The dreaded MOT time again!
Another easy pass for the Evo come MOT time, the third in my ownership. All that was needed were two antirollbar bushes at £14 each – not bad for Mitsubishi! Apparently fitting was easier said than done however as the subframe needed to be dropped down to fit them. I also managed to secure a set of used shocks with Eibach springs that looked in excellent condition for £250 from the MLR. I got these fitted by the garage at the same time. This has cured the knocking from the front nearside that has steadily been getting worse over time.
The driver’s window is now finally fixed (for good hopefully!) and I can use a McDonald’s drivethrough without opening the door and getting out like a weirdo! A second hand regulator to the rescue.
The car was handling better with the new suspension, however there was was clearly a problem with the steering as turning right loaded the steering so it was heavy then went light again while turning left the steering was very light. You couldn’t have any confidence in the handling due to the varying resistance. I assumed it was something to do with the new suspension from running various camber, toe and castor after fitting. So the car is in for 4 wheel alignment and I’ll report on the findings when she’s back
MOT – easier said than done for tuned Japanese cars
One of the main issues, come MOT time with tuned Japanese cars are often the emissions. In order to pass the emissions test, I needed to fit a Catalytic converter. I managed to source one online for around £130, but there was no guarantee it would pass. Luckily the cat brought the emissions under the limit and it was signed off. If you’re in the same situation check before ordering a cat that your exhaust is not a single piece from the manifold back as you will have to swap the entire exhaust system or cut it to fit a new car. Luckily mine unbolts where it has a decat pipe and was an easy job to swap for the garage.
As the car had never been fitted with a rear fog light since being imported, it would not pass without one. Again I’m not sure how this has ever passed the 3 or so previous MOTs in the country but heigh ho!The garage wired the button in very neatly just in the recess below the steering wheel. I asked them to wire it into the rear light cluster, as I hate seeing the foglights cut and placed into the bumper or hanging down like an afterthought.
Job nicely done, I was issued with one of the new style white MOT certificates – making it much harder to find in future when filed in a service history folder amongst all the other white paged receipts!