it in a 97 or later vehicle.

    Which one is it?
     

    Street Build 391  3

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  5. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    My brakes always felt a little squishy and I originally had purchased new rotors and pads but my calipers were looking pretty crappy:
    caliper.jpg
    I considered rebuilding them but I didn't have access to compressed air so I just purchased remanufactured calipers all around. With new calipers in hand, I paired them up with centric blank rotors and porterfield R4-S pads:
    rotors.jpg
    While doing the brakes, it was a perfect time to do the Outlander upgrade:
    outlander.jpg
     

    Street Build 391  3

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  6. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    My stock rear sway bar and end links have seen better days:
    stockrsb.jpg

    I keep all (or most I should say) stock parts so I'll clean up the RSB and have powdercoated and then store it with the other stock parts. I got in on the group buy for a new RM RSB:
    rmrsb.jpg
    The brackets were pretty filthy so I soaked them in degreaser, sanded, primed and painted them a flat khaki.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2019

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    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  7. Kryndon

    Kryndon Proven Member

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    Followed, watched and rated 5/5! Would love to see more pics of your Talon. Hopefully your paint is in better shape than mine. It's funny how both are low mileage but they have almost the same amount of rust in the exact same spots underneath. Also if possible, do you think you can snap a pic of your rear muffler? I just want to compare it to how I got mine since I wasn't sure if it was stock or not. From your last picture it looks very similar.

    Anyway, great work on the cooler(s) and brake upgrades. Definitely worthwhile mods in preparation for more boost later on. Also DSMlink is a no-brainer if you have the funds for it. You also said you've got the black box ECU which is even better! Get that sucker chipped by ECM and start learning the ropes. It'll definitely come in handy if you plan on keeping the DSM for a long while.

    Good luck and don't be afraid to post up more pics :talon::thumb:
     

    Street Build 3K  9

    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    14.769 @ 92.22 · 2G DSM
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  8. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    Thanks! The car is in good shape is it was never driven in the winter and almost never driven in the rain before I picked it up. I'll be sure to give the car a good bath this weekend (she's pretty dusty from sitting in the garage all winter) and get some more pics up. The rear muffler is indeed stock and I'll get a pic of that too.

    I reached out to DSMlink and I'm considering it since there doesn't really seem to be much activity in terms of Ceddymods and ECUflash. With the car still being pretty much stock, I figured using either one would help in terms of learning for right now. Thanks for the tips..I'll post more pics and info as things progress :D
     

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    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  9. Esquire the Bold

    Esquire the Bold Probationary Member

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    Posted a few more photos in the photo section.

    Minor update: the old tires got tossed in favor of General g-max rs
    gmax rs.jpg

    New tires, new brakes, and a thicker rear sway bar..might have to give the dsm a spin at autocrossing.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2019

    Street Build 391  3

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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