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Evolution and the Big Implosion – Mitsubishi, We Miss You

1 Dec

Mitsubishi is going through a bit of an identity crisis right now. No one quite knows what they are, least of which, it seems, are the folks on the inside. With ever increasing competition from the Korean manufacturers and with their rival Japanese firms larger, and better established, Mitsubishi has its work cut out for it. This is nothing new for Mitsubishi of course, as its been this way there, seemingly, for the last 20 years or so. Plugging along with much of a foothold in the marketplace to call their own. They make fine products I am sure, people just don’t know about them. This is what happens when a weak global economy meets increased competition, meets changing motorsport series that do not really have a place for their products (except perhaps the Paris Dakar). Instead of refining their brand, they’ve seem to have lost the recipe book. They have always bitten off a bit more than they could chew from time to time (did the world really need a $70k 3000GT VR4 Convertible?). But they had some solid ideas that they exploited. As the economy shifted, so did they, seemingly downward. Mitsubishi never was a ‘sports’ car company, in the way Porsche or Ferrari is. They’ve always been a firm that built affordable cars for the average consumer. But they also had something for the sporting set as well. Going from building a fast, relatively simple enthusiast car (in the form of their turbocharged Eclipse series of the early/mid 90’s here in the US and the early Lancer Evo’s elswhere), to leasing excess inventory cars to anyone with a pen (remember how many late 90’s-mid 2000’s Galants there were on the road?).

In the 90’s, WRC was an obvious place for a manufacturer to showcase their prowess. Major manufacturers such as Ford and Toyota went head to head with smaller firms, such as Subaru and Mitsubishi, on a global stage. Competition surely improves the breed, and the Lancer Evo certainly developed quickly. Each successive model had many selling their previous ones to get into the newest one. The cars got faster, but more capable, styling grew a bit more garish, but very much in keeping with the boy-racer times. But then of course, things began to change the world over. The WRC became too expensive for many, and the 2 cult heroes, Mitsubishi and Subaru, bowed out. Subaru and Mitsubishi both stayed in the rally game, continuing to put development into the Group N series. Mitsubishi ran out of steam however by comparison. Subaru used their STi Motorsports arm and continued to develop street parts and accessories for the road going versions of competition cars. Mitsubishi basically stopped. Their motorsport arm, Ralliart, becoming a shrinking version of its former self.

Now, many will argue the “Spirit of Competition” is still alive and well in the Evo X. It’s a great car, no doubt about it. But like other cars that were released in the midst of the global financial collapse, it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. They tried to shift things around a bit with the introduction of the Lancer Ralliart. A good move on the surface. Make the Evo the “halo”, and give people an entry point to that brand. A car that, marketed correctly, could give a WRX a run for the affordable enthusiast’s money. But how many people actually know about it, enough to consider it? How many do YOU see on the road compared to 08-12 WRX’s? Exactly. They sorta launched it and ignored it. The Evo’s little brother is an also-ran. And the Evo itself is similarly dying on the vine compared to their chief rival – the WRX-STi

At one point in time, Mitsubishi seemingly had started on their road of brand development. The term Evolution, in and of itself, has terrific cache. People know what it means without it being considered in the realm of the automobile. Those who are ‘petrol heads’, know the label because iconic cars have worn it on their trunk lids. They could, but so far have failed to, capitalize on the term “Evo” in the eyes of the general public. While a name in and of itself does not guarantee a successful or desirable product, it does represent a big hurdle to overcome. The sizzle sells the steak. Haagen-Daaz is an iconic brand. Perhaps you think it’s the founders names? Or the town where the iconic ice cream was founded? Nope, it’s 2 totally made up words. The company was started by Polish immigrants in the Brownsville section of the Bronx. Manufacturers pay millions upon millions of dollars to research, change, focus-group to come up with a marketable name. Mitsubishi has one that could work. Despite not having much to write home about in the rest of the model range, Evo’s still command pretty big money in the used car market. People want the car, people know it’s a good car, people know what an Evolution is. Let’s hope the in and outside marketing teams at Mitsubishi come together, dig their heels in, get to their drawing boards, and Evolution-ize their product line over the next model cycle.

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Rebuilt Evo Brembo’s – No Core!!!!

31 Jul


We’ve now got a great deal worked out on fully rebuilt Brembo calipers for the 2003-2006 Mitsubishi Evo. These begin as genuine Mitsubishi supplied Brembo calipers. Each is fully stripped down, and rebuilt to as-new condition. Each caliper gets a fresh bright red powdercoating, new pistons, new seals, new bleeder, and includes new shim and pins. Sorry, no Brembo logo’s are included (you can source those at any local place that does vinyl graphics), and for the time being, no other colors are available. Each caliper comes with a 1 year, 12,000 mile warranty as well.

