Aluminum UICP & Strut Tower Brace (Evo)

Furthering my desire to correct the weight balance on this car, I am replacing the factory steel strut tower brace with an aluminum Carbing strut tower brace. This brace weighs about 5.5lbs, compared to 7.3lbs from stock. I’m not entirely sure in terms of strength on this part, but it is also much thicker than…

AP Racing 8350 Brake Kit (Evo 9)

This took a lot of consideration on my end, but I decided to downsize from my Evo 10 Brembo + Girodisc brake setup to the AP Racing 325mm 8350 front caliper/rotor kit from Essex. Essex claims 14lbs unsprung mass decrease – 7 lbs each front wheel, compared to the stock Evo 9 setup. My current Evo…

SSB Uprights & Ceramic Bearings

Continuing my preseason updates for the Evo are my SSB uprights. These uprights/spindles/knuckles go in place of the OEM spindle. In the front, it connects at the top to the bottom of the coilovers, and on the bottom it connects to the control arm. It also replaces the toe arm from OEM with its own…

Recaro Pole Positions – Leather & Suede (Evo)

After resisting for so long with my OEM recaros, I’ve caved and have chosen an aftermarket seat: the Recaro Pole Positions. These seats are not the most hardcore option, but they are a fixed back seat that still provide good support and are lighter than OEM. I’ve chosen the black leather + suede option, at…

Battery & ACD Pump Relocation

This off-season is primarily going to be focused on improving the Evo’s balance. The Evo needs any help it can get in the balance department. The entire ACD pump has been relocated to the trunk, for a shift of 20 lbs off the front and 20 lbs onto the rear. Likewise, the battery has also…

2021 Season Recap

Well, 2021 didn’t quite turn out exactly as I had planned. A number of car issues, large and small, hit me at just the right times to rob or nearly rob me of several events. Going back to the start, my first trip out to NCM nearly ended in disaster – my Falkens delaminated right…

Gridlife Midwest Fest 2021

I attended the “full” Midwest Fest for the first time in 2021, as 2020 meant no festival portion for the event last year. Honestly – I preferred last year. There were so many people at the event that you could barely get your car from paddock to grid and back, as tons and tons of…

2″ Brake Ducting

Another item that was upgraded mid-season – I finally installed 2″ brake ducting on my Evo, using binary’s mounting bracket and some high temp hosing. This was a fairly simple process, and there’s only one way the bracket can attach itself to the back of the caliper. After that, I simply mounted the hosing directly…

GSC S2 Cams

While I meant for a series of upgrades to be featured in one single mid-season post, so many things got in the way that it just makes sense to split things into parts, starting with my new cams – a set of GSC S2s. These are a slightly more aggressive cam than I have had…

BSCC 09052021

Hard to believe it’s been 6 months since my last autocross event, but this year has been going by really quickly, with lots of track days and issues with the car. I took this chance to get in a nice, simple, problem-free autocross and to bed in the new front pads. Thankfully, that’s exactly how…