June 16, 2020 By Francis G. Pallarco

Tuner: Never Stop

Proving that there’s always something worth upgrading

Judging from how it looked overall, one would think that this particular Lancer Evolution V was already a finished build a couple of years ago. Mainly because it didn’t fall short when it came down to functionality and mechanical prowess. Crucial traits that I look for when I sum up any modified build to feature. But it seems the word ‘finished’ just doesn’t apply to car enthusiasts. Most especially when they’re using it to refer to their project cars, like in this case as owner Richard Conti muses, “Last na to promise, words that I said two years ago when I started building this car. Fast forward today and a lot of upgrades has been done and are still being planned.” See what I mean?

Being a part of the jdmunderground community and the AWD Squad Ph means that even the slightest thought of generating more power and making it look even better is just too hard for him resist. Under the hood is a Francisco ‘Pacho’ Blanco of Autoplus/BRE tuned engine with over 200-plus whp. But it’s not quite done as higher capacity fuel injectors, aftermarket waste gate and fuel pump upgrade are already in the works with another dyno tuning session. For looks, Richard also chose a Tomei-themed engine bay with Tomei dress up accessories such as the oil cap, spark-plug cover and a heat shield. He even had the valve cover refinished in blue to match the overall Tomei under hood theme. Now that’s proper planning.

Not content with the stock Evo V underpinnings, Richard made sure that his Evo handled really well. The result? All the Evo V suspension components were upgraded to Evo VI-specs using Powerflex polyurethane bushings and fully adjustable Dynamics coilovers. Stiffer aftermarket sway bars were also added together with Cusco chassis stiffening bars and a 6-point roll cage that strongly impart a serious ‘Don’t mess with me’ performance-oriented attitude.

Despite being shod with the quintessential Volk Rays TE37 wheels in bronze finish; Richard opted to streamline its overall Evo-look with OZ Racing Crono wheels. This 5-spoke wheel design is highly identified/associated with the Evo as these were the same kind of wheels that they used to compete with in the WRC. “I had it even before my project car started and has been sitting in storage. Repainted it white with new stickers by R&D Visions Wheel Refinish and Refurbishment.” Providing traction are Advan Neova AD08R tires that looks so proper on

Japanese AWD monster. While Richard didn’t mess with the Evo-spec Brembo brakes, he did replace the stock brake lines with aftermarket AMS stainless steel braided ones. Aside from improving brake pedal feel, consider this vital upgrade as part of preventive maintenance. As for the interior, Richard kept everything period correct with all the Evo-V specific trims, door cards and the Recaro seats. The only upgrades he did are the Autometer gauges, shift light, MOMO steering wheel with red/carbon horn button and a Ralliart shift knob that he personally bought from Japan.

After all the upgrades Richard has done so far, I think that the visual and performance outcome has been totally worth his efforts. It may look like a normal Evo-V, but there’s something not stock about it that catches the eye. It’s one of those prime builds that needs close inspection in order for the sheer amount of rare aftermarket performance parts to become visible. Its overall clean execution makes it ready for any car show, just as the performance upgrades makes it ready on any racetrack. Overall, this is unlike most Evo-V builds and represents a prime example of what to do and utmost attention to details. The only question now is will there be more upgrades in the future for this Evo-V? I think that’s a definite yes.


1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V Richard Conti

Engine Mods

HKS air filter, HKS full exhaust, HKS radiator cap, Custom 3inch down pipe, Evo 9 Blow off valve, Forge wastegate, Turbosmart Manual boost controller, Ralliart air filter tube, Japan custom-made air filter heat shield, Dynamics performance aluminum radiator, Beatrush cooling plate, GRAMS 1000cc Injector, Walbro 255 fuel pump, Tomei oil cap, Tomei spark plug cover, Tomei heat shield, STM battery tie down,

Interior Mods

Recaro Seats, Momo Montecarlo steering wheel, Momo carbon Horn button, RALLIART shift knob, Cusco 6pt roll cage, Beatrush rear floor bar

Suspension Mods

Dynamics Performance Coilovers with Camber Plate, Cusco 3pt front strut bar, Cusco 2pt rear strut bar, Cusco front under bar, Megan adjustable toe arm, Powerflex UK polyurethane bushing, Whiteline front and rear stabiliser link, Whiteline rear sway bar mount bracket kit


OZ Racing Crono Wheels (17×8 +35) Advan Neova AD08R Tires (235/45R1


Brembo Calipers/Rotors, AMS stainless steel brake line


Autometer gauges, Sniper shift light, Pioneer stereo

Body & Paint

HQ Restoration

Kudos To

(My wife) Dona Conti, Leonard Lim, Bodz Garcia, Noli Par, Benjamin, Francisco Blanco, Pow Anticamara of JDMUndergroundph, Doc Alain Uy of AWDSquadPh, Mac Lasala of Lanevoclubph, J.P. Pangilinan of Goldstar turbocharger optionjdm, LNB Car Surplus & Carbon, Bike 101, HQ Restoration, JC Auto Electrical, Edward Nunez of Precision 24 Auto Detailer, Mekichi JDM, D-Boyz Autoworx Sonson Lim of Dynamics Performance, Jay Marcelo of JSM Tire Center, Boyok Marcelo of D’ Lucky M Tire Centre, Carlos Gono of Autoplus Sportzentrium, Otchok Sta Rosa, Jes & Jed Sta Rosa of Streetlevel Auto Performance, Spugen parts, Lswan’s Garage ph, STMTUNED INC., Jay Zee of Jayzee Autoparts, Reynan Michael Asuncion of Stage21 bodykits, Joemuff, Petron Marcos


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