Brightside Fall 2015

Slowly getting better at this! Quarterly update at least. This is usually the slow time of the year but oddly it hasn’t slowed down much. We had some cool projects come through.

Heres a cool one! Fade from blueberry illusion to gloss black.



Wow! It’s been a while!

Time flies when you’re working hard and trying to put out work that your proud of! Thought i’d take a little bit of time to update you guys on some stuff. Business has been better than ever and were thankful for our great customers for that! We’ve purchased bigger and better equipment and taken on projects we never would have years back!

As for my personal projects such as the track car eclipse and my daily Mini Cooper. They stay mainly the same because we have been so busy running the shop! I hope for this to change soon as we have grown into hiring another individual to work at Brightside to increase our throughput and get those turnaround times down.

Here’s to a great first half of 2015 and hoping that the second half is just as great which I’m confident it will be. We have now been in business for 8 years (Wow thats sometimes hard to believe) and we are where we are because of our dedication to putting out work at high quality that we’re proud of and all our customer referrals.

Engine Bay Painting

Yes, we painted the entire bay and its makes a huge difference in the look of the engine bay. Well worth the effort! Don’t have a ton of pics from this stage but here after parts starting getting reattached to the firewall. It was rattle canned the factory red colour.

In the pic you can see the 3g brake master cylinder, an AFPR (which i later remove) and my braided brake lines which eliminate the ABS system.


Short Block Build 2.0 7-bolt

So my stroker motor sits unassembled. Why? Because of time and not having the correct parts when i did have the time….wrong crank, doh!

It actually now takes the back burner as its not the motor thats going into the Eclipse for the 2014 season. The motor that going into it was machined at the same time and plenty of the same machining procedures were used including the doweled main cap bolts. The care and precision that went into machining these blocks was impeccable. Everything measures within tenths of thou of where its supposed to be. Really happy seeing this. A good engine is all about the “specs” it built to and this was was build with great attention to detail and blueprinted to “spec”.

The short block build consists of the following:

  • split thrust block
  • 9:1 Weisco Pistons
  • 150mm Standard Eagle rods
  • ACL Rod and Main Bearing
  • Balance shaft eliminated
  • ARP Head and Rod bolts
  • OEM Crank polished and balanced
  • doweled main caps
  • blocked oil squirters

It’s a very “typical” 4g63 and it should provide all the power and durability we need.


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Blackout some trim on the Mini

Finally came across a deal on kijiji for some of the OEM trim pieces that takes the chrome light surrounds pieces and switched them out to gloss black. OEM quality so no worry about peeling paint over the chrome. OEM prices were ridiculous so when the deal came along i couldn’y say no. I think it adds a lot to the overall look. Yes I installed them in the rain! And the car is filthy.


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june19 157Here is a before of the front trim.

IMG_0031Here is a before of the rear. [note the sign:-) ]


Next piece of chrome to remove is the boot handle and i’m thinking carbon….

Time Attack Suspension #2- Coilovers

The next component to sort out was the springs and shocks. For this we went the tried and true suspension developed by a local Canadian that campaigned a 2g DSM in autocross at the national level in the US during the early 2000s. The big change here is two things. One switching to a height adjustable coilover setup so we can set our desired ride height and second is the spring is isolated onto a spherical hat to keep the spring square through the suspension travel. Mitsubishi did this with a big squishy rubber mount but it belongs no where on a track car….

All these custom machined bits were machined by us and sent out to be hard anodized as per DG spec drawings. What an awesome guy for making the drawing available to us on his website.

Thanks Dennis!

img_1704I went with quality Aurora bearings as this isn’t a place to cheap out!

img_1711 img_1712The aluminum is black in colour because they have been hard anodized for a tough wear surface. Yes even better than powder coating! Powder coating is a durable finish but nit a tough coating that can take loads like this coating can. Sorry this isn’t something Brightside can offer.


Add in all the purchased Koni bit which Dennis describes very thoroughly and assemble! Spring rates are up for debate but in the pics it shows #600 in the front and #350 in the back. The front is liekly goingto be changed to #800 or #900 after some more research and the car becoming more “race car” like.

img_2048Shiny new and all assembled. More work than anything off the shelf but there known to perform and that exactly what were after. Something that WORKS!


One more piece attached to the forked and the lower arm with the spherical joints I described in the last post. Also i should mention that since these are only considered 2-way adjustable that keeps us within the rules of CSCS street class where 3-ways are not allowed.

Time Attack Suspension

Thought I’d go through the basics on what we chose to use in the complete overhaul of the suspension. To give an idea of the extent we went through. EVERY part was removed, blasted, and coated. While we were there it got all new bushings from both energy suspension ( and Prothane bushings ( img_1613 img_1632

(NOTE: We didn’t even end up using these uppers as we were able to source SPC aftermarket

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One of the NICEST arms on the car is this ones which got loaded with spherical bearings inboard and for the bottom shock mount. NO more slop here!! This makes me excited!

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And on it went with reconditioning all the arms with new pressed in urethane bushings. This is a TON of work but will play huge dividends in feedback on the track and making this 17year old car drive as tight and MORE precise than new. i’ll continue showing the shocks and the other bits in another post. A lot happened with suspension in trying to get this DSM to turn.

Time Attack Build

You’ve seen the pics in the gallery but never really got into posting about the build well here it begins and i’ll try to play some catch up along with some jumping around showing the mods and reason why we chose to do them. And of course all the powder coated, ceramic coated bits that happened along the way!

The Eclipse has come along way and its nearly time to turn it over and hear the new motor run. Now that day is going to be nerve racking! Before I do that i’ve tried to eliminate some variables so i’ve gone ahead and sent the ECU to ecmlink to get a good bill of heath, fresh caps and a once over on the socket so that the ECU is reliable for the 2014 season.



Next I went ahead and switched up the OEM carbon hood with an AMB designed vented hood because of have overheating fears on the track for the 20min test sessions. DSMs run hot in there fairly crammed engine bay so i think this is a good move.



Final piece of carbon:) Is a sunroof plug in the name of weight savings. I’m weight conscious and this should do a good job of getting weight out from up high on the car!


I have to thank Ziggy from for handling the shipping and the handling to see that these pieces reach me safely!

We’ve Moved!

Well a while ago but I thought I’d make a post about it….

As of July 1st this past summer Brightside moved into its new home at 186 Bartley Dr Unit, Toronto. Its a little smaller in sq ft but were now where the customers are and that right in Toronto so guys form the North, West and East no longer have the far trek to Whitby!

Man was moving tough. Cleaning house and getting rid of what is really not worth bringing along. Amazing what we were able to collecte in 3.5yrs at our Whitby location.

Took us a month to get back to 100% operational in our new location and don’t look forward to do that again soon anytime…..

So all those West End guys that were scared or turned off by the thought of driving to Whitby were listened and are now 5mins off the DVP at Eglinton!



Alta PSRS Control Arm Bushings

Here is a little winter project I did in preparation for the 2013 track season. Alta Positive Steering Response System (PSRS) spherical bushings for the front lower control arms. These will replace rubber bushings which deflect under braking, cornering and accelerating! These should stabilize the car and make the car more predictable on the track. Lets hope NVH doesn’t suffer to much.


As usual the hosuings have been powder coated gloss red for looks and protection.




The orientation of the bushings allow adding caster into the suspension. Now to find time to drop the front subframe and get these installed. I will also need an alignment after the install.

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