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    Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:43 pm

    Lately i've been kicking around some ideas with my wife over our 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS. But first, a few things:

    1) I know it isn't JDM, but i've been looking for a forum to voice my ideas and recieve constructive criticism and not get bashed, since the last forum i did this on did just that.

    2) Again, i know the Eclipse isn't JDM. Please don't tell me to get a Honda or something that is JDM. one I can't afford to at this time and two, my wife and i dont want one now.

    3)Telling me to 'just get a RWD car' is just wasting my time and yours. I'm not going to listen.

    4) If you're going to bash me or anyone else's ideas, just go to another thread.

    Sorry if i sound like a jerk, I'm just a little fed up with people's negative attitudes about cars. Car tuning is a form of art. You don't have to like it, but the owner of the car does. Please respect that.

    Now, on to my idea.

    What my wife and i want to do is take our FWD Eclipse and convert it to RWD using either a JDM 13B-REW, or (more recently) an LS1 or 7; manual transmission, Widebody kit; BMW M3 wheels; Carbon fiber hood, rear hatrch with a factory wiper (yes, the Eclipse did come with one); racing seats; custom dash and center console; a Final Fantasy x mural on the headliner, and the paint job off of the BMW M3 GTR in Need For Speed: Most Wanted. I can post a picture of our car if you;d like, but that's basically what we want to go with. I was thinking about using Dodge and Chevy Dually rear fenders to build the wide body. the body i can probably start on now. The Biggest issue at this time is the fact that the Eclipse needs a new motor, or a rebuild of the one i have. the problem, i have never rebuilt a motor and feel uncomfortable with it. I would like to have the car running by spring or summer, but that's a different thread. here, i'm just voicing ideas.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Dminted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:40 pm

    Love the idea. I think it sounds like you have a great idea and you know exactly what you want which is good so you don't have waste time going back and forth with other ideas. Using dually fenders is brilliant I never would have even thought of that but it sounds like it would make sense.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. Ironically, i thought about cutting widebody fenders for other cars, but it seemed more feasible to go the dually route. my biggest problem is a donor car, and i cant decide which motor would be best. I love the sound of rotaries, but theyre tricky. The LS has a plethora of parts, but i wonder if it will even fit. One of the biggest issues i see with the widebody is the front fenders. my car has a steeper slope to it that the 2G and 4G. have you seen the rear fenders on the 2006-10 Dodge dually Megacabs? the ones that look like they just cover the wheels and dont slope into the bed? thats what i'm consiedering.
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    Post by Dminted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:55 pm

    yes those fenders look like the could be used for universal fitment and should be able to fit up any way you want. Don't know about LS never got into that stuff but yes the rotary is more for people who want to just know rotary cause there is so much to go into them. I knew this guy who had a RX-7 and when I asked him a simple question he had about a half hour response that just confused me.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:04 pm

    I don't know much about the rotary, but what i do know is they are notorious for cooling problems, which was heightened by Mazda taking away the mechanical engine fan, using an electric. I've never been a fan of the electric engine fan. If your motor is moving at say 5500 RPM's, wouldnt it make sense for your cooling fan to as well? The LS i'm fairly familiar with. I had a 3/4 4x4 Chevy when i was younger. I DO know that the LS is all aluminum, 350 hp, 365 lbs. ft of torque, and can be gotten almost anywhere. Plus, theres nothing quite like a V8 rumble, or the rotary's whine...
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Dminted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:09 pm

    Like I said I know nothing about American cars but I do have to say I had a 74 chevy 1/2 ton with a 350 and it did sound pretty amazing. As far as issues with the mazda engines most of the issues to be had are corrected by replacing parts with a well know rotary tuner companies parts.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:20 pm

    Good thing the swap part of the build is a long way off, ive got tons of research to do. lol. Well, since you don't know much about American cars, i might be able to teach you something. Especially if i go with the LS. I know a lot of RX7 guys do it.
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    Post by Dminted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:23 pm

    yeah I have heard a lot of nissan guys talk about LS swaps. Big power in a small car, sounds good to me.
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:34 pm

    what's not lo love? lol. besides, one thing a lot of tuners forget is that even V8's can be turboed.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Dminted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:43 pm

    yes Turbo V8 is just massive power
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:49 pm

    I think a twin turbo Callaway Corvette in '91 was putting out about 400 hp. not bad at all.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Addicted2Speed on Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:13 pm

