Mitsubishi Eclipse Performance Parts
The Mitsubishi Eclipse was launched in 1989 in the North American automotive market. It was one of the three cars, along with the Eagle Talon and the Plymouth Laser, produced by Mitsubishi Motors. The Eclipse was manufactured by Diamond Star Motors (DSM) in Illinois. It had a front-wheel drive and was a 3-Door hatchback with a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The main feature of the Eclipse was its sporty and aggressive look. The Eclipse has gone through numerous performance shifts, and body changes for more than two decades and is now widely available in North America, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, China, and South Korea.
Variants of Mitsubishi Eclipse
The 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse came in three variants, the RS, GS, and GT. The RS and GS came to have a standard new 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, rated at 154 bhp. The GT sported a 3.0-liter V6 engine, rated at 205 bhp. In 2001, the Eclipse underwent a facelift and emerged as the Spyder convertible, available in the GS and GT variants, with the same engines as the hardtop coupe. The 2001 RS and GS sported a 2.4 I4 154 bhp with 5500 rpm and 163 lb-ft with 4000 rpm performance. The GT variant sported a 3.0 V6 205 bhp with 5500 rpm and a 205 lb-ft with 4500 rpm performance.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Performance Parts: Modifications
With proper modifications, you can expect to generate anywhere between 300-600 hp out of a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Racers strive for maximum power out of the car and often use extreme engineering to achieve more than 800 hp. Turbo chargers are used frequently to up the ante of the vehicle by making strategic modifications in:
- Exhaust systems
- Fuel system
Mitsubishi Eclipse Performance Parts: Troubleshooting Exhaust Systems
The Eclipse is a four-seater sports coupe and because of its appeal, the manufacturers have always included an exhaust system that is easy to dismantle and troubleshoot. Here is what you can do for basic troubleshooting:
- Look for any fuel leaks or air in the pipe that connects to the turbocharger
- Check the color of the fumes from the tailpipe. If the color is white, there is coolant in the cylinder. If the color is blue, there is oil in the cylinder
- Examine the tailpipe for any rust or corrosion
- Check for heat damage to the spark plugs, cylinder head and ignition cables of the Eclipse
- Check for oil leakage on the heat shield around the engine
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