Mitsubishi Eclipse 3G Club banner
1 - 20 of 127 Posts

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Updated as of 9/21/22

Here’s my slow seat time car for doing HPDE events and Time Attack. Mind you I DO NOT daily drive this car I may drive it every now and than to work but that's maybe a handful of times a year. It has basic suspension and engine mods, not looking to make any real power just a reliable weekend warrior. Its definitely a 20 footer car, looks good from 20 feet but anything up close you can see alot of dings, dents and overall wear and tare on this car. The car has been through hell and back and now is going through hell again. waiting to blow up the motor to do a swap. all mods were done by me.

Car weight as of 9-9-2022:
3100 with me and full tank
2960 without me

Engine management:
Haltech Elite 2500 ECU installed and running as of 9-7-22 running on speed density.

Engine:
189K miles original engine
6G74 Intake Manifold
Custom AEM Intake
RPW long tube headers
Ebay N1 style Cat-back
Flowmaster muffler in place of my Catalytic converter.
Mishimoto aluminum Radiator
Battery relocated to the trunk
Engine fuse box relocated to trunk
All emissions deleted
All 4 boosted fabrications motor mounts
Vibrant oil catch can
AEM FPR
3000GT fuel rail

Brakes and Suspension:
BC Racing BR coilovers 10KG front 6kg rear (these are default spring rates)
ST Rear sway bar
DC Sports rear strut bar
Front Evo Brembo calipers
Stoptech Evo slotted front rotors
Hawk DTC 60 front brake pads
Dynamic Friction rear race pads
SS brake lines

Exterior:
Ebay Depo style headlights
Certifit front bumper
AVID1 AV6 17x8 +35
235/45/17 Falken RT 660s
10mm front wheel spacers needed to clear the front brembos.
15mm rear wheel spacers
Trackspec hood vents

Interior:
FIA rated NRG driver seat
Impact racing 6 point harness drivers side
Regular NRG passenger seat
NRG 5 point harness passenger side
NRG Seat Brackets
Autopower roll bar
NRG steering wheel and quick release
IRP EVO8 Shifter

Tire Wheel Land vehicle Vehicle Car

Wheel Tire Car Vehicle Land vehicle

Wheel Tire Car Land vehicle Vehicle


44057
44058


Hood Light Motor vehicle Automotive tire Steering wheel

Vehicle Hood Car Motor vehicle Automotive design

Engine pics before the Haltech
Car Vehicle Hood Motor vehicle Automotive design

Engine pics after the Haltech
Motor vehicle Hood Vehicle Automotive design Automotive air manifold
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Another TNiA down and it was good with the new BC coilovers, opted to sign up for the advanced group and it was a lot better getting some open space to actually get some good laps in, not as much traffic but some fast cars. I believe I was the only one with a FWD car. I didn’t go any faster than before but overall felt very comfortable in the car. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to use my Hans hybrid as it came two days after the event. Glad I will have it for the next event which will be BIR on September 11. Some 245/45r17 RT660s will be on th way before the event, along with a alignment and some suspension bushings in the rear at least I’m hoping all of that will go smoothly.

I believe my last event I will be attending for 2021 will be Gridlife in October at road America this will be the biggest event that I have attended in a long time and I’m excited to see all the GLTC races go down in person.

Here’s one video I posted to YouTube of TNiA this past week. I’ll try and get the rest of the sessions up ASAP.

 

·
REDLINE ALL GEARS
Joined
·
5,019 Posts
Racing with a HANS for me was weird and took some time to get use. It is a really good investment though. Have you tried driving with it already?
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I haven’t been able to use the Hans on track yet. I just did the adjustments I needed in car it feels pretty good not to much restrictions for viewing. My next event will be at BIR in September than grid life road amarica in October.
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
A little picture of half the crew that we usually go to track nights with. 2 Miatas and a BRZ missing another Miata and a Lotus. Sucks being the only FWD car but fun getting out on track getting some rips in.

