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Old 11-24-2011   #1
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Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Last weekend my buddy and I went to Chicago and picked up my new project. It is a black 1998 Eclipse GSX auto. I was looking for a car that I could drive on a semi daily baises so A back seat for my daughter was a must have and with the auto my wife could drive it with no learning curve.. This car is only slightly modified and is in very good shape inside and out. Newer paint, leather and 18” wheels were just iceing on the cake.

Currently the car has , Supra side mound intercooler W/hard pipes Greddy type S BOV, Exhaust (dumped o2 housing, 2.5”down pipe, 3”catback W/test pipe) air filter, MBC and 255 fuel pump. It also has a large trans cooler already installed and trans temp and boost gauges. For tuning the car also has H8 flash able ECU so I can tune like the Evos using ECUflash and open port 2.0 cable, and a eprom tcu for the transmission for line pressure and shift points.

Future mods will include (probly in this order)

Cleaning up some minor issues with the interior
Drivers side speaker grill pops out.
Drivers side A-pillar is missing because previous owner had A-pillar mounted gauges and never replaced it.
Install my LC1 wideband from my Laser

Get the open port 2.0 cable and start to learn and understand ecuflash
1st I need to turn off the check engine light for rear O2 and EGR
2nd I need to raise the fuel cut limit the T-25 in cold weather has been hitting it around 15psi(might be boost leak too)

After I get it solid and I understand tuning with ECUflash future mods will be
Reprogrammed TCU for Line pressure and shift points
Tran slab shift kit
End clutch kit
Injectors/E85 swap
EVO3 16G or comparable billet unit (HTA68/ MAP EF2)
New O2 housing open dump is annoying
HKS 272 from my Laser
1G throttle body

Apperence
Lowering springs
black wheels (survey to come, use my cobra's or get these wheels coated)

And what you’ve all been waiting for pictures.




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Old 11-24-2011   #2
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Finally, car looks awesome!!

EF1 = 68hta, EF2 is bigger. So stock appearing is going to be stupid this year between all these baby turbo cars. hahahaha

Congrats on the new ride.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Clean looking car.
I have a grey apiller laying around
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Old 11-24-2011   #4
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Awesome, congrats.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

nice clean car looks fun
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Thanks for the coments. Planning on running stock apearing at proving grounds, I'll have to find a little extra power to compeat againt the lighter 1g's
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How mutch? Is it the lighter grey or the darker?
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Nice, competing in the stock appearing class seems like it'd be fun I think. Lemme know if you ever need a hand.
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Nice! Reminds me of when I got my 2G; does this still have a 7-bolt in it?

Can't wait to see what you do with this thing!
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Yes it has a newer stock 7bolt.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

I was looking at that car for a while, kinda cool it went to somebody local!

Should be a fun car, looks really nice!
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

We drove the eclipse to Thanksgiving dinner today. Something that never would have happened with the laser. I am really likeing this car hopefully the snow stays away a little longer so I can play some more. After letting my wife drive it today I am a little worried she might be driveing it more then me though .
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Looks awesome Carl, that's one of the few 2G's I've seen that I would drive. Very nice, makes me wish my blue car was an auto as well.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Nice looking car!

MAP has an EF2 for DSM's? The DSM turbos they are making seem like a big secret.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

They made a post on tooners about it, they are finally promoting it.

As far as I know, only the EF1 and EF2 are available for DSMs.

EF1 is the billet compressor wheel and upgraded cover, I think EF2 uses a bigger hotside in addition to the coldside but you will need a diff. turbine housing I think TD06 or something.

How does it drive so far? I assume its still on pump since you didn't mention injectors, i know a guy selling some 1200s!
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

It drives awsome. I need to do a boost leak check to see if I can get rid of this fuel cut. and the stock TCU is definitly retarted when it comes to part throttle shifting but so far I'm very happy with the car. It will go under the cover as soon as the real snow flys so I probly wount do mutch with it besides a boost leak and drive it for now. Unless someone has a openport 2.0 cable they want to barrow me so I can remove the DTC's for rear o2 and eliminate fuel cut.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

You can use an openport 1.3 can't you? You should only "need" a 2.0 for Evo X's AFAIK. Otherwise, I have a 2.0 cable, but Chang is borrowing it.
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You can use an openport 1.3 can't you? You should only "need" a 2.0 for Evo X's AFAIK. Otherwise, I have a 2.0 cable, but Chang is borrowing it.
From what I've read I need the 2.0 1.3 will work for logging but not flashing. I should probly just buy my own but I kinda want to barrow someone elses to try to make sure Im not getting in over my head. There isn't alot of how to info on the 2g ECU. Alot of the stuff Ive been reading is in programer speak that is over my head.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Yea, I don't get that programmer crap either. It seems overwhelming at first dealing with the xml files and all that. Looks like a bunch of gobeldy gook to me. LOL I know Dan Chang has been doing this with his 98, maybe try PMing him. Username is daneatsv8s or something like that.
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Re: Carl's 98 auto AWD project Black Magic

Stop holding out, and post up that pic of the Chicago Pizza that made the 6 hour one way drive a little better. Damn that was some good pizza.
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