And the best part? No Core! That’s right – no downtime, no core charge, no waiting for the caliper to ship out, be finished, and then ship back. These are in stock, ready to go. That means you can then sell your existing calipers and recoup some funds for other mods!

Front or rear calipers are $480 per pair. Additional discount available if purchased as a set of 4. Compare this to the $1000 PER CALIPER MSRP when buying new from your Mitsubishi dealer! Need new rotors, pads, fluid or brake lines? No problem – just ask and we can put a package deal together for you.

To order, contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com

Gotta Keep Them Separated

2 May

….oil and air that is, if performance is anywhere remotely on your radar screen with your car. From the factory excess crankcase vapors, residual oil and moisture are vented back into the intake manifold and intercooler which compromises performance and durability. Removing the excess crankcase vapors, residual oil and moisture are accomplished by having two tanks; one tank collects from the intake manifold tract and the second tank collects from each cylinder head. If both were plumbed into the same tank then the crankcase ventilation system could not operate the way it was designed to, the Moroso kit is the only Subaru air separator that accomplishes this. Removing this oil mist before it reenters the engine; reduces detonation, deposits on the intake track including the valves themselves and from lowering the efficiency of the intercooler itself.

We have these kits from Moroso available for a variety of cars, including the Subaru WRX/STi, Mitsubishi Evo, Mazda Miata, and more. Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com for details

Featured Model

1 Mar

Congrats to longtime customer and friend, Daniel, for his feature in the latest issue of Import Tuner. A one of a kind Evo that’s been a labor of love for him over the years

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16 Feb

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Braid Competition Wheels – When Good Enough isn’t Good Enough

4 Jan

For 2012 we are now offering the full range of Braid Competition wheels. Many of you familiar with the rally scene have probably heard of Braid. For those that haven’t, here is a brief introduction.

Braid was formed in Spain in 1978, with the sole purpose of making competition level wheels primarily for rally use. Their wheels have been used by amateurs and professionals alike. Because all the design, R&D and production is done in house, they have an amazing level of customization available. Wheels can be produced in a very wide range of offsets, bolt patterns, and colors, something you are hard pressed to find almost at any price point. Because they are designed primarily for competition use, this is a firm that embraces the ‘small stuff’, such as 15 and 16 inch sizes. Sure, they offer larger wheels, for touring car, etc. but the roots are in rally racing, and that remains their bread and butter. Since it’s original introduction, the factory has expanded numerous times and today produces wheels ranging from gravel and tarmac spec cast wheels, to mulipiece, even forged and magnesium wheels.

To reiterate, these are not some fly-by-night knock off brand churning wheels out of some random factory in the middle of the pacific rim. These are legit motorsport level wheels. The same wheels the various teams through Europe use on their car, are the exact same wheels you can purchase for your car. These aren’t wheels that will fall apart in a few years, or lose a tremendous amount of value, or fall ‘out of style’. Good stuff never does!

Now, onto the good stuff! While we have access to the full range, and custom orders are easily accomplished, the following represents wheels that are available straight away

Click the picture of each for additional information and specs

Winrace T Acropolis: This is a heavy duty, pure strength oriented gravel spec wheel. Offered in 15×6.5, +45 (21.2 lbs), hubcentric, dual drilled so it fits both 5-100 and 5-114 cars, and finished in your choice of white or gold. Also available in 15×7 (22.2lbs) in gold. Both clear Subaru 4 pots

15×6.5 – $980 shipped in the 48 states per set
15×7 – $1020 shipped in the 48 states per set

Winrace TA: This is a lighter weight version of the Acropolis, making it suitable for tarmac or gravel use.

Currently in stock in 15×6.5 (18 lbs), white, +45 offset, dual drilled 5-114 and 5-100, clears factory 4 pot calipers. Priced at $960 shipped for the set in the 48 states

Winrace A: One of the most popular choices, this wheel can often be found on tarmac stages throughout Europe.

Currently in stock:

17×8 +45 (20.7 lbs) in white, dual drilled for 5-100 and 5-114 cars (clears Brembo and 4 pots). $1280 shipped in the 48 states

18×8 +49 (21.6 lbs) in gold in your choice of 5-100 or 5-114.3. Clears Brembo and 4 pots. $1376 shipped for the set in the 48 states.

Also have a limited 17×7, 5-100 +45 Winrace A in Black on special as well. Contact us for details

We will be adding the full range to our site in the coming days, so check z1auto.com often. Any specific questions you have, just ask.

