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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:12 am

So it's like there is not enough time during "normal people" hours especially the older your kid gets, plus when you have a million projects on a go all at once...
Solution: lose sleep to get things done. Yep...

Diff is back up. Notice the bushings here - where the bushing material is would normally be gaps on the OE bushing. Not only this will prevent the diff from bouncing now, that also prevents the bushing from tearing like the OE does because of the possible travel of the support bar.
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Accessory belt is finally on.
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Picked up some new fluids for this season from Invision. Trying out Motul 8100 5W40 this year, and Custo race spec PS fluid (probably on both cars).
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Other than that 2019 season started, snagged a set of +30mm front fenders from Aaron. He found a set on Yahoo Japan. These will need work and cutting but you can run a 265 tire with something like that! This might be going up on the car in 2019, or later. Depends. But I have them now so whenever I'm ready to go with wider tires I have the front fenders covered :)
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And I also have a cat... is what my 8 year old child would say. But I do, first cat in over 20 years. Of course mandatory, car guy who has cat, cat inspects parts picture.
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I'm in process of installing front components: steering rack, subframe, tcase with LSD. Then just exhaust, bumper, and other minor things and the car should be good to go. Couple more long nights, and a couple day shifts and I might roll this thing outta my garage by the time the new snow melts!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:43 am

Some less photographed update (I'm running out of time so now I forget to take pictures).
Everything is almost back on the car.
Front diff/tcase is on with axles now. I also (since the photo) put the lower arms back on etc.
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Most fluids are filled.

Driveshaft is on. Downpipe is on.
Front hubs are on... still playing around with putting extended studs on the rear hubs.

I ended up picking up the wrong package of studs for the front (yay) so what I ended up doing is swapping the +10mm studs from the front hubs to the back, and now I'm waiting on special order (because Mitsubishi decided to be different of course) of SUPER long studs for the front. The front ones are going to be almost +30mm (good thing I have open lug nuts).

Within the next couple of days I'm hoping to give the car a crank (even if it's still on jackstands).
I'm hoping for: the car starts, runs, doesn't leak anything when warm.

May 4th comes quick, and I'll still need an alignment... so this car better be nice and work :)
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby Tracker » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:08 am

May 4th comes quick, and I'll still need an alignment... so this car better be nice and work :)


Mine is still in the snowbank... :shock:
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:18 am

Tracker wrote:
May 4th comes quick, and I'll still need an alignment... so this car better be nice and work :)


Mine is still in the snowbank... :shock:


This weather is slightly concerning to say the least... maybe we will need winter tires for May 4th.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:34 pm

Things happened, got the car running, rolling, working quite well (only issue I found thus far is my boostgauge isn't boostgauging... wiring issue of some sort maybe).

I also got some stacks of the future wide body/tire conversion.

E5 flairs for more space in the back (yay for part outs)
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8.5/17 +37 BBS forged wheels - apparently rather rare spec (yay for part outs x2)
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Got my fog lamp opening covers cut out at plasticplus out of 1/8 puckboard, haven't had time to mess around to install them but the purpose is to regulate the random air being jammed through those openings into the engine bay (I'll probably get these done this summer sometime...)
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We had both team cars out for a test drive the other day (before winter came back...).
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Next we need to get alignments done and they're pretty much ready for track.
I mean... I still need to put my bride seat in and do some little things but all in all we're kind-of-pretty-much-sort-of ready to go here.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby colin3 » Mon May 07, 2018 2:16 pm

What did you hurt?
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue May 08, 2018 5:10 am

colin3 wrote:What did you hurt?


If you’re referring to my recent car accident: just muscles and feelings. This was in my daily Lancer, I switched to a Mazda3 now. Kind of tired of wrecking Lancers.

However I decided it’s not a good idea to push things too hard for a few weeks so I’m not going to Knox (too sore for a trip like that plus the event is hard just on its own).

Going back to the track on June 8th likely to do Time Attack.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby colin3 » Tue May 08, 2018 8:36 am

Sorry to hear that Marcin.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue May 08, 2018 9:05 am

colin3 wrote:Sorry to hear that Marcin.


Thanks.
It could have been way worse, thankfully everyone came out ok (with the exception of both vehicles in the collision, both got totalled).
I think life is just making me slow down a bit here and take a step back, reevaluate my schedule - so I did.
All is well, can't wait to drive the Evo at Castrol soon :)
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Wed May 23, 2018 8:08 am

More updates on the car.

I got some of my new "fancy" stuff in.

