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INTAKE
K&N Fuel Injection Performance Kit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 06/21/98 - 40000 miles
  • Purchased: Extreme Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the factory airbox with an open element, CARB approved, reusable filter that should add about 10hp.
  • HKS Super Sequential Blow Off Valve See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/18/98 - 42500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the stock compressor bypass valve which is notorious for leaking above 12 psi; this unit will hold up to 30psi. Vents unwanted intake charge to atmosphere through a vacuum-actuated, two-stage valve system.
  • RRE Upper Intercooler Pipe See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/18/98 - 42500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the orginal plastic pipe, which was a major intake restriction, with a mandrel-bent steel pipe.
  • RRE Lower Intercooler Pipes See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Correctly re-routes the intake piping on a 16G turbo to the stock intercooler, also removing the sound baffler located before the intercooler.
  • Manual Boost Controller (Check-Ball) See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 10/04/01 - 74500 miles
  • Purchased: Automotosports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the old bleeder-type valve that was first installed in 1998, which orginally replaced the factory BCS solenoid. Maximum boost pressure is currently set to 17psi.
  • Custom Oil Catch Can/Breather See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/21/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: Autozone
  • Installation Details & Image

    In order to keep the intake tract clean of oil, this fuel filter now catches any oil blown out from the valve cover, and vents the remaining air through a breather filter.
  • Custom Cold Air Intake See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/21/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: Sears
  • Installation Details & Image

    Using 4" diameter aluminum household ducting, cold air is routed from the bumper inlet previously used by the stock SMIC, up to the air filter.
  • GReddy Front Mount Intercooler See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/21/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: DSM Trader
  • Installation Details & Image

    More efficently cools the intake charge temperature with less pressure drop than the stock intercooler by utilizing a 16x10x3" core.
  • GReddy Intercooler Pipes See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/21/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: DSM Trader
  • Installation Details & Image

    Powdercoated steel piping in 2" and 2.25" diameters route from the new FMIC to the factory SMIC connections.
  • EXHAUST
    HKS Turbo 3" Cat-back Exhaust System See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 06/14/97 - 25000 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the factory press-bent 2" exhaust piping with high-flow, mandrel-bent, 2.5" inlet, 3" piping, a resonator, and muffler. Unit is only marginally louder than stock at idle, but sounds very nice at wide-open throttle.
  • HRC 3" Eliminator Downpipe See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: Hahn Racecraft
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the stock 2" downpipe with a mandrel-bent, 2-piece system with 3" piping and flex-section. Also replaces the factory turbo's O2 housing with a much better flowing unit that bolt's right up to a 16G exhaust housing.
  • HRC 3" to 2.5" Power Cone Adapter See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: Hahn Racecraft
  • Installation Details & Image

    Adapter pipe that bolts between 3" diameter and 2-2.5" pipe flanges. Originally connected the 3" downpipe to the stock cat, now connects 3" cat to the 2.5" cat-back inlet.
  • 3" High-Flow Catalytic Convertor See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 10/04/01 - 74500 miles
  • Purchased: Automotorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the original 2" cat with a high-flow, 3" convertor that is 50-state emissions legal. Throttle response and engine power, as well as exhaust tone, are noticably increased at higher engine speeds.
  • ENGINE
    Mobil 1 10w30 Synthetic Engine Oil See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: Every 3500 miles
  • Purchased: Wherever it's on sale
  • Installation Details & Image

    The most popular synthetic oil used widely by automobile enthusiasts, this oil has been run in the car since switching away from convential motor oil long ago.
  • Mistubishi 3000GT VR-4 Engine Oil Filter See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: Every 3500 miles
  • Purchased: Crystal Lake Mitsubishi
  • Installation Details & Image

    Due to clearance issues from the downpipe, the factory filter will no longer fit, but the 3000GT VR-4 filter (MD352626) fits perfectly.
  • HKS Turbo Timer IV See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/18/98 - 42500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    An ignition timer that keeps the engine running after removing the key for a preset time anywhere between 30 seconds and 10 minutes. Prevents hot oil from sitting in the turbo and choking the bearings over time.
  • Mitsubishi TD05H-16G Turbocharger See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the small stock Garrett T25 turbocharger with a larger 7cm exhaust housing, a much bigger TD05H compressor housing, and equally larger compressor and turbine wheels. It has a 7cm exhaust housing and is capable of compressing over 20psi of air at 505CFM and supporting up to 400hp.
  • RRE 16G Turbo Install Kit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Allows the Mistubishi 16G turbo to replace the stock Garrett T-25 unit which have different routing and connector locations for intercooler hoses, water cooling lines, and oil cooling lines.
  • Walbro 255lph High-Flow Fuel Pump See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/21/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorpsorts
  • Installation Details & Image

