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October 21, 2005: It's Alive!

A couple updates ago, I made a crazy purchase and picked up a used Buschur Racing 3.5" monster exhaust. Even though it fit very well, deep down, I knew it would be far too loud for a daily driver. After looking into muffler options, it was clear that there weren't many to choose from that would fit. Damn.

I posted the exhaust for sale and in no time it got an incredible number of responses and was sold. You win some you lose some.

Ok, now I need an exhaust. That said, all along I've kept a VERY strict budget on this car. As much as I wanted one, a new $900 turbo-back exhaust was way out of my price range. After lots of brow-furrowing, I found a 3" downpipe and 3" cat-back exhaust that was bought new, but never used. The brand was Megan Racing, which I'd never heard of. The pictures looked good and the price was right, so what the heck.

When I got these parts, they were literally still in the box and plastic they came in. I was suprised by the quality of these things. As you can see in the picture, they were all polished stainless steel, mandrel bent and the welds were nice too. I expected the worst when I got to bolting them up, but the fit was good, as everything went where it should. I got a downpipe and cat back, so the only thing left to do is weld-up is an off-road pipe.

The final test will be to see how they perform over time.

Here is a shot of the Cat back exhaust.

I love my welder. I am not a great welder, but every time I do it I learn something new and get a little better. Someday I hope to take some classes and learn from a pro. The point here is that I would've never picked up a welder if it weren't for my car hobby. This hobby makes you challenge yourself. I would've never dreamed I'd be doing all of this stuff 15 years ago when I barely knew how to change oil.

Since I needed an off-road pipe, I ordered some 3 inch flanges and got a piece of 3 inch pipe from a local exhaust shop. After test fitting it on the car, I tacked it into place with my welder, then took it off the car and welded it up for good.

Here's the test pipe finished up and in it's new home.

While we're on the subject of tools, the sawzall is a badass and makes you feel like one. If you don't have one, I highly suggest getting one today.

For fuel supply, I'm running a set of Buschur Racing 680cc injectors and a Walbro 255lp/hr high pressure fuel pump. The fuel pump is a piece of cake to change on an All wheel Drive DSM. Except for when there's a nice wasp's nest waiting for you. This brought me great concern.

Here's the car outside the garage for the first time since August. I think the second generation wheels look good, but the stock 4x4 ride height has got to go. I hope to get my hands on a set of KYB AGX adjustable shocks and Eibach lowering springs soon.

Rear end shot. I've since removed the faded "Eagle" and "Talon" stickers for a cleaner look.

Here is a shot of the engine when I got the car...

...and here is a shot of the engine bay all finished. I am very happy with how everything turned out. I still have some cleaning to do under there, but for the most part it is done!

Here is a video of the Talon idling for the first time in the garage. Gotta love those HKS cams! The car is running very well aso far and has been a blast on the commute to work each day. I've been going easy while the clutch breaks in, but I can't wait to lean on it a little.
Right click and "save as" to view!

Now that I've got all of the big stuff out of the way, I can start working on cleaning up all of the little things that need attention. Here you see some really old window tint. Eww! This stuff was faded, cloudy and bubbled, so I attacked it with a set of razor blades and great fury. Two hours later the windows were perfectly clean and clear.

On another note, just because the major mechanical stuff is done, doesn't mean that the Talon is all done. I still have lots of little fixes and upgrades in mind, along with a trip to the dragstrip soon. Thanks for reading and check back often!