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Resurrecting a Silver Shark

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Hello folks!

Let me preface with saying that I really thought I was a member starting back in 2006 when I got my first Tibby, but for some reason I don’t have an account linked to any of my emails, oh well. :(

I’m making this thread to track the progress of my stock silver 2004 Tiburon GT that I bought in 2007. It has about 78k miles on it and I haven’t done anything with it at all except put some black wheels on it, Sony head unit, and regular maintenance.

The wife wants me to sell it, she can’t drive stick, and she could care less about any car. And at this point because it has essentially sat for about 10yrs, I don’t know the full state it is in.

My main goal is to go over everything best I can and get it running at least like brand new (stock) or better. “Better” being if something is shot or should be replaced and a better than stock aftermarket part still exists for a reasonable price, I’m going with that.
I’d like to be smart about it, but also do things I want because I would like to keep and enjoy the car.

I don’t consider myself super mechanically savvy like I thought I used to be, but I don’t think I’m a dumb dumb, and I’ve worked on my fare share of cars over the years. So I’ll be doing all the work myself if possible, which also helps me to get to know the car better.

What my initial planned budget was - which I completely ignored:

The starting point:
  • stock 2004 Tiburon GT 5MT
  • Black 17” Proline Alloy wheels
  • Nokian One 215/45s
  • Sony CDX-GT310 head unit

So far on the resurrection:
  • R1 Concepts Front Rear Brakes and Rotors Kit $380
  • Power Stop Front and Rear High-Temp Red Powder Coated Calipers $332
  • OEM Antenna assembly $38
  • StopTech (950.51000) Brake Line Kit, Stainless Steel $88.82
  • StopTech (950.51500) Brake Line Kit, Stainless Steel $75.33
  • Battery tray clamp $5.20
  • KYB Excel-G struts $231.99 +Shipping $67.98
  • AntennaMastsRus 6 3/4 Inch Premium Choice Antenna $26.00
  • MOOG K201658 “Problem Solver” Control Arm Bushings $54.98
  • Borla (140064) Cat-Back Exhaust $1,294.80
  • Z1 350Z/G35 Stainless Steel Clutch Line $44.88
  • Torque Solutions (TS-SCB-213) Delrin Shifter Cable Bushings $41.92
  • NGK (3878) RC-XX91 Spark Plug Wire Set $58.59
  • NGK Iridium IX Spark Plugs $34.98
  • Gates TCKWP315 Timing Belt Component Kit $170.79
  • Mahle K31795 Water Pump Gasket $6.33
    • Shipping and tax on the NGK, Gates, and Mahle stuff $29.66
  • Exedy (SC849) Slave Cylinder $16.71
  • Exedy (MC562) Master Cylinder $29.79
  • Mevotech (MKIT10722) Front End Kit w/Inner and Outer Tie Rod Ends, Sway Bar Links, Ball Joints $130.79
  • Mevotech (CMS90138/CMS90139) Front LCAs $231.58
  • Mevotech (CMS901018) Rear Adjustable LCAs $95.58
    • Shipping and tax on the Exedy and Mevotech stuff $70.96
  • Gates 90K38149 Complete Serpentine Kit w/ Belt, Belt Tensioner, Idler Pulley $103.65​
  • MOOG K500031 Ball Joints $56.22*​
  • BC Racing BR Series Coilovers (‎M-06-BR) $1,266.70 after taxes
  • BRD Front and Rear Yellow Bushings $237.73
  • Superpro Sway Bar Links Kit Hyundai Tiburon (TRC10200) $130.79
  • Superpro Sway Bar End Links Hyundai Tiburon (TRC1045A) $130.79
  • Beck/Arnley (104-1548) Passenger Side Engine Mount $106.44
  • AEM (21-521B) Blue Cold Air Intake System $198.99

Initial Budget: $4,800
Budget Left: $-1,130.4

I need to sell the KYB struts I got, which will help not being so over budget. :cry:
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Grabbed the following to pretty much finish up the suspension stuff except for some replacement bolts I hope.

Superpro Sway Bar Links Kit Hyundai Tiburon TRC10200 $130.79
Superpro Sway Bar End Links Hyundai Tiburon TRC1045A $130.79

Would love to grab a rear sway bar, but the prices are insanely inflated on them. And everyone I email about having any decent priced ones in stock don’t reply or are dismissive when asking when they could get and ship them. :cautious:

Also grabbed a Beck/Arnley (104-1548) Passenger Side Engine Mount for $103
I started a discussion thread on actual mounts here where I’ll talk about it when it arrives.

HOPEFULLY this is the last of the major expenditures cause I’m way over budget, but I got a tone of great parts that I think will all do nicely.

Only things I’ve still got on the list to really get are cheap CAI, transmission mounts, gaskets, and miscellaneous replacement bolts and nuts.
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I know I said I hoped that would be the last of the major expenditures, but shortly after I posted I got a price alert from Amazon for the AEM (21-521B) Blue Cold Air Intake System, snagged it for $198.99 after taxes!

It seemed like a no brainer to grab it at this price. The 2 cheap ones I was looking at were $70 and $83, then I’d have to get a good quality filter which would be $60-80.
This is a way better kit for not much more.

This morning it’s already back up to $300 with an only a 14% discount now.

So all I have left on the list is transmission mounts, gaskets, and miscellaneous replacement bolts and nuts.

Side note: I’m beginning to believe there may be actually be some truth in my life telling me she doesn't believe me half the time when I say I’m going to be done with something. :LOL:
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The BC coilovers showed up today. It looks like the inner box took a good beating. They look ok from a visual inspection, except… the one rear brake line tab is bent and the paint as cracked off.

I contacted BC to try and determine if I should fix that myself and not mess up the warranty, maybe get a tiny refund, or what to do.
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BC Racing said I could fix the brake line mount on the one coilover myself.

The BRD Yellows and the SuperPro sway bar links came today.
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So I’ve been futzing around with a few things, got some more parts on the way, will post once I have them and can share pics.

Finally got most of the exhaust off. I was able to get the nuts off the rear, broke a nut splitter in the process, but it wouldn’t separate then. So had to cut it because it was not gonna come off unless with fire and I melted it off.

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