We Gladly Take This Blame
After picking up his first issue of Turbo in October 1998, Jamie Yancovitz of Tire Hill, Pa., started modifying his Eagle Talon. Jamie handled the engine and transmission upgrades himself. Engine upgrades include a BR T3/T4 turbo, FMIC, and 3-inch upper intercooler pipe. Air is ingested through a 3-inch BBK throttle body into a BJ's intake manifold. Dual HKS super sequential blow-off valves bleed off excess pressure. The head has been extrude honed and filled with Web racing cams, titanium retainers and Skunk2 cam gears. Fuel system goodies consist of 950cc injectors, Holley fuel rail and Aeromotive pump, pressure regulator and filter. An AEM EMS is used to control the engine parameters (tuned by Sean McClederry of TorqueFreaks.) Also from AEM is a C2DI, EGT probe and wideband oxygen sensor. Keeping things cool is a Fluidyne radiator with 10- and 12-inch SPAL fans.
A Fidanza aluminum flywheel and Center Force clutch help put the power to the pavement. Transmission internals are beefed up with an Evo first gear, input shaft and 1/2 shift fork; the 3/4 shift fork is from a 2nd gen. Talon. A TRE center differential locker splits the power.
Suspension Techniques springs with KYB AGX shocks close up the wheel well gap. Lateral motion is controlled with Suspension Technique sway bars and front and rear strut tower bars. The wheel and tire package is a set of Kosei K-1 16-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama A520 235/50 tires. Cross-drilled rotors, Stillen pads and braided lines make sure Jamie comes to a safe stop.
The stock front seats were tossed in favor of Weapon-R racing seats. From the driver's seat Jamie controls the Grant steering wheel, Razo pedals, and carbon shift knob-mounted Pacesetter short throw shifter. The standard gauges now have a white face to match the bevy of Auto Meter gauges: fuel pressure, boost, oil pressure, oil and water temp. and shift light.
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Roughly midway between Austin and Dallas/Ft. Worth, is the town of Killeen, Texas. If you see this pure white 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T in the area be sure to say hello to James (sorry, no last name included). If the front end doesn't look quite right, good eyes. The front end was to converted to '99 specs along with a VIS carbon fiber hood. Peeking out from the bumper opening is a 24-row intercooler hooked up to GReddy I/C pipes. The chilled boost is fed into a T25 turbo. Excess boost is bled off by a Type S BOV. Gasses that make it through the system get expelled from a Tsudo three-inch cat-back exhaust. A Walbro 225 lph pump provides plenty of fuel for the engine to feed on. Sparking the mixture falls to MSD plug wires and NGK plugs.
To keep an eye on the turbo and its doings James added an A'PEXi AVC-R, Blitz Turbo Timer and Auto Meter boost and A/F ratio gauges. Power is transferred from the engine through an Exedy clutch and onto the rolling stock of 18-inch RS GT rims.
Progess springs and KYB shocks get the Eclipse's altitude sorted while an Ingall's camber kit keeps tire wear even. Braking is helped with the addition of cross-drilled rotors. Big is what Texas is all about; so future upgrades include a big T28 turbo.
Hey MR, Take Me For a Ride?Cruising the highways and byways around Athens, Ga., is Nick Montgomery and his 1992 Toyota MR2. To get the visuals he was after Nick scoured many catalogs to come up with the look he was after. A Border urethane front bumper and carbon fiber hood, Toms sideskirts and rear bumper, Kaminari wing and imported Ganador aero mirrors provide a unique look. Before the car was sprayed in Toyota Spectra Blue Mica paint Nick had all the emblems shaved for a nice, clean look.
After the paint dried exterior bits such as a Sparco gas door, JDM clear turn signals and solid front moldings along with 94+ taillights were bolted on. To get the stance just right Nick chose to use a set of Sportline springs from Eibach with KYB adjustable struts to handle the suspension duties. Wheels and tires consist of ADR Cypher rims 17x7 front, 18x8.5 rear wrapped in low-profile rubber.
Work has just begun on the interior but it's off to a good start with the JDM stainless steel door sills, white-faced gauges and a Vmax carbon fiber shifter surround over a B&M short shifter.
Future plans call for a breathed-on 3rd gen 3S-GTE swap, fiberglass engine lid and more interior work.
Want to see your pride and joy in Readers' Rides? It's easy. Here's all you have to do. Send us a few shots of your car, preferably a front 3/4 or side view; try some engine details as well. Either digital or film prints will do fine (save digital images (L or M jpeg) on a CD. Images should be at least 3x5-inches at 266 dpi.) Give us a rundown on what has been done to your ride. The more specific the better. Once everything is gathered up send it all along to: Turbo, c/o Readers' Rides, 774 S. Placentia Ave, Placentia, CA, 92870.