VR-4ever (Jay Belknap)

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2005 Ride of the Year 3000GT/Stealth International

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September 2005 - Ride of the Month 3000GT/Stealth International

1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4
Porsche GT Metallic Silver from the Porsche Carrera GT supercar

Body:

  • Full chassis paint change to Porsche GT Metallic Silver from the Porsche Carrera GT supercar.
  • All new weather-stripping, gaskets, and seals.
  • Refreshing of oem Mitsubishi nuts and bolts using new hardware.
  • Carbon fiber hood, GT300.
  • Carbon fiber roof, one-off.
  • Carbon fiber brake ducts, one-off.
  • 1999 3000GT front-end conversion modified for Darkside racing front mount intercooler.
  • 1999 3000GTsail panels (B-pillar).
  • First Generation (1991-1993) JDM GTO rear panel.
  • McCulloch 10000K HID lighting.
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Suspension and Wheels:

  • TEC rear strut/harness bar with molded flush panel covers. (Polished).
  • Addco N/A front sway bar.
  • One-off custom made front end links.
  • Saner rear sway bar and links.
  • Drunken Bear adjustable rear camber arms
  • Cusco front pillow ball mounts
  • Tien S-tech springs.
  • New Mitsubishi ECS shocks.
  • VOLK GT-C wheels. 18"x9", silver with polished lip. Ray's lugs, and centercaps
  • Continental Conti Sport II 255/40/18 tires.
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Electronics:

  • STACK st8130 race meter with custom one-off carbon fiber bezel and factory integrated switch.
    • This car is the first and only 3000GT VR-4 in the world to use a stack instrumentation.
  • AEM EMS standalone
  • AEM UEGO Wideband O2
  • HKS Twin Power DLI Ignition
  • HKS type 0 turbo timer
  • Greddy 60mm boost gauge (peak/hold/warning function).
  • Greddy 60mm A/F gauge. (peak/hold/warning function).
  • Greddy 60mm egt gauge. (peak/hold/warning function).

Interior:

  • BRIDE Ergo II gradation sport seats. (Black with silver lettering down the center.)
  • Moboleathers upper and lower door panels in black leather. (replace factory tan leather.)
  • Headliner, trunk carpet, sunvisors, reupholstered to black. (replace factory tan.)
  • New charcoal carpet and console carpet. (replace factory tan.)
  • New oem shift knob, shift boot

Engine:

  • Pampena Motorsports 3.1L balanced assembly
  • New 99 lifters, crankshaft, oem seals, crank pulley, idler pulley, tensioner pulley, oil pump, water pump, starter, alternator, and power steering and alternator belts
  • Power Enterprise super strong kevlar timing belt.
  • Power Enterprise Radiator Cap
  • Ross Forged Pistons (.030 over)
  • Oliver Forged Rods (The first set for 3/S, thanks Ray!)
  • ARP hardware
  • OE Style Twin Fuel Pump housing
  • Twin Walboro 255 Fuel pumps (Hotwired)
  • PTE 1000cc Injectors
  • Autometer Fuel pressure gauge
  • SX high flow fuel filter
  • AEM adjustable fuel pressure regulator
  • EK2 fuel loop
  • IPS TD05 manifolds (Swain-Tech coated)
  • EVOIII 16G Turbos (Swain-Tech coated)
  • IPS Precat Eliminators (Swain-Tech coated)
  • IPS 4" Downpipe (Swain-Tech coated)
  • HKS Super Dragger Exhaust
  • 3SX Performance Dual-Pass Radiator with twin FAL fans
  • SAMCO radiator hoses
  • Supercar Engineering Racing oil pan
  • Setrab oil cooler
  • Dejon Tool Twin Intakes
  • Darkside racing front mount intercooler and piping (silver/clear powdercoating)
  • Twin HKS Super Sequential Blowoff Valves.
  • Phelonic intake plenum spacer.
  • SAMCO couplers/Turbonetics t-bolt clamps.
  • Polished valve covers, fuel rails, fuel loop, upper and lower intake manifolds, water housing, and throttle body.
  • 3SX polyurethane motor mounts and transmission mount.
  • RPS Street Max clutch.
  • PST one piece carbon fiber driveshaft.
  • Optima battery relocated to the trunk, installed in an NHRA approved Taylor battery box. (polished).
  • Deleted AC, ABS, EGR, Cruise Control
  • Other weight reduction. (Rear wiper, front and rear wiper fluid tanks, tow hook, battery tray, etc...)
  • Vacuum line reduction in engine bay.
  • NOS nitrous oxide system controlled via AEM EMS.

Audio:

  • Pioneer DEH-P8600MP head unit
  • Directed 650 5 channel amplifier. (Hidden)
  • Kicker 1" tweeters (Hidden)
  • Pioneer 4-way 6 1/2" front speakers (Hidden)
  • Rockford Fosgate 3-way 6x9" rear speakers. (Hidden)
  • Dual 10" Infinity Perfect subwoofers


My Story:

I got rear-ended Feb. 19th 2004.

I decided to tear this car down to the bare frame and completely restore, upgrade, and innovate with fresh ideas. Almost a year and a half later, I have the roadcourse built car that I have always wanted, with a setup that will lay down consistent 11's on the dragstrip, (Even though that is not where 3S should be, haha.) And lastly, a stunning example of a well balanced 3S for show.

I thank everyone that has helped me in any way. It means more than you'll ever know. =)


- Jay

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