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Davy

Mitsubishi Lancer RalliArt

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Car's looking great man! One thing I keep forgetting to ask is whether the Ralliart is AWD like the evo? I presume it is... Also, any plans to bump up the power?

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5 hours ago, Supra_Natural said:

Car's looking great man! One thing I keep forgetting to ask is whether the Ralliart is AWD like the evo? I presume it is... Also, any plans to bump up the power?

Thanks machan! Appreciate it.

Yes, the RalliArt is AWD and has Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control (AWC) and Active Center Differential (ACD) systems which allow you to select the surface you are driving on (tarmac, gravel or snow) and it electronically adjusts the power distribution based on which mode you're on. The only thing that the RalliArt lacks is Active Yaw Control (AYC) that the Evo has.

I have no immediate plans of bumping up the power, mainly because I'm happy the way things are for now and because my wife drives it frequently. If I ever do, I'll probably go for an upgrade kit. Whatever I do, I will keep this thread posted. :)

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So should I start the “chooned by Komi” section and go on about evo Conversions and whatnot? 

Congrats man! Highly belated but hey, the ball-licking lion is back! 

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21 minutes ago, Komisiripala said:

So should I start the “chooned by Komi” section and go on about evo Conversions and whatnot? 

Congrats man! Highly belated but hey, the ball-licking lion is back! 

lol Thanks machan!

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coilovers! i've been telling you from day one! where? where?? damn you!! 

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3 minutes ago, Komisiripala said:

coilovers! i've been telling you from day one! where? where?? damn you!! 

I know I know! I've already selected a set (this one) and been putting off buying them due to other priorities. :( This is the first thing I'm gonna do, I promise you! I am actually embarrassed of that huge wheel gap. I don't know what Mitsubishi was thinking when they signed off on the stock height of the RalliArt and the Evo. It's just hideous. 

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2 hours ago, Davy said:

I know I know! I've already selected a set (this one) and been putting off buying them due to other priorities. :( This is the first thing I'm gonna do, I promise you! I am actually embarrassed of that huge wheel gap. I don't know what Mitsubishi was thinking when they signed off on the stock height of the RalliArt and the Evo. It's just hideous. 

I'm guessing they were thinking "It's going to be a rally car and people will drive them on gravel and other unimproved roads, so best give it some height".

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13 minutes ago, Supra_Natural said:

I'm guessing they were thinking "It's going to be a rally car and people will drive them on gravel and other unimproved roads, so best give it some height".

You have a point, but take the WRX from the same era (or even the new one) for example. Also a rally car but it sits much better than an Evo in it's stock form IMO. I guess what I meant was the gap between the wheel and the fender, not the height. The stock tyre profile of the WRX for example (245/40R18) is better than the RalliArt tyres (225/45R18). This fills the wheel well nicely, leaving only a little gap.

The gap on the Evo is actually much much better than the RalliArt. If you check my photos with Evo X wheels on, you can notice that the gap is a bit narrow. It appears this way due to the higher positive offset of the rim, making it sit closer to the lip of the fender.

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On 1/9/2018 at 12:55 PM, Davy said:

You have a point, but take the WRX from the same era (or even the new one) for example. Also a rally car but it sits much better than an Evo in it's stock form IMO. I guess what I meant was the gap between the wheel and the fender, not the height. The stock tyre profile of the WRX for example (245/40R18) is better than the RalliArt tyres (225/45R18). This fills the wheel well nicely, leaving only a little gap.

The gap on the Evo is actually much much better than the RalliArt. If you check my photos with Evo X wheels on, you can notice that the gap is a bit narrow. It appears this way due to the higher positive offset of the rim, making it sit closer to the lip of the fender.

Fair point, does the ralliart have longer suspension travel than the Evo? That could explain the extra clearance. Also is the ground clearance figure the same between the Evo and the Ralliart? If I had to guess I'd think that they made the Ralliart softer with a bit more suspension travel to make it more livable. 

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5 minutes ago, Supra_Natural said:

Fair point, does the ralliart have longer suspension travel than the Evo? That could explain the extra clearance. Also is the ground clearance figure the same between the Evo and the Ralliart? If I had to guess I'd think that they made the Ralliart softer with a bit more suspension travel to make it more livable. 

Spot on! The RalliArt does have different dampers and they're more or less the same height as the ones you get in the base Lancer (Lancer Ex in Sri Lanka), but with stiffer springs. In fact, the entire suspension system is far more superior on the Evo with alloy control arms opposed to the RalliArt that has steel ones. 

