The following information is based on my personal
experience working on my MITSUBISHI STARION Turbo
over ten years.
This includes the knowledge gained from contacting people
that had previously rallied and raced Starions in Production Car Racing as Group 'E',
(unbeaten for years)or Group 'A' and Bathurst.
A Mitsubishi Starion driven by Brad Jones held the TOP SPEED down
Conrod Straight at 273 Kph I believe for years. Brad? -anyone??
MODIFICATIONS -TO MODIFY or NOT,
THAT is the Question!
From discussions with many Turbo owners, I have found that some want to retain the factory performance, while others want to make major modifications for the full power potential of their Turbo Vehicle. Some people even go as far as using Epoxy Grout, made from Epoxy Resin in the passageways, replacing the coolant. This is for the extreme dragcars only.
In between these two extremes are many that are trying to increase power to a
reasonable ( for them ) level, while not spending a lot of money and retaining
reliability. ( forget fuel consumption because to make power you have to burn
the required amount of fuel.) ( at least while under boost!!! )
There are many ways to save money while doing modifications and power ups, and
that is what the this info is all about. I would be one of the most cost
conscious rev heads around but some (most) times you have to spend money
(wisely) to make power. Obviously the more you can do yourself, the cheaper any
modification becomes. If you know exactly what needs to be done, paying someone
else to do just that also saves money. It's when you are unsure of what is
required to be done to achieve your goals that leaves you open to exploitation.
This is usually by persons who may or may not know how and what to do to meet
Finding a good source for what you need, whether it's learning
about modifications from Turbo Club or understanding insurance requirements from
a company like Advantage One
Insurance, you need to feel like you are receiving good information. To this
goal of doing what requires to be done to meet your needs, we will endeavour to
advise you on the best way to proceed.
If you are doing the modifications in your own garage it is always a better to prepare your concrete floors first with an epoxy paint for a durable stainproof finish. An epoxy floor coating gives you a easily cleaned and maintained surface that is a better environment to work effectively in. Most decent car dealer workshops use epoxy flooring for that professional well maintained appearance, so why cant you?
As a computer literate person having repaired electronic
equipment for a job, I was most interested to explore engine management systems. Also as
someone who has always done my own mechanical work and modifications from my youth on all my cars which have included many types, I
would like to share anything that can help others.
The TurboClub is about people
helping each other .
I would like to ask that anyone with any hints or
specialist knowledge to put it down and Email it in for the benefit of us all. I would
appreciate any written input at all from you with your experiences where it may be able to
help someone out of trouble. My intention is to create an electronic database of this
information. You really only want to know a solution when you have the problem.
A fair amount of information in relation to
Makes & Models is now available for down loading at this time for RTO's (Registered
Turbo Owners). This information includes general magazine articles and service and