44137
 

·
REDLINE ALL GEARS
Joined
·
5,019 Posts
Road America should be a good track for the 3g. We race our stratus their a few times and it did really good. Our first time out there we lost our brakes though. Pushed the limits of the stock single piston caliper and had a failure in a 14hr race. After that incident we swapped to brembos
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Looking great! :cool:

How are those Trackspec hood vents. Did you install them right into the stock hood? Are they good at holding the water passing thru?
I love the trackspec hood vents expensive but the quality is good, and yeah it’s on a stock hood. Not to sure about the water cause I haven’t driven in the rain when it’s been down pouring but In light rain it’s been good.


Road America should be a good track for the 3g. We race our stratus their a few times and it did really good. Our first time out there we lost our brakes though. Pushed the limits of the stock single piston caliper and had a failure in a 14hr race. After that incident we swapped to brembos
I’m excited and kinda scared at the same time for road America I’m glad I at least got front brembos it’s hard to find rears for sale. When I would run at TNiA last year I would get brake fade from my stock brakes so I upgraded right away. I just got my hawk DTC-60 brake pads, and my RT660s along with Megan racing rear control arms and trailing arms. Hoping to have everything done so I can get it aligned and tires put on.
 

·
REDLINE ALL GEARS
Joined
·
5,019 Posts
I love the trackspec hood vents expensive but the quality is good, and yeah it’s on a stock hood. Not to sure about the water cause I haven’t driven in the rain when it’s been down pouring but In light rain it’s been good.




I’m excited and kinda scared at the same time for road America I’m glad I at least got front brembos it’s hard to find rears for sale. When I would run at TNiA last year I would get brake fade from my stock brakes so I upgraded right away. I just got my hawk DTC-60 brake pads, and my RT660s along with Megan racing rear control arms and trailing arms. Hoping to have everything done so I can get it aligned and tires put on.
You should be good. Get some high temp brake fluid and SEND IT
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Well back from BIR and lets just say the car needs work. First sessions went fine until the end when I started to get a miss first at random turns. went back out for the second session and would act the same. Didn't get much for a clean run or making a decent time but a 2.0 wasn't bad for the first time out. So right now the car is all torn apart was going to get the heads sent out to be decked and rebuilt but I found my crank gear, and reluctor wheel wasnt aligned with each other and the dowel pins were smashed together about a 1/4 turn from where it was suppose to be. so i hoping that was my miss fire issue at high RPMs. Weird part is the car ran fine got decent gas millage and the miss fire wouldn't happen all the time but again crossing my fingers this will fix it for Girdlife. So as of right now im doing all my coolant gaskets, water pump, timing belt, all pullies and getting the car back up and running. Heres some video from the weekend on my youtube channel was thinking of vlogging everything but man that takes time.

 

·
Registered
2001 Spyder GT. Koni adjustable shocks. cold air intake, ST sway bar.17X8.5 rims. LED headlights.
Joined
·
674 Posts
I applaud your efforts. A lot of people talk badly about these cars being FWD. You just have to set up a front drive car differently than rear drive. I have found a stiffer rear sway bar helps a lot. Mine is built for street, not track. A different set up, but the basics are the same. You can do a lot with FWD. ...J.D.
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Appreciate it. People will always dog on FWD cars its just a thing. If you watch any of the GLTC races some of the top drivers are driving FWD cars granted they are Hondas but they are still in the top 5. An yes set up for a FWD car is pretty much totally opposite of what you want for a RWD car. For a FWD car you want it to over steer a bit going into corners so you can get the car to rotate scary feeling when going at high speeds, so essentially you are loosing a bit of grip in the rear. Lots of people will actually disconnect the rear sway bar depending on the track you are at and you will see them get some 3 wheel motion when turning into corners.
 