    The stock fuel pump only supplies 100LPH of fuel which isn't enough for the new turbo at the desired boost settings. This replacement pump flows up to 255LPH and will supply more than enough fuel to support all planned future upgrades.
  • Mitsubishi 1G 60mm Throttle Body See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/22/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: DSM Trader
  • Installation Details & Image

    The 60mm inside diameter on this first generation ('92) OEM part measures 8mm larger than the stock second generation TB. The intake manifold and TB elbow are also ported to match the new, larger opening.
  • NGK BPR7ES Spark Plugs See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/28/02 - 83000 miles
  • Purchased: Automotosports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Plugs at 1 heat rating cooler than stock are recommended when running boost levels higher than factory.
  • NGK 8mm Spark Plugs Wires See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/28/02 - 83000 miles
  • Purchased: Automotosports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Stock-sized 8mm spark plugs wires are both recommended and sufficient for moderate boost levels.
  • DSMLink Programmable ECU See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/26/03 - 84500 miles
  • Purchased: ECMTuning, Inc.
  • Installation Details & Image

    A custom re-programmed EPROM replaces the factory ECU EPROM which allows for manual adjustments to fuel, timing, and other settings in addition to a full featured datalogger.
  • AMS 680cc Fuel Injectors See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 05/07/03 - 85000 miles
  • Purchased: Automotosports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Larger, disc/ball type, flow matched injectors replace the factory pintle-style 450cc units.
  • DRIVETRAIN
    Redline MT-90 Gear Oil See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/24/99 - 57000 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorpsorts
  • Installation Details & Image

    A synthetic gear lube that not only protects the transmission against friction wear, but also can promote smoother shifting. The AWD transmission uses 2.3 quarts.
  • Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 05/29/01 - 70000 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image

    A 2500 lbs. clamping load pressure plate and ball-bearing equipped diaphram pivots make this clutch perfect for my application. The lighter-than-stock pedal pressure is great for a street car, but it will also hold much more power than the stock unit.
  • Lightened Factory Flywheel See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 05/29/01 - 70000 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image

    A factory 7-bolt flywheel that is lightened from the original weight of 19 lbs to 14 lbs to create a faster revving engine. Also is re-surfaced to a .609" step height specifically for the Centerforce clutch.
  • B&M Edge Short Shifter See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/14/01 - 71000 miles
  • Purchased: Carparts.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    Completely replaces the factory shift lever with a billet aluminum unit and needle-bearings to improve back and forth movement. The lever is only about 1" shorter than the original, but the fulcrum is moved over an inch toward the top, and with 2 mounting holes at the bottom, throw distance can be decreased by either 35% or 50%.
  • Symborski Shifter Bushing Kit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/14/01 - 71000 miles
  • Purchased: Mach V Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Machined aluminum bushings replace the mushy factory rubber ones and result in a stiffer feel.
  • Stainless Steel Braided Clutch Line See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 10/04/01 - 74500 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the stock rubber line and also removes a fluid reservior, allowing greater control of clutch activation and slippage.
  • BG Synchroshift II Gear Oil See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/23/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: Schaumburg Mitsubishi
  • Installation Details & Image

    Another synthetic gear lube that is very popular among DSM owners and is said to give an even better shifting transmission than the previous Redline oil.
  • Redline Shockproof Heavy Weight Gear Oil See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/23/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: Northstar Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    A heavy synthetic gear lube designed to be used in the transfer case and rear-end where 75W-90 oil is required.
  • BRAKES
    Stainless Steel Brake Lines See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/20/02 - 76000 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the factory rubber lines with braided stainless steel lines that help reduce any softness in the brake pedal and provide for better pedal control.
  • Valvoline SynPower DOT3-4 Brake Fluid See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/20/02 - 76000 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image

    A synthetic, low-moisture brake fluid with a high dry-boiling point (up to 500F) that reduces the risk of fluid vaporization and possible brake failure.
  • SpeedBleeder Brake Bleed Screws See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/20/02 - 76200 miles
  • Purchased: Speedbleeder
  • Installation Details & Image

    Manufactured with a built-in check-ball to elimate the possibilty of air entering the hydralic braking system during bleeding operation.
  • Porterfield R4-S Brake Pads See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/29/02 - 76200 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image1 Image2

    High friction, low wear-rate carbon/kevlar street compound pads that maintain excellent grip regardless of temperature.
  • Powerslot Brake Rotors See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/29/02 - 76200 miles
  • Purchased: Road Race Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image1 Image2

    Stock-size high quality CNC milled rotors that are directionally slotted to help eliminate brake fade and improve braking in wet conditions. Are also cadmium plated to resist rusting of non-contact areas.
  • SUSPENSION
    Aluminum Strut Tower Brace (Front) See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/15/98 - 45000 miles
  • Purchased: DSM Trader
  • Installation Details & Image

