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I'm starting this thread to document the progress of my newly acquired 1999 VR4. I was not looking to buy another car since I already don't have enough room and I'm trying to finish up my 94 stroker single turbo car. However, while looking at used VR4s for a coworker, I came across this car -only an hour and a half from me- and absolutely had to pick it up. I went look at the car on Feb 24th and then brought it home on March 3rd.

This '99 has 124,000 miles, is number 175, black on black, fairly stock (ebay exhaust, ebay front turbo manifold, ebay mbc, and who knows what brand Y-Pipe) - more on this later - and I'm the 3rd owner. It has some flaws in the paint, fading on the sail panels, and some side swipe damage on the driver rear quarter (not too bad, but enough for me to be upset about it). The deeper scratches were covered up by fingernail polish :(. I have the full history of this vehicle, the power antenna, both front regulators, timing belt (belt only), and transmission (due to leaking) were all replaced fairly recently.

The driver turn signal was cracked and headlights were yellowed pretty bad when I first picked it up. Luckily I had bnib 99 turns already and quickly swapped it out then buffed the headlights to a much better condition.

Right now I am having an annoying issue with the CD player. I had put in an old CD on the 2nd day I owned the car and E03 displayed; nothing played and the CD could not be ejected. Looking it up revealed a disc load error. The next day the CD ejected and I threw that CD away. CDs loaded and played fine after but yesterday while cruising, I was finished with a CD and tried to eject it, but the button did nothing and the CD continued to play.

My plans for this car are to:
Get the 120k and all other maintainance done ASAP -COMPLETED
get the exterior back to showroom condition (interior is close to mint already)
Put a set of matching tires on (currently has 3 different brands) -COMPLETED
suspension(complete), driveshaft, and engine mounts(complete) need attention
Take all the BS eBay parts off and replace with quality/rare parts - COMPLETED
Bring the sound system up to par

Later on, I plan to have the car up to BPU and possibly upgraded turbos, but nothing too crazy...

Current Mod list-
Flash tuned
Greddy boost gauge
AEM X series wideband
Greddy full auto turbo timer
DNP Precat Deletes
ATR downpipe
IPS 4" titanium HKS carbon/Ti exhaust
EGR blockoffs
DNP Intercooler piping
DSM SMIC
Dejon Preturbo piping
K&N FIPK
Evo 9 bov
Maximal Solid front and rear engine mounts
Kyosan/Denso Supra Pump
3SX fuel loop
Ksport coilovers
Hawk HPS pads
Volk GT-C's F19x8.5 +27 R19x9.5 +24
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires
Charcoal canister removed

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Shortly after purchase


The next day after a needed wash


I picked up a few small powder coated items and a black ebrake handle with boot to replace my worn one from DrGonzo.


And taking her out for a drive with my girlfriend yesterday
 

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Can't wait to see the progress...

Great find :)

Bob.
 

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nice find! you may be able to flip it for a profit, '99 model year seems to be in demand!
 

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Alright, so I can only start off this next post by saying -

This car is addicting. I can't stop driving it. I have been driving it for a week straight. It didn't help that my 335's battery had died; that just gives me an excuse to keep driving it.



I did do a few small things today...

I didn't like how low the oil pressure was reading at a hot idle - Yes its the factory gauge but I didn't know what weight or oil was in the car before. He had just told me Royal purple - yuck. I changed it out to Valvoline VR1 20w50. The engine sounds like it runs much quieter now and the factory gauge looks way better. I still need to do the 120k, just waiting on the parts.

I noticed shortly after the purchase that there was an aftermarket fan in front of the condenser. This was making the car cool down while driving on the interstate, especially on the colder nights. Weird, but I didn't really have the time to take it off until today. Of course this could be hiding a bigger issue, but I rather fix it correctly instead of keeping this bandaid on. Luckily, the older Kias used Mitsubishi electronics, parts, engines, etc - I ended up having a brand new connector for the a/c fan to replace the hack job fan install.







The car still seems to cool down while driving on the interstate. I'm going to get a new thermostat to install while I do the 120k and that will probably solve the issues.

I purchased some goodies too that I will be installing during the 120k - DNP precat eleminators and an ATR downpipe. As far as the cat back, I still want to get that eBay system off, but I would really like to find another IPS titanium 4" system OR a Yogurt ICH 4" system. (Yea I know, when pigs fly; just like the chances of me finding another Ohiospyderman short throw.)
 

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No pics for me?! are they just not showing, or have you not posted any?

If you want a single exhaust, just have a local fabricator build one for you. You don't need to find a yogurt system. Just pic whatever muffler you want and have it built. If you want to support a 3Ser, drop it off in FL to Braincrater.
 

