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2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII - Old Habits Die Hard

Sep 30, 2009

When it comes to trying to make an EVO stand out, there are usually three options: build an undriveable, power-puking dyno freak; a gutted-out time attack whore; or a big-dollar widebody show queen with another 500 lbs of stereo and bondo. It's not that much different from a decade ago, except time attacks were quarter-mile street races, and instead of EVOs, everyone had Hondas.

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Algier Redoloza grew out of that very scene both in the heart of San Jose and Southern California (where he trained at UTI to be a Mercedes-Benz technician). Everything then was about JDM and the 1320. But times change as well as technology, and by 2004 Algier knew that his all-motor ITR-powered EG had done its tour and that an upgrade was needed to keep up with the times.

At that time, Algier was still in his early 20s and not quite ready to step into a grandpa-grade Benz, so he stuck with his import guns and dumped the Honda for two more doors and two more drive wheels. While not as raw as his Civic, this '04 EVO VIII was still definitely fast, so Algier's attention was turned to cosmetics for the time being. But old habits die hard and Algier had to have the JDM look. He started off with a Do-Luck carbon front lip, but promptly swapped over to a C-West full aero kit to stay ahead of the automotive fashion game.

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Any JDM-a-phile also knows that what's inside the interior will set the posers apart from the trendsetters, so Algier went the full nine miles with Bride seats, the mandatory Takata harnesses and JDM gauges, and the six-point Cusco roll bar. All the hard points on the car were also tied up with metallic-blue Cusco braces and bars even if few could be seen from outside. That's just how JDM rolls.

All these top-dollar parts pushed Algier's daily driver dangerously close to show queen status, so engine work and power definitely had to be addressed. But he didn't skimp. His Honda experience taught him well. A'PEXi, GReddy and HKS parts dominate the engine bay both cosmetically and functionally. He even stayed with old habits and had the top-dollar machine tuned the old-fashioned way, with an A'PEXi AFC piggyback computer by the staff at Speed Element.

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In the meantime, fashions changed again and Algier found himself amidst a sea of C-West and C-West look-alike cars. It was time to change again to stay ahead of the pack. Algier, dumped the now mundane C-West bodywork in favor of a complete ings+1 bumper, Voltex aero, Seibon hood and trunk as well as other OEM JDM bits.

With the new look complete, Algier also satiated his competitive habits by taking the car to local track weekends, which brought about the brake upgrade and put the interior bits to some actual use. Whether at the track or at the show, Algier's JDM past has made his EVO into a head-turner in every way.

Specifications & Details
'04 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

Engine

Mitsubishi 4G63TC turbocharged inline-4

Engine Modifications
A'PEXi intake, HKS Hi-Power 60th Anniversary Edition exhaust, 272/272 cams and adjustable gears, grounding kit, Helix O2 housing, downpipe and test pipe, Koyo radiator, Samco turbo hoses and radiator hoses, GReddy V-spec intercooler, Sun Auto Hyper Voltage System voltage regulator, Mitsubishi EVO VIII MR JDM blow-off valve, FP Green turbo, Cusco oil catch can, radiator cap and manifold cover

Engine Management
GReddy electronic boost controller, 720cc injectors, Walbro high-flow fuel pump, Splitfire ignition amplifier, A'PEXi SAFC-II fuel controller

Suspension
HKS Hipermax RS coilovers, Cusco front bumper brace, front strut bar, front lower Type 1/2 arm bars, front antiroll bar, rear CF strut brace, rear trunk bar, rear V-brace, Perrin rear sway bar

Wheels, Tires and Brakes
Advan RS SBC color 18x9", Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec 245/40R18 tires, StopTech stainless steel braided brake lines and 2-piece cross-drilled/slotted rotors, Endless brake pads

Exterior
INGS+1 front bumper and CF canards, HKS CF rear spats, Mitsubishi EVO IX JDM rear bumper, EVO VIII JDM headlights, EVO VII JDM taillights, Seibon CF hood and trunk, custom black roof, Varis CF B-pillars, RMR winglet, Voltex CF rear diffuser and CF v-mount wing

Interior
Bride Zeta driver and Brix passenger-side seats, Takata harnesses, A'PEXi EL2 boost and EGT gauges, Zietronix wideband A/F ratio monitor, GReddy counterweight shift knob and turbo timer, Sparco harness bar and pedal set, Cusco 6-point cage, Pioneer AVIC-N3 DVD head unit, 6" (f) and 6x9" (r) components speakers and tweeters

Sponsors
Devin and Cal from Speed Element, Adam of WEKSOS Industries, EMPEROR MOTORSPORTS and thanks to family, friends and fiancée

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