Remember, while the above represents wheels that are good to go now, if you can dream it, it probably can be built! If you’ve got an event coming up that you NEED a set of wheels for, and waiting isn’t an option, we can generally have a custom set, made just for you, on your doorstep in just a few weeks time. If your car has specific needs, such as unique suspension or brake requirements, or even just a custom color, we’ll work with you to develop the right size, so it fits correctly, the first time

Thanks and Happy 2012!

Evo Wheel Bearing Kit

19 Dec

Had a couple people asking about this over the weekend via email as well as pm, so figured we would get them posted up.

Can’t seem to get rid of that wobble? Steering wheel shaking despite the wheels being balanced properly? Feel a shimmy in the rear of the car and can’t track it down? Evo wheel bearings are notorious for going bad, particularly when you start to run the wide, low offset wheels and/or do lot’s of track/rally cross use. These direct replacement bearings carry a 1 year, unlimited mileage warranty (exclusive of shipping) and are sold as front or rear, or as sets or pairs. They come installed in new hubs and have new wheel studs included as well.

We highly suggest replacing them as pairs, as once one side goes, the other side is surely close behind.

Free shipping when the full front and rear set are purchase

World’s Most Complete Evo Timing Belt Kit

15 Nov

As we all know the timing belt is a critical piece of equipment on your Evo. As these cars age and accumulate miles, the belt stretches and performance and reliability can be compromised. Mitsubishi suggests replacing the belt every 60,000 miles under normal use, and if your car is raced, even shorter intervals are suggested. For this reason, we have put together a comprehensive timing belt replacement kit that includes everything needed for a full, complete timing belt replacement job. Alot of times, people take shortcuts on this and only replace the belt itself. Then a few thousand miles down the road, they find some of the other components wearing, or leaking, or making noises that were not there before and are forced to do the whole job over again. Do it right the first time and don’t be caught short. If you’re bringing these parts to your mechanic, he will thank you for giving him all the complete parts needed. If you’re having friends help you with the install over a weekend, when it’s 11PM on a Saturday and there are no parts stores open to replace that noisy idler pulley, you’ll be thankful you got them all as part of the kit.

Our kit contains the following:

Timing belt, balance shaft belt, balance shaft tensioner, timing belt tensioner, AMS timing belt tool, serpentine belt (please choose with or without air conditioning below), accessory belt idler pulley, water pump, water pump gasket, thermostat, thermostat gasket. All parts carry a 1 year no hassle warranty (excludes shipping)

Need to customize it with a performance timing/balance shaft belt? No problem – we offer Gates, Greddy and HKS. Need to eliminate the balance shaft belt? No problem, we offer a kit for that too!

Prices start at $490 shipped. Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to order yours

Stop It!

13 Nov

AP Racing has been around for decades now, producing top quality brake components for every conceivable form of motorsport.

Since we’re an AP dealer, what better way to show their wares, by featuring them on a customer car. Shown installed on our customers 2004 STi

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com for all your AP Racing needs. From replacement disks, calipers, pads, to full big brake kits for your car or SUV, no matter what the application, we’re here to help

Voltex

11 Oct

After much consideration, we’ve decided to try the Voltex stuff on for size, and add it to our product listings for all chassis we cater to. Some items are special order, some are to be stocked, best to enquire regardless of what it is you’re after.

Why Your Oxygen Sensor Shouldn’t Be Ignored

9 Oct

If you’ve noticed your car performing inconsisently, can’t pass inspection due to poor emissions performance, with poor fuel economy, or running like a raped ape somedays, and like a 3 legged dog on others, it could be a faulty oxygen sensor. The 02 sensor is partially responsible for telling the ecu what to do and when. When they are new, 02 sensors relay accurate info very quickly to the ecu. When they age, or get contaminated, they act lazy, slowly relaying info, and performance and economy suffer as a result. We offer a full range of direct replacement 02 sensors from Bosch and Denso, 2 of the largest OEM suppliers in the automotive world. In fact Bosch invented the 02 sensor! These are plug and play, not some cheesy universal joint you’ve got to spend timing soldering in. Waterproof connections ensure years of reliable service. No sense paying the dealer more for the same part in a different box!

So why is it important to replace? As the sensors age, they get contaminated. Remember, these sensors sit right in the catalytic converter and the exhaust pipes, so they are forced to live in a dirty, nasty environment. As time goes on, contaminents build on the sensor itself, and it’s no longer able to react with the speed that modern ecu’s demand. These contaminants also can cause false readings to the ecu, causing the car to run significantly richer, or leaner, than it should. This can have systemic results in other areas of the car. Not only will you get poor performance and poor fuel economy, overly rich conditions can clog cats and cause injectors to stick open. Overly lean conditions can wreak havoc on your internals causing knock, as well as potential piston damage.

