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Old 12-12-2013, 03:38 PM
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Ok, time to start my official build thread as I build my DSM to compete in the Modified AWD SCCA RallyX class. I was previously posting updates on my Introduction thread: AutoXer wanting to try RallyX. For my previous build thread starting when I turbocharged my car in 2010, go here: Street Build Journal '9! Eclipse N/T -> Turbo FWD for Street/Drag/Autox.

Here is a brief overview on my car:

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I bought it in 2003 for $250 just before I turned 17. It was a 1991 Eclipse GS 2.0 N/T FWD and was smashed in the front and a snapped timing belt had destroyed the head. My dad and I spent 4 months rebuilding it.

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In 2010 I built an engine and did a full GST turbo swap including the engine, trans, ecu, wiring harness.

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I drag raced it, running a best time of 13:1 @ 111 on drag radials and the stock 14b turbo. I never got enough traction.

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I ran it on a road course at Arroyo Seco Raceway

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I AutoXed for a few events before buying my Evo and went on to win first place in year end points in the 2012 Rookies Class my first season racing with the Pan AM SCCA.



After buying the Evo I decided to make by car a track only car and started gutting it. In 2013 I got the RallyX bug and competed in 5 of the 6 RallyX events with the AZ Rally Group and won the 2013 Modified 2WD class.


Finally after 11 years with a FWD DSM I decided it was time to go AWD. I picked up a AWD shell for a few hundred bucks and am currently stripping and stitch welding the chassis. This will be my next upgrade for my car.

After owning the same car for 11 years, I can't just walk away from it. So, the way I justify it in my head, my "car" is not restricted just to the chassis. It is the essence of the car. So I will be upgrading the chassis just like any other part (engine, trans, sturts, etc). I will strip the chassis down to the bone, stitch weld everything, paint the interior, engine bay, roof, and quarters, and then install everything on the new chassis, door, fenders, bumpers, hood, hatch, engine, etc. My goal is to finish by February and hopefully compete all season in M4. Depending on how things go 2014 National's might be a possibility as well!
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:16 PM
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Looking good Nate. I'm really happy you ended up going the upgrade the chassis option as opposed to modifying your old chassis. I think you will be happier in the long run.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:33 PM
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Looking good Nate. I'm really happy you ended up going the upgrade the chassis option as opposed to modifying your old chassis. I think you will be happier in the long run.
Agreed. F*** modifying current chassis
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:33 PM
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Thanks Jay! It should look even better after this go around. I picked up a 3g Eclipse brake master cylinder which will move that down off the firewall. Also I'm going to be painting the valve cover red instead of grey to switch it up a bit.

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Looking good Nate. I'm really happy you ended up going the upgrade the chassis option as opposed to modifying your old chassis. I think you will be happier in the long run.
Thanks Duncan! I do think it will be superior this way. Although I also think it is going to be more work.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:44 PM
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Well I've been out of town on vacation for a week now but I have some down time at the moment to update this with some of the work done on the new AWD chassis.

What it looked like when I got it:
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Stripping it down from front to back:
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And some engine bay progress as it was stripped down, cleaned, and the start of the welding. This is just the start:
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I am just about done stitch welding the engine bay. I just need to do the firewall and then I can start grinding and then painting for prep.









I also ordered a set of Energy Suspension sub-frame bushings that I will be reinstalling with the subframe after paint.
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I looked into replacing the front crossmember bushings with prothane ones. They're the same part number in ASA. The downside is that you have to buy a second set of K-member bushings. I didn't notice a difference of handling with the K-member bushings, but after seeing how skitchy the little rubber doughnut that goes in there. It's peace of brain.
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I looked into replacing the front crossmember bushings with prothane ones. They're the same part number in ASA. The downside is that you have to buy a second set of K-member bushings. I didn't notice a difference of handling with the K-member bushings, but after seeing how skitchy the little rubber doughnut that goes in there. It's peace of brain.
Right, I read that they were the same bushings. However since they would be easy to change out later on I'm not going to be buying another set of subframe bushings. Plus just in case I get the tubular crossmember one day the bushings would be included already.
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Haha, vacation is almost over, then it's back into the garage! By the way, I'm glad you finally stopped slacking and got your Evo back on the road ;)
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