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Aaron's 1997 GSX - Street/AutoX/Track Build

GofaST4life

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Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
Whats up guys.
After 8 years of DSM love, which included two 1g, GST's, a Celica GT4 and four 2g GST's, I finally found a beautiful GSX.

I picked her up for a steal.

1997 Eclipse GSX
5-Speed
Black / Tan Interior


This is my girl Wendy...

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Many more pictures to come.

PLANS: Mild Bolt on build. Can will see normal DD use, AutoX once a month, and possibly 2 or 3 track sessions.

I now understand exactly why everyone says to get an AWD DSM. :)

PICS!!

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H4G64T

Banned Member
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Jul 18, 2008
Providence, Rhode_Island
Whats up guys.
After 8 years of DSM love, which included two 1g, GST's, a Celica GT4 and four 2g GST's, I finally found a beautiful GSX.

I picked her up for a steal.

1997 Eclipse GSX
5-Speed
Black / Tan Interior


This is my girl Wendy...

535464_667431375696_10209438_n_zpsede1dea8.jpg



Many more pictures to come.

PLANS: Mild Bolt on build. Can will see normal DD use, AutoX once a month, and possibly 2 or 3 track sessions.

I now understand exactly why everyone says to get an AWD DSM. :)

Misery loves company?

Car looks good, good luck.
 

GofaST4life

Proven Member
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132
Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
THIS IS WAY OUT OF DATE

Cars current setup includes:
- 3" Exhaust
- 14b Turbo
- FMIC (Short Route)
- 1g BOV recirc'd
- 245/40/17's Kumho ASX Tires BRAND NEW
- Kazera KZ-J 17x7.5's
- Autometer Boost Gauge
- New Brakes (Pads & Rotors)

Mods
- BCS Delete Done 3/13
- Replace Air filter Done 3/13
- MBC Install Done 4/13
- FP Manifold Done 3/13
- Megan O2 Housing Done 3/13
- Rebuilt 14b Done 3/13
- PR FMIC w/ Short Route Done 4/13
- Slave/Master Done 6/13
- STM SS Clutch Line Done 6/13
- Oil Pressure Gauge Done 10/13
- Battery Relocation Done 10/13
- MTX-L Wideband Done 10/13

Maintenance Record

- Thermostat Install Done
- Seafoam + Oil Change Done 3/13 - @126.5k
- Complete Fluid Change Done 3/13
- Front O2 Sensor Done 3/13
- PCV Valve Done 4/13
- VC Gasket Done 4/13
- Upper Rad. hose Done 5/13
- Spark Plugs Done 3/13
- 3 New Control Arms Done 3/13
- Full Clutch Bleed with new fluid Done 3/13
- Oil Correction Done 3/13
- TD05H Feed Line Done 3/13
- All new gaskets (exhaust manifold, turbo, O2 housing, etc) Done 3/13
- Oil Change Done 6/13 - @129.2k
- Throttle Body Gaskets Have Part
- BISS Screw w/ O-Ring Have Part
- STM EGR Block Off Done 10/13
- Timing Belt Kit w/ Waterpump Have Part
 
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gophishy10

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Apr 17, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts
Subscribed. Can't wait for our mod date man.
 

GofaST4life

Proven Member
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Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
Instead of paying all that labor, you could easily do that work yourself. Just a thought.

My mechanic spent 4 hours going over the whole car for me while is was at work. He bled the whole system, redid my oil and gave me a real good right up on what the car needs, maintenance wise. He charged me $31.46 for it all.

I'm getting the control arms from RockAuto and having him put them all in for maybe $200ish.

And besides, its 30 degrees out and I don't have a garage to work in, or else I would tackle the job myself.

Subscribed. Can't wait for our mod date man.

Its going to be a blast!

Nice ride.

Pictures of the gt4 please.And more of the current project:thumb:

You can find pictures here:
http://www.dsmtuners.com/forums/hangout/428804-my-first-awd-turbo.html

Car looks good and pulls pretty good for a 13g. Good pick up

Was good to hangout yesterday man.

