Turbosprentice (Johnnie-Shawn Lee)

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1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT Base
Panama Green

Ride of the Month Submission 3000GT/Stealth International March 2010

Engine:

  • DR Stage 2 heads
  • Ross 11:1 (.040 over) piston
  • Ported Lower Intake
  • 3sx lightweight Stock size pulley
  • Fidanza Adjustable cams

Drivetrain:

  • Quaife LSD
  • Spec Stage 2 clutch
  • Fidanza flywheel

Mods:

  • MSD 8.5 wires
  • NGK Platinum spark plugs
  • Ebay intake with K&N FIPK filter
  • EK2 DP
  • RT Cat
  • Custom 2.75 inch Exhaust dual
  • Maximal Solid Motor mounts
  • Big Tyla Ground Wire
  • Denso fuel pump
  • 50 shot nitrous

Suspension/Wheels:

  • Ksport coil over
  • Maximal Rear Control arms
  • Addco Rear sway bar
  • Ebay Front Strut Bar
  • ASA Gunmetal-Polish lip - 17x8 + 36 offset
  • Kumho Ecsta MX XRP - 245/45/17
  • Stockers - 16x8
  • Bridgestone REO1r - 225/50/16
  • Powerslot front rotors
  • Goodridge SS lines
  • Hawk HPS Plus front/rear pads

Exterior:

  • GT300 Hood
  • Fomex Front Lip
  • JDM Tail Lights

Electronics:

  • Apexi AFC Neo
  • AEM wideband
  • Auto Meter EGT gauge

Interior:

  • MOMO hub w/MOMO tuner wheel
  • Corbeau Reclining Sport Seat
  • Corbeau 4pt harness

Removed Parts:

  • Cruise Control
  • A/C
  • Front speakers and Tweeters
  • Horns
  • Rear seats w/belts
  • All rear interior panels
  • Useless Electronics/Modules
  • Carpets
  • Spare wheel and jack


Story:

Mitsubishi and Toyotas seem to pass through my family a lot. My parents use to own a '95 red VR4 Spyder and a '98 green SL. The SL was eventually given to me at the start of high school. But being young and immature, I totaled it. The following months to come, I picked up a '91 silver VR4 with some issues. Figured I can fix it up and have a super fast car, but it didn't turn out so well. Eventually, someone gave me an offer that I couldn't refuse.

A year later. I found my '96 base model. The only thing I could think of was modding the hell out of it. I started with weight savings, and stripping it apart. Then I got into suspensions and such, next thing I know I'm Auto-xing. It didn't take long until I wanted to hit the road course. A little while later, I was struggling to keep up with BMWs, Subarus, and Lexus IS in the straights. After a couple more events I blew my motor. I did a full rebuilt and added a bunch of goodies. I wanted to go with real higher compression but anything after 11:1 piston had to be custom made, and I wasn't going to waste a lot of time waiting for weeks to months. After a good $4.5-6k later. I decided to take it to a drag strip. And to my surprised, my best time with a 50 shot of NOS was 14.4 only. And without NOS 14.7. You can guess that I was a bit upset. But that whole second faster also made me a lot faster on the road course. In the coming years, I'll be doing a lot more road course events and auto-x events. Eventually my car will break down hard on me. So when the time comes, I'll be picking up a VR4 and start road racing with it too.

This article originated from a thread or post on 3000GT/Stealth International. (2368)