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I've been having a lot of fun with this setup! I do get a lot of "AWD swap it" and "throw 33" boggers on it".

Nah. This thing is as comfortable on the highway as it is on the trail, can make u-turns even tighter than stock, doesn't get horrible gas mileage, and maintenance is a breeze. I'll drive it as long as I can realistically.

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It’s an auto GT right?
 

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It’s an auto GT right?
Yup. Not much I can do drivetrain wise. I figure, get all the fun I can out of this car, and one day when something expensive like the trans or engine goes out, switch over to a GT manual. I'll have have better options then, such as upgrading to an LSD.
 

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Yup. Not much I can do drivetrain wise. I figure, get all the fun I can out of this car, and one day when something expensive like the trans or engine goes out, switch over to a GT manual. I'll have have better options then, such as upgrading to an LSD.
Yeah pretty much, just enjoy it as is
 

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You surely had fun with the upgrade of this car. I like your choice of wheels it is so stylish.
 

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I'm at it again. This weekend I will be installing factory Endeavor struts for even better off-road capabilities! On the left is the Godspeed coilovers, on the right is a freshly-rebuilt Endeavor strut. Notice the extra droop, that's important for maintaining traction accross uneven terrain.
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Here are the rear coilovers side by side. The Endeavor is way bigger, even with the Godspeeds fully maxed out and with a strut spacer!

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New KYB shocks/struts all around, plus a new tophat for the front set. I had to pull struts from the auto salvage yard due to the springs not being manufactured or sold anywhere.

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A "slight" modification to the rear strut tower to get the Endeavor strut to sit, it has a larger center bulge than the Eclipse's. Front struts didn't need this as they were about the same size.

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Eclipse spring on the left, Endeavor on the right. The Endeavor spring is 1mm thicker.

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Although the bolt pattern is the same, the spring cross section (total diameter) is different. It is not possible to fit a Eclipse top hat onto an Endeavor strut. It's all or nothing!

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New KYB Endeavor shock/strut on left, old Eclipse on the right. Same overall length, but notice the rod tips, the Eclipse's go farther into the top hat, effectively lowering the overall height.

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And...done! 4 freshly rebuilt Endeavor struts installed on an Eclipse! I took it for a brief spin, I can make very tight turns without rubbing, there's no noise, and it feels both solid and flexible. Now, it's time for a [mud] bath!

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Upgraded the suspension with full-sized Endeavor struts (was on Godspeed coilovers). I can roll over curbs, center dividers, and 1st-gen Miatas like they weren't even there!

Upgraded my roof storage system too, it's secured by bottom-mounted brackets (hidden) instead of straps. The lids are waterproof and have hinges on both sides for easy access. Wind tested to 80mph, no problems.

Also made a small change to my license plate frame 😁 License plate flips up and down depending on whether the bike rack is in the up or down position.
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