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It's been a bit quiet on this thread since last year. Nothing much to update about on the car as I have taken up some other personal projects and the past couple of months (and the upcoming months) will probably be spent on that.

I've done a few long trips though. Went camping towards the end of last year and it was a great drive. Did a couple of cruises with friends and one of the local Lancer clubs here in Melbourne. 

Did a snow trip again last weekend. Here's a (very rough) video of the drive. I made the mistake of speeding up the dashcam footage, and it certainly doesn't like that. Should have had my actual camera running, but I was too busy enjoying the drive. :) Again, sorry it's blurry.

 

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19 minutes ago, Davy said:

 

Did a snow trip again last weekend. Here's a (very rough) video of the drive. I made the mistake of speeding up the dashcam footage, and it certainly doesn't like that. Should have had my actual camera running, but I was too busy enjoying the drive. :) Again, sorry it's blurry.

 

Beautiful drive mate..!! I think its good that you speed up the video (may be a tiny bit slower would have been awesome).

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7 hours ago, kmeeg said:

Beautiful drive mate..!! I think its good that you speed up the video (may be a tiny bit slower would have been awesome).

Thanks mate! :) 

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I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE003 tyres! For the past four  years, I've been running on a set of Kenda tyres the previous owner had put (God knows when) and they had some meat left in them, but I the rubber was too brittle and old and it felt like the car was riding on plastic tyres. Anyway, these tyres are.... just incredible! The car handles like it has never done before and responds to steering quite well. Here's a shot with the Evo X BBS rims and new rubber. I need to put the centre caps on. 

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A bit about rim and tyre size. The original rims on the RalliArt are 18" and 7" wide with a +46 offset. The Evo ones are 18" as well, but 8.5" wide and +38 offset. This meant the rims sit about 8mm closer to the wheel arch.  So after extensive research, the tyre size I went for is 235/40/18 which sits flush with the wheel arch, but not too close to cause rubbing. They're also the best tyres with the closest rolling diameter to OEM.

Yes the front fender gap is still there and I need coilovers, which I will be getting soon (might sound like a broken record now because I've been saying it for about 3 years). I have more reasons to get them now, so it will happen soon. 

Lastly, a bit of jewellery for the lady. She maybe driven on roads in Australia, but inside, she is all Sri Lankan (pun intended)! :) 

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More updates soon!

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I'll leave this here for now... A little teaser. 😀1541722149976.thumb.JPEG.f834108e59109062deb439b033b5b266.JPEG

 

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1 hour ago, Davy said:

I'll leave this here for now... A little teaser. 😀1541722149976.thumb.JPEG.f834108e59109062deb439b033b5b266.JPEG

 

Nice..!! Are going to do your self or taking it to a shop?

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8 hours ago, kmeeg said:

Nice..!! Are going to do your self or taking it to a shop?

I only have the scissor jack from the car, which makes it a bit difficult and time consuming to install these, so I'm taking it to a friend's place and getting it installed myself. It's just 5 bolts per shock, so shouldn't be that difficult. 

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5 hours ago, Davy said:

I only have the scissor jack from the car, which makes it a bit difficult and time consuming to install these, so I'm taking it to a friend's place and getting it installed myself. It's just 5 bolts per shock, so shouldn't be that difficult. 

Man you guys are pro.. I'm damn scared of touching shocks and brakes.

Are those for asphalt or gravel? (I really loved that video of gravel run with Subi) :D

 

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18 hours ago, kmeeg said:

Man you guys are pro.. I'm damn scared of touching shocks and brakes.

Are those for asphalt or gravel? (I really loved that video of gravel run with Subi) :D

 

Haha! Comparing to how my father used to work on cars, this is nothing. It's literally plug and play. :) I'll try to capture some photos when they're going in. Still trying to get some time organised to install them.  Until then, here are some photos of the unboxing.

Oh and these are street/tarmac coilovers. More info about them here.

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Decals, installation manual, warranty info etc.

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Tools for height and preload adjustment together with the damper adjustment extensions for the rear shocks since after the rear shocks are installed and trunk upholstery is installed, there is no access to the damper adjustment knobs. These extensions are to be plugged onto the damper adjustment knobs and routed outside the trunk upholstery so that they can be adjusted easily. 

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Camber plate visible for the front struts with 30 level damping force adjustment knob on all four struts. 

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Stay tuned for the install and after photos. :) 

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4 hours ago, Davy said:

Haha! Comparing to how my father used to work on cars, this is nothing. It's literally plug and play. :) 

Ohh man..!! The only accessory I have fixed my self is Running Boards / Side steps to my vehicle. Even that is not 100% leveled..😂

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