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So, my stepdad has had a 3000gt vr4 sitting in his driveway for a few years, and he offered to give it to me. Since i really have no practical use for this car on the roads, I decided modifying it for track use would be the most practical option. Its completely stock, low mileage, and i want to make this thing a monster. I really have absolutely no clue where to start with this thing, I have no experience with mitsubishi's or modding asian cars at all, and wanted some opinions of what I should do. I was thinking to start to lighten it up a bit by stripping the interior down, and to maybe do a couple simple engine mods. After that, I have no clue. Give me some options 4!!
 

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I cant think of their names, but there are two people here who live for the vr4. Its a guy/girl couple.
 

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The only advice I have, is to listen to the advice turbology gives you.

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I cant think of their names, but there are two people here who live for the vr4. Its a guy/girl couple.

Me (and my boyfriend, who pops on L4p from time to time)

I know everything and anything you could POSSIBLY want to know, and then some.

I know problems, maintenance, mods... everything.



So, my stepdad has had a 3000gt vr4 sitting in his driveway for a few years, and he offered to give it to me. Since i really have no practical use for this car on the roads, I decided modifying it for track use would be the most practical option. Its completely stock, low mileage, and i want to make this thing a monster. I really have absolutely no clue where to start with this thing, I have no experience with mitsubishi's or modding asian cars at all, and wanted some opinions of what I should do. I was thinking to start to lighten it up a bit by stripping the interior down, and to maybe do a couple simple engine mods. After that, I have no clue. Give me some options 4!!
What year is it, and the mileage, first of all. That will dictate what is and isn't necessary as far as solid base for power is concerned.

Are you talking more road course oriented? Drag?

Bolt on turbos (not requiring upgraded manifolds) have come VERY far, and produce some wicked power increases with very little serious modification necessary (which is what I am running on my car, billet stock-housing turbos). I will have numbers this weekend assuming all goes well!! *crosses fingers* But there are a few different variations from different vendors at different price points.

You are welcome to follow my build thread, I am building my Stealth TT (same car) for some tracking next week.

http://www.luxury4play.com/american-auto/106716-my-build-girly-twin-turbo-new-post.html
 

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I would respectfully agree, nice job on the build.

Blouch does bolt-on, drop-in tubos too...

Mitsubishi Turbos

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Thank you :)

You can not get them from blouche or any other turbo manufacturer anymore, unless you send in your original turbos as cores to be built from. TD04's are no longer available from Japan/Mitsubishi since the Tsunami. All builders are out of stock of new MHI 13G cores, and a few are trying to source a company in China to make new housings in order to build new TD04 turbos. But nothing now, and not for many many months, if not a year or so.

Right now, the only option is to use factory original 9b TD04 housings as cores. Which isn't bad, but does extend downtime considerably. Unless you find a company, etc that offers a refundable core charge and has stock of used units to send in to be built for you.

The good thing about that though, is it does reduce overall costs a bit (compared to the most recent ACTUAL pricing of new td04 turbos), and the housings themselves are not wearable parts (generally speaking). Some builders replace EVERYTHING that is wearable with brand new parts (which is usually in connection with a slightly higher price than some other builders), so, in the grand scheme of things, you are getting NEW turbos... as far as mechanical wear and longevity is concerned.
 

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And the 3/S god himself for a little motivation...:wink:



I heart Ray. He and I go way back. BIG performance builds and tuning, he is THE best, hands down, across the board. I can not pretend to dispute that in any shape or form.

His car makes me giggle. He actually sold that car recently.
 

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So, i basically trust girlyTT completely at this point seeing as she has had like 6 vr4's. I was thinking road course/autocross type things, and it doesn't need to be a record setter, just something i can mess around with and have some fun in. My vr4 is either a 94 or 95 (I'm out of town, but ill double check when i get home), and the mileage is low, as its been sitting in a garage for years. It runs completely fine, and after some new tires, it should be good to go. I joined 3si.org, and they showed me some websites and such that users on there have trusted. I like pampena motorsports stuff a lot, it looked really high quality, and i might go with their staged kits. however, this build is also a way for me to learn the internals of a car better; i usually just drop my cars off at a shop, buy the parts and let them do their thing. I really want to learn more about how cars work, what makes them perform, etc... and this being a car that i got for free, i think its a good car to start working on. Ill definitely keep this thread (or another) updated, and stay in touch with you guys, because i know I'm gonna need some expert advice at many stages of this build. but for now, I'm gonna look through GirlyTT's build and start work off that. Thanks guys!
 

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check out 3000GT / Stealth / GTO Forum - The Front Page as well, a smaller forum geared specifically for the 3000GT/Stealth/GTO's, but a lot of the more knowledgeable old-heads have migrated over there now, too many youngin's on 3si now-a-days. LOL

94-95 are mechanically identical, so it's no biggie. I just really needed to know if you were a 5spd or a 6spd, as bracing the drivetrain differs between both generations.

If it's been sitting for a while, you'll want to do a 60k timing belt service job regardless of miles (timing belt, water pump, tensioner, tensioner puller, idler pulley), fuel filter, plugs/wires, and a fuel pump.

These cars make you learn :) Just a warning. :lol:

Staged builds are good for more of a drag application. If you are planning on tracking/road coursing then "stage" builds really aren't necessary, as you will spend money on parts you honestly really don't need.

If you have any questions about a basic set-up, why's and why-not's about certain parts, etc. Let me know, I'm happy to help :)
 

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perfecttt, thanks so much for the help. Its a 6spd manual, and ill get that service done when i get home
 

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Yup she definitely knows her stuff. I always liked the 3/S cars, but I was turned off by the limited availability of parts (at the time) and wrenching within the cramped bay of a V6 with all associated turbo plumbing.

I followed Pampena's original stroker thread on 3Si way back when and can remember all the anticipation for its release for sale. He really makes some awesome stuff for these cars...

3000GT & Stealth Specialists - Online Store - Pampena Motorsports

Brian Crower does some internal stuff too...

BrianCrower.com | RunBC.com // Mitsubishi // 6G72

And of course DR is one of the bigger names in 3/S turbo upgrades...

3000GT/Stealth

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Jdm debonaire 3.5L engine bolts right up, no major modifications necessary. Swap in lower compression piston/rod assemblies, ready for boost. Or you can even swap in the new eclipse 3.8L crankin the 3.5L block if you're feeling frisky. LOL. Flashable ecu's are availavle now, a lot of fun stuff :)
 
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