Before I decided on an Evo, I test drove several cars including mutiple STi's and a Mazdaspeed 3. I researched the Evo platform and decided on it for its all weather capability and it's responsiveness to simple bolt on parts. I searched and searched for one before finding this 2008 phantom black GSR with navigation and the SSS package from the Mitsubishi dealership in March of 2012. It was love at first site and after a quick test drive I traded in my Mazda RX-8. It was stock other than an Injen axle back dual exhaust, eBay led tail lights, window tints and some other wise distasteful diy mods of plastidipped sidemarkers and blacked out badging. Since then the car has been restored to a more original look with new badges, OEM black out tail lights and clear side sidemarkers. The only thing left was alone was the tints.The idea behind modding the car has always been that any parts added or upgraded must first serve the purpose of performance. How it looks and even sounds is just a result of the performance.Beginning with power upgrades, I began adding quality new parts from AMS Performance and tuning the car with a used Cobb Accessport V2 and off the shelf maps.Along the way the only thing to fail has been the ACD pump, a broken clutch fork and several tpms sensors. The new ACD pump was relocated to inside the trunk to preserve it's life and with custom fabricated extended lines.The Build consists of full bolt-ons, a full ported ball bearing stock frame turbo, shifter upgrades, coilovers, wider wheels and tires, upgraded brakes and aero enhancements with a pro tune from AMS and race alignment and corner balancing from Touge Factory.This car has been daily driven the entire time and now has 92,XXX miles on it. I've done 6 track days at Road America and Autobahn Country Club since fall of 2014. Over 50,000 miles later and over $20,000 in parts later, the build is approaching being done and I'm still in love.
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