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Street Build Street '96 Spyder

Year:
1996
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder N/T
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  1. Clawless

    Clawless Proven Member

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    Street Build 377  1

    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
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  2. Clawless

    Clawless Proven Member

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    Haven't updated the build in a while; That all changes now. The car mainly gets worked on in the warm months since I do everything with my dad on the sidewalk. Hoping to start documenting and photographing everything I do for now. I've made a lot of mistakes but learned along the way. So far, all thats been done since I bought the car was:
    • Replaced Full Front Suspension (Trying out Mevotech)
    • POR15 Undercoating
    • KONI STR.T Orange Struts and Eibach Springs
    • Replaced Clutch Master Cylinder
    • Powerstop Slotted/Drilled Rotors (Hope to get dual piston calipers)
    • Replaced Leaky Valve Cover Gasket and Maintenance Stuff
    • New Stereo Receiver
    • Vibrant 1146 Muffler
    My chances of going to an autocross this year are looking slim since of our ongoing pandemic. The car has definitely improved as a daily driver and the next issue to tackle is the convertible top. Learned so much already from my first car and my first DSM.
     

    Street Build 377  1

    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
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  3. Clawless

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    The old vs. new stereo receiver. Found some old rock CDs in there OMG. The old unit had an issue where higher volumes resulted in it shutting off. Think it was the wiring but I crimped the new harness to an old adapter that was in place. Happy with the result!
     

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  4. Clawless

    Clawless Proven Member

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    Picked up a set of EVO9 Enkeis with Winter tires. The tread is still good and I can't wait to run these.
     

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  5. jinscho

    jinscho Proven Member

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    Looks good so far!

    I just finished replacing the top on my Spyder a few weeks back, it's not as difficult of a job as it may look and was a LOT cheaper than I expected too. Total cost was less than $500.

    I got a lot of requests to turn my build profile into a tech article "how to", hopefully this can help you out.

    https://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/convertible-top-replacement.528063/

    Looking forward to seeing what your car looks like with those Evo enkeis!
     

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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
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  6. Clawless

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    I've been following your build religiously and its become a goal of mine to sort of follow along your path. My issue is that I'm trying to avoid taking the entire top off and dealing with that headache. Is it possible to replace the frame arms without taking everything off or do I have to do the whole top removal? The images I posted show where the arm was sheared.
     

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  7. jinscho

    jinscho Proven Member

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    Your best bet would be to remove the entire frame assembly from the car and swap it like that. You'll have to peel back the canvas in a few small spots, but for the most part you'll be able to keep everything in tact. That's a rough spot for the frame to have sheared, any idea what caused it?
     

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  8. Clawless

    Clawless Proven Member

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    No I bought the car unseen from an auction like this. I've always wondered what in the world could cause that :idontknow:. It doesn't seal right and makes so much noise when driving so its next on my fix list. Thanks for the help, really appreciate it.
     

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  9. jinscho

    jinscho Proven Member

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    Yeah, that section of the frame provides most of the forward tension in the top. I can only imagine the wind noise you're dealing with.. If you need any help or have any questions while pulling the frame feel free to shoot me a PM. I've had my top apart twice now and have had plenty of time to decipher "how it works".
     

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  10. Clawless

    Clawless Proven Member

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    Yeah you hit it right on the nail!
    You have no idea how bad the wind noise is especially on the freeway :banghead:! I'll PM you when I get down to pulling the whole top at a junkyard by my area. Thanks again for the help.
     

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