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The Raktron '97 Spyder GS-T

Turbo Magazine appearance (Nov. '01)

1/4 mi.: 12.634 sec @ 108.52 mph, (1.84 sec 60') run on 7/21/02, Time Slip

Mpeg Video of a 12.797 drag pass          autocross footage

I caught the DSM modding illness soon after buying this car back in 1997.
Thanks to some great people in Club DSM, I learned a lot about working on cars and had fun making this into one of the small handful of GS-T Spyders to run 12s without converting to all wheel drive.

The modding bug really never goes away, but I decided to resist the temptation to install a bigger turbo and go for 11s. This Spyder is fun to drive on the street and reliable, so why fix something that isn't broken?

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  • "Big" 16G Turbo
  • Buschur Stage 3 Cylinder Head
  • Stainless Oversized Valves
  • Titanium Retainers
  • HKS 264/264 Camshafts
  • Fluidyne Radiator
  • Stainless Braided Radiator Hoses
  • RC 550cc Injectors
  • Denso Fuel Pump, Upgraded Wiring
  • Magnecor Plug Wires
  • RRE Breather Catch Can
  • A/C Removed

  • Extrude Honed 1st Gen Intake Manifold
  • A'PEXi Front-Mount Intercooler
  • Blitz Stainless Steel Mesh Filter
  • Dejon Tools Intake Pipe (MAS to Turbo)
  • RRE Custom Upper Intercooler piping
  • 1st Gen Blow-off Valve
  • 1st Gen Throttle Body

  • 3-inch cat-back made from a combination of Buschur and Thermal parts
  • Victory Performance O2 housing (open dump tube for internal gate)
  • RRE downpipe (2.5" to 3")
  • 3" high-flow catalytic converter
  • Ported exhaust manifold

  • Quaife Limited Slip Differential
  • ACT 2600 lb. clutch
  • 14.5 lb. lightened/balanced flywheel
  • Shortened shifter
  • Aluminum shift cable bracket bushing replacement on tranny
  • "Symborski" shifter bushing modification
  • Stainless steel clutch hose
  • FCU (fluid containment unit) bypass

  • Custom 6-point roll bar by Mark McMahan
  • Ground Control adjustable height coilovers (1.5" lowered)
  • Tokico Illumina 5-way adjustable shocks
  • Eibach Racing Springs (500lb/300lb)
  • RM Racing Stabilizer Bars
  • Front strut tower brace
  • RRE Lower Stress Bar
  • Corbeau Forza racing seats
  • Simpson Cam-lock 5-pt Harness
  • SSR Competition 17x8" wheels
  • BF g-Force Drag Radials 225/45/17 (street)
  • M&H Drag Slicks on Bogart 13x8 wheels (drag racing)
  • Porterfield R4S brake pads
  • Stainless Steel brake lines
  • Prothane motor mounts

Gauges, Electronics & Controllers:
  • A'PEXi S-AFC A/F Controller
  • GReddy Profec B Boost Controller
  • GReddy Turbo Timer
  • Autometer Sport Comp Boost Gauge
  • Autometer Sport Comp EGT Gauge
  • Autometer Sport Comp Fuel Pressure Gauge
  • Autometer Sport Comp Air/Fuel Gauge (gadgetseller.com version)
  • OBDII datalogger