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Posted by: 2000J25SP Nov 15 2011, 08:00 PM

This is my 2000 Elantra GLS
Bought Feb 2011 with 147,212 miles now at 164,902

First picture from when I got it.

Wheels before paint.

After paint.

This is how it looks now.

Clear was peeling, so I painted the mirrors with leftover paint.

Interior. Picture is old, I now have a short shifter, 1994 J1 knob and 4th gen Camaro shift boot.

Engine bay before:

Elantra with puppy and new wheels.

After buffing

Posted by: only1db Nov 15 2011, 10:39 PM

yay!!! you used the correct chassis code!!

looks good considering how old it is.

Posted by: ronjr8102 Nov 15 2011, 11:28 PM

Welcome to EC. Car looks good, oldie but goodie.

Posted by: Cite 3 Nov 16 2011, 10:14 AM

Awesome... Major potential sleeper..

Rd2? Its not J2? I thought rd's were tibbys..

Posted by: Bobzilla Nov 16 2011, 10:15 AM

That's a clean looking J2.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Nov 16 2011, 01:32 PM

Thanks guys. I will put newer/better pictures up soon.

QUOTE (Cite 3 @ Nov 16 2011, 10:14 AM) *
Awesome... Major potential sleeper..

Rd2? Its not J2? I thought rd's were tibbys..

I thought mine was a RD2, idk you might be right.

Posted by: acts Dec 8 2011, 01:32 PM

That is a very nice and clean looking ride! Especially the engine bay! I recall a girl having this model and it was tore up. She had it new and just let it get bad. I was like wow. Yet your car could sell for a very decent price if you decided to sell her. Good work!

Posted by: benman Dec 8 2011, 03:01 PM

QUOTE (2000J25SP @ Nov 16 2011, 01:32 PM) *
I thought mine was a RD2, idk you might be right.

Maybe it's documented elsewhere here, but I was curious (thought someone who knew would post) so I investigated. It was just bugging me, although in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter.

J1 = First Generation, 1990-95
RD/J2 = Second Generation, 1996-97
RD2/J3 = 2nd Gen, Facelift, 1998-2000

Someone put the following text into the wikipedia page, but I cannot find where Hyundai "clearly states" it.

Hyundai clearly states that the 1996-98 elantra is an RD NOT a J2. The same goes for the facelifted 1999-2000 version. It's has the chassis code of RD2 NOT J3. Information can be seen on Hyundai's online technical site,

On the hmaservice website though, they list it as the RD. I would think that, given the major difference between the J1 and RD, that RD/RD2 would be the more appropriate to use.

The Tiburon was RC or GK.

Posted by: Red Elantra Dec 8 2011, 03:29 PM

Hey-nice pics of your car. It is in very nice shape. Pride of ownership!

Posted by: 2000J25SP May 15 2012, 08:59 PM

I'm going to get some new wheels, cold air intake, headers, 19mm tib sway bar.
I would like to drop it about an inch. Relocate the battery to the trunk. I might repaint it after I'm done with some other projects at the shop. I'm thinking a slightly deeper green and without the pearl in it.

Posted by: silet May 16 2012, 10:22 AM

Nice! I removed the resonantor on my 99 and it sounded pretty cool.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Oct 14 2012, 06:46 PM

I relocated the coolant overflow tank to where the washer fluid tank used to be.

Posted by: bhorste Oct 14 2012, 07:17 PM

Interesting... why did you take out the windshield washer?

Posted by: sarge Oct 15 2012, 09:01 AM

Going for a nice and clean engine bay look? Like some of those custom rides.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Oct 15 2012, 05:37 PM

QUOTE (sarge @ Oct 15 2012, 10:01 AM) *
Going for a nice and clean engine bay look? Like some of those custom rides.

Yeah, but I don't want to take it that far. The passenger side is about done. I will probably move the clutch fluid reservoir lower so it's less visible. I might get a cai and a smaller/lighter battery...

Sorry about the mess, I really need to clean it out sometime. signs16.gif

Posted by: 2000J25SP Dec 28 2012, 11:04 PM


Car jumped timing. It looked like this for quite awhile.

I got another head for $60 with warranty, pulled it off a '97 1.8 Tib. The valves are still good. It really needs cleaned.

