View Full Version : 1998 Mitsubishi Evolution V

17-10-11, 10:00 PM
This will be long, but long, white things don't come round too often, unless you like spaghetti.

Going back as long as my brain allows me to remember, i've had an obsession with all things Evo. Ironically it was probably the 1:36 scale Evo IV the parents bought me to keep me quiet while attending Paddy's Markets back in 96-97' that kicked things off.

After quite literally wasting various currencies attempting to turn the last car into part evo, the pin was pulled and logic had finally prevailed. After 3 years in the build the car was parted out, shell was scraped and the next chapter can now begin.

Originally i set out looking for an Evo VII. They were around the same price as the earlier models, newer, equipped with ACD. However, plans soon changed after taking a couple for some spirited test drives. After having driven the earlier models a fair bit, it wasn't what i remembered they were like. It had great power, ridiculously good handling with the ability to do all things great, but it just didn't tick the boxes of the dream car i was after.

So i pondered....Maybe i'm just not as obsessed anymore? Maybe the car v life priority ratio is swaying?

A couple of weeks turned to months, and i still had a niggling itch of want to enter Evo ownership. I still remember that rush of taking my first drive of a mates 6. I wanted to relive it.

So the search recommenced. This time it was for the CP9A varient, 5, 6, 6 TME. The market was flooded with 6's, mostly rough examples, and TMEs were out of budget, even the JDM ones.

I came across this example early on, but turned a blind eye on it as it was located at a dealer part of the infamous stretch along Parramatta Rd. After a month or so still looking, i thought it can't hurt to take a stroll and see for myself how bad these dealerships are.

On first impressions, the car was clean, very clean. Interior was original, minimal wear, and overall a genuinely well looked after car. I was almost in disbelief.

After some negotiating, i was handed the keys for a test drive. On entering the cockpit, i knew this was it. That feeling of excitement returned. The seating position felt right with the pedals at the perfect distance. A slight reach to the left finds the shifter tucked close between the thighs of the recaro.

Immediately after taking off, everything i could remember from the older Evos returned. The throttle was responsive with brutal but smooth power delivery, and the steering feel was direct with plenty of feedback.

In comparison to the newer CT9A chassis, i can say the CP9A is alot more raw which i guess coming from the Satria is what i was looking for. The CT9A is far more refined in all aspects, with the ability to do everything the older chassis can do more comfortably. For me personally, its almost too refined that it starts taking away the enjoyment factor, because in the end, for me an Evo is all about driving.

1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
- ARC Airbox
- HKS Silent Hi-Power Catback
- Enkei RPF1 17x9 +22
- Rays TE37 17x8.5 +30
- BC RM Inverted Coilovers (8kg/f 6kg/r)
- Cusco 2pt Front Strut Brace.
- Greddy Boost Gauge

On delivery.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/263018_2166603122993_1184108369_32698999_6456236_n .jpg

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198651_10150377725988084_682818083_10170929_239638 6_n.jpg

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/185201_10150377725753084_682818083_10170922_505653 4_n.jpg

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/283902_10150377724838084_682818083_10170902_230492 4_n.jpg

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/229728_205460966169601_157468440968854_502195_3079 36_n.jpg

So far after close to 4 months ownership, i still can't wait to drive it daily. Its such a blast to pilot even if its only just driving in traffic.

17-10-11, 10:37 PM
Awesome looking car mate.

17-10-11, 10:39 PM
Gorgeous car!
Always had a thing for Evo 5-6.5 (tme)

17-10-11, 10:43 PM
I too have always loved evos. Wish I could get one.
Very clean mate! So jelly

17-10-11, 10:44 PM

this is the fucken shit.. new shit u cant forget!

17-10-11, 10:47 PM
Oh this must be the Evo I saw on the Hume Highway before, wheel fitmet was awesome

Very clean and nice looking ride thats for sure

17-10-11, 10:51 PM
very nice V mate,
been thinking about getting one myself. can't afford a 30k car like I used to have, and for the price not much comes close to a Evo V performance wise.

If you don't mind my asking, which dealer did you get it from and what did it end up costing you? PM me if you prefer :)

Justin Fox
17-10-11, 10:59 PM
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/185201_10150377725753084_682818083_10170922_505653 4_n.jpg

17-10-11, 11:06 PM
i like this.

18-10-11, 12:36 AM
wheels make this car!

18-10-11, 12:46 AM
Always cant miss with the rpf1's. Looking good!!