·
REDLINE ALL GEARS
Joined
·
5,019 Posts
Appreciate it. People will always dog on FWD cars its just a thing. If you watch any of the GLTC races some of the top drivers are driving FWD cars granted they are Hondas but they are still in the top 5. An yes set up for a FWD car is pretty much totally opposite of what you want for a RWD car. For a FWD car you want it to over steer a bit going into corners so you can get the car to rotate scary feeling when going at high speeds, so essentially you are loosing a bit of grip in the rear. Lots of people will actually disconnect the rear sway bar depending on the track you are at and you will see them get some 3 wheel motion when turning into corners.
Those GLTC Hondas are amazing. I have actually talked with those drivers and plan on applying some of their build ideas to the 3g
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Those GLTC Hondas are amazing. I have actually talked with those drivers and plan on applying some of their build ideas to the 3g
well if you got any trade secrets you’re willing to share that would be amazing, I’m always rooting for Eric kutil that man is one hell of a driver. Next year I plan on doing time Attack not sure how competitive I will be but gotta get my feet wet.
 

·
Registered
2001 Spyder GT. Koni adjustable shocks. cold air intake, ST sway bar.17X8.5 rims. LED headlights.
Joined
·
674 Posts
I found the stiffer rear sway bar helps keep my inner front wheel from spinning as much. If I had the money I would also go to a limited a limited slip diff. I still have some issues in the rear. Rough surfaces make the rear wheel "pogo stick" sometimes (my wheels are much lighter than the stock ones). I suspect I need to work on the rebound adjustment on my rear shocks. As mentioned, mine is for street use only so I cannot go to more extreme measures and still let my wife use it now and then. Just an old retired guy playing around. ...J.D.
 

·
Registered
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 5spd
Joined
·
596 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
I found the stiffer rear sway bar helps keep my inner front wheel from spinning as much. If I had the money I would also go to a limited a limited slip diff. I still have some issues in the rear. Rough surfaces make the rear wheel "pogo stick" sometimes (my wheels are much lighter than the stock ones). I suspect I need to work on the rebound adjustment on my rear shocks. As mentioned, mine is for street use only so I cannot go to more extreme measures and still let my wife use it now and then. Just an old retired guy playing around. ...J.D.
Ill be looking at getting a LSD at some point. Nothing wrong with working on the suspension for street use, you want a certain feel when driving it daily I totally get that. has to have comfort if im going to be drive it a lot. Unfortunately for my wife she wont get the chance to drive my car since it now has a fixed race seat, she wouldn't be able to touch the pedals. with your issues in the rear, does your car want to jump to one side when you hit a bump, I use to have a lot of bump steer in the rear when I was on KYB AGXs with H&R springs always scared me when it would do that. Ever since I went to coilovers had K-sports before now on BC racing I haven't had that problem. The problem I have now is that the rear end feels floaty when at 100+ MPH. At BIR people go flat out at turn 2 110+mph I just don't have the confidence in me to go flat out. might think of getting a 9Liveracing wing.
 

·
Registered
2001 Spyder GT. Koni adjustable shocks. cold air intake, ST sway bar.17X8.5 rims. LED headlights.
Joined
·
674 Posts
What I experience with the rear of my car is not like bump steer. It is just an out of control isolation on the side rolling over a rough surface. I need to dampen the spring a little better, but only in the rear. I know what you mean about the car getting a " little floaty" at speed. I have even experienced that on the street in a few of my crazy moments. These cars try to fly above about 95-100 mph. The factory wing is just for looks. The trouble is most wings made for these cars are more for looks than they are useful. What is needed is something that is NOT TOO big but has either an adjustable angle of attack or a replaceable wickerbill. Pretty much needs to be hand fabricated. ...J.D.
 

·
Registered
2001 Spyder GT. Koni adjustable shocks. cold air intake, ST sway bar.17X8.5 rims. LED headlights.
Joined
·
674 Posts
You'll have to decide just how much wing you want. The more surface, the more drag. Mine has no problems with the front lifting, just the rear. I toyed with the idea of fabricating some risers to remount the stock low wing to raise it up and give it some angle of attack but I'm not going to change it. I have no business going that fast on the street. ...J.D.
 
1 - 20 of 127 Posts
Top