If you run race gas, methanol or alcohol injection, this can also cause premature 02 sensor failure. Thankfully, these sensors are affordable, and very easy to replace yourself

Contact us to order yours at z1sales@z1auto.com or (631)863-3820

Chargespeed Aero Clearance for Evo’s!!!!

12 Aug

Charge Speed 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII Bottom Line Front Lip Carbon (Japanese CFRP)
Charge Speed 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII Bottom Line Front Lip FRP (Japanese FRP)
Charge Speed 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII Bottom Line Full Lip Kit (5PCS) Carbon CS423FLC, CS423SSC, CS423RCC
Charge Speed 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII Bottom Line Full Lip Kit (5PCS) FRP CS423FLF, CS423SSF, CS423RCF
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII & VIII Eye Line (Japanese FRP) Pair
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, VIII & IX Type-2 Full Kit W/ Carbon: CS424FB2, CS424SS, CS424RB2
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, VIII & IX Type-2 Full Kit With EVO IX Carbon Rear Bumper: CS424FB2, CS424SS, CS424RB9C
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII OEM Carbon Hood (Japanese CFRP)
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII, VIII, IX Carbon Outlet Style Hood Duct (Japanese CFRP)
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII OEM Lightweight FRP Hood (Japanese FRP)
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII & VIII Rear Bumper (Japanese FRP)
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsu Lancer Evo VII, VIII & IX Type-2 Rear Bumper With Carbon Diffuser (Japanese CFRP)
Charge Speed 2002-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer OEM JDM Evo IX Rear Bumper With Carbon Center Diffuser (Japanese CFRP)
Charge Speed 2002-2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII & VIII Rear Skirt-Fit JDM Only (Japanese FRP)
Charge Speed 2003-2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII Front Spoiler (Japanese FRP)
Charge Speed 2003-2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII Full Lip Kit 4PCS.-FIT JDM BUMPER ONLY CS424FL, CS424SS, CS424RS
Charge Speed 1993-1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo I & II 4Dr. Front Bumper (Japanese FRP)

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com for best pricing!

Top Shelf Brake Fluid for Your Performance Car

12 Aug

For those of you who are doing track days with your car, or those who simply want one of the best brake fluids money can buy, we proudly offer Endless RF-650.

When we say top shelf, we mean it. This exact fluid is used in Formula 1, WRC, and comes standard from Porsche on all GT3 Cup cars. Wet boiling point is 424 degrees F, and dry boiling point is 622 degrees F. Just check out the chart above to see how it stacks up against Castrol SRF and AP Racing 600. Endless RF-650 fluid is a DOT5.1 approved fluid, and thus compatible with all DOT3 and DOT4 brake systems. Sold in .5 liter bottles. 2 bottles required for a complete flush, 3 bottles is suggested just in case!

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Bunta gets Blitz’d! (Non Alcholic Evo Content Inside)

11 Aug

Bunta just got a new exhaust on his Evo X – Blitz Nur Spec Quad with Carbon Diffuser. It might be the only one in the US! We have one more setup available, albeit with the FRP diffuser. Call us at (631)863-3820 or z1sales@z1auto.com for details. More pics to follow!

Cosworth Low Temperature Thermostat

9 Aug

High performance racing engines require upgraded and improved cooling systems for maximum reliability. One important component of the upgraded cooling system is a thermostat that opens to allow coolant passage through the engine and cooling system at reduced temperature compared to the original equipment thermostat. Reducing the temperature by approximately 10 to 15C compared with that of a standard thermostat, the Cosworth LowTemp Motorsport Thermostat improves coolant circulation through the engine by starting the process earlier than the original equipment thermostat.
Cosworth LowTemp Motorsport Thermostats are engineered with the optimum temperature range in mind for high performance racing use as it is very easy to over cool the engine by either removing the thermostat completely or using a thermostat that is not designed for the specific application. Additionally, over cooling can cause engine damage by preventing critical engine components from reaching their ideal operating temperature, altering the required clearances for safe operation. Another important feature of Cosworth LowTemp Thermostats is the ability to precisely control the flow of coolant when the valve opens. Unstable temperatures and even temperature fluctuation can cause severe engine damage and make it difficult to properly tune or calibrate the engine.
When combined with a correctly sized radiator and other high quality cooling system components, the Cosworth LowTemp Motorsport Thermostat will help to safely maximize engine performance by controlling the engine temperature at an optimum level.