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Re: New Owner Of 1837/2000


GSTwithPSI
A hole
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1193022 posted 11/02/14 08:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I bumped the ride height on the car up a good bit. I hope it's still hellaflush enough for youz guyz.








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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1193032 posted 11/03/14 01:16 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
car looks terrific



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1193041 posted 11/03/14 10:03 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I think it looks better raised up a bit. VR4s to me don't look so great when really low. Just a little bit, that's perfect.



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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1193773 posted 11/11/14 06:32 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well, rolled about 4k on the new motor, so I threw in the Evo 560s, bumped the boost to about 17 psi and tweaked the tune a bit. I can't do too much because I'm still waiting on the LC-1 to get here later this week. Even with a preliminary tune though, I'm really happy with the nice smooth power the car is making. I've been playing with the ECMlink boost control also, and it's really sweet. I want to start tweaking fuel and the higher MAF ranges, but I'll need a WB before I do. I also need to swap in my 2G MAF. There's still a bit of knock in the pull, but I'm confident I can get rid of once I have a WB to go off of. Here's a 3rd gear pull on 93 pump.

She rips pretty good

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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195679 posted 12/04/14 08:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
A lot has happened since I last posted. DD'd it plenty, added a few more mods, took it to the track, blew up the ECU, and all kinds of other stuff.

I sent the ECU out to ECMtuning to get repaired. I got it back today, along with a few other upgrades and parts I'm going to try and install this weekend. First on this list is a new to me revised ISC, since the old one fried my ECU. Then, I'll finally be upgrading the stock GVR4 MAF with a Evo 8 unit. I also have a GM 3 bar MAP sensor to install, so I can quit guessing at boost levels while logging. If all goes as planned, I should have everything installed this weekend, and hopefully get the car up and running again.


I think my winter project is going to be dropping the rear subframe to recondition or replace it. I've been keeping an eye out for a deal on a complete DSM rear subframe; subframe, 4 bolt diff, axles, and all...But I haven't found one yet. It would be nice to do a 1 for 1 swap and delete the 4WS. While I have the subframe down, I'm planning to strip the undercarriage, and rust proof the entire underbody. It's the only area on the whole car I haven't rust proofed yet. The pinch welds definitely need to be straightened out, and need a fresh coat of paint as well.

At some point over the winter, I'm going to pull the trans again too, and fix the squeaky TOB. The TOB still squeaks intermittently with the clutch pedal released. It pisses me off too, because it was a brand new OEM Mitsu TOB. I'll probably shim the pivot ball while I'm in there. I'm also trying to decide if I really want to keep the welded diff. The car really sucks ass to DD with the welded diff, but it performed so well at the track that now I'm torn on whether to keep it or not.

It's been weird having running VR4 for almost 6 months. I think it's past due to be JSB again



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (12/04/14 08:11 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195685 posted 12/04/14 08:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
You have a great car I was contemplating on buying it once I seen it for sale. When I seen the car in person at MOD I was amazed by it, looks like your doing some nice mods to it keep up the good work.

It's a good thing you didn't sell the rims they where meant for that car.



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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195778 posted 12/06/14 09:36 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks, man. When did you see it at MOD? It wasn't this year at East Coast MOD, was it?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195861 posted 12/08/14 10:25 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Happy birthday Brett!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195879 posted 12/08/14 01:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Happy B day and the car is looking great Brett:)



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195891 posted 12/08/14 06:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks, guys!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200587 posted 02/03/15 10:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Long story short, I pulled the built motor out and am replacing it with my rebuilt stock short block for the time being. After considering my long and short term goals for the car, this is the best option for me. A stock bottom end will get me to where I want to be short term, while enabling me to make some improvements to my other motor eventually allowing me to meet my long term goals.

Motor out:


Nasty short block:




Clean short block:




New Fel-Pro HG & ARP studs:



Cleaned up the head:


Head bolted up:



Long block mostly assembled with the -10 AN valve cover for the new catch can setup:





Got jelly of 15psi88's sweet cover, so here's my lesser attempt at my own version. It still needs the finishing touches, but you get the idea.




BISS rebuild stuffz

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200588 posted 02/03/15 10:53 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Looks dope!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200602 posted 02/04/15 08:25 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
that motor looks great. makes me want to build one. i might have to now.



