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Lazylaser’s DSM Journey 97 Talon

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Lazylaser’s DSM journey
I don’t have enough posts for the member’s projects section. Although I do way more searching than posting.
I started with a 91 fwd Plymouth Laser that I bought at a police auction for about $680. It was more of a go-cart than a car. In the beginning I had some trouble getting it to make the power that I was looking for. After finding the cams were 180* out, all the upgrades that were piled on the car really Woke up. These big power gains now created traction issues that even, polyurethane mounts , suspension, an LSD and good rubber couldn’t solve.

The TRE (team rip) transmission was a pile of shit from the time I got it, it ended up being the weakest link and the LSD exploded on the highway.

Luckily I was prepared; I had already Bought an AWD 97 talon tsi that was being prepped for a heart transplant.

Whoever owned the car before me slapped a boost controller and an evo 16g on the car and Knocked the rod bearings into the bottom of the oil pan.
After about a month of wrenching on the car, my friends and I transformed it into the car I wanted,

The mr2 is my younger brothers’ and just as much work went into his toyota

98,000 talon tsi,
6-bolt swap, balance shafts removed, ARP rodbolts, headstuds, and turbo bolts, b/c 272’s cams and springs and titanium retainers
dsmlink, gm 3” maf and translator
slowboy fmic and piping, 63mm throttle body, greddy rs bov
pte 780cc injectors, aeromotive afpr, walbro Hp 255 and 6an from tank to rail.
Ebay 3” turboback stainless steel exhaust
Aem uego w/b, autometer C2 boost, egt, fuel pressure and oil pressure
Act2600 and fidenza aluminum flywheel.
Evo16g that I spent days porting, 38mm w/g with opendump, sbr cast manifold and 2g ported o2
Magnacore wires and ngk plugs
And other things like s.s. clutch and brake lines and a 2600cfm fan, a lot of things have been relocated (like the battery) or removed (like the A/C) , I’m sure I’m forgetting other stuff.
Future plans are, coilovers, big brakes and meth injection.
BIG THANKS GOES OUT TO Asmodeus of demonmotorworks, who turned many wrenches on this project , and Chaz Mance who did a lot of the wiring.
See everyone at the shootout
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Sent payment for the 2ga skirts. NY95 you and everyone close to me said go 2ga. I know its been done many times before but the 2ga skirts are more rare and I'd like to keep my talon pride.

Shouldn't be too bad installing them, I plan on following Xavier's write up he did on here.
Glad to see the build still going on! :)
Good choice. I forgot he did a write up on here too. Even better.
2ga Eclipse skirts ftw though.
I figured you'd have given up on your car, Ben. Great to see you didnt! I'm back in the game myself. Just traded the Cadillac for a 91 TSi AWD. Pretty excited!
Is this thing doing wheelies yet? You ready for the shootout?
Actually, things are looking good for the car without having turned a wrench on it.

The tool collection and garage are getting an overhaul so that this winter I can have everything ready to work on this car. Right now I don't want to get started until I have 220v in the garage and an air compressor that can keep up with my media blaster and paint gun. Life and priorities are not leaving much room for the DSM but its moving up on the list.
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I know your situation all too well.

Eventually you'll get to it and then it really pays off.
...Bet you thought the dream was over, I know I almost did.

But, I might be bringing home a low rust Stock 97-99 AWD ECLIPSE tomorrow.
I got a call out of the blue & the price is right so, I might be back in the saddle.

Is this one of those things you ask your wife about first? LOL

My talon needs some serious rust repair from my neglect and laziness. I'll get to it, but I'm just too busy to restore it the way I want right now. So I'll drive / auto-x this new one. At least that is the plan.
Not as stock as I was told.
Paid for it,
I'll get the title another time.

It wasn't in as great shape as I was wishing. But it was running, I didn't try to move it, was told it needs a new trans. I'll see, hopefully its something simple. It had an unrecirced BOV on the 2g maf and a boost controller.... Its best the transmission went before the motor.

I'll start its own build thread? As it has just about every "common" DSM issue I could spot.
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Pulling trans, from the rusty talon to put in the eclipse. Nice to be in a 70*F garage when there is snow outside.
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Nice to be in a 70*F garage when there is snow outside.[/URL]
I have a jelly. I love having enough building to put 12 cars into, but I haven't built an insulated work shop inside it yet so warmth is not a luxury I get during the winter.
^It was on my list of must haves, and believe me just like those whiney aholes on hgtv house hunters I cried 'till I got my heated 2+car garage...In the city. Took 2 years but I got it.

Got the trans and clutch out of the talon tonight, I'm thinking of opening it up and putting my 4 spider diff into it. Might freshen up the axle seals while I'm at it.
Time to ask around to pick some OG brains.

Are the seals easy enough to replace while its open? Order them from Jacks?
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The transmission was absolutely filthy and grimey, I needed to clean it up.
I used degreaser, a wire brush, some scotch brite and oven cleaner.

Nope that isn't black paint, thats how nasty greasy it was.

I would clean for a bit then rinse it off with the hose. I wouldn't let the oven cleaner sit on the aluminum for more than a couple minutes at a time, it will damage the aluminum.

This is where I left it. I couldn't keep going, it started seeming like i wasn't making progress so tomorrow I'll pick back up.

I ordered some paint from eastwood so I'll need clean enough to paint.
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My eastwood stuff showed up. This is the paint I plan on using once I wipe the whole thing down with PRE.
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Making good progress. If you have a pressure washer (or can borrow one), they do an excellent job of getting the nooks and crannies on trannies.

Her story might be over, but her parts are going to live on in a rust free Shell that Is the silver car....

The talon was rusty when I got it, I'm lucky I got as long as I did out of it.
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