Monday, June 28, 2010

Power on a budget.

Well everything's been blown out the window by a quick PM with one of the EVOXForum guys. I've found a great exhaust system the CNT Racing V2 Catback Exhaust It's ridiculously cheap at $425 coupled with a high flow catalytic converter (aka "cat") which is yet to be determined and the REXPEED O2 Downpipe for $180, that's my first big upgrade on the car. According to one of the gearheads on EVOXforums the Rexpeed should give the same gains as the AMS Widemouth Downpipe for... ~$250 less. My only concern is finding a decent cat that will provide me legal emissions.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

The engine is the 4B11-type 2.0 liter inline-4 turbo engine. Evolution X can get to 60MPH seconds. Aluminum is used in the roof panel, front fenders and the rear spoiler frame structure. 291HP @ 6500rpm.

Standard rear spoiler. 5-speed manual 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN A13C tire on Enkei 12-spoke high-rigidity cast alloy wheels. Brembo ventilated disc brakes. Standard S-AWC 4WD system. Xenon HID headlamps with manual leveling; large rear spoiler; FAST-Key electronic entry and starting system; 650-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate audio system; in-dash 6-disc CD changer
0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Quarter-mile: 13.6 seconds @ 101.3 mph
Weight: 3,512 pounds

Upgrade Ideas

There are a few things that I'm looking to do to the car.

The upgrades I'd like to do:

1. Catback Exhaust - I've been looking at several options, but I think I'm probably going to go with a solution from Cobb. It's $1,195 which is a bit more expensive than some other solutions out there, but seems to be one of the most reputable. The second choice I've seen would be the Buschur Racing Evo X 3" SS Dual Catback Exhaust w/Bullet Muffler

It's a lot cheaper, I just need to find out why. Another Austinite with this (or a similar) exhaust system offered to let me check it out. So I'll definitely be taking a look.

After that I'll finish off the exhaust system with possibly an AMS Downpipe/AMS High Flow Catalytic Converter but we're talking another $820

I'm also looking at the same products by Cobb. $540

First Upgrade - Cobb Access Port

I ordered and received my first modification. A Cobb Access Port. Cobb Tuning provides this device which allows you to load off the shelf fuel maps to provide a better performance. Cobb claims 19.3% HP gain with the Stage 1 map that's included.

Once you perform further upgrades you can move to a stage 2 map, or go in to a tuning shop and have them create a custom map that you can keep on your access port.

The thing I like best about this product you can uninstall it at any time and return your car to a stock configuration. The Access Port also allows you to load a fuel economy map (for those long boring drives), a valet map (limits revs and turbo boost), and even an anti-theft mode (prevents the car from starting). It makes remapping easy.

Project Evo

I'm using this to keep track of my modifications and upgrades to my Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR.

Right now I'd be happy just to get the thing back so I could drive it! First of all... 2 weeks after I got the car I got rear ended... so that was a week in the shop. Then I noticed the clutch just starting to slip so I take it in to the dealer (6/19) and let them know what's going on. They look at the car (6/21) and tell me they're going to send it to Mitsubishi and see if they'll cover it. Which I didn't figure they would. Mitsubishi looks at the car (6/22) and says they have to have a district manager come review the case to see if it's approved, but he doesn't show up until Friday! So then the dealer calls me (6/25) and tells me "the manufacturer won't cover it we'll have to take the car and get approval from... some manager" or something like that. So they had my car a full week and nothing's been done to it. On top of this, I don't even know if they're going to cover the stupid repair!

So here I am in Limbo.... soooo frustrating.