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95 GSX Off-Roader

Year:
1995
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
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  1. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Would like some input from you all who read this build. I'm having a delima deciding color for this car. I've considered repainting it black like it was originally, Minden silver since I like silver and it looks great on DSMs, a gun metal grey, or even something else. What are the thoughts out there?
     
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  2. IHeartMyHonda

    IHeartMyHonda Proven Member

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    I like oem colors. Especially since there were so many good ones to choose from.
    Oslo green
    Durango copper
    Biscayne green
    Kona blue
    Jade (from 2gb talon)
    Celtic blue
    Dark plum pearl (99 special order color)

    I also really like
    Yellow blaze (Ford focus)
    Midori green (Honda Civic)
    Ultimate opal black (nissan r35)
     

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    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST
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  3. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    I agree, there definitely are some great oem colors on these cars.
     

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  4. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Further Stripping...

    Since last I updated, I've pulled the car apart even more and finally made plans for paint. All that remains on the car as of right now, that still needs to be removed, is the fuel and brake lines running under the floor pan, the windshield (which I started removing today), and the rear side windows. I rolled the car out today and power washed everything, rolled it back in and put it on jacks, and dropped the front and rear subframes.

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    1996 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

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    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

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  5. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Rolling Along...

    The car has been up on jack stands for a while now. I finally got my "skateboard" (in a sense) built so I can roll it around the garage. Next will be saving for paint...

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    awd · manual · 2G DSM

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    awd · manual · 2G DSM

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  6. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Forgetting the Past... Moving Forward...

    It always seems like there's a huge gap between my updates, too much life bullsh!t in the way. Anyway, progress got slow on this car due to a variety of issues from cars to life, and anything in between. I have however continued to work on it when I've been able, and not pulled away from it. My direction for the car has changed again (what a surprise.... :|). After I scrapped the Talon, and bought my Kia DD, I started looking for a paint shop, and found one I liked. After that I decided to continue the very little that was left to strip the body 100% of any removable parts. This lead me to a further, more in depth look at the floor pan damage on the driver side, at the base of the wheel well. I ended up finding out that the same damage had been done on the passenger side as well, and the floor pan frame rails are so beat to shit, that I might as well replace the entire floor pan to correct the problem. I know it can be done, even being a unibody, but I decided not to pursue fixing it. Mainly because my DD car broke. Its engine is completely [email protected]#ked due to manufacturer defects, and gotta pay out of pocket for a new engine, but that's not a story for here. With that in mind, I decided just to make the most of what I have with this GSX and go a bit of a different way with it than most, if not all of this community would ever consider... off-road.

    A bit of my drive to work has a nice several mile long dirt road with a lot of elevation changes, turns, etc..., and I use it as a short cut since it's a few miles shorter than the highway. I'm now moving forward on just a rattle can black paint job, and throwing the car back together. In time I intend to give it a slight suspension lift to accommodate some off road tires, and a few other things I'll announce when I make them happen. I'm pursuing more of a function over form setup, but it'll still look like a DSM, just with chunkier than normal rubber. It won't look anything like those retarded lifted ones circulating around the internet that are thrown on top of truck frames. Those are just wrong.

    So forget all the past updates and ideas for building this car. It's all just no longer the plan.

    My dumbass removed the windshield since I thought the body was perfect, so the window frame would get paint too... wish I hadn't.
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    I decided to flip the car around so the rear subframe and fuel tank would be easier to reinstall. I'll flip it back around once the engine is ready to go back in.

    I will also be cutting out the spare tire well eventually since I found damage there as well. The jack mount was torn and someone attempted to fix it with spray foam... :ohdamn:

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    Here's how she sits as of today. Still gotta pull the driver door up from the basement, put on driver side side skirts, finish the interior, finish the rattle can special, and get a new windshield. Waiting for the cylinder head to be finished by the machine shop that's periodically closed due to how retarded this society is being, so that's hit or miss. Once I get the head back, the engine will be finished and put back in. All the running gear is already installed and waiting. I'm hoping to have it back up and running by mid June, but as always, anything can jump in and change that.

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  7. spyderdrifter

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    Pod Swap...

