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The Boosted Rose

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    My 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST.
    Before I tell you my mod list and future mod list, I'm gonna tell you the story behind this DSM. The car truly chose the driver and I've definitely grown to love this car. I don't expect you to read all this (ecpecially since it's the size of a small book LOL), I'm writing all this mostly for my own purpose of having a record of my 2G.

    So, first things first, I used to work at Discount Tire. While I was there I had a good friend that had a white 2g GS. I liked it, thought it was the best looking Eclipse (generation-wise). A few months later in November he said that he wanted to sell it and I was interested. However he decided not give it up to since he had put so much into it. I still wanted to buy a car though so I started looking. I came across a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT-V6 with a 6 speed manual. I had a bad feeling about it, almost backed out the day before my Dad and I drove down the three hours to see it, but I wanted it really bad. An NA V6?? That's awesome! Except it wasn't. I was told it was in great shape; no leaks, no accidents, etc. There were red flags EVERYWHERE but I didn't care. I bought it for $2,250 with 93,000 miles.

    Yep, I loved it. The shifting was rough but that V6 power was intoxicating. 170HP on tap was more than I had ever really experienced, let alone owned. I took it in to get inspected a couple days later and the bad news came crashing in.

    First off, it had leaks... a lot of leaks. So what? It leaked some oil and power steering fluid and who knows what else, but I could fix that. What came next though, I could NOT fix. Turns out the vehicle had been in an accident... a bad one. So bad in fact that the transmission had come clean off somehow, and someone had decided it'd be worth the risk to just weld it back on... to the frame. It was in place, right? Well, that's not even the worst of it. Remember the 93K miles it had? Yeah, the last CarFax was in 2013ish, and it reported that the Tiburon had 136K miles on it... the miles had been rolled back sometime between then and now. Yeah, I wasn't happy.

    I and my Dad both decided that I should demand they take it back and give me a refund. I feel kind of bad since I was not nice to them, and they told me that they had the vehicle for only 3 months and barely drove it (it was "too small") so they didn't know about all of the problems. They were trying to go after the guy that sold the car to them, but he denied everything. They ended up driving the three long hours over to Spokane Valley to take the car back and gave me a full refund in cash. I never heard from them again.

    This all happened in December. There I was. No car. Not burned financially (which is a blessing), but definitely burned mentally. I loved that Tiburon, problems and all. I would've kept it had they given me $2,000 back to help pay for the repairs, but I knew that wouldn't happen. So now I was back in the market, but I decided that I wouldn't buy a car until I had a good feeling about it. I came across a lot of options between Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and Ebay; 300ZXs, MR2s, Preludes, and my dream tuner car the SC300 (I couldn't find any manuals). The Eclipse was towards the bottom of my list. I've met eclipse drivers that were not very nice people, so the word "Eclipse" left a bad taste in my mouth. And then there were the "ricer" stereotypes. But who cares what other people think of a 19-20 year old driving a commonly modified car? Anyways, I didn't really want an Eclipse. Until I did.

    There it was. A black, 1999 GST with 133,000 miles on it. Instantly my heart jumped. I had a good feeling about this one! It was February, and after almost two months of nothing, I felt something! The listed price was $2,500 (my budget was $3,000), so I decided to go for it. I contacted the owner, and he said that he just didn't drive it any more, so it had been sitting for a year in front of his house. It was Sunday, the day before my Dad and I drove (coincidentally) another 3 hours to another city, Omak, to look at the car. OK, I was going to buy it... I know this was stupid, but I wasn't going to drive three hours to look at a car. So I logged on to Facebook to look at the car again and the price jumped up from $2,500 to $3,800! I instantly messaged the guy to see what was up. He told me a friend of his told him that it was worth more, so he hiked the price another $1,300. No way I was going to pay that. I am not a very aggressive person... at all... so I made the mistake of not holding my ground and I told him I'd pay no more than $3,000 for the car. We agreed, and the deal moved forward.

