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Thought it was about time to make one of these, so here goes.

History:

I bought this car on a whim. Heard it came to auction, read the specs and put in a bid. All said and done it set me back $6100 tax-in w/105k kilometers on the clock, which was a steal considering the amount of car I'd be getting for the money. Unfortunately, this meant I needed to dump the '12 Elantra I had just picked up some time before, but that's another story.



Maintenance:

Surprisingly little. The car is a stripper, besides the V6, no other option boxes were ticked so there isn't much to go wrong. I've replaced the battery, one 0² sensor, one headlight bulb, both windshield washer nozzles, clutch safety switch is dead (unplugged it) and a vent slider fell out. All minor stuff. I've put full synthetic oil in the motor and nothing short of 91 in the tank. She runs well, although the engine ticks rather loudly when it's cold. Doesn't seem to affect performance, and goes away after a few miles.

Managed to keep it stock for over a year, but nothing lasts forever.

Engine/Power:

Injen CAI
RRE GT headers
Injen 3" catback
TB bypass
Hackish 94 octane tune









Suspension/Handling:

Tanabe STB w/stock bar
Tanabe UB
Progress RSB
Moog Problem Solver rear links
Zmotorsports rear brace
Continental ExtremeContact DW tires











Drivetrain:

TWM GS STS w/Big Type R knob & aluminum base bushings
Torque Solution shifter cable bushings





Aesthetics/Misc:

Zmotorsports door pull brackets
Mitsubishi branded seatbelt cushions (salvaged)
RRE license plate frame







Coming Soon

Energy Suspension poly mounts/bushings
Redline MT-90 transmission fluid

Plans:

I'd like to get this thing on a track, so there's still much to do. Power is more than adequate for now, so I'm looking to put some more time/money into suspension bits. I'm hoping to get a good set of coilovers, poly mounts/bushings all around and sticky tires. Once I can take a corner, I'll worry about the other stuff, but those are the short term goals for now. I'll keep this updated as I go.
 

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Hot damn, Martin. Your ride is like the pretty version of mine :p Glad to see you finally have a build thread up! Did you have any rattle problems with the lower tie bar?
 

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Hot damn, Martin. Your ride is like the pretty version of mine :p Glad to see you finally have a build thread up! Did you have any rattle problems with the lower tie bar?
Thanks. Actually, the under brace was by far the easiest part to install and hasn't given me any real problems. Only two bolts holding it in place, and with an impact gun, come out real easy. No rattle or anything, I just removed it because I was paranoid about it catching on some ice and either sheering off or taking some other vital suspension component/s with it. Ground clearance aside, no qualms with the UB.

Here's a better angle, excuse the salty mess.

 

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Awesome! I was going to get one soon and just wanted to be sure. For a snow-blown mess, your ride looks pretty clean!
 

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Definitely get one. For the price, function, ease of installation and curb appeal (if you're into that), it's certainly worth it.

Only wish my Progress bar was as easy to install. Had to take the original endlinks off the medieval way lol

 

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Thanks. I know my philosophy on modding cars isn't shared with many, especially here, but you gotta do what makes you happy right?

You know, I was kinda worried the STB and UB might over stiffen the front end and cause understeer. Would you happen to have the link to that tread?
 

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Cable bushings are in. Simple job became needlessly difficult when trying to pry off a stock bushing that was seized on real tight. Hit it with a propane torch, doused it in WD-40, grabbed it with Vice-Grips and knocked it out with a BFH.

Stock vs. TS bushing



What's left of the stocker



Finished product

 

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Not really an exciting update, but something that needed to be done. Both windshield nozzles inexplicably died on me today. One dribbled fluid, the other stayed bone dry. After popping the hood, it was clear that one side had sheered off at the point where the tube meets the plastic body. Curious as that part is hidden in a little alcove where nothing could possibly touch it. It completely fell apart when I tried to remove it with a pair of longnose pliers, so I absolutely needed a new set. Called up Mitsubishi by my house, only $15.95 per nozzle so picked up two. They actually come with part of the rubber hose, which made installation that much easier. Good design, only wish the plastic was a little less fragile. It'll crumble if you just look at it wrong.

 
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