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Road Race Build Daily racecar

Tyeler18

10+ Year Contributor
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Dec 16, 2008
Casa Grande, Arizona
This is my 91 GVR4 #736/2000. I purchased this car in 2012 with 180k on it and bone stock aside from some rally armour mud flaps and a double din radio. It has been my daily driver for about 90% of the time although the past few years it's slowed the mileage as I have 11 other vehicles I rotate around with. The car currently has 208K on the original SBE. I have the trans out right now for a refresh after destroying the OE clutch at 200k and damaging the 2-3 shift fork but the rest of the drivetrain is original/208k.

Mods currently are an FP red, FP manifold, ETS 1g street core with Tial BOV/38mm Wastegate. It has an old school buschur turbo back, 2150FIC's. Suspension is a set of modified evo 8 JIC coilovers, staggered 17x7.5/8 FN01RC's, 5 lug swap and stoptech pads. It's tuned on an evo 8 ECU with dual function Innovate gauges.

The 3rd day I owned the car. I picked it up from a buddy for a steal and drove it 11 hours home.
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For a while I ran a set of evo 9 bilsteins with swift spec R springs. This was an awesome setup for a daily. Very comfy, not terribly low, but it handled really well. I also had enough ground clearance to play out on the ATV trails behind my neighborhood.

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The headlights on the car have always been pretty poor. I've been lucky enough to find a couple of sets of rare crystal 93 model headlights but the light output was still fairly poor for my liking. I decided to tackle a set of projects into one of my sets and I was completely satisfied with the results. I added demon eyes just to try my luck at it. I rarely have them on other than to show them to people.

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I put a 16g on at 190k to replace the wore out 14b but the itch for more power in the daily was there. I decided to pick up a (now orange) FP red. It came with a punishment o2 housing with a tial wastegate. I grabbed an ETS 1g street core and had a buddy build some intercooler piping. This car still has AC and I run a full size X-line 1g radiator. It was a challenge putting a back door intercooler on the car with AC and full size radiator, but it worked out well and I still have ample room to work. At 200k after installing the evo ecu and turning on launch control/NLTS the original clutch's life was cut short during a 2-3 NLTS which bent the 2-3 shift fork. I installed a v-drive QM twin to get me to MOD that year and just dealt with the shift fork. I finally had time to pull the trans apart and it's currently sitting on a work bench waiting on build parts. I have gear drive discs to convert from the v-drive that will go back in when its done too.

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Tyeler18

10+ Year Contributor
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Dec 16, 2008
Casa Grande, Arizona
Current trans situation- she didn't look to bad for having 208k on it. A couple of lightly pitted bearings and 3rd gear synchros were pretty wore which I knew going in, but everything else is in pretty good shape.
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Had some free time at work one day and I have some sheets of stainless. I have an FP manifold blanket but wanted to put a nice heat shield over it. A few hours later I have a heat shield ready to be polished up and bolted on.
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Tyeler18

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Dec 16, 2008
Casa Grande, Arizona
This car has been down for almost a year now, I'm glad to finally have it running again as of this weekend. After having issue after issue dealing with the major trans companies on here, I finally said screw it and purchased a built trans and tcase to put in this car while I decided what to do with my stock trans. I was really skeptical on buying a used built trans as it seemed like everyone was selling a "stage 4" but no one ever had paperwork, no way to verify anything actually done to it, and it was always something they bought second hand- far too much risk for me since I know how dsm owners can be trying to pass off garbage as gold. After passing on countless "built" trans I ended up grabbing a jacks stage 2 with a fresh tcase off a member on here. My biggest requirements were that it A) shifted perfect, and B) didn't have a welded center diff. I was lucky enough to get this one with a 4 spider center in great shape, with paperwork.
I was a little upset to find the package covered in trans oil when it made it to my door. I assumed the worst right away, and while this wasn't a horrible fix, I'm still waiting on Fedex to finish my insurance claim for it. Looked like they dropped it on the end case and cracked the whole end case. I picked up a new end case and swapped it on and put it in this weekend.
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One of my good friends/customers knew I was having issues with my v-drive clutches on my twin disc and was awesome enough to get me a set of gear drive discs to upgrade my twin disc for christmas 2 years ago. Finally got to try them out after waiting all this time! I bought this clutch second hand with supposedly 50 miles on it, in typical dsm fashion it wasn't as described, but I got it cheap enough that I just ate the cost and dealt with it. Flywheel resurface, 2 new gear drive discs, and I'm ready to rock again.

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This thing is still annoyingly loud, but its way better than it was with the v-drive. I have an exedy in my evo that's super quiet in comparison, and every other car i've installed one of these in has had a loud exhaust. For a daily with a quieter exhaust it can be annoying. Part of my quest for a good daily again was to remove the poly mounts I installed the last time I had the trans out. 3 fresh stock rubber mounts and this has become 10x better to drive.
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Just about ready to fire, my junk 7 year old duralast battery would barely run the car.
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The car is super filthy, I've got a bunch of stuff to button up on it still and installing a few of the old parts I took off while it was down (COP etc), along with a thorough bay cleaning, but I'm happy to have it on the road again. Time to throw the 2150s in with some e85 and crank up the FP red.

I forgot to mention I picked up a C5 super cheap to use as another nice daily. Getting back into the galant was quite the change going from a torquey v8 to a 210k 6 bolt stock bottom end car. I've been road coursing the vette and I can't wait to compare how the galant does compared to it. They're 2 very different chassis that you have to drive very differently, so it should be fun. I just got done doing poly bushings, wheels, and a nitrous kit on the vette, so we'll see how they compare.
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Tyeler18

10+ Year Contributor
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Dec 16, 2008
Casa Grande, Arizona
I really need to do better about updating these things. Finally have a color matched front end with the addition of a JDM RS evo front bumper, the car is just past 212k and this FP red is just cranking away. Twin disc aside this thing is a perfect daily, a little laggy but manageable. I've been spoiled by V8's as dailys so it's weird having to cruise at 3500 everywhere. Now that my new montero is functional I think it's time to crank the red up and see what lets go.

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Tyeler18

10+ Year Contributor
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Dec 16, 2008
Casa Grande, Arizona
VR4 and Montero looks great together. Car looks really good paint matched. Show us the engine bay!
Thanks! My post above has a bay shot that hasn't changed much other than cleaning and a COP setup.
 

RWD4G63

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Dec 7, 2011
Paw Paw, Michigan
I think it's time to crank the red up and see what lets go.

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I never understood this mentality. Why break things when you don't have to? Especially on cars with parts as rare as these. Also that clutch is kind of a recipe for transmission breakage.

Dig the car itself though. Are you planning to roadrace it then? Looks good, and nice wheel choice.
 

Tyeler18

10+ Year Contributor
2,477
211
Dec 16, 2008
Casa Grande, Arizona
I never understood this mentality. Why break things when you don't have to? Especially on cars with parts as rare as these. Also that clutch is kind of a recipe for transmission breakage.

Dig the car itself though. Are you planning to roadrace it then? Looks good, and nice wheel choice.
It's not a matter of trying to break things, it's that something is always going to break. It's a 212k stock bottom end that's been beaten on a 16g and now an FP red. I have 5 spare trans, 3 2.3 strokers, and a couple 2.0's on stand by for anything that breaks. This car needs a 2.3 regardless with how heavy it is.

Yes the car will be road raced, I don't drag race it and I rarely launch the car. The twin disc is exactly what I need, but not what I want. I've held together stock trans cars with more power on twin discs, the way I use this car the trans is my last concern to let go.
 
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