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A real treat!  A RALLIART LAPTOP TRAVEL BAG!

A real treat! A RALLIART LAPTOP TRAVEL BAG!

Just before Rick closed the shop for the up coming Chinese New Year.  He told me he finally got his hands on the real deal Ralliart Swag that everyone has been asking about.  Myself included.    Since I walk around with tablets and computer gear all day.  This came as a real treat for me.  I think I was his first customer.   :)   Rick has this posted up for sale on his Ebay store.  Check it out at www.rickchong.com

Here are some pics from his webstore.

AEM Releases an EVO X Strut bar (2008-2013)

AEM Releases an EVO X Strut bar (2008-2013)

Just in time for the holiday season AEM releases a strut bar for the EVO 10.  Check out out the installed pictures below.

 

Wanna show some Mitsubishi love while charging your phone or tablet?

Wanna show some Mitsubishi love while charging your phone or tablet?

Rick Chong has had a busy summer schedule.  Working on new mods for the lancer and getting into new projects for other cars.  But one of the new things he showed me that I just had to jump on was this Mitsubishi branded charge.  The thing that make me go crazy over it is that it would change different devices with one star adapter.  Rick says that this universal charger is a 6 in 1 adapter with retractable USB cable.  😉 Nice!

My girlfriend is an Iphone type,  I am a Blackberry / Android type of guy.  Great!  We both can charge our devices with it.

Your can order it now via Ricks Ebay webstore for about 30 bucks.  It is a novelty gift item as well. :)  Visit www.rickchong.com

Conti DWS long term use update

Conti DWS long term use update

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After two years of use the conti dws tires I havefinally lost snow capability on the front tires.  I cant tell you how much miles and harsh track testing i exposed these tires to but they held up very well.

The Arm Rest for the Lancer/Ralliart/EvoX is finally done.

The Arm Rest for the Lancer/Ralliart/EvoX is finally done.

Rick Chong from www.RickChong.com has finally completed the arm rest option that I have been begging Mitsubishi to do for 3 years. Letter requests and all.   Bit now Rick and his team at Scorpion has stepped up.

Here is the sample that he sent to me.

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As you can see its pretty straight forward in design and adds a utility try where you can store you personal effects.   One thing I cant stand ia not having a place to put my keys or my wallet.   Sometimes my cup tray is full of crap or drinks and no where to put stuff.   This solves that.   But where this goes above and beyond is the arm rest sliding forward.   This is perfect to give you support for you elbow and makes driving a pleasure.   Here are some pictures comparing oem vs.  Rick’s option

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Price will start around 250 but to me it is totally worth it for a leatherette armrest with utility tray.   What do you think?

Greddy brings a new intake option to market for the Lancer & EVO X

Greddy brings a new intake option to market for the Lancer & EVO X

Greddy has been making their mark in the Japanese import market again. They have stepped up their game on the induction side of things as well.
aFe is working with Greddy on this induction product line up and from what I am hearing in Japan the performance numbers are looking good.

GReddy Air Intake Systems are designed to be the perfect match to free-flowing GReddy Exhaust systems, like the SP Elite, RS-Racing Sport and Evo3. Like our exhausts we carefully study each specific application to develop the ideal system; complete, easy to install, with quality construction and great fitment. GReddy Air Intake systems improve horsepower through a cool air-charge and smoothly increasing intake air-flow. Our new 4-layer synthetic, deep pleated, dry filter element provides improved filtration, with long service intervals. It also provides high flow, but without sensor contamination. Manufactured and designed in association with aFe Power, for USA spec vehicles. Performance gains are attributed to the use of our application specific filter heat-shields, air-box covers, or our new Momentum series high flow, sealed air-boxes.

Here are a couple of shots of the intake systems.  As you can see both feature a dry filter element and sturdy heat shield.

 

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EVO X
 

 

 

Pricing looks attractive.

$235.00 for the Lancer 4B11 and 4B12 engines.
$260.00 for the EVO X

No news yet on the Ralliart Intake option, but there is a good chance it may be coming in the next wave of intakes.

Greddy releases the EVO 3 Exhaust for the EVOLUTION X

Greddy releases the EVO 3 Exhaust for the EVOLUTION X

Thats right, the “EVO 3 exhaust”  Not to be confused with the EVO 3 car.

 

In a nutshell this is another fine exhaust that achieves a performance bump… but sounds proper.  Here are all the details on it and the sound clip.

Number of pieces: 2
*Retains catalytic convertor
Piping: 76mm (3. in.) – 80mm (3.11″)
Tip: 102mm (4.0″)
Gasket: 80mm oval (qty: 1, included)
Resonator: Yes
Weight: 35.5lbs
Sound level: 82 / 84 db @ 4785 RPM

Wrapping up our testing of the new JVC Action Camera (preview teaser)

Wrapping up our testing of the new JVC Action Camera (preview teaser)

Our North American Evosoul team has been very fortunate to be beta testing the new JVC micro action camera that is about to drop this summer.  We have had so much fun… I am not even sure where to begin.  Everything about this camera is awesome.  Its size… the weight (virtually weightless), wifi + streaming capability, and durability (no comment on if we dropped it from a high counter top or not……… cough cough James!!!!!!!!!!).  But all in all, the camera is uber awesome and I am proud to say we will be using this for all of our rally and racing events.