    My Dad and I made the kind of fun, but mostly just long drive over to the remote town of Omak. The plan was to get the vehicle inspected there and then we arrive around the time it's finished... that didn't work out. We were late, he was late. We met up at a shop that was closed, but one of the mechanics checked over the car for about 5 seconds and told us it was ok. So we took the car to another shop that was also closed, but they knew the owner and his Dad (who was helping the son sell his car) and they let us use their lift to look for anything that didn't look right. To me, a lot didn't look right but I also didn't know what I was looking at so I didn't say much. Did I mention I'm not aggressive? I'm also not very out spoken... but being a Mercedes salesman has helped with that :thumb: But I was at Discount Tire still, so I was still timid me and didn't say anything. Turns out the car could have been sitting for almost 3 years, not one, and the previous owners had raced it at some point. Truth or tall tale? I haven't found that out yet, but I decided to buy the car: $500 cash, $2,500 with Apple Pay. Soon the red flags started to trickle in on this car too, but it was a 20 year old car so it was going to have problems, or at least that's what I told myself. I wanted to have a working car so bad! That would bite me a bit later on, but I'm not going to spoil anything.

    The car came with studded winter tires on some 16" steelies, and he also had a set of 17" wheels with "summer" Federal SuperSteel 595s on; great looks, not so great rubber, but at least it had two different sets. But the issues with the car manifested itself as soon as I went to start it after buying it. They told me it sometimes won't start unless you hold the battery terminal a certain way, and they helped me start it that first time and it didn't have issues starting after that so I didn't think much of it. So then I drove it home. I had never driven a car that was boosted before (at least for performance reasons) and I loved it! It wasn't as punchy as the Tiburon's V6, but the turbo lag was so much fun to play with, and when you hit boost I could feel the adrenaline pumping through my veins, running from my chest all the way into my fingers; this was a fun car. It wasn't perfect though, I still wasn't super satisfied with the car I had chosen as my first car. I didn't want an Eclipse, I wanted a 300Z, an MR2, an SC300, but not an Eclipse. But that was before I really knew what was under the hood.

    So I got it home, and the next few months were, well, eventful. The initial inspection had good news: no major issues! However,a bout four days after buying the car, it wouldn't shift into 2nd, 4th, or reverse. So I limped it over to my Dad's favorite shop in 1st and 3rd. The next two months consisted of "it'll be done soon", "it seized up", "we finished it, but it seized up again so are still working on it". I even went to pick it up because it was "done", but it wasn't shifting... the stage 2 clutch in it didn't like the stock tranny. 2 weeks later I had my car back. Finally! Except it started dying... I'd go to start it in the morning after not driving it for a couple days and the battery would be dead. Thus begins my electrical adventures. A kill switch stopped that because I had some parasitic leaks come to find out, but it ended up causing more issues in the future. The car also had a really weird bogging issue. I would drive it for a couple minutes, then it would start lurching like it was in way too high of a gear. I'd pull over (since the car basically would lose all power) and it would idle super low and super rough, almost like a misfire. After about 5 minutes, the RPMs jump back up to normal levels and I can continue my commute. So then I warmed the car up every morning that it would do it's bogging thing and I could just jump in and drive after it's done.

    You guys ready for another car mechanic horror story? We'll I took the car into the same shop as before to get all of the belts and fluids replaced, and they found out that the balance shaft belt had broken... and it had been broken for a looong time... awesome. This was literally a couple days after I had bombed a back road (not going over 4,500 RPMs mind you). I was thoroughly terrified. 5 labor hours later my car was done. I go in to pick my car up, and as I'm paying the $1,600 bill, the cashier hands me the door check arm (I didn't know what it was) and told me "the door sags a bit now". Well, to be fair, the door sagged a bit before this but all I had to do was lift the door up about half an inch and close it, no big deal. So I leave and go to open my door. Huh, it wont open... and there is a crease in the door too with some of the paint chipped off the edge of the front fender. Oh boy. Both perplexed and angry, I go to try to open the door again and it instantly attempts to dive bomb towards the concrete. It "sags" huh? The thing is hanging by one hinge. I'm done with this place. I don't say anything and I leave. I soon found out that the pins that hold ground effects on the other side had been broken too. Yeah, I'm never going there again. I asked them to fix it free of charge, but they said that since it had issues before hand that they could do it for free, but would "work with me on the price". I said ok, but I never showed. Screw that place.

