Entered for Forum Battle is Ben’s Mitsubishi Glant VR4 ” Snooze” , in his owns word Ben share’s with us the story behind “Snooze” , be sure to check him out in the Grip Shift slide section of the show and shine at Forum Battle.
It was a mission to get this thing back to Vic. My brother and I flew up to Brisbane on a Friday morning and made it back by Saturday night. Was great to drive back in a car with such a good mix of comfort and performance. And, even though it is an auto, it does shift and feel way better than your average falcon – a set of evo paddle shifters might be on the cards.
Within days of owning it I had already started pulling it apart, replacing the fuel tank which had a small crack on the top. Next I replaced the lower control arms for piece of mind (they are a common failure point on Vr4′s), had all brake rotors machined, installed new pads and replaced the generic brake shims with OEM items which finally got rid of the horrendous brake sequel.
Being an ex-HPI project car it has been nicely modified whilst also being taken care of. The crazy factory touch screen sat nav/tv/sat phone/cd player is still in it which adds immensely to the jap feel (sat and tv don’t work in Aus…… for now!).
Plans so far are just to replace all diff and trans oils with fully synthetic fluids, install cruise control and do some minor body touch ups. I may down the track look at removing the HDi piggy back and get the factory ecu reflashed, maybe accompanied by slightly bigger turbos.
- 3″ custom turbo back exhaust
- HDI intercooler kit
- HDI max rom piggy back ecu – car tuned to 15 psi, making 175 kw atw
- Tein street coilovers
- Selbys solid swaybars front and rear
- Evo 8 Brembo brake upgrade
- HDI EBC
- Walbro intank fuel pump
- Rebuilt and strengthened auto with trans cooler