Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII Parts Tuning Regimen

27 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII Parts Tuning Regimen
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

Parts Tuning Regimen

We all dream of pimping our ride with the best parts out there. As I get closer to pulling the trigger on my dream car (an Evo VII) I wondered if there was an online site that I could do all of my car parts shopping in one swoop. Being on a tight budget I think $7k is the most I can spend on car parts without getting kicked out of the house by my wife.

So search the net I came across an industry standard: Andy’s Auto Sport. Let’s see what $7k gets us in terms of tuner parts for a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII.

There are a bunch on internet parts suppliers but Andy’s Auto Sport seems to have everything you need when it comes to body kits, lambo style doors, and projector style light kits. But can I find something cool for the car of my dreams?  I one day want to own a nice Mitsubishi Evo VIII.

I already know the kinds of parts I am looking for. Some subtle body mods with some engine parts to boost performance. Nothing to out there or wild, instead I just want a nice lightly modified Evo. So I have given myself a modest $7k budget to go virtual shopping.

Let’s see what kind of parts I can find.

Body Mods

There is certainly no shortage of body kit parts for the Evo as I found a great JDM Greddy front lip spoiler for $237 and a Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood for $731 .

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Suspension

Knowing this is a daily driver I cannot go too extreme on the suspension. I need the ride to be livable on a daily driver basis. Track days will be few and far between.  It would be nice to have a set of full coilovers but sticking to my budget I need just a set of springs.

So I found a great set of TEIN S. Tech lowing springs that will drop the Evo by 2-inches. The prices for these are  $177 .

Engine Mods

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII

Really I want to spend the bulk of my $5k budget on engine modifications because speed is sexy. And you can get a lot more power for a little cash out of the 4G63 engine. Of course a full turbo kit would be awesome but those cost $4k and up. Still a great value but out of my range for now.

  So I will be looking to the basic bolt on’s to add some power. First up is the KN 69 Series Cold Ari intake which adds 12 HP and 13 lb-ft. of torque for only $331 .

Andy’s had 18 different exhaust companies to choose from. I decided to browse the JDM market manufacturers. The choices were between Blitz, Greddy, HKS, and Apexi. I wish I had the cash to buy the HKS Carbon Fiber TI exhaust but over $1k for an exhaust is pretty steep.

I really liked the Amexi Noir Exhaust which is flat black. At only $660 . this exhaust will give me a bit of power, a nice tone, and most importantly the fly look.  An exhaust manifold will help expel spent gasses and bump up power. A DC Sports manifold is $317 . A down pipe is necessary to free up some horsepower as the stock downpipe is restrictive. One from DC Sports for $202 should do the job.

Rounding out the exhaust I would have a local shop create a straight pipe from the downpipe to the exhaust system. This would probably cost $100 .

With the increase in boost that is coming the stock intercooler is going to be maxed. I found a great Turbo XS intercooler for $525 and a piping kit for $360 that will be awesome.

Tuning

Well with all these assortment of parts we need to tune the car to extract the most power. An AEM standalone engine management system will take care of the boost, fuel, and timing among other things. Plus it become the industry standard.

The EMS will cost $1750 . You need larger injectors for additional fuel and I would go for a set of Deatsch Werks 1000cc Fuel Injectors costing $350 . But who is going to the tuning? I live in southern California and there are a ton of tuning shops around. Why not go for the best.

AEM offers a 2 hour session for the Lancer Evolution VIII for $550. This will ensure you get the most horsepower without killing your engine. The power output should be another 100 horsepower!

When I started thumbing through import magazines there was always an ad that took up a page or two that was stuffed with all kinds of great body kits and parts I dreamed about owning one day. It seems like Andy’s Auto Sport has been around forever. They are still running strong and have branched out into not only the car segment but the truck and SUV segments as well. Andy’s is still current with a bustling Facebook page and pretty informative YouTube channel nearing 1 million views.

  But it’s the import parts that really interest me.

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