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Are you interested at all in a twin system or just a single exit exhaust? I have a DR 3.5" exhaust system only about 2-3 made ever.
Hmm, let me research that. Have and pictures of it? I like rare parts so you peaked my interest. How much would you want for it? The only downside is my bank is still trying to bounce back from buying this haha.

No pics for me?! are they just not showing, or have you not posted any?

If you want a single exhaust, just have a local fabricator build one for you. You don't need to find a yogurt system. Just pic whatever muffler you want and have it built. If you want to support a 3Ser, drop it off in FL to Braincrater.
That's weird. I posted pics, I think everyone else can see them. Can anyone else confirm?

I would like a single exit. I really would like another titanium to save some weight too, but anything rare, sounds good, and not eBay aka cheap will be fine with me.

Local fabricators are stupid expensive on prices. They want to charge me 5k minimum to extend the crossover on my single kit, make a downpipe, and intercooler piping... and I have all the materials already! I didn't think about Brian, maybe I'll drop my stroker car off to him to do the fab....
 

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Pics show on my phone with tapatalk.

I’d talk to Brian. He won’t be inexpensive, but it will be done VERY well.
 

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pictures work for me. well, i see a total of eight pictures, not including signatures/avatars.

i’ve been wishing to find a four inch ich as well, but i think we’ll have to make them. i think i can manage, you make something else.

and i’m enjoying the thread. needs more cow, and by cow, i mean photos..

i miss the states.. send me some 3s love..
 

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and i’m enjoying the thread. needs more cow, and by cow, i mean photos..
hello.. yes. how can I help?

oh, you need more of cow.. got it.

well. I love the car, I love the pics. I love that people are still excited about these cars, and I want to see more info about the 4" exhaust. I bet it sounds beautiful!
 

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pictures work for me. well, i see a total of eight pictures, not including signatures/avatars.

i’ve been wishing to find a four inch ich as well, but i think we’ll have to make them. i think i can manage, you make something else.

and i’m enjoying the thread. needs more cow, and by cow, i mean photos..

i miss the states.. send me some 3s love..
Did someone call?

Nice car. See someone mentioned another 3ser down here in FL.. whereabouts?


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Pics show on my phone with tapatalk.

I’d talk to Brian. He won’t be inexpensive, but it will be done VERY well.
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Congrats on the buy! This is my exact dream car! Black on Black 99 VR4!

Great find and looking forward to following your build.
pictures work for me. well, i see a total of eight pictures, not including signatures/avatars.

i’ve been wishing to find a four inch ich as well, but i think we’ll have to make them. i think i can manage, you make something else.

and i’m enjoying the thread. needs more cow, and by cow, i mean photos..

i miss the states.. send me some 3s love..
Thank you guys. There will be many more pictures to come.

hello.. yes. how can I help?

oh, you need more of cow.. got it.

well. I love the car, I love the pics. I love that people are still excited about these cars, and I want to see more info about the 4" exhaust. I bet it sounds beautiful!
I have the titanium 4" on my stroker car. Can't tell you how it sounds yet though since it hasn't been fired up and there aren't many videos out there. There's pictures of it in my other thread though.

Did someone call?

Nice car. See someone mentioned another 3ser down here in FL.. whereabouts?


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There are a few guys from Florida. I know Duttch down there and there's Brian with the black single turbo car.
 

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Hmm, let me research that. Have and pictures of it? I like rare parts so you peaked my interest. How much would you want for it? The only downside is my bank is still trying to bounce back from buying this haha.
Probably what I had was in photobucket so I'll have to take some more. I used to know the original thread for it. It's a dual 2.5" to 3.5" downpipe with swivel flanges, 3.5" section that can be swapped with the 3.5" high flow cat I have, and then it goes 3.5" to dual 3" with twin aeroturbine mufflers. It sounds really good but is loud comparable to a 4" single system. I'm not in a rush to get rid of it so I could wait if you ended up seriously interested. I'm considering going back to the 3" twin JIC Spartan SUS that came on the car since it was mild until WOT.
 

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Probably what I had was in photobucket so I'll have to take some more. I used to know the original thread for it. It's a dual 2.5" to 3.5" downpipe with swivel flanges, 3.5" section that can be swapped with the 3.5" high flow cat I have, and then it goes 3.5" to dual 3" with twin aeroturbine mufflers. It sounds really good but is loud comparable to a 4" single system. I'm not in a rush to get rid of it so I could wait if you ended up seriously interested. I'm considering going back to the 3" twin JIC Spartan SUS that came on the car since it was mild until WOT.
PM me pictures and price when you have a chance, no rush though.
 
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