Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR

I have always wanted an evo and particularly the 8 MR after seeing them in the Fast and the Furious movies plus playing WRC games on my PlayStation 2 when I was young. 

Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR
Joe - 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR

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Hi all,

My name is Joe, living in Sydney, Australia.

Instagram: @genzai_evo

Japanese, turbo and 4 doors. Practicality just became cool! Here's my 270kw at the wheels, e85 corn drinking 2004 Mitsubishi 8 MR from down under Sydney Australia. I have always wanted an Evo and particularly the 8 MR after seeing them in the Fast and the Furious movies plus playing WRC games on my PlayStation 2 when I was young. 

The Evo was a car I'd never thought I'd have a chance at buying being they are rising in price at a rapid rate and being an electrical apprentice. At the time of looking when I was off my provisional licence, they were well out of my budget for an 8mr or 9. I really wanted the 8mr as I liked many of the standard features on offer plus the idea of owning an imported car was always going to be a fantastic factor. So being out of my budget I could say I was on the other team.

I bought myself a Subaru wrx sti hawkeye in blue. The sound of a boxer had me hooked but the reliability and I turned away. In 4 months of ownership, I'd replaced nearly every component of the cooling system as parts would keep failing. Eventually, I put the wrx for sale and to my luck was offered this grey Evo 8 Mr as a swap. I drove halfway down to Canberra, inspected the car and the deal was done. To this day it was the best decision of my life!!

I've owned this car for close to 2 years now with 95% of the modifications done in my ownership. The Evo had only a turbo back exhaust and a flash tune done, all the rest was pretty much standard from the factory. I've had a goal in what I wanted the car to look like and the power I wanted to make. I'm still not at the end yet but I'm more than 50% of the way there.

One thing that has been a big part of the build is that I wanted to retain the stock guards. They are rolled and shaved however they haven't been pulled out in any way. It was tough to make the new work wheels fit with the given specs but I managed with some new suspension parts to make it work and still sit aggressive at a practical height. It's safe to say every corner of the car has been touched in some way.

Some of the notable modifications include:

Performance / Engine Bay

  • Silicon intake pipe 
  • Simota pod
  • Gfb response bov
  • Kansai airbox
  • Plazmaman hot side piping 
  • Hks cold side piping
  • Meek J Pipe
  • Turbosmart 20 pound actuator 
  • 3" unknown performance dump
  • Test pipe
  • 3" custom cat-back
  • Tomei manifold cover 
  • Tomei coil pack cover 
  • Intake duct
  • Mishimoto catch can
  • Gfb 3 port boost solenoid 
  • Asnu 330lph fuel pump 
  • Dw 1200cc injectors 
  • Denso coil packs
  • Hks timing belt 
  • Hks cam gears
  • Kelford 272 cams 


  • Ultra racing power brace (painted yellow)
  • Brembo callipers painted yellow 
  • Carbon side skirt extensions
  • Carbon side skirt spats
  • HC style carbon front lip
  • Rear spats 
  • Ganador style mirrors 
  • Nose chop 
  • Vortex generators
  • Rexspeed Carbon hood 
  • Usdm 9MR modified headlights 
  • Spp front plate bracket 
  • 9MR Usdm tail lights 


  • Aem boost gauge
  • Aem afr gauge 
  • Shadow pro-oil temp, oil pressure, water temp 
  • Ati gauge cluster mount 
  • 3D west sports tweeter gauge mount 
  • Circuit hero gear knob 
  • Under dash led
  • Oem steering wheel re-stained 
  • Hydro dipped carbon centre gear surround 
  • Hydro dipped carbon front window switches 
  • Hks turbo timer (used for volts)

Handling / Wheels 

  • Dba slotted disks 
  • Brembo pads
  • White line rear strut bar 
  • Bc custom coil overs
  • Work Meister 2p 18x9.5+20
  • Hard race LCA
  • Hard race toe arms 


  • JL 10" sub
  • 0 gauge wiring 
  • Pioneer head deck 
  • JBL 6x9 rear speakers 
  • Pioneer 6x5 front door speakers 
  • JBL tweeters 
  • Pioneer d class amp
  • Kicker 750 monoblock

The Evo build still isn't completed yet. The goal is to have a quick streetcar with a good response. So the intention of 400rwkw isn't on the cards at this point. 300 will be the next target! I have an Evo 9 turbo ready to get some work done to it before it goes in the car along with some supporting mods. Exterior wise the essential Evo 9 rear bar is one of the last pieces along with a tidy up. 

People ask me, ‘Joe what would you get after the Evo?’ In all honesty, I tell them I can't answer them. I haven't driven a car other than the Evo that I want. Maybe an R32 GTR but with the prices of those in Australia, it isn’t happening. To me, the Evo is one of the last great cars to come out of Japan. There haven’t been many cars like it since.

Thank you all for reading my article.

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