Much more to come.
 
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GofaST4life

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Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
Redid the wheels all black. No more red pin stripe.
Spark Plugs in.
Minor engine bay clean up.

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Current Wheels = 17x7.5 with 245/40's +40

Possible future wheel thoughts.

17x8 +35
17x9 +30
18x8 +35 (will need new tires though)
 
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GofaST4life

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Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
The parts are piling up!
Big thanks to Justin (99ECLIPSEGSXDSM) for helping me with getting her ready.

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- FP Manifold
- Megan O2 Housing
- VC Gasket
- MBC
- PCV Valve
- Rebuilt 14b Turbo
- EM Gaskets
- Tubro/O2 Gaskets
- Oil Feed Line
- Shaved VC (will be custom painted)
- New Upper Rad. Hose
 
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GofaST4life

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Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
Assembled. Almost ready for the big day!

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Also picked up a shaved VC for stupid cheap. Going to redo it and paint it up nice.

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MN_Eclipze

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Mar 16, 2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Did you use an OEM o2 housing gasket for the Megan o2 when installing onto the turbo?
 

GofaST4life

Proven Member
2,898
132
Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
Had a big weekend!
Huge thanks to Justin (99ECLIPSEGSXDSM) for all the help/tools/insight/extra hands.

Starting the tear down, it was obvious the PO didnt know and or maybe care about doing things the right way or using the correct parts. He used the wrong sized bolts, had misc. missing washers and gaskets. The oil feed line was about 2 feet longer than it needed to be. Justin and I where very surprised as to how easy everything came off though. :thumb:

We removed:
- Radiator & Upper/Lower Hose
- Intake
- Lower IC piping
- Oil Lines

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Old 13g Turbo setup is now out!

http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums...F05FEEB-1533-000002879A127270_zps1929beb3.jpg

Almost done! Started to button her up.

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Boom! Installed.
Rebuilt 14b Turbo, FP Manifold, Megan O2 Housing. :hellyeah:

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Justin was expecting 1 leak upon start up and driving, I was expecting 2 leaks. All went great and she dripped maybe two or three drops of coolant! Tightened the lower hose and she has been dry ever since.


The next day I decided to rip apart the old setup. Found some interesting things!
NO WONDER I wasn't making any boost! :confused: Guess ive been running N/A AWD for a while. LOL

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Needless to say, the car is a whole new animal. Going from a cracked/leaky 2g manifold with a blown/ruined 13g to a FP manifold and a rebuild 14b, has been night and day! But dyno says at least 50hp :p Boost is made easy, I can actually hear my turbo spool up and my BOV. Car runs awesome!
 

GofaST4life

Proven Member
2,898
132
Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
What tires are you running?

Tires sadly didn't make my budget this year. Although, im trying to find an extra cheap set of wheels to set up for spring/summer/AX use only.

But I will be on 245's, Khumo ASX's for the time being. They are brand new and came with the car so I cant just get rid of em.
 

dsmpat95

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Apr 21, 2008
Savannah, Georgia
Tires sadly didn't make my budget this year. Although, im trying to find an extra cheap set of wheels to set up for spring/summer/AX use only.

But I will be on 245's, Khumo ASX's for the time being. They are brand new and came with the car so I cant just get rid of em.

They should make you drive better when you get a better set.
 

GofaST4life

Proven Member
2,898
132
Oct 21, 2007
Medina 44256, Ohio
What the hell....there's no turbine heat shield on that 13G. Wonder where it went? :confused:

Probably down and out the exhaust. Along with the rest of the small metal chunks. On the old O2 sensor I pulled out. You could scratchs and nicks. Probably from metal hitting it on the way out.


I pulled it apart and was like....WTF...no wonder, after all the boost leak tests, gasket checks, etc....I still couldn't build boost. It all made sense.
 
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