A few years ago, a client came to Bay Area Audio Visions in Corpus Christi in search of someone to build a show-quality 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo stereo system. The client wanted to give his car the ‘full meal deal’ with audio, performance and styling upgrades. Over several visits in the following years, we finished the build as you see it here. Read on to find out what we did to make this Lancer Evolution so special.
Subwoofer Enclosure and Amp Rack
The first part of the project involved designing the trunk of the vehicle. The client wanted the system to have great bass and be memorable to everyone who saw it. We started by constructing an enclosure for a pair of JL Audio 13W6v2 subwoofers. We fired the subwoofers upwards through the rear deck to ensure all of the output feeds directly into the car. This design allowed the owner to show off the trunk without it affecting the performance of the system.
To accommodate the rear strut tower brace, we built a channel into the rear of the subwoofer enclosure. After construction was complete, we finished all of the internal surfaces and joints with body filler and sanded everything smooth in preparation for paint. A Lexan brace supports the clear front window and features 1/8-inch mirrored blue accents and blue LED lighting.
We built a rack for a pair of JL Audio amplifiers and a five-farad Stinger stiffening capacitor on the floor of the trunk. The JL Audio Slash series 450/4 and 1000/1 amps are visible through openings in the fiberglass trim panel. We included a Lexan window over an Optima Yellow-Top battery and the system fuses. Once the trim panel was finished, we had it painted it to match the vehicle perfectly.
Interior Speaker Upgrades
The client wanted something unique for the interior of the vehicle. We started by creating a set of custom kick panels for the midrange and tweeters from a JL Audio XR 653-Csi component set. We fabricated new door panels for the midbass drivers. The first step was to create mounting panels for the speakers. We made trim rings from half-inch Lexan, and laminated 1/8-inch mirrored blue Lexan to the top. We use our router to add a nice big chamfer in each to so the layers were visible, and the edge would light up with the systems LEDs. A Mitsubishi logo and Evolution VIII accent panel were added to the doors to attract more attention.
The stock location for the rear speakers is on the rear deck. Because we mounted the subwoofers back there, we decided to make speaker pods in the C-pillars for the JL Audio XR525-Csi components. The C-pillar was build up with wood and body filler to sit flush to the blue Lexan trim panels. They continue the theme of the doors and kick panels.
Source Unit and Dash Modifications
Double-DIN source units were not popular when we started this project. We installed a Single-DIN Kenwood KVT-915DVD under the climate controls after modifying the factory storage pocket. We mounted a Kenwood KGC-9044 11-band graphic equalizer in the factory radio location. We integrated a pair of engine management controllers in the upper portion of the dash. We had our custom-fabricated radio trim and engine controller panels painted to match the exterior of the vehicle. We molded the controllers into the panel so only their displays and buttons are visible.
Trunk Lid Panel Reconstruction
To finish off the installation, we recreated the trunk lid to house a pair of JL Audio XR525-CSi components, a 12-inch LCD screen and a Sony Playstation. The panel features the same flawless painted fiberglass finish and two-layer Lexan speaker rings as the trunk tub and dash. The speakers and monitor let onlookers enjoy whatever game is in the Playstation.
Show Quality Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Stereo System
It took a while to finish, but the end-result of this Lancer Evo stereo project is amazing. The client, who goes by the name ‘Johnny Rocket’ won many events. He even had the vehicle featured in print publications. If you are looking for something unique and creative for your car or truck, drop into Bay Area Audio Visions and talk to us. You can also reach us by calling 361-853-0936 or by sending us an e-mail using our contact FORM.