Hot tanked and resurfaced.

Had to rebuild the lifters. Then installed.

I used Felpro Head gasket and head bolts. Car has been running great for several months now with no problems.

Posted by: Red Elantra Dec 28 2012, 11:07 PM

Hey-The "mess" is really well organized. Hope your repair work is successful!

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jan 3 2013, 08:01 PM

Installed the cylinder head, torqued head bolts, lined up the timing marks, installed timing belt, rechecked timing 37 times, installed everything else, added coolant...

Put key in ignition [drumroll] turned key...

Car turns over but doesn't start. F*@&
It's dark outside now, so I will mess with it more in the morning.

Posted by: bhorste Jan 3 2013, 08:08 PM

Did you give it a chance to establish fuel pressure? Good job getting it put together, otherwise.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jan 3 2013, 08:11 PM

Yes I put the key in the on position for a couple minutes so the fuel would pressurize.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jan 6 2013, 10:54 AM

I got the car to start, but it runs rough. The head gasket leaks very badly. There's white smoke coming from the tailpipe, it leaks from the side of the motor too.

School starts tomorrow, and it's 25 miles away sad.gif

Posted by: Alex2013GT Jan 6 2013, 12:44 PM

Ohh geez. sad.gif

Posted by: bhorste Jan 7 2013, 07:49 PM

Ack! Head gaskets can definitely be a pain, and you *REALLY* have to make sure you torque the head down just right. Hope you can get it sorted.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jun 8 2013, 09:11 PM

Updated pictures.

Posted by: Doohickie Jun 8 2013, 11:57 PM

So you got the head gasket fixed?

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jun 9 2013, 07:55 AM

Yes it's fixed. The first head gasket change was half assed. Reused head bolts, cheap Auto 7 head gasket (I was broke at the time) And it turned out a bunch of the lifters were seized up. So some of the valves couldn't close all the way. The car would barely start afterwords.
2nd time around I used a Felpro head gasket and bolts (Oem is first choice but I didn't have time for them to order one) I cleaned the rebuilt the lifters. I also bought a torque degree gauge to find 60* instead of eyeballing it.
The car has been running great for several months now.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jun 10 2013, 11:52 AM

I bought some brand new Tibby pedal covers on Ebay for $13.15 with free shipping.

They don't look as good in a beige interior... Oh well.

The gas pedal is a different shape on my J2 so It doesn't hold on to the pedal quite as strongly. The XD/GK accelerator pedal bolts right on, so next time I'm at the junk yard I'll get one.

Posted by: Doohickie Jun 15 2013, 12:00 AM

Yep, that's what I did.

Posted by: TJVJR Jun 15 2013, 11:06 PM

That's a good looking car. I like That ( probably because it was my first Hyundai ) Body style . Your definitely improving it.

Posted by: slowgls Jun 15 2013, 11:10 PM

Ya i miss my rd thing....

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jun 16 2013, 01:27 PM

QUOTE (TJVJR @ Jun 16 2013, 12:06 AM) *
That's a good looking car. I like That ( probably because it was my first Hyundai ) Body style . Your definitely improving it.

Thank you. Like I said on the other forum, I like yours better!!!
TJVJR's Elantra:

Posted by: slowgls Jun 16 2013, 04:15 PM

You guys are going to make me cry. Both of your cars are better than mine was.

Posted by: TJVJR Jun 16 2013, 04:16 PM

Thanks! It could have been a bit lower but it was a good ol car. Yours is sooo much cleaner overall. A lot of attention to detail.

Posted by: 2000J25SP Jun 16 2013, 08:01 PM

Thanks man.

Posted by: silverbullet Aug 2 2013, 12:44 AM

looks good

Posted by: J2FTW Nov 18 2013, 07:28 PM

Sold my 15x7s. Bought 14x6 American Racing Estrella AR95 14.7lbs (14x5.5 steelies are 18lbs) No curb rash with good tires, $150.

Car is on a big hill, causing massive wheel gap in front.

Posted by: slowgls Nov 18 2013, 07:44 PM

Looks good. Now lower it.

Posted by: Alex2013GT Nov 18 2013, 09:33 PM

Looking good!

Posted by: 04GTboyVA Nov 19 2013, 05:44 AM

looks really good!!

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