    So I continued trying to fix my car myself. I replaced the valve cover gasket myself and successfully stopped an oil leak, and it being my first time ever doing something like that I was pumped! I soon replaced the stock intake with an Injen aluminum pip and cone, and I put in some new NGK spark plug wires and some NGK BPR7ES spark plugs. I also replaced the fuel pump (It needed one badly) with a 190LPH Walbro. My beast is slowly rising from the metaphorical ashes. The new fuel pump also pretty much eliminated the bogging issue, it still does it every now and then (especially after starting it after a long time of no starts) but at least it was much less common. Next step was to replace the warped rotors, but then the car stopped starting again... great. Thankfully I found an EXCELLENT local shop that will work on just about anything, but specializes in Mitsubishis and DSMs, called Raven Fabrication. Kind of a hole in the wall shop, but don't let that fool you. These guys have been doing this for around 20 years. Anyways, they found out that it was my battery master switch that was causing me issues. This was after about 3-4 weeks of me tearing the interior of my car apart just to give them a wiring harness that I was sure was the problem, but it wasn't. At least it starts now!

    So here we are, present day. My car still has A LOT of issues and I have to be honest, I originally didn't like the Eclipse. It had cost me so much, I loved it but I also hated it. But this community is what helped me realize what I had; a gem, really. I just love this car, the looks, the aftermarket potential, and "PSHH" of the blow off valve... ugh I love this thing. After reading so much of the threads on this website, I also fell in love with the culture and I know that you guys have my back. Thanks.

    ... and sorry about the MASSIVE post LOL

    I have a lot of plans for this thing, so stay tuned. Thanks again. I am convinced this is one of the best car communities ever, and you guys helped me love my car and want nothing else :)
     
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    My car starts now, but some time in between me taking my dash apart and putting it back together the heater broke. The back window heater works, but the A/C wont blow any air... just in time for winter right? Anyways, that's been pretty fun. Not too bad though, this winter hasn't been as cold as others. So a while back, I ordered an aluminum piping kit for the stock intercooler, but then realized that it was built for a 1G BOV. So I ordered a billet-aluminum 1G BOV from STM, got most of the parts (including a new fuel filter), now I'm just waiting on the throttle body gasket. I plan on cleaning out the intercooler when I do all of this too. Gonna use isopropyl alcohol because I heard that works pretty well.

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    Meanwhile, my best friend Trevor gave me a new shift knob that he made himself! I love it and will keep it in my car for as long as I own it (which is hopefully for a long time). Might need to get a new boot though to take up the space between the current boot and the new knob...

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    And last but not least, my search for a 2G duckbill spoiler has FINALLY come to an end. For the longest time I couldn't find one (except for some random one on ebay that was from Russia), but then I found out that Carbonetics builds exterior parts for 2Gs. I ordered the duckbill spoiler from the widebody kit they make and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival... I've heard horror stories about Carbonetics by reading some threads on this site, but I was told it was going to be shipped as of yesterday so we'll see.

    The journey continues...
     

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    I put the new fuel filter in, which was a PAIN to take off because the bolts refused to loosen for 4 hours... but alas, I did it. But then the filter started to leak, so the next day off I had I went back in, tightened it up and everything was set!

    Then I started the installation of the duckbill. I've waited so long for this! I purchased the appropriate hardware, drilled the holes for the new spoiler, and then it snowed. I taped the holes closed, but by the time the snow was clear, there were some sizable puddles of water in my cabin and trunk. I put the spoiler on, vacuumed it out, and then took the spoiler off again to paint it... but not before I took a quick pic of what it looked like ;)

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    The fitment isn't perfect, but it's good enough. I'm not complaining since this is the only duckbill spoiler for the 2G on the market right now. To be honest, I really dig the look of the 2G without the spoiler. Once it's painted, I'll post more photos of the spoiler. Engine mods coming up pretty soon!

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    So last Monday, I had the project of trying to get the new aluminum intercooler piping to fit. I had to cut some excess off of a support piece that held up the fuse box in order to have room to get it to line up right. I actually started a YouTube channel just for fun, so that's all in the video. My videos will have more than just car stuff in them, but there will almost always be a car project in them. I actually have to post the video about a week after I film it, (so every video I upload will be on Monday, but it will have been filmed the week before. I need time to edit and add music, etc.), however, since it's easier to type and post photos than it is to practice, film, edit, add music, etc. when it comes to making videos, I'm going to post updates sooner than I post the video, then I'll go back and put in the link when I actually post the video... if that makes sense. Kind of an early access type of deal I guess :thumb:

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    ^ Before cutting, I had NO room to make the intercooler piping fit. The 1G BOV also is causing some fitment issues with the fuse box, but I fixed those later... mostly.

