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I've always liked the rare ones. This is my second Galant VR-4. This is number 141/1000. I really got into working on/tuning cars with this platform and really love the heritage of the Galant VR-4. I originally used this car as a daily many years ago, but since then have decided to build it up with track use as the focus. This is the perfect project car as there is always something new to improve upon (even when you don't want to work on the car anymore). Right now she's been down for a couple years as sometimes life gets in the way. Recently I dropped in a fully built engine and trans and am slowly getting around to upgrading some other components. I plan to use this as my track time attack vehicle. Inside the Build: 1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? -This was actually my second Galant VR-4. I wasn't even really in the market, but I found a great deal on a well sorted car owned by one of the former Galantvr4.org moderators. I purchased this car back in 2007 while I was living in Northern Virginia. I've got a soft spot for rare one-off cars. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? -I've done so many modifications over the years it's difficult to keep track. The biggest mods for sure were the installation of the built engine and trans. I did a used engine swap shortly after getting the car and finding a piston ring on its way out. That used engine lasted a couple years until I blew out a freeze plug under heavy boost. At that point I decided to go fully built. Everything else on the car has also been upgraded to compliment the engine's capabilities. Suspension, brakes, cooling, and various other components were all improved upon. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? -I would have to say that the biggest bang for the buck mod was the larger ETS front mount intercooler and 2.5" piping. The Galant VR-4 came from the factory with a comically undersized side mount intercooler and very restrictive piping. I consider this a must for anyone looking to run a larger turbo and/or a higher boost level. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? -Galant VR-4 specific parts are as rare as the car itself. Many parts can be sourced from DSM vehicles and their aftermarket scene (though even these are becoming more rare). The only advice I can give to folks out there looking to build up a Galant VR-4 is to make sure you are hyper-vigilant on maintenance and upgrade your supporting mods before jumping into the power adding game. Turning up boost and slapping on a larger turbo is very easy with this platform. Getting any reliability and longevity out of the car will be nearly impossible if that strategy is adopted. Plan every mod out with the build in logical progression, and perform maintenance, maintenance, maintenance in a preventative manner. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? -The biggest challenge with this build lies within the rarity of the car itself. I wouldn't recommend ownership of a Galant VR-4 to anyone mechanically inclined lower than the novice level. Many "performance" shops will not even look at this car or even have a technician skilled/familiar with it enough to skillfully install modifications. Many of the jobs are custom, as there aren't many exact fit parts/kits out there. The galantvr4.org forum is a lifeline that I've leaned on heavily at times over the decade plus that I've owned the car. 6. What are you planning next? -After breaking in the new engine and trans, I plan to install a larger turbo. This is a track (street maybe-ish) build, not a high HP dyno queen. The replacement turbo will be mid-sized and employ some newer technology than the EVO III 16G that currently powers the car. After that, I may look for some more weight reduction opportunities and maybe get her a fresh coat of paint.
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