 

Here are a couple of snapshots of what the Camera looks like and how large it is vs. something we are all use to.  The Mitsubishi Key FOB.

 

 

I will post more high resolution images later on guys 😉

One thing for sure… this could be the go pro killer with everything we have seen.

Enjoy

HSD Coilover Bracket update: Lancer 08+

HSD Coilover Bracket update: Lancer 08+

(image shows new North American bracket next to installed JDM spec bracket that required grinding)

Ok, I have had my 10 question this month about HSD from guy in my local car club or online hitting my blog. So here is the one big update for everyone.  There is a large shipment of updated Lancer coilovers that are true North American spec kits.  I was fortunate enough to communicate with HSD and figure out when the updated bracket would hit.  I scored one early before anyone else to test it out.  Let me explain what the issue was.  There were two coilovers produced for our car way back in 2007, but a design spec difference cropped up that resulted in the HSD coilover having a lower rear bracket that was very close to the control arm.  This basically meant that you had to grind down your control arm just a few mm to give yourself comfortable clearance
HSD Lancer and EVO coilovers are of a INVERTED MONOTUBE design and are one of the highest quality and most durable coilover kits at this price point and with this level of adjustment.

 

More info later.

Looking deeper into the Conti DWS tire!

Looking deeper into the Conti DWS tire!

Its the number one tire I love to talk about.  But I thought I would post up the official commentary from Conti about their tire.   Its hard to find unless you hit up tirerack for detail reviews or you peice together what you can from the official Conti website.  Hopefully this helps.

 

 

The ExtremeContact DWS (tuned for Dry, Wet & Snow) is uniquely engineered to revolutionize the tire market with its outstanding all-season capabilities.  This tire is slated to outperform when it comes to dry and wet conditions in both handling and braking; tread life, snow traction, noise, ride comfort and fuel efficiency.

Now the new ExtremeContact DWS is engineered to deliver improved performance, a modern tread pattern, and a new sidewall design with recessed serrated latters and a smooth wheel protection flange rib.

Dry performance technology “Chamfered Edges” is included in the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This Continental ExtremeContact DWS technology for dry road surfaces generate greater acceleration grip, handling and braking traction in dry conditions. Aided by a solid outer shoulder and chamfered pattern edges, Continental Tire’s engineers concentrate on maximum surface contact. Chamfered pattern edge is unique to the Continental ExtremeContact family of ultra high performance tires.

To chamfer the pattern edge means to cut the normal 90 degree block edge(as seen highlighted below) into two 45 degree angles. This chamfered edge has a dramatic affect when the tires tread pattern is tested to the limit. When the pattern is under load from acceleration, lateral handling or braking, the standard tread block buckles creating reduced road surface contact and results in traction reduction. The chamfered tread block, in comparison, under load becomes flatter with increased road surface contact. The result, increased traction. This feature gives the driver of the Continental ExtremeContact DW added confidence in the most demanding performance conditions.

 The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has excellent grip in wet conditions provided by a high void to tread pattern with optimal groove angles. Void to tread ratio means the amount of void area in the tread (as seen highlighted below) vs. the amount of tread pattern making contact with the road surface.

This void allows water to be absorbed into the pattern and then quickly evacuated. This evacuation process happens thousands of times a minute while driving in standing water giving the driver additional confidence in wet conditions.

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has excellent grip on snow covered roads provided by the extreme number of biting edges and a new feature “Traction Grooves”. To understand this technology, we should look at the nature of snow. Snowflakes are all unique individual shapes. These individual flakes, when compressed, interlock as like a jigsaw puzzle providing a solid, stable object. The most common example is the interlocking nature of making a snow ball. When the snow is compressed (as seen here) the snow adheres to itself. When driving on the road surface, we want to capitalize on this pressure stabilizing effect. Continental Tires engineers designed the extreme number of biting edges (as seen highlighted below) and then maximized the performance of the grooves by putting biting teeth inside the grooves (as seen highlighted below).These biting teeth keep the packed snow from sliding thought the grooves. Therefore, adding grip to an area of the tire that was in the past a negative to snow grip. This new feature is unique to the Continental ExtremeContact DWS.

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has industry leading treadlife combined with lower rolling resistance improving energy delivery to the road surface. This outstanding combination of traction, long wear and reduced rolling resistance is accomplished thought “Dynamic Temperature Distribution”. This technology is found in the curing process. Continental Tires engineers and chemists have developed the optimal curing combination of time an temperatures. This Dynamic Temperature Distribution unique heat concentration and optimized curing time increases the chemical distribution, enhancing the intermolecular structure for reduced tread distortion. This reduced distortion improves energy delivery, treadlife and lowers rolling resistance. When looking at these finite element models, the reduction of heat build-up is reduced with this technology. This gives the consumer the confidence we are keeping the environment in the forefront of our technologies. Reduced pattern distortion generates less heat and uses less energy 

And like the ExtremeContact DW, this tire also features the Tuned Performance Indicators built into the tread.  In this case, the “D” indicates the tire is at optimum tread depth for dry conditions.  “W” indicates the tire is at optimum tread depth for wet conditions, and the “S” indicates the tire is at optimum tread depth for snow conditions.  When the indicators disappear, the tire is no longer tuned for optimum performance in that particular road condition. 

 

Source: Continental Tire