Category Archives: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

Laying pipe

The Eclipse got some intercooler pipes this weekend. I dug through the piping bin and came up with some decent piping. There’s a few more couplers than I’d like, but it’ll work.

Disregard the yellow in the headlight, that’s from the garage lighting. I went with the crushed 1g blow off valve. It goes 1.75″ turbo outlet, 2.25″ intercooler inlet, 2.5″ intercooler outlet, to 2.25″ bend in the wheel well, up to 2.75″ throttle body.

I’m waiting on the GM maf and translator to come in before I can go any farther with that.

Progress

So after a trip to Kentucky over the weekend, I came home to a few parts that I was waiting for. Timing belt set, water pump, injectors, cam sensor, and other little bits. So I had to get started. I got started around 8 or 9pm, and quit around 12:30. I didn’t make as much progress as I hoped, because I got sidetracked swapping wheels from the cr-z to the eclipse, and cleaning some parts.

La llama azul

I picked up a winter beater. It’s a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX automatic. It’s got about 160k on it, but the trans was rebuilt in 2012 according to the receipts.

When I picked it up, it had no timing belt on it. I like it’s ridiculous paint job. I got it cheap, and it needs quite a bit of work. But it’s pretty straight. The strut towers have a couple spots of rust starting, but I’m planning to get in there before winter. It came with a 16g and 3inch exhaust. I put a front mount on it already, it’s just a generic 2.5 in/out, but it fits well.

From the looks of the pistons, I think it crashed the valves at some point. I had a spare 2g head, for the cam sensor mount, but it needed cleaned.

It looks like the stock 2g auto cams are a little lame, so I put some 1g manual cams in it. The previous owner did a bit of spray painting under the hood, so that will need cleaned up a bit. I started with the intake manifold, I had a spare 2g intake manifold and 1g na throttle body (2.75″), so that’ll go on it.

So far the build sheet is:

•7 Bolt block

•7 Bolt head with stainless valves

•1g manual cams

•1g na throttle body

•2.5″ ic piping

• front mount ic 2.5 in/out

•1g crushed bov

•Apexi SAFC

•550cc fuel injectors

• adjustable fuel pressure regulator

•450lph walbro fuel pump

If I have any trans problems, I’ve got a fully built IPT trans with torque converter and 6bolt adapter, if I need to go that route.