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James Castaneda

James Castaneda went looking for an all-around track car to start tuning, so choosing the 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X was a no-brainer. He tells us it has been both fun to drive and fun to work on over the years. With a long list of modifications touching on all aspects of performance, this Evo is a force to be reckoned with at car shows and on the track.

Owner: James Castaneda
Location: North Hollywood, California, United States
Vehicle: 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X
Horsepower: 401 whp
Club: Team Gouki

SOCIAL:
Facebook: James Castaneda
Instagram: @goukievox

Photography by Caliphotography.

James Castaneda 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X TBGLIVE 6

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE:
Cusco side engine mount
Cusco front engine mount
Cusco transmission mount
HKS racing suction intake
HKS intercooler pipes
HKS Circle Earth grounding wires
HKS Oil cooler thermostat
HKS wastegate actuator
AMS intercooler
AMS downpipe
AMS fuel rail
FIC 1300cc fuel injectors
AEM 320 LPH fuel pump
Synapse bypass valve
Mishimoto radiator piping

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EXHAUST:
AMS downpipe
Ichiba test pipe
Exhaust deleted and replaced by custom exhaust piping

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS:
HKS CAMP 2
Grimspeed 3-port boost controller
KTMotorsports reflash

James Castaneda 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X TBGLIVE 7

DRIVELINE:
Cusco 1.5-way LSD
Cusco copper twin clutch system
Shepard Transmission final drive 4.28

James Castaneda 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X TBGLIVE 1

WHEELS & TIRES:
Advan RZ wheels - 18x10 +25 (f/r)
+10mm spacers up front
Hankook Ventus TD tires - 285/30/18 (f/r)

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION:
Cusco front OS strut bar
Cusco rear OS strut bar
Cusco rear camber arm
Zeal Function XS coilovers
Hotchkis 32mm rear sway bar
Whiteline rear adjustable camber links
Replaced rear crash beam with lighter custom bars
Replaced front crash beam for lighter custom bars  

BRAKES:
StopTech dimpled rotors
Endless steel brake lines
Hawk HP Plus brake pads

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EXTERIOR:
Cusco front tow strap
Voltex front lip
Voltex GT Type 5 wing
Seibon TS carbon fiber hood w/ custom painted fade into carbon
Seibon carbon fiber trunk
Rexpeed carbon vortex generator
Rexpeed carbon fender vents
Rexpeed polarized side view mirrors
Mitsubishi window visors
Ralliart exhaust shields
AGP short antenna
SSP aluminum undertray
Beatrush rear tow hook
QuickLatch fasteners for front bumper 

INTERIOR:
Cusco/Bride Zeta III XL race seats
Cusco 6-point racing harnesses
Cusco drift knob
HKS shift knob
Autopower 6-point roll cage
Nardi Deep Corn suede steering wheel
Work splash hub
Sun Cyber pedals
AMS shifter base bushings
Torque Solutions short shifter
Beatrush bulk head
AEM digital boost gauge
AEM air/fuel digital gauge
Ortiz custom gauge holders  

AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA:
Factory navigation modified to show HKS CAMP 2 onboard data

James Castaneda 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X TBGLIVE 8

COMPETITION EVENTS, CLASSES & AWARDS:
11/23/2008: 5th Annual Toys for Tots Charity Car Show - 3rd Place
4/11/2009: Formula D/Jtuned AutoGallery - Most Gangster All Wheel Drive
12/10/2011: City Stars Car Show - Best of Show
12/22/2012: Street Chaos Muscle vs Import - Best 4 Door Car
6/1/2013: Autocon - 2nd Place Finest Mitsubishi
8/3/2013: Santa Clarita Hot Import Car Show - Import Fashion Choice Award
8/17/2013: Stance Nation & Import Showoff Nisei Week - 1st place Mitsubishi Class
8/25/2013: The FWY Series Pasadena car Show - 1st Place Hottest Mitsubishi
7/18/2015: RACE Track Event - 1st place time 1:11.562  

FAVORITE MODIFICATION:
"Cusco Race seats. One of the only seats that are comfortable for buckets seats and can fit my body size."

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS:
New Garrett turbo or HKS turbo
New cams
Strengthen engine block  

SPONSORS:
Cusco USA
JDM Carboy
Option Lab/MST Wheels

SHOPS/MECHANICS:
KTMotoring

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