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1226/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200700 posted 02/04/15 10:17 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
what paint did you use on the block? and what is that cover for really?

nicely done though, your work is always super clean



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200702 posted 02/04/15 10:29 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
looks good, but i cant said i have ever seen anyone paint a block wrinkle red.



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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200735 posted 02/05/15 10:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I painted the block with VHT FlameProof. Its not actually a "wrinkle" finish, it just dries as a dull red (or whatever color you have), which I actually kind of like. With the FlameProof paint, you can bake the part after it is coated, and I've found it's damn near as durable as powdercoating. I coated the FP manifold in the same stuff, and it holds up great even under extreme heat.

The cover is my half-assed solution to doing a full wire tuck. I hated how the body harness and fuse box/fuse box wiring looks in that area of the car. I started to pull the harness and relocate it in the body, then decided against it. After the cover is done, it should neatly hide everything while giving the bay an overall cleaner look. I'm trying to decide if I want to paint it white to match the car, or black to offset all the white that's already in the engine compartment. The edges of the cover will be covered with some flexible trim.

I've always found the little details always add up to a good look overall, so that's what I'm concentrating on this time around. The goal is a clean looking engine bay that's still functional. I don't want to pull half of my car apart just to trace a wire or check some fuses, but also don't want it looking like a cluttered mess. Finding that happy medium has been more difficult than I anticipated.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1200738 posted 02/05/15 11:58 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I like the detail of the Magnus and FP logos painted red. Looks really nice.



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GSTwithPSI
A hole
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207884 posted 05/06/15 09:02 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Ok, so I'm recapping some stuff just to document everything I've done to the car in the build thread. I also have some new updates as well. Be prepared to scroll...A LOT.

After pulling the motor, I decided to restore and recover the wiring harness. I used new Raychem covering and replaced connectors where needed. Here are some shots of it before:















Here are some shots of the harness restoration:













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And a few shots of the harness semi-routed:








Motor ready to go in:




Flywheel was resurfaced by Jackson Auto Machine (JAM). They did an amazing job! The pictures speak for themselves.





Flywheel, PP, and trans bolted up:





Motor dropped in:





Clear cam cover to go with the pretty cam gears (set to zero of course):




Time for some new brake stuff! New OEM Mitsu rear calipers, dust shields and rotors. Also, braided lines for all 4 corners.






I also installed a set of Sabelt 3 point harnesses:














For the back, you'll need a set of 90* L brackets.







Belts installed:








Out with the BBS LMs and in with the Work Meister S1s. When I got the wheels they were looking poopy:



So I stripped all the poop off of one:



Then did the rest:





Taped off the lips and prepped for paint:




Picked up some paint from Automotive Touchup. I went with Factory Subaru Gold Metallic, and it turned out to be a really nice color:





After a quick spray:







Almost dry:



Wheels are dry, tape removed. I decided not to clear coat because I really liked the finish. It's not quite a matte finish, but more like a satin finish. It looks great in the sun.




Picked up all new decals:



Decals on, wheels shined up and finished:






...And soon to be wrapped in Dunlop Direzza DZ101s:



At this point, I pretty much have everything I need to get 1837 back together. Now, I can get my other motor on the stand and start building it

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207887 posted 05/06/15 09:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Very nice Brett. Lots of hard work put in on that harness. Love the wheels. What size are they? How much were the rear OEM calipers? I've been waiting on a pair of reman's to ship, but it's been a while. Also, how did you find new dust shields? I've asked JNZ and no luck.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207890 posted 05/06/15 10:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting GSTwithPSI:








Wheels came out great. Ditching the clear was a good move. These wheels are knocked off all over the place; i feel like the satin helps keep them different from all the reps. I always thought Meister S1s or SSR Professor SP1s looked right at home on 6g Galant.

Some insane dedication here, hats off to you man. I remember all the BS with the blue car. A friend of mine thought he saw it when he was in Pensacola several months ago. He said it wasn't looking so great. I was kind of hoping that it was a different car but how many Estoril Blue 6g galants could be there?

Cute seatbelts.

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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207935 posted 05/07/15 05:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting minneSNOWta:

Very nice Brett. Lots of hard work put in on that harness. Love the wheels. What size are they? How much were the rear OEM calipers? I've been waiting on a pair of reman's to ship, but it's been a while. Also, how did you find new dust shields? I've asked JNZ and no luck.




