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pauleyman

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oklahoma city, Oklahoma
The overwhelming mantra with DSM is maintenance first mods second. Given your latest balljoint issues I would suggest going over the car thoroughly. You've already stated you have some rust, now a failed balljoint. These cars will bite you hard if you don't do the maintenance. belts, all hoses (8 total if I recall), fluids and check all wear items, suspension, ujoints, wheel bearings brakes. On a car this old it would be a good idea to get a thorough inspection. If somebody told you balljoints were good and you experienced what you did don't go back to that mechanic anymore.
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

Proven Member
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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
The overwhelming mantra with DSM is maintenance first mods second. Given your latest balljoint issues I would suggest going over the car thoroughly. You've already stated you have some rust, now a failed balljoint. These cars will bite you hard if you don't do the maintenance. belts, all hoses (8 total if I recall), fluids and check all wear items, suspension, ujoints, wheel bearings brakes. On a car this old it would be a good idea to get a thorough inspection. If somebody told you balljoints were good and you experienced what you did don't go back to that mechanic anymore.
I have owned the car for 10 years now doing my maintenance. I had all the belts done with water pump at 60K, hoses being checked now, fluids being done now, coolant was done, already did my lower control arms once, brakes checked still some life. The car was inspected when I bought it and all maintenace was done at 25,000 miles, it now has 79,000 miles on it. I bought it from the original owner. An older lady that was a realtor and garage kept the car, only driving it on summer days not even in the rain.
 
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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

Proven Member
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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
The overwhelming mantra with DSM is maintenance first mods second. Given your latest balljoint issues I would suggest going over the car thoroughly. You've already stated you have some rust, now a failed balljoint. These cars will bite you hard if you don't do the maintenance. belts, all hoses (8 total if I recall), fluids and check all wear items, suspension, ujoints, wheel bearings brakes. On a car this old it would be a good idea to get a thorough inspection. If somebody told you balljoints were good and you experienced what you did don't go back to that mechanic anymore.
So as far as I can tell this car has 2 lower ball joints on each side, it seems 1 on the passenger side can go up and down but not side to side. Mechanic was Midas.
 
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pauleyman

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Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
So as far as I can tell this car has 2 lower ball joints on each side, it seems 1 on the passenger side can go up and down but not side to side. Mechanic was Midas.
At that low mileage it's conceivable you have an original ballpoint. Not sure if it fell under recall. Even so that would have long expired likely. Might be worth a look but I believe they expire at 10 years
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
At that low mileage it's conceivable you have an original ballpoint. Not sure if it fell under recall. Even so that would have long expired likely. Might be worth a look but I believe they expire at 10 years
Yeah, I tried that but Mitsubishi said my car was one that wasn't affected and denied the service, I am running MOOG lower arms, I think one on each side was replaced, so maybe the others are original. 🤔

Is there 2 lower front control arms?
 

pauleyman

DSM Wiseman
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Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
Yeah, I tried that but Mitsubishi said my car was one that wasn't affected and denied the service, I am running MOOG lower arms, I think one on each side was replaced, so maybe the others are original. 🤔

Is there 2 lower front control arms?
Yes there are 2 arms. Find out if the ball joint recall kit is still available. If it is its the cheapest way to get new oem parts. It's also comes with new spindles although they're not needed. Is you had a 2ga the recall requires new spindles also.
 

vanilla gorilla

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I always dug the veilside kit. Especially the wing. Im suprised that the kit is still available.
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
I always dug the veilside kit. Especially the wing. Im suprised that the kit is still available.
I was too, I called them up and asked if it was discontinued and they told me it's just special order, they have to make them, so a 90 day wait from Japan. He said price going up again in July. :(
 

vanilla gorilla

15+ Year Contributor
695
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Sep 11, 2007
Orrum, North_Carolina
I was too, I called them up and asked if it was discontinued and they told me it's just special order, they have to make them, so a 90 day wait from Japan. He said price going up again in July. :(
Awesome. Keep us posted. Id love to see it.
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
We made it guys! Finally the recognition this car deserves! I feel like my car is a good investment now. :D

1999 Eclipse GSX sells for $40K!

1995 Eclipse GSX sells for $34K!
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
Update: Winter Rims/Tires installed, still need to finish the center caps.

Michelin CrossClimate 2 @215/50/R17 RoadReady RRW-3796 17x7.5 +44

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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
Anyone looking for a mint, fully restored 1998 Eclipse GSX w/5-speed, check this one out! Likely going to be listed on Bring A Trialer soon. It will cost a lot, but if someone wants one this is the one to get! Wow! 😍
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
Update: Body kit shipped from Japan on the 15th, should have it early October... 🙃
 
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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
Update: Body kit arrived in Cali at the port, it is delayed and backed up over there tho, so 1,2,3 more weeks till I have it. 🙄

I should have bought my hood and hatch from Carbonetics, I would probably have them at the same time, LOL.
 
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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Burlington, Connecticut
Update: Body kit being delivered on Monday, Dec. 5th! Yay! ✊🤩
 
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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
Update: I recieved the VeilSide body kit! No damage that I can see. 🥹👌
 

THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
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Side skirts are one-piece, which is nice, each part gets a stainless steel emblem insert and they are stamped VeilSide on the inside.
 
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chrysler kid

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Dec 20, 2002
Mckinney, Texas
My advice to anyone getting a bodykit

Do not mould them to the body of the vehicle. Pieces and panels will chip and crack, they do not look good forever

If you are going with a custom paint color, pay the extra and have your stock pieces color matched. Having spare front or rear bumpers will come in clutch when you do get a crack or scrape in the body kit

Be diligent about using factory style fasteners. Dont use self tapping screws to hold body pieces to the car

Fiberglass isn't bad, but it isnt durable. Again I dont suggest custom paint colors for this reason

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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

Proven Member
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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
My advice to anyone getting a bodykit

Do not mould them to the body of the vehicle. Pieces and panels will chip and crack, they do not look good forever

If you are going with a custom paint color, pay the extra and have your stock pieces color matched. Having spare front or rear bumpers will come in clutch when you do get a crack or scrape in the body kit

Be diligent about using factory style fasteners. Dont use self tapping screws to hold body pieces to the car

Fiberglass isn't bad, but it isnt durable. Again I dont suggest custom paint colors for this reason

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Thanks for the advice. The kit is 100% OEM bolt-on, I will be using replacement stainless steel bolts and a weatherproof 3M tape for the sideskirts like the stock ones. If anyone knows what size and length bolts I need or if someone sells a kit that would be great...
 
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THiCC ECLiPSE GSeX

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Apr 20, 2020
Burlington, Connecticut
Already snowing over here, so I will wait to put the kit on in the spring. I decided to look into getting a second car for winter... my insurance and cost of ownership is low enough now I think I can do it.

The kit is fiberglass too and I don't want to deal with rust anymore, so I will garage it and use it on nice days. This will be the last winter we go through! 🖕🥶

I will take some pics of the kit for you guys, so you can see more of it, it is thicc and high quality, worth what I paid for it, the new price is getting a bit ridiculous tho. Lol. 😄
 
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