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Unread 12-10-2006, 06:06 PM   #1
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Hey all, just thought I'd share some before and after pictures.

So, it began with the old bumper, which I really did not mind. I loved the gray trim, and the Eagle Talon fogs (which are 10x better than the Eclipse fogs for the same year). It's not a bad look at all in my opinion, but it doesn't make the same statement as the 2Gb (97-99) face does. You can see more pictures in my gallery.



After I bought the car in May, I did want to do a 2Gb conversion eventually. However, reason and money evaded me, so I did not worry about it. Then my car received some front end damage that was NOT my fault.

But this did not turn at all bad. Here are some small pictures of only half of the damage so get the idea... there's a gaping hole on the driver's side that the pictures don't show, and the hood was also damaged.



So, I ordered some Ebay projectors and a bumper from Pershing Auto, again on Ebay. The lights arrived quickly but the bumper took it's sweet time getting here. In the meantime, however, that let me contemplate what how I wanted to paint the bumper. I knew since the first time I thought about 2Gb that I was going to keep the gray trim. I toyed around with some other ideas, but just decided to go all white with the gray trim.

Just got it from the body shop yesterday, painted and ready to put together. Had a friend come over and help out. Scroll down,
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Some night time pictures right after I finally finished it (about 3am)



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And some day time pictures that I took today. If you look closely you can see how the bumper isn't quite on 100% right. There are still some weird curves going on near the fenders, and I need to tweak it a bit more to help get rid of the bumper/hood gap.







But hey, for Ebay lights and a $120 (shipped) ebay bumper, I think the fitment is pretty damn good. The problems that exist now I should be able to fix here in a couple of days when I get some extra time. Also, I WILL be getting fog lights soon, which will fill the two holes closest to the radiator opening.


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Nice, I personally would like it better all white, without the gray bit at the bottom. Unless of course, that gray bit was carbon fiber and had a reason to be different lol.

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Very nice lokin bro! Looks much cleaner and smoother IMO. It would look even better with a fat HKS intercooler in the front of that pretty little grill.


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Nice, I personally would like it better all white, without the gray bit at the bottom. Unless of course, that gray bit was carbon fiber and had a reason to be different lol.
The bottom of the front bumper DOES have "a reason to be different." The thing is, the gray trim on the bottom of the entire car was part of the factory paint job on all turbo model Eclipses for 1995-1996. To have the rear bumper and side skirts WITH the trim and then have the front bumper WITHOUT the trim would look rather stupid. Just look closely at the sides of the car and you'll spot the gray trim.

As for a front lip (which is probably the something you would consider to have "reason to be different"), I would probably have one if my car was not as low as it is. As for carbon fiber anything, I think it's ugly. If I ever got a CF hood, I'd paint it white,

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Very nice lokin bro! Looks much cleaner and smoother IMO. It would look even better with a fat HKS intercooler in the front of that pretty little grill.


Next mod: GSX conversion?
Yeah, I'm going to get a FMIC sometime. But I need to do a suspension overhaul first.

And as for a GSX conversion, WAY to expensive and labor intensive. From the tranny/flywheel back, you have to rip out EVERYTHING driveline/suspension related and custom weld mounts to fit the GSX driveline/suspension in. By that time I may as well buy a GSX. The only car worth doing a GSX conversion on is the Spyder GST, as they never made an AWD Convertible from the factory. Now to have a convertible + AWD...
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Doh, your right, i forgot yours is fwd and the gsx is awd. Well that complicates it too much. Oh well, theres plenty of other bolt ons you can do to get a good bit of power out of it.
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Nice job. A great improvement. I like the grey around the bottom and should look cool once the fogs are fitted. Excellent, enjoy.
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One of the main reasons it looks so much cleaner is because of the license plate. Do you have to have a front license plate in Washington?
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Doh, your right, i forgot yours is fwd and the gsx is awd. Well that complicates it too much. Oh well, theres plenty of other bolt ons you can do to get a good bit of power out of it.
The only difference between the GST (my car) and the GSX is FWD vs. AWD. So what were you talking about when you said do a "GSX Conversion"? The engine setup is identical (Both the 4G63 Turbocharged 2.0L engine), the body is exactly the same, and you can get the standard GSX interior as an option for the GST. So what were you talking about?

And for bolt ons, my list is growing (see my sig). I'm already quite a bit faster than stock. All I need is a Walbro 190lph fuel pump and a good dyno-tune, and I'll be close to 300whp. Now if only I didn't have to spend money on OTHER people for christmas,

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One of the main reasons it looks so much cleaner is because of the license plate. Do you have to have a front license plate in Washington?
Yeah I'm pretty sure you do. I dont' mind putting mine on right now because I don't have a FMIC. Once I get a FMIC, then i'll have an issue of finding out where to put the plate....
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