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    ^ After cutting. This is the same piece you saw earlier, just sans the pipes. I originally thought that I was going to have to cut the whole thing off, but thankfully I didn't.

    Here's the video. Kind of an intro and quick project.



    And then what I did yesterday was basically secure the fuse box so it wasn't touching the piping, install my new oil catch can, and then put on the rest of the intercooler piping. I actually started removing the cruise control yesterday since I kind of took it's place with the catch can... well, I guess I'm looking for a throttle cable from a non-cruise-control DSM now LOL Please do keep in mind that I'm a complete noob when it comes to working on cars, so bear with me :D

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    Here's the video from the original posting of this update:

    Well that's it for now. If there is anything I could improve, let me know, I'm here to learn. Thanks! I'll have another update for next week!
     
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    Over the past week, I was able to get a few things done. My friend and I fully removed the cruise control system from the engine bay, and now I'm just waiting for the non-cruise throttle cable to come in the mail so I can drive this guy again. Also removed the plastic cover over the radiator, because I didn't like that being there. And then after 8 long hours, I put my hood pins on! I've been waiting to do this for so long, only now did I have the time (and the guts LOL) to do this... my car has eyebrows!

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    ^ Yes, I cut the wrong way. I've never done anything like this before :ohdamn:

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    ^ After I cut everything and drilled the holes.

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    ^ This is where I placed the anchors.

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    BOOM... eyebrows :sneaky:
    I liked the angle, makes the car look a bit more 'angry'.

    Here's the video:
     
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    Put the car together and finally got it running again! Had to take it apart again and fix a boost leak that developed, but I was finally able to get some good shots with the duckbill spoiler!! Btw, I used a DIY boost leak tester that literally cost me less than $2. All I used was a PVC end cap that was the width of the inlet to my turbo, drilled a hole through it, and stuck in a rubber valve I got from a tire store for free.

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    ^ Fairly basic, but it was cheap and got the job done! I used the coupler that went from the intake to the turbo to attach the tester to the turbo instead so I didn't have to buy a new one.

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    I like the look. It's more subtle that the stock turbo spoiler, but outrageous in it's own way. Just gotta get some plugs for the screw holes that are there from the last spoiler.

    And the aluminum intercooler piping sounds so good! The turbo is a lot louder now, but almost too loud for my taste. I'll be posting the video of the exhaust soon...

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    Thanks for reading!

    Video:
     
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    Didn't do a whole lot this time, but what I did do was replace the gauge cluster with a stock one that I got off of Rix Racing. Why replace the one I've got? The lights don't work, and I kinda need that while driving at night haha

    Tricky thing is though, I had to find out how to change the mileage on the odometer of the new cluster, because I don't want to have to guess what mileage I'm at. Legal? Not totally sure...

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    ^ The OG gauge cluster. It had a bunch of wires sticking out of it that went to an external box... some kind of aftermarket thing I guess... didn't want that.
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    ^ New cluster, with miles adjusted to 137,603, the same miles on the old cluster.
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    During the process, I had to remove the needle on the speedometer, which threw it all out of wack. Luckily, I found a really stupid way of fixing that... drive the car without the needle, find the nearest speed sensing sign, and then place the needle in the correct position. Problem solved ROFL

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    Yeah, that's about it. The lights still don't work though, so I think the gauge cluster not lighting up is a problem with the car and not the cluster... hooray electrical issues! LOL And the oil pressure gauge doesn't work on the new cluster either, but I think it looks better than the old one, and I'd rather have a stock unit in it than an aftermarket one... that, and I'm too lazy to put the old one in there LOL

    Here's da video:
     
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    Not a whole lot happened here, I just repainted my spoiler to have the message "I Back Our Blue" on it. My Dad used to be an MP, so I have a lot of respect for the police. It turned out pretty good!
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    I'll be installing my new brake pads and slotted rotors here pretty soon...

