StXFoo (Vaib Shukla)

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May 2008 - Ride of the Month 3000GT/Stealth International

1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 (1999 Conversion)
Black with Blue Pearl

Exterior

  • 1999 Front Bumper
  • 1999 Headlights/Turn Signals
  • 6000K HID's (Low Beam)
  • Seibon DVII Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Cianci Wide-body Front Fenders
  • 20% Window Tint
  • Deft Racing VLS Kit
  • 1999 Rear Center Garnish

Engine Bay

  • Aluminum Y-Pipe
  • Greddy Type S Blow Off Valve
  • 3rd Gen. Lifters
  • EGR Block Off Plates
  • Denso Iridium Spark Plugs
  • Optima Red Top
  • 3SX Spark Plug Cover
  • Ultimate Performance Accessories Engine Dress Up
  • Chrome Oil Cap
  • Rebuilt 9B turbos
  • Hotwired Fuel Pump
  • Gutted Pre-Cat
  • OBX Downpipe
  • Borla Exhaust

Drivetrain/Suspension/Wheels

  • APCT 1 Piece Carbon Fiber Drive Shaft
  • Tein S-Tech Lowering Springs
  • Brand New Stock ECS Shocks/Struts
  • Adjustable Rear Control Arms
  • 18x9 Chrome Saleen Replica Wheels
  • 245/40/18ZR Fuzion ZRi Tires
  • Cross Drilled/Slotted Rotors

Electronics

  • HKS Boost Controller
  • Prosport Electronic Boost Gauge
  • Prosport Electronic Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Prosport Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge
  • Clarion 2-Way Pager Alarm/Remote Start
  • DEI Proximity Sensor
  • DEI Motion Sensor
  • Panasonic CQ-C8303U Head Unit
  • Polk Momo Subwoofers (4)

Interior

  • Italian Leather Shift Boot
  • Brushed Aluminum 5 Speed Shifter Ring
  • Ultimate Performance Accessories VR4 Door Sills
  • Smokin' VR4 Brushed Aluminum Speaker Grills
  • Smokin' VR4 Brushed Aluminum Door Trim
  • Smokin' VR4 Brushed Aluminum Defroster Vents
  • Cianci Triple Gauge A-Pillar Pod
  • Custom '3000GT VR4' Door Panel Inserts
  • Custom 'VR4' Black/Silver Leather/Suede Seats (From LeatherSeats.com)
  • Custom Black Carpet
  • Custom Diamond Plate Floor Mats
  • Custom Black Suede Headliner/Visors


My Story

Throughout high school, I was always into cars. I had never heard of the 3000GT (or the Stealth) until senior year when a buddy of mine mentioned 3SI and how he loves these cars. After visiting the site, seeing the cars in pictures (very rare here in Cincinnati, Ohio) I knew this was my dream car. A couple months go by and I was tempted into buying a 99SL with 135K miles on it. I test drove it, and I loved it. As I was returning the car to the lot, another 3000GT owner said he was selling his VR4 and that I should check it out. A week later, August of 2004, his 1993 Black with Blue Pearl VR4 became mine. I was ecstatic. The thrill of driving a turbo charged vehicle was awesome. It already had an HKS boost controller and boost gauge installed, so I was feeling 12-14psi right off the bat.

Fast forward to August of 2005 - I was involved in a minor car accident in which the front end of my car and hood needed to be replaced. Free upgrades are always good. I had been debating about going 99 front end for a few months, and here was the sign (and incidentally free money) to do it. Thus, by the end of August, 99 front bumper, lights and a 99 OEM carbon fiber hood (courtesy of IPS) was installed. Of course, the mod bug hit, and hit hard. Through 2006 and 2007, I purchased quite a lot of goodies. The carbon fiber drive shaft, the HIDs, lowering springs etc... The big purchase of the VLS kit was a great day. More to the point, installing them was an even better day. At this point, I have the interior looking 95% of where I want it, exterior just needs some paint, and the engine just needs some bigger turbos = )

Unfortunately, I am selling the car soon. I have always wanted to enter the ROTM/ROTY competition, so I figured I might as well do it before it gets sold (I think that is part of the rules, anyway). So, here's hoping!

Thanks for voting!

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