Getting closer!

I just got a Magnus intake manifold, S90 throttle body, and AEM Tru Time Cam gears.  All of the parts and long block are off to the engine builder to machine, put together, time and have it drop in ready in the next week.  After I drop everything off, I should have it all back and together, ready to drop in and go within 2 weeks.  Super excited that I am almost there!  Last part that I have to buy is the clutch, which I’ll buy around the time I get the motor back, it will be the last thing I put in, so it will be the last thing that I buy.


Finally have some updates, but it isn’t done yet.  Still in progress unfortunately.

I’m almost done collecting parts to get this thing all done.  I’m having my new motor built by Donnie in the next few weeks and then it will be dropped in and driving!  Finally getting a lot closer to the goal.

So for the updates part, the build has changed a little in a few ways, and for a few reasons.

Injectors choice changed – I’m going with FIC 1650cc High Z injectors instead of 2150cc injectors.  I decided to go with these after reading some really good reviews and being told my several people that I trust that they’re top notch.  Ultimately, the 1650cc injectors cost me more than I could have picked up a set of 2150cc’s for, but the reason for this is that the 1650 injectors will last a lot longer due to how they’re built.  Plus, I don’t need 2150cc injectors, I was only going to go with those to future proof a bit in case I wanted to go bigger.

Turbo choice changed – this was for several reasons, one of which is unfortunately funding.  I found a really good deal on a real Garrett GTX3076R turbo.  While I was planning on going for the GT3582R, I ended up coming to the realization that my transmission would get destroyed by the power that turbo makes.  It is also very hard to find an affordable clutch that can handle 700awhp/550+tq.  So I am going with the GTX3076R which should make around 550-600awhp/420-480~tq, which means I can go for a $450 clutch that is streetable.  With the power of the GT35R, I would have to go with either a twin disk clutch that runs $1400+ or an ACT2900 which is not very streetable.  With the GTX3076R, I can get the ACT2600 clutch that is streetable and reliable.

Ultimately, just about everything else that was planned is still on course.  Stuff that I have already for the swap as follows:

  • 7 bolt 4G63 block and head
  • Stock 2G AWD 5spd transmission and transfer case.
  • Wiseco 85.5mm forged pistons with Manely rods
  • Garrett GTX3076R turbo
  • PR T3 exhaust manifold with 38mm tial external wastegate
  • BC 272 cams
  • BC valve springs and retainers
  • 3S AEM V2 EMS
  • AEM Wideband
  • ACT StreetLite Flywheel
  • S90 Throttle body
  • Balance shaft delete kit
    And probably some other stuff I’m forgetting.

Things I still need to buy:

  • AEM Black Cam Gears (Just haven’t bought them yet)
  • ACT 2600 clutch (Will probably be the last thing that I buy)

So I’m getting a lot closer! Not a whole lot left to buy thankfully.

Starting the 4G63 build!

I traded off the Eclipse GST for a good 4G63 motor and some other performance parts for it over the weekend.  I also picked up some Weisco 85.5mm pistons and Manley rods for the motor.  It is going to get disassembled and sent to the machine shop soon!

I’m debating on turbos at this point and looking at my options.  I may end up going with a Garrett GT3582R turbo, but I still have not fully decided.  The goal is to be between 600-700awhp on E85 currently.

The VR4 motor is out!

The VR4 motor is out!  Now it is time to start cleaning out the engine bay and getting rid of all the ABS stuff, unnecessary other stuff that I’m deleting like AC lines.  I’m planning to relocate the engine fuse box to the inside of the car and the battery to the trunk while I have everything out.

A friend and I did this in a small garage with no electricity, a small propane heater, and a flashlight in 4 degree weather.  No excuses!

The 4G motor in my eclipse is getting pulled in the next week or two, then I will start to build the motor and head to drop them in to the VR4.

Goodbye Eclipse

Whatever the issue was with the eclipse where the speedometer didn’t work causing the transmission to not shift seems to be internal of the transmission. I’m not trying to have two projects going at once and decided to do as I originally intended and pulling that motor out of the Eclipse and building it to put in the VR4. This means goodbye to the Eclipse. I’m parting out the Eclipse after I pull the motor. The more I dug in to it, the more of a piece of crap the car seemed.