    With my new off-road plans in place, I decided to pull my gauges off the A-pillar like I had them in the Talon. I also decided I don't want the radio in the car anymore since I really don't listen to the radio anyway. Always use my phone or ipod. Since the radio slot is now vacated, I've used that area for my pillar gauges. I had some plexiglass scrap from some other project collecting dust, so I've used that to build my gauge holder. These are standard 52mm gauges, and I used a 50mm hole saw. I figured I'd have to do a bit of sanding/filing to get the proper size, but I didn't. They fit perfectly, nice and snug so they don't rattle or move around like they did in the pillar pod. The only sanding I did to the holes was to smooth the edges.

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    Here's where I've placed my wideband, didn't see the point in keeping the OEM boost and pressure gauges...

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    Here it was when in the Talon (the blue one obviously)...

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  8. spyderdrifter

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    Tedious Work Ahead...

    I finally finished getting all the etacs wiring hooked up and got the dash and hvac controls back in. Slow progress, but better than nothing. Up next will be wiring the gauges up in their new location. I decided to hook up my battery just to run power and make sure I'm getting the right wires for the gauges, one being the headlight switch. Only problem is none of my lights are coming on except the high beams. The relay clicks when turning them on, but no light.

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  9. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Continuing the Tediousness...

    I figured out what went wrong. Just didn't have everything plugged into the Etacs box. I do now though, and I got electrical power. I'll start wiring my gauges a bit later tonight.

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    I also finally got all the weather stripping reinstalled around the driver door, so the door can now go on any time, probably once I flip the car back around to get the engine/trans in.
     

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    awd · manual · 2G DSM

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  10. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Red Shifted...

    I finally got my gauges running on electrical power. I've been running through ideas the past couple days. Couldn't actually do anything due to my work schedule, but I figured it out and got it working this morning. I forgot to reconnect one of the pins on the headlight switch connector, and didn't have a good enough constant 12v source. I thought the radio constant wire would be enough since I will no longer be having a radio installed, but not so much (unless I didn't actually tap into the constant wire). I ended up tapping into a wiring mod I did back when I first bought the car that I knew for sure was a constant source. Works perfectly now.


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    Can't really tell too well in the pics, but the dimmer feature works too.

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  11. spyderdrifter

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    Small Update...

    I ended up ordering a 2GB front bumper from Amazon since I couldn't get a good condition used one local. Received it the same week, folded in the box WTF. Guess the company was ok with not using a properly sized box, but it at least regained its proper shape after I left it sitting outside for an hour. Already sprayed it matte black to match the rest of the car. Got my driver side fender resprayed black as well. I also decided to put the trunk panels back in and got my plate and reverse lights rewired. Only did that because I installed all the Talon wire harnesses so I wouldn't have to concern myself with modifying another eclipse tail light harness to work the way I wanted it to work.

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    awd · manual · 2G DSM

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  12. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Light Upgrade...

    My center brake light has been randomly not working, probably because of the crap plugs Mitsubishi used for the bulbs. So I upgraded the entire unit, came out pretty good, and bright...

    I might start building boards for the tail lights soon.

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  13. spyderdrifter

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    Almost There... and it's Gone...

    I got the LED board completed for my own gauge cluster, and it turned out pretty good, except for the piece at the bottom of the speedo that decided it was time to be its own separate piece...
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    But I went ahead and finished the board, and got it installed, and then had a real issue.

    If I had the lights on, ignition off, they were fine. Once the ignition was on, they dropped power and dimmed. Wasn't sure what was happening. Thought maybe I had things wired wrong, but that shouldn't be the issue. I hooked them up just like every other LED build I've ever done. Then, I finally got it to work.....

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    ....momentarily. The gauge cluster started to smoke, so I shut everything off and pulled the battery cables. I got the cluster back out to find the flexible PCB on the cluster is what fried, but still no known reason. My circuit board is still good, lights up properly, and doesn't have any burns or other damage anywhere. So now I gotta figure this out before blowing another cluster PCB.

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    Still good...
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  14. lasershark

    lasershark Proven Member

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    well that looks pretty nice...
     