Hey Andre, thanks for the kind words. The wheels are 17x7 & 17x8 +30. I would have prefered to get a set that is 8" wide all the way around, but I got a great deal on the set I picked up. I prefer the aesthetics of a staggered setup, so I'm not too upset about it. The only thing I don't like is the fact that I'll still need to run a 5mm spacer in the front to clear the 3KGT brakes. I kinda expected it due to the low offset, but was hopeful I could ditch the spacers. Those 3KGT calipers just stick out a ridiculous amount.

I got the OEM calipers and dust shields as part of a deal when I picked up 820. I wouldn't even want to know what it would cost to source those parts new from the dealer, assuming they are even still available.




Quoting ApexHunter:

Wheels came out great. Ditching the clear was a good move. These wheels are knocked off all over the place; i feel like the satin helps keep them different from all the reps. I always thought Meister S1s or SSR Professor SP1s looked right at home on 6g Galant.

Some insane dedication here, hats off to you man. I remember all the BS with the blue car. A friend of mine thought he saw it when he was in Pensacola several months ago. He said it wasn't looking so great. I was kind of hoping that it was a different car but how many Estoril Blue 6g galants could be there?

Cute seatbelts.




Thanks for the compliments, David. I thought the BBS LMs always looked great on the car, but the spoke design was just too busy for my taste. I also hated how my BBS wheels were only 7" wide. If you compare shots of my car to Mark's, I always thought his car looked like a whole different machine, even though we had the same model of wheels. The wider wheel and tire on 1051 gave the car a completely different, yet aggressive look. Even with the spacers, I just thought my car looked meh with the BBS. I've always been a sucker for a simple spoke design, which is why I'm so partial to the Evo 8 Enkeis. I wanted something classy and unique, while still sticking with the gold. I've always liked the Work Meister S1, and thought it was one of the few wheels that could aesthetically match the BBS LMs. I think the spoke design and lips on the Work wheels will give me the more aggressive look I've had in mind, even though the front's are still only 7" wide. In addition, I'll be wrapping the wheels in 225/45 series tires, which should help with looks and performance.

And yes, who could forget old 1813. It's definitely been a crazy ride from owning 1813 to where I am today. I learned a lot owning 1813, and more than just knowledge about the car. Being a new member here was a learning curve as well. I still talk to the owner of 1813 every now and then. He's taken care of the car to the best of his ability, and I commend him for that. Honestly, it wasn't the prettiest looking thing when I handed over the keys, so I can't blame the guy for how it looks today. I always pester him about getting on here and posting updates, but he works A LOT. I've got my hands full with two VR-4s currently, but even so, I still miss that ugly blue turd every now and then.

And I'm glad you like my seatbelts. I'm assuming you're referring to my ratty ass Mitsubishi rear belt covers. Those were in my 1G Eclipse when I bought it around 2004. I thought they were gay as AIDS when I first got the car, but they just chilled out on the rear belts and seemed to stick around. Fast forward to today, and I'm strangely attached to them. I suppose I'd call them my DSM bad luck charm...

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ApexHunter
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1951/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207938 posted 05/07/15 07:31 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I was actually just trying to give you a hard time on the pretty red belts but I did get a chuckle and mild hot import nights circa 2002 flashback out of the belt covers. But for real though that is a badass harness integration.

I ran 17x7, 17x8 on 1951. Cosmetically that car was a pile of poop by and large but the stagger looked sick. And that is coming from someone who typically only likes square setups on AWD platforms. I'm sure it will look awesome on 1837.



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2003 Honda S2000
2003 Evo


Edited by ApexHunter (05/07/15 07:33 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207941 posted 05/07/15 08:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Wheels are dope my good sir. I approve!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207945 posted 05/07/15 08:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Wheels do look great. I didn't even recognize the color. Superb work like always Brett



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1207946 posted 05/07/15 09:31 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
I'm excited to see how those wheels look on the car. I'm surprised at the amount of lip for the given offset, especially on the 7" wide ones. I figured that in an offset required for our cars, there wouldn't be any lip and that is what makes those particular wheels look good, IMO. Where'd you source them?



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