My dad had one of these, a 92 VR4 in green. I thought it was the coolest car ever when I was a kid. He gave it to my half-brother who went on to total it in an epic way. I'm new to this platform, but I'm not new to the car game. I've built four cars before this.
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (5 spd, 350+AWHP/TQ)
On to the stealth. I bought it from a mechanic/shop owner who had records for the car dating back to the original buyer's order. The first owner paid $40,569.00 for it back in February of 1994. Accounting for inflation that's something like $69kOTD! I bought the car with 66k miles on it bone stock aside from a head unit. Anyway, the goal right now is to make this thing a reliable 12-second daily driver. It’s been one month since I bought it and I’ve made some progress, but have been hitting small, and maybe not so small, roadblocks along the way. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
ODO the day I bought it:
A day or two after purchasing it:
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Got some HIDs installed along with LED foglights, LED replacement interior and exterior bulbs all around, and both door speakers and dash tweeters. Sounds so much better and driving at night is now much easier with the brighter lights! I love the modern look that changing out bulbs can give your car.:
Before: (Also taken before window tints were installed)
After: (Tints, HIDs, LEDs, Door Speakers, and Tweeters)
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I didn't get a chance to pull the ECU and check it. I will do that as soon as I get the car back. I did, however, throw in a new Optima Red Top battery. It's shorter than the OEM battery so I had to use a shop rag as extra padding to make sure the battery stays secured. It won't budge for now. I'm open to better suggestions on how to best secure the battery.
Also here is another recent pic of the front end with all the lights on during the day.
I ordered the following to address the oil and coolant leak.
Valve cover gasket set with spark plug gaskets x2
Thermostat Housing Gaskets and Orings O-Rings Set
3SX Tune-Up Kit - Thermostat + Radiator Hoses + Clamps + Water Wetter
I ordered the following to address the hesitation and hot-start issues
I will have all the above parts installed along with a boost leak test, pressure test, compression test, etc.. and then assess the situation from there. That should take care of the small leaks. I'm hoping the hesitation and hot start issue will be solved after this round, but if not I will look at the ECU, ECS, PTU, coil pack, hotwiring coils, and throttle body leaks.
I also ordered:
3SX Custom Aluminum E-Brake Button Replacement
3SX Custom Hood Struts / Hood Shocks
Wiper Rear BLADE+ADAPTER+SCREWS Set
I love when new parts come in. Thank you 3sx!
Installed the new hood struts from 3sx. Easy install. Look how high they raise the hood! Now that the engine bay is easier to get too, we're gonna have to make it look the part. I'm planning on having the front valve cover powdercoated candy red. If anyone has a used front valve cover that will fit a 2nd gen TT, pm me, I'll buy it off you.
Here are some pictures of the 3sx e-brake button. Huge improvement over my chewed up OEM one. Not sure why almost all 3s e-brake buttons look like they've been chewed on by a rat or something. Check out what the stock one looks like:
This is the 3sx unit. Much better!
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I also had my stock battery tie down bracket modified to work properly with the shorter Optima battery. Looks much better than my dirty-rag solution lol.
Oh and here’s a pic of when I got stuck in that snow storm that hit NJ and gridlocked Northern NJ for like 10 hours. It took me 4+ hours to get home, but the car handled the snow beautifully. Well, the wipers had a hard time, but managed. Wipers don't like the snow.
And…. finally some bonus pics:
I have my eyes on a used AEM v.1 too I just wanna sort everything out before adding more power. Slowly but surely! Thank you, everyone, for your advice and guidance. It has helped tremendously. Keep it coming and I will continue to update as much as possible. Things will be moving fast as I strive to reach my goal of a 12 second reliable daily.
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I see you have the fancy digital climate control... I thought this didn't come in the 2g Stealths?
Does your car have All Wheel Steering, Active Exhaust, Adjustable suspension or any of the other "3000GT VR4" fancy bits?
Really? I thought the digital climate control came on all 3si cars up until 98-99. No, it does not have active aero. It does, however, have ECS and Active Exhaust. Both systems are in working order too.
I believe it has 4WS. There is a light for it in the gauge cluster that I see turn on when I turn the key to the accessory position. I also read that 94s have it, but I could be wrong. I think I feel it working on my long winding highway commute?
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