Tien Wong's Performance Modified 2011 Lancer Evolution X is Amazing Daily Driver

Tien Wong's 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (EVO) X
Tien Wong's 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (EVO) X
Tien Wong had a sweet tooth for the Lancer Evolution (EVO) X long before he finally broke down and made the purchase. Upon choosing the 2011 model, there were no doubts of Wong's intentions. Although the car would prove adequate for most consumers, Wong has always been the kind of fella who enjoys making a few modifications here and there.

"I can't help modifying everything I own," explained the car owner. So I've pretty much modified every vehicle I've had. This is my seventh car. All of the previous ones have been modified in some way. So I would say that I know my way around cars, but am no expert by any means."
Performance modified Mitsubishi Evolution (EVO) X
Performance modified Mitsubishi Evolution (EVO) X


"I've wanted an EVO since I saw the VII. I originally planned to purchase a IX, but since the X was already out and I was in the market for a new car, I decided to pull the trigger on it. I decided that I had to buy a car that would depreciate the least amount during the time I would own it."

One would suspect that those who enjoy making modifications to their vehicles must first have an inspiration. Well, Wong is no different. He was most interested in a car that would prove functional.

Not a follower of the "Super Stance movement," Wong opted to go in a different direction. "I set up the car as a daily, that could handle everything I could throw at it. I set it up in a way that, basically, you don't have to slow down for railroad tracks. You could speed up and not bottom out when you landed.
This performance Evo X was set up as a daily driver that wouldn't have to slow down for railroad tracks and could speed up without bottoming out when you landed.
This performance Evo X was set up as a daily driver that wouldn't have to slow down for railroad tracks and could speed up without bottoming out when you landed.


"Low enough to look nice, but still able to make it up driveways," he continued. "Since it was an EVO, it wasn't exactly a comfortable car to begin with. So I decided to go all out, yet still retain a sleeper look to it. I rarely get glances from cops, because the exhaust isn't particularly loud. In the end, I molded it to how I wanted it to be - for my own enjoyment."

As the build came to fruition, Wong composed several modifications that would lend to what he considered the perfect EVO. Focusing on esthetics, the car owner turned to OEM for a Aero Kit front lip, and EVO X RS fog delete kit. Wong also opted to attach a custom front bumper quick release kit.
Custom Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X owned by Tien Wong
Custom Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X owned by Tien Wong


Eager to improve the suspension, the car owner embarked upon several more modifications. In fact, he opted to install a Cusco rear sway bar and went with Hotchkis for a front sway bar. These modifications would likely have a positive effect on the overall ride. However, he also installed a GTSpec rear strut bar and an AEM strut bar to the front.

Prior to crawling under the hood, Wong had a few more modifications in mind. After a TWM Short-shifter + shifter cage replacement, he went with Underhood shifter bushings and a M1 Abrams Shift knob, also manufactured by TWM.

Eager to improve the overall look of the interior, Wong installed Genuine Alcantara shift boot, an armrest cover and an ebrake handle cover, all three produced by Redline goods. After installing a Custom black headliner and Alcantara A/B/C pillars, he was finally ready to divert his attention to the engine compartment.

Bolting on AMS motor mounts, he moved on to the fuel system. A DW 65-c fuel pump and RC 1200cc injectors would provide his build with dependability and enhanced performance.
Mitsubishi Evo X with AEM front strut bar, AEM intercooler and AEM performance air intake system
Mitsubishi Evo X with AEM front strut bar, AEM intercooler and AEM performance air intake system


Acutely aware that quality was of utmost importance, he was quick to choose several AEM products that would enhance his cars capabilities. In fact, Wong considered the AEM intake as an essential component of the modification. He also installed an AEM intercooler and upper and lower intercooler pipes. Last but not least, he chose an AEM Failsafe/Uego Gauge.

"I went with the failsafe gauge, because AEM is the only one I know of who has two gauges in one. I wanted to minimize the number of gauges I had," explained Wong. "I know for a fact that AEM has been in the business for a long time and they put a lot of thought and engineering into the products they produce. They won't release a product quickly just to gain market share, but instead, focus on quality."

Recalling previous builds, Wong continued, "My first AEM product would be an intake I had installed back on my Mazda-speed-3.

Although Wong's Lancer Evoliution X has yet to be featured in any publications, one can only suspect that it will eventually earn notoriety. And the car owner gave no indication the project has reached completion. In reference to future plans, Tien Wong said, I plan on getting some new tires and getting the car corner balanced." In conclusion he ensured, "I plan on taking it to the track."

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