18-10-11, 01:38 AM
looks like e&m

18-10-11, 08:25 AM
Good write up mate, lots of 5's on here now lol! I had the same dilemma with you when I got mine. TME's were out of budget and all the VI's I looked at were rough as.

18-10-11, 11:41 AM
Nice car mate spoted ur car on Juno prd yesterday morning I was behind u :)

18-10-11, 01:22 PM
nice car, pitty a faggot drives it...

18-10-11, 05:19 PM
very nice V mate,
been thinking about getting one myself. can't afford a 30k car like I used to have, and for the price not much comes close to a Evo V performance wise.

If you don't mind my asking, which dealer did you get it from and what did it end up costing you? PM me if you prefer :)

Attempted to PM but your inbox is full?

Don't have big plans for the car......yet. Just the usual bolt ons, reflash etc etc and hopefully get it on the track every now and again.

At the moment it needs a bit of maintenance to bring it up to spec as realistically, it is a 13 year old import. Engine bay needs a tidy up with some brackets needing paint, along with the clips for the weathershields. Just really small things that are lowering the standard of car slightly.

18-10-11, 05:46 PM
RPF1's look insane on this! Love it.

18-10-11, 08:04 PM
Attempted to PM but your inbox is full?

ah was it
cleared it out now :)

20-10-11, 10:00 PM
Lately the shifter feel has been starting to deteriorate, causing the occasional crunch into gear. This also occured in the Satria where i had some good results with new bushes all round.

So i placed an order during the week, which arrived today. Bullseye ABEC 7 skate bearings at $1.99ea. These are the exact dimensions internally and are a perfect press fit into the end of the linkages.


First step is to locate the linkages and their connection to the top of the transmission.


Then its just a matter of removing the old rubber bush and replacing it with the bearing. The bearing was pressed in using a nut and bolt with a couple of washers, and a small dab of grease to slide it all together.


ARC Airbox and intake piping was reinstalled.


Results? Gear change is slightly better with zero play in the shifter. Still planning to change out the fluids possibly on the weekend, in hope to improve it further.

Forgot i had a pic when i detailed the car last weekend. Clay bar, Slight paint correction, then wax. Probably spent 14-16hrs over the weekend on it. Pleased with the outcome but it has exposed some tiny blemishes here and there. May look at respraying the bonnet in the near future.


Bang A Dang
20-10-11, 11:59 PM
:) msn yo!

21-10-11, 01:14 AM
do you think those manual linkages are the same across the mitsu range? might try this on my vr4

21-10-11, 01:15 AM
Enkeis!!! Love it

21-10-11, 09:02 AM
do you think those manual linkages are the same across the mitsu range? might try this on my vr4

Actually, i'm not sure. Best to measure it obviously.

Heres the stock bush compared to the bearing.


21-10-11, 10:01 AM
after finals im all over it. how rigid is the shifter/throw of the shifter?

21-10-11, 10:06 AM
absolutely beautiful car mate.

I was in the market for a V late last year but just couldn't find myself to trust the importer you speak of after doing some research. decided to save my coin and stick with something bit more fuel/traffic friendly.

Did you have to spend a lot on servicing and reconditioning the mechanics when you first bought it?

21-10-11, 10:27 AM
Loving your car mate, rpf1s suit it perfectly.

Been a keen follower of your satria build, a shame to hear it didn't follow through, but this choice is a good one.
Looking forward to your updates, as always a very detailed build :like:

21-10-11, 10:29 AM
As with any import, fluids need to be changed. Other than that, just the normal periodic oil change. Will get around to upgrading the pads/rotors in prep for track work early next year.

22-10-11, 05:06 PM
Loving the car Paul!

05-11-11, 06:48 PM
NTS: 76347

Driveline fluids changed.

Diff: SAF-XA
AYC Clutch Bath: TQM-ST
Transmission: VMX-M
Transfercase: SAF-XA

04-12-11, 07:36 PM
Alright, so the car goes in the panel shop tomorrow to fix where some jerker swiped the passenger side at Bondi. Of course there were no details left, and i'm left to fork out the excess.



Over the Christmas break, we should start to see some progress. Been piling up a heap of bolt ons over the past few months, and will finally have the time to get everything installed.

04-12-11, 07:53 PM
very clean evo!

04-12-11, 09:14 PM
Tough evo mate, wheels set it off well looks real fat

sucks about the damage, a truck backed into mine the other week scratching front bar and i caught him in the act cause my alarm went off, he would have bailed otherwise.

05-12-11, 04:30 PM
Dude that sucks about the hit-n-run. Some c*nts have no moral compass...

I too find myself making excuses to run up to the shops, lol :D

Beautiful example.