    Hope you've got some cash to spend Smile
    Sound's like an exciting build. And don't worry, most of the people that actually take the time to sign up and post here, aren't assholes. And most of us own Honda's so you won't be hearing anything about FWD bashing here. LS1 in an eclipse would be pretty amazing/unique. My only piece of advice is to find a "totaled" Pontiac GTO and pull the LS from it, you can find surprisingly good deals on completely destroyed GTO's that have perfectly good motors and transmissions in them.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:35 am

    This is true. the problem is finding one, but at least my wife and i have time. lol
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    Post by jdmaccordfan on Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:59 am

    Yeah definitely a hard swap and time consuming
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:40 pm

    But that's the fun thing about cars. they make you wanna pull your hair out, but in the end, it's worth it. I think i can honestly say that the hardest part of our build is deciding which engine to go with. Modified Mag has a rotary coverage in next months issue, so I'll keep researching and wait for the mag to come out. I honestly can't make up my mind over the 13B-REW or an LS1. Both (from what I've heard) are good engines. The 13B is supposedly lightweight, but packs a punch. The LS1 has brute strength. Parts are aplenty for the LS, i dunno about the rotary. I do know that the rotary can easily have cooling issues. Anybody know anything about the 13B-REW?
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:49 pm

    The more i think about it, the more i want the 13B. Would anybody happen to know if Osaka JDM Motors is any good? all i know is they're based out of Canada.
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    Post by Dminted on Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:17 pm

    have read up on or heard much about them but there site looks descent and I did find a bit of info on other sites stating that business was good.
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:19 pm

    So you think they're legit? Id hate like hell to drop a couple thousand for a motor and trans only to get jacked in the end. Any idea if someone in the States does something similar? I've been to their site a few times, but still wonder how legit they are.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:35 pm

    I know it seems sketchy because they're in Canada, but JDMsource is also based out of Canada and they've got an outstanding list of clientel that's got nothing but good things to say about them. It's easier for companies in Canada to import body parts and motors from Japan, and ALOT cheaper. That's why "most" large scale motor importers are based out of Canada, I don't have any experience, I always buy local, but just some food for thought.
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:13 pm

    Some yummy food for thought. lol. thanks Addicted2Speed.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:09 pm

    No problem, I'm involved with a local shop around here, if you do decide to buy from them, post the condition of the motor and how satisfied you are with prices and customer service, because we're always looking for new places to get motors for customers.
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:18 pm

    Wish i had a local shop. too bad Oregon is so far away, i might try using your shop. What i really want is some local people to get help with moving parts and such. After hurting my back in 08 moving a Chevy Turbo 350 automatic transmission by myself, I'm EXTREMELY careful when it comes to moving anything weighing over 50 pounds. lol

    Just a random question, should i even try pop up headlights, or leave the headlights alone on the Eclipse?
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:14 pm

    Yeah I don't lift anything without a cherry picker or something like it. I'm only 19 and my back's already pretty screwed.
    Yeah it really helps, but if I were you I'd just look around at the local shops, or find a forum with active members around your area, maybe an eclipse specific one, I know the honda-tech comunity helps eachother out whenever they can, I'm sure it'd be the same deal on a mitsubishi forum.
    As far as the headlights, figure out what motor you're going with and what kind of clearance and other type of hookups and harnesses you'll need, and make sure it's not gonna cause and complications. I don't see why it would, but it's better safe than sorry, and after that, decide. as of that point, it's personal preference, I personally would leave them alone, but to each their own.








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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:47 pm

    Yeah, as far as the headlights are concerned, i may just leave them alone. I'd like people to see an Eclipse and know what it is, than to see the car and wonder WTH? As far as a local forum, there was one, Missouri Mitsubishi, that i got bashed for voicing my idea. the site owner didn't get in on it, but several others did. I had only one guy totally on my side. some of the comments were "just go get a RWD" "i see noobs post this crap all the time. as soon as they realize it's a bad idea they cry. just get a 240 and boost it." and my favorite, "I'm an experienced welder and i would NEVER take on a project like this" Finding a local site or shop sounds like a good idea, but Missouri Mitsubishi doesn't work anymore and a shop, I'm pretty S.O.L. I haven't even heard of a performance shop in my area. I'm glad i found JDM Tech Ops due to the fact that true car enthusiasts gather here and can give good advice. Hopefully, this build can get off the ground soon. Course, finding a job IS my top priority at the moment.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:03 am

    Yeah I hear ya, I my build's gonna take a little time to take off, with moving, school, trying to find a job, and family stuff, I've barely got time to go and scrub the block down. And being out of work just eats away at the project funds.. I guess that's the common struggles of a car enthusiast haha.

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