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Mike & Michael Tapia: 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Michael Tapia's father, Mike, originally purchased this 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse when he was much younger. For 10 years the car sat in their backyard, and then headed off to a shop in rough shape. On his 16th birthday, he was surprised to learn that his father and friends had been restoring the car to its former glory in the shop. Since taking ownership, Tapia enlisted the help of his dad to do a custom targa top chop, and that was just the beginning of the car's transformation.

Owner: Mike & Michael Tapia
Location: Horizon, TX
Vehicle: 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Horsepower: 210 whp
Club: N/A

SOCIAL:
Facebook: Michael Tapia
Instagram: @mike_wazowski__

Written by Adam Gordon.
Photography by @ftlcrp, @VDLimage, @mike_wazowski__.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE:
150 shot of nitrous
Full intake
Full exhaust
Upgraded head

EXHAUST:
DNA full cat-back exhaust

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WHEELS & TIRES:
Volk TE37 wheels
Bridgestone Potenza tires

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION:
Tekiko Gas struts
Tekiko lowering springs
Full bushing kit

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EXTERIOR:
RPM support rods
Custom splitter, diffuser, canard, side skirts
JDMFresh quick-release bumper supports
Custom targa top
Tire lettering
DNA exhaust
JDM relocator
GSX Highrise wing

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LIGHTING:
Dragon laminates
RPM neons

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INTERIOR:
Glowshift Tach
Sparco Suede Quick Release
RPM Quick Release
Carbon dash overlay
Custom bucket seats
Cipher Auto 5 Point Harness
2 nitrous bottles and custom lines/fittings from Hosepower
Custom seat brackets
Gutted interior

AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA:
Pioneer door speakers
Audibahn 12-inch subwoofers
JBL rear speakers
Pioneer head unit

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FAVORITE MODIFICATION:
"The targa top. It's not a factory mod so I like that me and my dad did it ourselves."

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS:
Evo 8 4G63 engine and transmission swap
AWD conversion
New wheels
New color

SHOPS/MECHANICS:
Best Custom Shop
RPM
PattersonPerformance
Hosepower

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