    Connects the tops of the front strut towers together, increasing rigidity under turning loads, as well as reducing squeaks and rattles.
  • Aluminum Strut Tower Brace (Rear) See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/26/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: Carparts.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    Connects the tops of the rear strut towers together, offering the same benefits as the front.
  • 17" 5Zigen Inperio M-05 Wheels See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/05/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: Discount Tire
  • Installation Details & Image

    Lightweight cast-aluminum wheels with a 10-spoke (or split 5-spoke) design which are clearcoated and painted silver with a machined lip. Each 17" x 7" wheel weighs only 17 lbs. and fit both 5x100mm (5x4") and 5x114.3mm (5x4.5") bolt patterns. Offset is measured as +43mm, only 3mm less than the stock wheels.
  • 225/45/ZR17 Nitto Extreme 450 Tires See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/05/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: Discount Tire
  • Installation Details & Image

    Performance tires with a unidirectional tread design offers good grip in both dry and wet conditions, yielding a 300AA treadwear rating. Are "Z" speed rated, measure 225mm in tire width with a 45 series sidewall and have a 50psi maximum inflation pressure.
  • Tokico Illumina Adjustable Gas Shocks See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/30/01 - 73000 miles
  • Purchased: Carparts.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    Five-way adjustable for compression and rebound with settings soft enough for street use up to hard enough for road racing.
  • Ground Control Coilovers See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/30/01 - 73000 miles
  • Purchased: Ground Control
  • Installation Details & Image

    Eibach brand springs with machined aluminum threaded collars that are height adjustable up to 3 inches in either direction. The 7" rear springs are coupled with Hypercoil Helper Springs to retain compression under full suspension travel.
  • Front Upper Shock Mounts See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/30/01 - 73000 miles
  • Purchased: Ground Control
  • Installation Details & Image

    The 8" long front springs are installed with a deeper upper shock mount that allows for an extra 1" of shock travel which retains the factory shock travel distance when the vehicle is lowered 1".
  • RM Racing Anti-Roll Bar See a close-up of the FRONT anti-roll bar
    See a close-up of the REAR anti-roll bar
  • Installed: 08/30/01 - 73000 miles
  • Purchased: Automotosports
  • Installation Details & Image1 Image2

    Thicker bars reduce the amount of body roll during cornering as well are reduce understeer under heavy cornering.
  • Energy Suspension Bushing Kit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/30/01 - 73000 miles
  • Purchased: Automotosports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Polyurethane bushings that are many times stiffer than the stock soft rubber bushings. They stiffen the chassis creating a slighty harsher, but much better handling, ride.
  • INTERIOR
    Autometer Phantom Boost Gauge See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/12/98 - 45000 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Displays amounts of either vacuum at idle or boost pressure at open throttle that is present in the intake manifold.
  • Autometer Phantom EGT Gauge See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Currently displays the temperature in degress Farenheit of the exhaust gases at the top of the downpipe, after the turbo.
  • Autometer Phantom Oil Temp Gauge See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: TAD Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    Displays the temperature in degrees Farenheit of the engine oil in the bottom of the pan near the drain plug.
  • Lo-Tek 3 Gauge Molded A-Pillar Cover See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/15/00 - 63500 miles
  • Purchased: Lo-Tek Engineering
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaces the factory platic A-pillar interior molding with one identical in size and color, but with three mounting pods for 2-5/8" gauges.
  • Razo Carbon Fiber Pedals See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/20/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: NOPI
  • Installation Details & Image

    Frames that clamp onto the factory pedals increasing the surface area and grip of the pedals, as well as adding extensions allowing better heel-and-toe shifting.
  • GReddy/Trust Aluminum Shifter Knob See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/20/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: NOPI
  • Installation Details & Image

    Polished billet aluminum knob that is smaller and more comfortable than the stock leather-wrapped unit.
  • APC Speed-Glo Gauge Overlays See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 05/20/01 - 70000 miles
  • Purchased: DSM Trader
  • Installation Details & Image

    Identical looking white face reproductions that cover the factory gauge faces without requiring the removal and recalibration of the needles. A DC power invertor supplies the neccsary voltage to illuminate the indiglo dials, and is brightess controlled.
  • Speedhut 2-Color Power Invertor See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/18/02 - 79500 miles
  • Purchased: Speedhut.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    DC-to-AC power invertor that illuminates the gauge faces in either blue or green light with adjustable levels of brightness.
  • Black Cat White HVAC Decals See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/19/02 - 79500 miles
  • Purchased: BlackCatCustom.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    White decals that go around the factory black dials that better match the rest of the gauges.
  • Carbon Fiber Gauge Bezel See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/28/02 - 83000 miles
  • Purchased: ProCarParts
  • Installation Details & Image