Purchased a 98 Eclipse GST

I purchased a 98 Eclipse GST on Monday night that has a bad vehicle speed sensor. I was thinking I would just pull the motor out of it and build it to put in the VR4, but when I got there, the car looked too nice to take apart haha. Going to replace the speed sensor this week, if that fixes it, that car may be my new DD while the VR4 is down.

So now I am still looking for a motor for the VR4, but I’ll have an Eclipse to toy around with in the mean time!

I don’t really intend to do much to the Eclipse, but I’m going to track the builds for both the VR4 and Eclipse here going forward since I do have a couple of things I would like to do with the Eclipse too. One of those things is that I am going to get a Forced Four shift box for it and try to set up some paddle shifters. I also plan on upgrading to a 20G turbo for a little bit of extra fun. ATX ~350-400HP Eclipse will make for a fun daily driver. We’ll see what happens with the Eclipse, but right now it is bone stock and will stay that way for a little while so that the funds will be going towards the VR4.

VR4 plan is still a 4G63 swap with a billet Holset HX40 on E85. I’m still planning to keep it a manual 5 speed currently. 600-700awhp will be pretty nice for that car, I’ll still be able to drive it on the street and enjoy it at the track as well.

Engine bay part out in progress!

Engine bay part out in progress!

I’ve pulled and sold a lot of stuff already and working on getting the engine and transmission out in the next couple of weeks. Making room for the new 2.4L built 4G motor and transmission that I’ll be picking up next weekend for it!

I found a good deal on a built 2.4L, so the plan has changed a little from my original idea of a built 6 bolt block. I’m still planning to go with a billet HX40 turbo for now and should hopefully have it all back together with all of the new stuff by the first week of February if all goes as planned! After I get it all back together with the new stuff, it will be tuned then going to paint probably closer to the end of February.

Update 12/11/2016

I received my Cianci widebody vented fenders that I’ve been wanting for years! I’ve also purchased a 99 front bumper over the weekend that should arrive any day now. I had been going back and forth with the idea of doing a 99 front end for awhile now and decided to give it a go. I’m going to keep my 98 front bumper to modify it and make it accept the 99 corner lights and I’ll most likely put it back on the car after that. I like the 98 front end more, but like the 99 corner lights more. I’ll try out the 99 front end and see if it grows on me.

I got my 5 bar AEM MAP sensor installed in the back of my plenum over the weekend. I want to try to get the AEM all set up for my 6G motor so that I can learn a little bit before switching to the 4G motor. I’m still waiting for an aluminum pipe that I ordered to go in place of where my GM MAF used to be to weld in the bung for the IAT sensor to. Car will probably be down until the second week of January due to time restraints of the holidays.

I’m still searching for a built 6 bolt 4G63 and transmission/transfer case for it. I’m very excited to get this thing all together!

I’ve sold a lot of the aftermarket parts that I had installed on my car including the Chrome ECU, LCDBC, MAFT, and some other random little things.

Update 12/06/2016

Well, the car is down for the time being. I sold my Chrome ECU and bought a stock ECU to throw in there until I had time to get my AEM EMS v2 set up. Sadly, the stock ECU ended up being bad and the car was not drivable with it. Thankfully the seller returned it and I got my money back, but the car is down for now until I can figure out this AEM stuff. Hopefully I’ll get it back up and running this weekend if all goes well.

Update 11/22/2016

Over the weekend, I got a lot of work done!

I cut out the 1G headlight buckets that I modified and welded in the front end from a 2G. Over all, cutting up the 1G buckets was a good way to mock up the 2G front end, but having to have custom brackets hold in the headlights and it being a pain to try to get the headlights aimed well without a proper place to sit was just getting on my nerves, so I decided to go ahead and do the job right. It looks better, everything lines up better and I am much happier.

I also installed new Kicker speakers to replace my back speakers, replaced the charcoal back interior panels with true black interior panels, and replaced my 1G sail panels with 99 sail panels.

I’ve also decided to change my build direction after researching a bit in to Eric’s 4G swapped VR4. His thread on 3si was incredibly insightful and led me to my decision to go with a built 6 bolt 4G63. I haven’t decided on what turbo I am getting yet, but the plan is to get around 650awhp~ on E85. It is less than I was planning to do on my 6G72, but it also will result in the car losing around 200lbs, which makes up for it big time.

I’m pretty excited about the direction change I am selling off a lot of the parts I’ve been saving up. I’m going to return under my hood to close to stock while I start gathering up parts for the swap.