We have now had our 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage about six months, and admittedly we dig it. It is easy, economical, the prefect dimension, and completely different. However we’ve got plans to show the Mirage right into a ragin’ subcompact. It will not keep inventory.
We have run The Rage for about six months practically bone-stock, sans the aftermarket shift knob, however we have procured some elements. This contains 195/50/15 Yokohama S.Drive tires; 15×6.5 MB Revolt wheels; and a set of real paint-matched Mitsubishi aspect sill extensions (e.g. aspect skirts). However none of that stuff has gone on but, and admittedly, they have been cluttering up our lounge. A part of the rationale for ready to put in these bits is as a result of, effectively, it is winter. Nonetheless, there have additionally been some Mirages with rear axle alignment points which may put on tires rapidly and inconsistently. So earlier than bolting on any aftermarket goodies, I wished to verify our automotive was in spec.
Yesterday, I took the automotive to my native supplier, had them verify the alignment and the rear axle (together with entrance wheels for that matter). All are inside spec. This implies we have got a inexperienced mild to begin engaged on The Rage.
MODIFYING A MIRAGE
Not surprisingly, the Mirage is not a brilliant common platform for modifications in North America, so I’ve executed a good bit of analysis to seek out elements. I have been scouring numerous websites for elements: From eBay to Jegs; Amazon to Thai and Indonesian discussion board websites; to Fb teams—I have been trying out all kinds of stuff. By the best way, in Indonesia in addition to Thailand (the place the automotive is manufactured), the Mirage (also called the Area Star) is a well-liked automotive to customise, so these boards and Fb teams present good data and inspiration for our construct. Lastly, there’s the ever-present Instagram and all of the #mitsubishimirage tags.
I do not plan on extensively modifying the Mirage (well-known final phrases?). With solely 78 hp, it is hardly value placing a lot cash into making an attempt to make it go quicker. Positive, perhaps we’ll do an exhaust system (if we are able to discover one) so it sounds good, and I did see that Okay&N makes a drop-in filter, so we would add that. As with most sluggish vehicles, we intend on focusing our consideration on suspension. Eibach, H&R, King, Tein, and others make drop springs, good for a couple of one-inch (30mm) drop and a firmer experience. There are full coilover choices from BC Racing, Tein, and Godspeed, too. Nonetheless, having gone the coilover route with our Yaris, I believe we would simply begin out with a light drop on our stickier Yokohamas. Oh, and a rear sway bar. It’s going to positively want a rear sway bar.
One factor is for sure: We’re wanting ahead to creating our Mirage deal with higher and stand out. It’d solely be 78 horsepower, however that does not imply we won’t improve the enjoyable issue. And with just a few mods, the Mirage can really look fairly rad. Keep tuned.
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