SPECS
Horsepower
210 HP
Torque
215 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3033 LB
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2 L
Transmission Type
Manual
MPG (City/Highway)
23/31 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? I was actually looking for a reasonably priced Mazdaspeed MX-5 or an NC.  I looked at a couple Mazdaspeeds but rust was an issue. I was close to pulling the trigger on a blue NC when I spotted this Eclipse Spyder GST on craigslist. It was just over half the price of the NC I was looking at, so I thought I should give it a look.  Took a test drive, found a few problems, made an offer and drove it home. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? I've done lots of little things. The very first modification I made was a necessity. The car was absolutely stock when I bought it...right down to the rotted out exhaust. So a full front to back stainless steel exhaust was my first mod, just to get the car on the road! The sound system was next. The front door speakers were rotted out so those were replaced along with the rear speakers by Sony units, then I realized the factory head unit wouldn't play CDs so I replaced it with a Sony that has Bluetooth. When I bought the Sony CD player I also picked up an external amp from the same craigslist seller. Then I found a powered subwoofer and stuck that in the boot under the convertible top. Craigslist started coughing up mechanical parts like an intake, hard charge pipe, 1G BOV, and a AEM wideband O2 gauge and boost gauge was procured at a flea market.  A fellow DSMer in Peoria Illinois hooked me up with a set of Koni coilovers but I haven't installed them yet, or the set of leather Mini Cooper seats that I purchased but haven't put in because the top leaked until recently! The car had some rather pedestrian 17" AR wheels on it when I bought it, but I've recently replaced them with much lighter (-5lbs each) 19" forged Rays that came stock on the Infiniti G35, wrapped in Yokohama 215/35s. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? DSMers know, the 2G stock BOV leaks just above the max stock boost level. Replacing it with a 1G BOV is cheap and when coupled with a free flowing exhaust and downpipe, yields much more boost and horsepower. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I constantly scour craigslist for speed and replacement parts that I need or can use. I buy what shows up and I can use. I'm big on keeping it cheap. Besides that, I buy from Amazon, selecting parts with decent reputations and or good reviews. What are you planning next? Installing my coilovers, lowering the monster truck ride height and getting my set of Mini Cooper seats in (the stock Mitsubishi leather seats suck). What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Sealing up the G.D. convertible top! It leaked and was badly faded when I bought it. I think I finally slayed that dragon with a good coat of Flex Seal on the inside. The color was revived with spray cans of Plastidip (!).

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37,000 miles on copper plugs?

I put new plugs in my '99 Eclipse GST Spyder when I bought it 2 years ago because of a hiccup it ha

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Supercar Saturday @ Cars And Coffee St. Louis

Check out some sweet whips at The Place in Chesterfield this Saturday! Thank CarsAndCoffeeSTL while

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Roadtrip action. Zion National Park.

Driving through Zion National Park summer before 2016 in my Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST. One of t

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How I used Flex Seal to eventually sealed my leaky convertible top!

I experimented with Plastidip (which solved my faded color issue) and tried Rustoleum Never Wet wat

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[]Kevin Dodson

This is probably the cleanest Gst I have ever seen. Nice.

[]Mister Modtomic

Hi Kev. Thanks for the kind words. Camera angles and lighting help hide a multitude of aesthetic issues...but I'm working on it. The car is really more about the driving experience than looking real good, but it'd be nice if it got a second look at Cars And Coffee once in a while!

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