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2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby Avenir » Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:27 pm

Yeah I am keen to get them as my control arms could still be the culprit for shit handling etc from the last time I drove. My Super Sport coils also didn't offer caster adjustment, just camber, height, damper etc. (not that I need it, I just really want my car to drive and handle rather well and looking into them they will offer better perf at high speeds, corners etc..)

I will probably get the Whiteline Grip Kit after the control arms which includes all the bushings with sway bars and then call it a day on suspension parts! Thanks for the heads up bumble I will go for them soon.

Thanks awood, I know my lancer is looking a bit all over the shop at the moment (appearance wise), but I think I have gotten most of the under the hood stuff done/ordered now. Just couple more suspension parts and a tune then I can make the car have a better aesthetic afterwards. Which in contrast I see a lot of lancers the other way around, pretty much all bodykits, rims and stickers... GOD the STICKERS for the sake of all things good.. no more stickers. Put 1 or 2 on if you must and leave it ahahah. Just the other day I saw a CJ lancer at the lights, with get this.... a sticker on the back boot lid that said "DIRECT INJECTED" I couldn't cringe anymore with it, it was an LX model I believe. None of our lancers are direct injected to my knowledge but even that is besides the point smh.

Anyway sticker rant over, no offence to stickered car members lol,

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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby Mars1811 » Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:01 pm

Good stuff!
"Direct injected" hahahaha. Might have been a diesel swap :P
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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby bumblebee » Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:20 am

Could have been worse
They could have had the decal on it that says "common rail EFI" or similar
Are your new adjustable coil over able to be rebuilt or get spares parts ?

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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby Avenir » Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:48 am

Jeez I dont know what it was, the sticker was the size of half his boot lid lol...

True but I think DI sticker is up there with some of the worst! I am not sure I haven't looked into rebuilding or spare parts. Just look after them and see how long it goes, The stock suspension lasted 140k so I am assuming as these are better quality that they will last that as well, if not more. The lancer won't be the only car I'll drive, in time I plan on 'stealing' the Z4 from my mum after my room mate moves out in 1/2 years and drive that from time to time.

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TS Short Shifter
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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby bumblebee » Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:41 pm

this is why i made sure the adjustable coilovers i bought i could get spares for them before i bought them
cos you never know when something might go wrong ,and they do cost a bit of $
so , if they do develop issues you have a fighting chance of getting them fixed rather then bin the lot cos you cant get it fixed and then make the wallet get thinner again buying new stuff

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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby Avenir » Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:57 pm

If any of my coils break, especially being suspension I am not going to repair 1 part down the line. I'll just get it fully replaced again. Otherwise they will wear at different rates. Let's not talk about them breaking straight out the gate too they just got on ahaha.

PRE UPDATE:
I have the Superpro TRC1023 control arms on the way, should get to me by this week or next week to quickly slap in and get a wheel alignment shortly after so I can then drive the car back to Melb and get the new door fitted. It'll be good to see the added difference the arms will do after the coilovers, as I have already driven the car before they were in.

I will be getting a few smaller items from my brother at Bursons for real cheap as I have been meaning to get them:
- OBD II reader (might just get an old school one via cord plug-in... I know the new ones are cool and flashy but If its all that important later on I'll just buy another one. I don't plan on watching the readings every day, and like the fact its old school too)
- Black plastidip for the front bumper black out that I still haven't done yet
- Exhaust sealant for the new exhaust coming soon
- More double sided tape for some new bodykit stuff I'll eventually do
and other bits and bobs plus whatever else I might need for a tune?? SOMEBODY SAY TACTRIX OPEN PORT? Think Bumbles ears pricked up after I posted this..??? lol Thats if Merlin is still around once I email him..

As always I'll let you lads know. Also I have decided to throw out the idea of painting my rims, its just too bloody hard. Might eventually get some black Avid av06's like @lancer2014...

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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby bumblebee » Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:24 am

Try reading the performance na section about tactrix and the rest of OBD2 stuff you will need
Merlin is still around don't you worries about that
Can you buy just one of the adjustable coil over complete? The majority of manufacture won't let you do that and you need to buy a full set.

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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby Avenir » Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:17 pm

I have read a fair few areas of NA performance but its a bit of a minefield atm so many dead threads and gems along the way. I actually have talked to merlin now, I'll give some more details below. Don't think i can just buy one coilover, but I haven't message XYZ support centre so I don't know yet. Maybe..

LITTLE UPDATE BEFORE THE WEEKEND:
Hey guys so its been a bit of time again, and a bit of progress as well.

SUPERPRO CONTROL ARMS - Have arrived at my parents place, gonna install them this weekend. They will hopefully stiffen up the steering especially with the poly bushings. Then I gotta focus on the back end.

EVO X SPOILER - Yes I know its random, but I picked up one of these for 200$ Already at my place and I'll take it soon to get spray painted by the same bloke doing my door for a low price hopefully. Always liked these spoilers purely as a decal/aesthetic. Ill have the bottom part kept matte black and the top part as grey (same as car), I love the two tone look.

MAGNAFLOW 2.5inch CAT BACK - By surprise it is approaching my parents place in less then a week, the tracking lately of parcels has been absolute shit so it went from not even being in the country for 2 months to now being a few days away from my door step. I want to get this installed but I am unsure if I should go the extra mile and get a high flow cat with it first. If anyone can recommend one for 2.5 inch that is fairly cheap i'll have a look!

OBDII READER - Ended up picking one of these up from Repco, its a Foxwell variant which had perfectly good reviews and had more functionality then the real shit ones. Everything I need to check up on some codes for the lancer and any live data. On sale too!

TUNE - I talked to merlin over email and gotten a bit closer to tuning. I am currently not ready as I have to get the exhaust on first, but he has stated that he is tuning another lancer atm and will hopefully try to hit me up when its finished. Probably looking at $400.

NEXT PARTS:

BUSHINGS. MORE BUSHINGS - Nuff said, most of them are completely fucked on my car and i'll need a combination of the control arm bushings, sway bar bushings, and trailing arm etc. Probably buy some kits from super pro, but I know they are a bitch to install especially without the right tools so see how I go.

BMK007 WHITELINE KIT - This is the sway bar, link, bushing kit that I can buy. Its overkill for the street but eh car will handle mad after this. It's about 700$

BODYKIT STUFF - Few things like side skirt extensions and rear diffuser off bodykitkingdom they have add on/stick on ones that look not bad for a reasonable price... plus I am not wanting to change the body of the lancer too much in this respect. Just add a bit of flare. Otherwise I'd get an evo lol.

Pretty much everything I can remember. Once I get the car driveable again it will get the new door on and be right as rain. Bushings are probably the biggest issue at the moment.

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2008 Lancer VRX Manual
K&N Typhoon Intake + RA Snorkel
4-2-1 OBX Heat Wrapped Extractors
TS Short Shifter
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Re: 2008 Lancer CJ VRX - Build thread

Postby bumblebee » Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:11 am

Hope you enjoy feeling every bump in the road after you shove the bushes in you plan on getting from super pro
OBD2 tool , your better off to get this if you have Android phone
https://www.amazon.com.au/ScanTool-4272 ... B00H9S71LW
Or just get a cheapie $100 android phone and no Sim card and run that , this will out perform and Foxwell device any day of the week


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