Project EVO IX Part 5: ARK Designs and Mitsubishi Products
By Mike Kojima
Over the past few months we have been busy tuning Project EVO’s Engine, Brakes and Suspension. This month we focused on some of the minor but important details that every performance car needs.
ARK Design products
Every car with aspirations of track driving needs accurate instruments, the EVO is no exception. Factory gauges are very inaccurate, often lagging far behind what is actually going on. In the case of the EVO, most of the important gauges are simply missing. The EVO only has a water temperature gauge, ridiculous for a high performance car.
A turbo charged car that is always being tuned on needs a boost pressure gauge. All cars need an oil pressure gauge and cars that are track driven need very accurate water temperature and oil temperature gauges, as turbo cars always seem to run on the edge of meltdown when pounded on a road course. Factory gauges are notoriously inaccurate, usually only signaling trouble once the damage has already been done.
|The Mitsubishi radio relocation kit moves the radio to the lower DIN bin on the dash so we could mount the ARK Gauges to the upper DIN location where the radio used to be. They are easier to see there.|
In the past getting decent gauges in your car would mean a triple gauge pod and the installation of a few more gauges in the dash. Some people like the lots of gauges look but some people don’t. A pillar pod with three big gauges is a pull me over signal for the police and a dash full of aftermarket gauges in all sorts of places screams Knight Rider. If gauges are hidden in a glove box, they are not doing much good either; I mean what good is a hidden gauge? With a lot of wires to hook up and run around, a plethora of gauges usually results in a bunch of untidy wiring under the dash and in the engine compartment with a problematic bunch of wires going through the firewall where they can chafe. In our experience about 70-80% of all on-track failures are related to wiring and plumbing issues and frankly, stringing a bunch of wires around the car makes us nervous and proper wiring is a lot of tedious work.