    Here's the YouTube video, subscribe if you'd like as well!
     

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    I read this whole thread LOL , Good job ! coming along nicely... Idk about the duckbill spoiler... but to each their own!
     

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    Thanks man! Yeah, I guess there’s a reason you don’t see duckbills on DSMs very often LOL
     

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    Lol The oem one looks way too good to change in my opinion , I want a black dsm like yours though , Im probably wrapping , mine in black once I get it running
     

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    This is something I've been wanting to do for a while... put a tow hook on the Eclipse!! I've never seen a tow hook in this style on a 2G unless it is VERY modified, and I'm really proud of how it turned out! It took me a while to figure out how to do it, cuz there's no guide out there and you don't really see tow hooks on DSMs unless, again, they are very modified, but my bull crappery came through... somehow...

    Anyways, this wasn't just for looks. There have been multiple times where my car has broken down, and it would've been nice to have this guy... but it is mostly for looks :D

    Basically, I couldn't get the tow hook on they way I wanted it because there was NO way to put the nuts on the inside of the frame unless I wanted to cut a hole big enough to reach in there, so I drilled a couple holes that so that I could just barely screw the bolts in and IT WORKED!! It's solid, and I hope it works when the time comes LOL

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    Excuse the garage mess, I still live at home LOL Subtle, but functional. That's how I like it :cool: If I ever get a FMIC this will have to move somewhere else, but that isn't really in the plans for now.

    Here's the video from my channel The Boosted Rose:


    Thanks for reading!
     
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    While my car was in pieces from the last project, I decided to do something that was long overdue. Yesterday I replaced all of my coolant hoses. And when I say all of them, I mean ALL of them. All 11 of them. (Well, except for the tiny elbow right next to the oil filter, that one ended up tearing because it was so hard to put on)

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    It was a pain, and took a solid two days, but I got all of them replaced. For those who are wondering, it was a kit off of eBay. It was not a cheap kit, and the hoses are nice, thicker than the ones that came with the car. I could've just gotten the upper and lower radiator hoses, but I wanted to replace as many rubber things on this car as I could, because from the look of things, they were the original pieces...

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    ^ This was AFTER I sprayed it down with some WD-40 cleaner and brushed it down with a brass brush.

    I'm gonna be honest, I've had this kit for a while, just never broke it out because I was genuinely intimidated by all the hoses and also wanted to find a good time to do it. I didn't even know where most of them went! But the more I dug around and replaced a couple, I'd find a couple more, so it worked out fine. After I replaced all the hoses, there were some rolled up lines that I used freely and replaced just about every vacuum line I could find. It felt really good to finally replace those nasty hoses. Won't have to worry about those going bad!

    And my engine bay looks so pretty!

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    Almost every hose and vacuum line in the engine bay has been replaced now. I feel a lot more confident in this cars ability to be reliable, and I feel like I'm actually taking care of it rather than throwing performance mods at it LOL

    The video:


    Thanks for reading!!
     
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    So I got a new, tubular (tubular dude!!) exhaust manifold for my car. Not sure what brand it is, all I know is that it is very used, works with the T25 and 16G, and was $40! I actually got it from a user on this site! Anyways, I decided to take my very rudimentary skillz and try my best to clean it up.

    The before photos:
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    Like I said, I don't really know what I'm doing, but I used some WD40, a grease cutting soap, and a brass brush, and I cleaned the carbon out of it! (literally) But I'm not really sure how clean it's supposed to be, what it's supposed to look like, etc. So I'm going to take it to a shop and see what they say, see if they can get all the garbage out of the inside. Then I need to test it for leaks. Still don't totally trust this manifold, it being $40 and all, but hey, maybe the guy just wanted to get rid of it.

    Here are the after photos:
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    I have to say, it looks WAY better, and the mounting faces are nice and smooth. But we'll see if it'll be worth putting on my car.

    Here's the video!


    Thanks for reading!
     
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    Today I did something that I've been trying to figure out for a while. I finally got my gauge lights to work!! This was a weird one...

    So I started by disconnecting the dimmer switch, and then I took a multi meter to see if the switch was getting power. Yup, it was. Both through the power and remote wires... so it had to be the switch itself, so I took it apart.