Got a Personal green stitched steering wheel and the BRIDE ProFace seat installed (such fun getting in and out of the car now... especially cause I sit pretty close to the wheel, I think I need to do a quick release hub in the future):
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Since I didn't go to Knox I had the chance to go hang out with them Evo boys at 780 Tuners Season opener, we didn't all get to park in the same place but in either case we got to showcase both cars (Aaron's car now with finished livery, soooo nice!).
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I also took the plunge and bought some OE Fog Lamp Covers that came standard on the Evo IV RS cars... There has been a set in the UK that I have been watching on eBay for I think almost 2 years... finally bought them (even though I have those puckboard cutouts). I figure since the bumper is all painted nice I should treat it with respect and throw the original fog lamp covers to complete the look and the geeky "RS-ification" (i.e look at Aaron's bumper):

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Also June 8th is still the plan for track day! For me... shakedown of the car, hopefully successful and I can maybe push it a tad in the afternoon :)
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Wed May 30, 2018 7:55 am

Wow, that was fast!
I got my RS fog lamp covers the other day.
I originally though they were coming from the UK cause I paid GBP for them... but they actually came from Japan, not that it really matters... but it's just a little extra special.

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Brand frikking new set in perfect shape.

So the problem here... is that... now that I go these I am going to have to continue throwing RS parts at this car. The responsibility has been applied by default now.

I already have the mechanical RS things such as the rear LSD diff, and the short steering rack. I'm also running the Evo IV RS ECU.
The front LSD is off an Evo VI... so not quite Evo IV RS but close enough.

Exterior:
I have the RS side view mirrors, and now the RS fog lamp covers (a.k.a. fog delete).
Naturally, next will be the RS black door handles (Aaron may have a set to sell).
Followed by RS radio antenna, on the RS models that was mounted just at the tip of the outside of the A pillar.
If I got my hands on a rear window that removes the wiper then the outside of the RSification would be complete!

On the interior I have the manual window regulators in the front (none in the rear, of course due to the polycarbonate static mounted windows).

To finish off the interior to satisfaction here are the following things I could (should) do:

RS dash (the RS dash didn't have the passenger airbag hence it didn't have a slot for it, making it a one piece dashboard instead of the airbag insert on the GSR).
RS manual heat controls - we did the conversion on Aaron's previous car; it was quite a pain to make it happen and required some re-wiring to make the fan speed controls to work, but it's doable and super cool.
The RS model also came with a different module for wiper control, removing the option of the rear wiper that the GSR models had...
I could possibly also throw in the RS doorcards, although not sure how far I want to go with that because racecar afterall and my corrugated plastic ones are more... racecarish than real doorcards...

I really hope I never crash and have to scrap this car :cry:
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:07 am

Updates and stuff:

Hankook Ventus Z214 C71 are too soft for running laps at Castrol... I already knew that, but I bought them for Knox - where I didn't go. And kinda almost ruined 2 of 4 tires at Castrol in one day. Actually one of them chunked in places so there's that.
Fear not... just don't look at bank account... I got the medium compound for my next race day which is the C51, and they arrived in time for June 22nd (already have them mounted actually).
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With all that I managed to beat my personal track record (video pending) and also reached my goal for this season (so anything faster than that this year would be gravy):
1:30.596 is my new best (pulled in qualifying laps, couldn't do it in points sessions) - which is nowhere near what the car can do so I still have a long way to go.

Found some new funky issues after the event (which may have something to do with my slower times when the weather got warmer and I was driving harder - I mean aside form the wrong compound tire).
Apparently my car now decided to spew power steering fluid out of the power steering cooler, which may have been (really... it was) partially coating my front left tire with some of that fluid (because that's the most ideal tire at Castrol to have sketchy traction on).
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Knowing what we know from the most recent Evo V partout is that on the V vs the IV they removed the cooler and just looped the lines behind the intercooler. I wonder why... hmmm!?
Thankfully, already knowing that I had some issues with that part (not as big as last time, I was going to leave this alone till next season) I snagged that Evo V part.
So, now my car has an eliminated leaking issue!
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Other than that I got the fog lamp covers installed to reduce the random air jamming into the engine bay and complete the RS look.
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One more thing to do before...tomorrow... is to install the catch can cause my blow-by is getting a little worse (running thinner oil this season, so that probably has something to do with it).

Crossing fingers I make it through this season on that motor because I don't have a whole whack of time to swap motors mid-season!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:00 am

Here is the 1:30.596 run.
https://youtu.be/poMVF22boyM

Getting a little better a this.
Still fearful to just throw the car in a few places, that's definitely where I'm loosing time that I know and I can improve...
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