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Old December 31st, 2016, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PJ's Eazy-E(clipse) GT

Thought it was about time to make one of these, so here goes.

History:

I bought this car on a whim. Heard it came to auction, read the specs and put in a bid. All said and done it set me back $6100 tax-in w/105k kilometers on the clock, which was a steal considering the amount of car I'd be getting for the money. Unfortunately, this meant I needed to dump the '12 Elantra I had just picked up some time before, but that's another story.



Maintenance:

Surprisingly little. The car is a stripper, besides the V6, no other option boxes were ticked so there isn't much to go wrong. I've replaced the battery, one 0ē sensor, one headlight bulb, clutch safety switch is dead (unplugged it) and a vent slider fell out. All minor stuff. I've put full synthetic oil in the motor and nothing short of 91 in the tank. She runs well, although the engine ticks rather loudly when it's cold. Doesn't seem to affect performance, and goes away after a few miles.

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Managed to keep it stock for over a year, but nothing lasts forever.

Injen CAI
Tanabe STB
Tanabe UB
Progress 24mm RSB
Moog Problem Solver rear links
TWM GS STS w/Big Type R knob & aluminum base bushings
Torque Solution shifter cable bushings












Plans:

I'd like to get this thing on a track, so there's still much to do. Power is more than adequate for now, so I'm looking to put some more time/money into suspension bits. I'm hoping to get a good set of coilovers, poly mounts/bushings all around and sticky tires. Once I can take a corner, I'll worry about the other stuff, but those are the short term goals for now. I'll keep this updated as I go.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, a ride thread! Happy to see it hahaha
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Old December 31st, 2016, 12:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey, a ride thread! Happy to see it hahaha
Yeah, only been ~11 months overdue lol. Had some free time so cobbled it together real quick.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 04:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Congrats man..great looking ride.

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Old December 31st, 2016, 06:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Congrats man..great looking ride.
Thanks, although to be fair its got a completely stock exterior and will likely stay that way forever. So, maybe not the prettiest 4G out there, but as long as it serves its purpose, I'm happy.
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Hot damn, Martin. Your ride is like the pretty version of mine Glad to see you finally have a build thread up! Did you have any rattle problems with the lower tie bar?
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Old December 31st, 2016, 08:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hot damn, Martin. Your ride is like the pretty version of mine Glad to see you finally have a build thread up! Did you have any rattle problems with the lower tie bar?
Thanks. Actually, the under brace was by far the easiest part to install and hasn't given me any real problems. Only two bolts holding it in place, and with an impact gun, come out real easy. No rattle or anything, I just removed it because I was paranoid about it catching on some ice and either sheering off or taking some other vital suspension component/s with it. Ground clearance aside, no qualms with the UB.

Here's a better angle, excuse the salty mess.

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Awesome! I was going to get one soon and just wanted to be sure. For a snow-blown mess, your ride looks pretty clean!
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Old December 31st, 2016, 09:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Definitely get one. For the price, function, ease of installation and curb appeal (if you're into that), it's certainly worth it.

Only wish my Progress bar was as easy to install. Had to take the original endlinks off the medieval way lol

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If the weather is fair, this is going on (hopefully) tomorrow

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Glad to see you finally got a ride thread man! Nothing wrong with a sleeper build!

However if you take it to the track, you might find the UB troublesome. Strengthening the chassis is great, but it causes understeer in heavy cornering. There's a thread around here somewhere with all the science and shit...
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Thanks. I know my philosophy on modding cars isn't shared with many, especially here, but you gotta do what makes you happy right?

You know, I was kinda worried the STB and UB might over stiffen the front end and cause understeer. Would you happen to have the link to that tread?
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Cable bushings are in. Simple job became needlessly difficult when trying to pry off a stock bushing that was seized on real tight. Hit it with a propane torch, doused it in WD-40, grabbed it with Vice-Grips and knocked it out with a BFH.

Stock vs. TS bushing



What's left of the stocker



Finished product

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