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    It looked like nothing was wrong with the switch itself... so I decided to hook it up without the box on it, just the circuit board you see on the far left in the picture above. Weird thing is, the dash lights lit right up!! I couldn't get them to flicker or act abnormally in any way either, so I thought "okay, so lets just put it back together." NOPE. As soon as I had reassembled the whole unit, it wouldn't work. So I made a makeshift 'shelf' with just the lower piece of the box, plugged it in, and I now have functional dash lights!!

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    ^ The "Shelf"; I kept the top piece off.
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    ^ Looks normal. No modification here ;)
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    ^ Viola!!!

    Sometimes I don't get these cars... XD
     

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    I fixed my A/C today... literally was missing the relay for the heater... me not so smart LOL

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    Not really sure how it happened... but it did. At least it was an easy fix.

    Here's my goofy video LOL
     
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    Didn't really do that much to my car, I just had it detailed by a friend.

    I also checked under the car to see if I could find out what brand my exhaust is, with no luck. But at least I got some good revs out of it :D


     

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    I've done a couple things in the last week and a half. First things first, I removed the stock exhaust manifold so that I can put the new one in. I'm so pumped! I've decided to get it ceramic coated and then I'm going to make a custom heat shield, and that should be enough to keep the heat around the manifold and not in the rest of the bay... but I still wish that my intake had more room to breath...

    ... so I gave it some! Last Tuesday I took the headlight out, took it apart, cut off half of the chrome part, cut a whole in the lens, and then put it back together and viola! Headlight intake port.

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    Before:
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    After:
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    I don't think it looks that, well, aesthetically pleasing. I will be getting a fiberglass cowl from carbonetics eventually, which will help it look better, but I personally don't think it looks very 'cool', I just did this because I HATE how suffocated the air filter seems. So this'll help my car breath a bit easier, and help me breath a bit easier too LOL

    Here's da video!
     
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    Using a speed tracker to recalibrate your speedo is far from an accurate way to set your needle to the proper speed. I highly doubt they are all calibrated to each other and to a GPS speed. Good for a very temporary time, sure, why not. Long term, not at all. I've had to do the same long ago before figuring some thongs out, but the way I reset the needle, is with a code reader I own that displays live data too, such as the data from the VSS. Using that, I set the car on cruise at a specific speed on the display and then installed the needle to that speed. I then found the speed trackers and drove by at various speeds a few times and it was pretty good from there. Just an idea.
     

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    I'll definitely give that a try. I knew it was pretty, uh, inaccurate to say the least LOL But I do have an OBDII reader that sends live data to my phone, including my speed, and should probably have done it that way. It's just when I plug in the reader, my speedo stops working... :idontknow:
     

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    Kinda like you're screwed regardless of what you try. That blows.
     

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    Yeah... I've come to understand that there's no such thing as an easy job with these cars LOL but that's how you learn, right?
     

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    Yesterday I finished a project that has been in the works for a while now.

    I got an old exhaust manifold about a month ago from a user here, and I cleaned it up, removed the old manifold, and was about to install the new manifold. However, I decided to get some sort of heat protection for the header first before I install it, I want to do this the right way ya know? So I had to put the old manifold back on so that I could drive the Eclipse to work since my Mazda was going into the dealership for a recall and some body work from an accident. While installing the old manifold however, I broke two studs.

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    ^ I have no idea what brand this header is... but I'ts got to be an improvement over stock, right?

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    ^ Definition of PAIN

    Fast forward a couple weeks and I've got two new studs, and a BEAUTIFUL, freshly ceramic coated exhaust manifold ready to be bolted on!

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    The first stud took about 4 and a half hours to get out since my stud extractor bit broke off inside the stud, but the next day I was able to get the second stud out within about a half hour (you learn quick with these cars LOL). Got the new manifold on WITHOUT breaking any new studs *hallelujah* and then bolted it to the turbo... just got to find a way to torque these suckers down because I can't seem to be able to get a socket onto them...

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    ^ On but not bolted down

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    ^ On and bolted down

    Here's tha video!
     
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    Looks like a DNP style manifold. I got one for my GSX. Had one years ago on my old spyder. Always liked how they looked compared to others.
     

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    Progress looks good! And that manifold is killer, I love it.
     

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