    Real carbon fiber trm piece that covers the black factory bezel around the instrument gauge cluster.
  • Carbon Fiber Dash Trim Kit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/28/02 - 83000 miles
  • Purchased: Ebay
  • Installation Details & Image

    Real carbon fiber cut into several pieces designed to overlay different locations on the dash. A partial kit was purchased and only some of the pieces are applied, as illustrated on the right, providing a subtle improvement in appearance.
  • Blue 4-Bulb and Wedge 194 LEDs See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 08/21/03 - 87000 miles
  • Purchased: Autolumination.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaced the 194 bulbs in the Autometer gauges with 4-LED style, and replaced footwell lamps with wedge stlye LEDs.
  • Single DIN Dash Pocket See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 10/22/03 - 87500 miles
  • Purchased: Mitsubishi
  • Installation Details & Image

    Installed a factory dash pocket (Mitsubishi Part# MR147142) to fill in the blank space left by removing the original double DIN unit.
  • EXTERIOR
    APC Clear Bumper Lenses See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/20/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: NOPI
  • Installation Details & Image

    Street legal, clear bumper turn signal lenses with amber bulbs.
  • Eaglite H.I.D. Conversion Kit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 04/20/02 - 76000 miles
  • Purchased: Midnightmoose.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    A complete High Intensity Discharge conversion replaces the factory 9006 lowbeam headlamps with 6200K color temperature bulbs and ballasts.
  • Eaglite Xenon Highbeams See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/11/02 - 79500 miles
  • Purchased: Midnightmoose.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    Xenon gas-charged 100w halogen 9005 bulbs that emit a whiter color light, which more closely matches the HID lights.
  • Eaglite Xenon Foglamps See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/11/02 - 79500 miles
  • Purchased: Midnightmoose.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    Xenon gas-charged 100w halogen H3 bulbs that emit a whiter color light, which more closely matches the HID lights.
  • Stainless Steel Wire Mesh Grill See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/22/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: Pegasus Auto Racing
  • Installation Details & Image

    Installed in the front bumper cover openings to protect the intercooler, stop large pieces of debris from entering the cold air duct, and to add to the appearance of the front.
  • G2 Brake Caliper Paint System See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/22/02 - 82500 miles
  • Purchased: Mach V Motorsports
  • Installation Details & Image

    A 2-stage epoxy based paint kit which easily brushes on the calipers and dries to a thick, glossy coat.
  • AUDIO
    Eclipse CD3413 CD/MP3 Head Unit See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/07/03 - 88000 miles
  • Purchased: Speed of Sound
  • Installation Details & Image

    ESN E3 High-Power CD Receiver with CDC and MP3 Decoder, 40Wx4 amplifier, 2.7V RCA outputs, and electronic crossovers.
  • CDT CL-61 Component Speakers See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/06/03 - 88000 miles
  • Purchased: TheZeb.com
  • Installation Details & Image

    6.5" midrange/midbass drivers paired with 1" silk-dome tweeters mounted in factory locations, controlled by elliptic crossovers.
  • Clarion 2-way 6x9 Speakers See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 07/16/00 - 64000 miles
  • Purchased: Best Buy
  • Installation Details & Image

    Replaced the cheap paper-cone speakers in the rear of the car with a more robust 2-way unit which is now powered off the Eclipse headunit.
  • Eclipse EA3422 4-Channel Amplifier See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/07/03 - 88000 miles
  • Purchased: Speed of Sound
  • Installation Details & Image

    50Wx4 channel @ 4ohm with adjustable high/low-pass ChannelFlex Crossovers, bass-boost, and subsonic filter.
  • JL Audio 10W04 10" Subwoofer See a close-up of actual part
  • Installed: 09/07/03 - 88000 miles
  • Purchased: Speed of Sound
  • Installation Details & Image

    A single 125/250W power handling, single voice-coil subwoofer mounted in a 1 cu.ft. sealed enclosure.
  • RACE EQUIPMENT
    Shoei TZ-1 Full Face Helmet See a close-up of actual part
  • Purchased on: 07/01/01
  • Purchased at: Northwest Honda
  • Installation Details & Image

    A Snell-M2000 and DOT-218 approved full face motorcycle helmet is legal for usage in all Solo2 events.
  • 17" Team Loco 134 Wheels See a close-up of actual part
  • Purchased on: 01/26/02
  • Purchased at: DSM Trader
  • Installation Details & Image

    A second set of lightweight 17" x 7" wheels that are used for racing tires for autocross and future road racing events. They currenty have worn-out tires mounted on them, and are awaiting a new set once I decide what to purchase.