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  15. lasershark

    lasershark Proven Member

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    I thought about doing an off road type thing with a 1g I have laying around. I bought the motor off of a buddy and he ended up wanting to get rid of the car so he gave me the car with the motor. front end wreck with damaged rad support, clean otherwise. will look forward to seeing the progress/completion!
     

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  16. spyderdrifter

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    Another Day...

    Been focused on my DD car for the past month. Got its replacement engine installed and the car finally runs again. After I got it running, I decided to take the opportunity to flip the GSX back around.

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    Then I got the driver door back on and that was about it until today. I decided to drop in the engine for now for mock up. Think I'm gonna do my own wire tuck since we all know the OEM engine harness sucks. Will also give me a chance to plan out the fuel system upgrades and some other things.

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    In the process of this all I finally deleted the power steering cooler line and looped the system. I don't know why I never thought about this before, looks so much better.

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  17. GregoryRyan

    GregoryRyan Supporting Member

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    Progress is progress LOL.

    Two things, how did you get your trans mount to look so clean? Mine is all nasty looking. Second where did you get the brake fluid reservoir and slave cylinder reservoir brackets from? The stock ones are a copper/gold color and surface rust super easy, those look like billet aluminum and are quite nice looking.
     

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  18. spyderdrifter

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    That mount I honestly got in that condition. However, I did clean the mounts on my old spyder just with degreaser, brake cleaner, and a couple wire brushes. Did the job really well.

    As for the reservoir brackets, I got them from this member. He lives in London, so shipping wasn't really that fast. By the time I got them, I had forgotten about them.

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  19. GregoryRyan

    GregoryRyan Supporting Member

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    Does he still sell them?
     

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  20. NWHTanK

    NWHTanK Proven Member

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    You just missed out in the latest group buy @GregoryRyan .
     

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  21. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    When I got mine, he wasn't doing a group buy. I just sent him a PM and he happened to have an extra set. Worth a shot. If he doesn't have any, you can at least grab a spot for the next group maybe.
     

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    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Nothing really to update on the car right now except the cylinder head. Due to work hours and some other things, I haven't had a chance to tinker with the car. As for the head, I took it to a machine shop back in March to have them start working on it. Was getting it hot tanked, decked, new guides, a valve job, and having the proper spring height set. Due to my crazy schedule, one more thing came up that I hadn't been able to talk to them about until this past Friday. I went to the shop and checked out the issue. Some of the valve seats are pitted from probably water damage, so I'm having them replace all 16 seats. Now that this should be the last item for them to fix, they're on track to have the head ready for me to pick up at the end of August.
     

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  23. spyderdrifter

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    Interior Updates...

    It's not much, but I went to the salvage yard looking for a door panel, and found one in a '99 Avenger. Sadly, it's tan, and my interior is black. Took it anyway to use parts. The Avenger also had a black center console assembly, so I took that too. Been wanting to give that look a try for a while, and now I get to. Fits well, shifter doesn't hit anywhere, and I can do the same gauge pod setup in the radio slot, and it'll maybe look even better than the DSM console. We shall see once I build it.

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    No contact in 1st gear, the closest it gets to the console.

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    So with that tan door panel, I stripped off the parts I needed for my full black door panel to be reassembled. Turned out pretty good.

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  24. spyderdrifter

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    Repeat...

    I'm finally building the gauge panel for the Avenger console. Same process as before, same materials. Just have to create a new way to mount it to the panel. The DSM panel is a bit easier for that, but I'll figure something out.

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    *Edit*

    Well I got this so far, simple yet effective. Not sure for the top yet.

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    Looks better without me holding it...

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  25. spyderdrifter

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    I finally got my cyl head back from the machine shop 2 days ago, way later than they promised like always. I'm no longer dealing with this shop and will send my crap out of state to a DSM specific place if necessary from now on. [email protected] the price, I want the quality. My head doesn't even look like it was decked like I was told. Not as clean in some areas like it should be either. I get it, not everything is going to be perfect, but they've had my cyl head since March, there's no excuse. And to top it off, they said I gave them 2 sets of intake valves, which I guess mistakes happen, but rather than call me and let me know so I could bring them the proper ones, they went out of their way to just buy new ones and drop them in, then charge me. Nothing like having my money wasted without my knowledge.

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