Bobby Umhauer (aka: Caronfiberhooded) has been an Eagle Talon owner for nearly a decade. Though his first Talon was a non-turbo model, he turbocharged it, later making the move to a TSi AWD (all wheel drive). Here’s his story.
What’s your real name?
Screen name: Carbonfiberhooded
What do you do for a living and where do you live?
I am a satellite technician for Intertech Digital and I live In Kenmore, NY, which is a suburb of Buffalo.
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive?
1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD presently, but started into the scene with a ’97 Eagle Talon ESi that I turbocharged.
How long have you had it/them?
For about 10 years total. I’ve had the TSi since 2003.
What’s your build philosophy/goals for your Mitsubishi?
I wanted something that no one else really had. Everyone else always went with domestics or Hondas. 2Gb Talons are hot and you don’t really see too many of them.
How do you use it?
Mostly just around town and to cruise in. I drag race a little. I like to drive my car everyday, so breaking something at the strip and putting the car out of commission is something I try to avoid.
What originally attracted you to the Mitsubishi?
The looks of the 2Gs. I still can’t believe they made such an awesome car right out of the factory. I feel they where ahead of their time in terms of how they look compared to other cars that preceded them and other cars of the same model years. And we won’t even get into the performance aspect!
What keeps you going today?
Living in Buffalo, we really only have 6 months of good weather. Being stuck in the muck, spinning the tires and going slow in the cold winter months, motivates me to have a nice summer car that I can keep shiny and make faster when I get bored and think it needs more! Some people play the lottery, I just dump all my money into a DSM!
Got a favorite story about your Mitsubishi?
Yeah actually, I raced a Tiburon once when I first got my TSi. (On a closed course of course!) The guy was spraying it with like a 50 shot [of nitrous oxide] and had every bolt on he could buy for it. After I manhandled him four times in a row from a dig and a couple slow rolls, he asked what I had done to my car. I told him, “exhaust and intake!” He was like, “Yeah okay,” in a very sarcastic tone. Too bad for him that’s all I did have!
What are your goals for your Mitsubishi and how close are you to achieving them?
Hmm… To keep it running, I guess, and to keep improving on what I have.
What was your favorite modification and why?
Probably going to a bigger turbo and taking it for the first ride after getting it tuned. I must have had the biggest grin on my face when it hit full boost the first time!
Full 2.4L build (G4CS)
-stock 2.4 crank (G4CS)
-5 angle valve job
-Ferrea springs and retainers
-Evo MR BOV
-DNP exhaust mani
-Tial 44mm wastegate
– Apexi N1 3″ catback with high flow cat
-2.75″ IC piping
-FIC 950cc injectors
-Walbro 255lph fuel pump
-PTT Twin Disc
-Forced Performance 4″ intake
-TRE Stage 3 transmission
-18″ Motegi FF6 rims in gunmetal
-Dunlop 225/40/ZR tires
-Tein Sport springs
-KYB 5 way adjustibles
– VIS carbon fiber hood
Tell us about something really exciting you’ve done with other Mitsubishi owners.
The DSM Shootout is a blast! I’ve gone five of the last six years. Good people, fast cars, and great times! A big thank you to Mr. Buschur for having the event every year!
Tell us about a time something broke and what it took to fix it.
I cracked my exhaust manifold on the way to the Shootout last year. I went to Buschur’s and they did a quick weld to keep it from completely cracking in half and to get me home. They had to unplug the battery when they welded it and my tune went bye-bye. I called a friend who was in town and he called a friend who had a laptop. I had my tuner back home email me my tune which I then emailed to the friend’s friend who reloaded my tune. Everything seemed to go ok, until we started the car and found out my MAF was hacked and we didn’t have the settings for it. So we unplugged the MAF and limped it back to the motel where later we got the settings for the MAF. There were lots of phone calls made that day to say the least, but I made it back home 4.5 hours no problem!
What’s the best part about being a Mitsubishi owner?
The community, by far! Everyone supports each other and it’s not uncommon for people to go out of their way to help you when you need it.
The most challenging?
Overcoming the urge to buy every new part that comes out! The aftermarket is just out of control! Not in a bad way either! I’m glad to see it where it is today! So many different options and combinations to try!
What excites you about the coming year? (Your Mitsu and your community)
Getting the car back on the road. It’s currently getting the motor rebuilt and will be better than ever! I also look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the Shootout!
How often do you get together with other Mitsubishi owners in person?
Usually like once a week or every couple weeks, depending on season. I see them a lot more in the summer!
Your thoughts on those who part out otherwise salvageable cars?
As long as those parts go to helping another Mitsu live on, it’s ok. I’ve benefited from it before when I couldn’t find a part and just stumbled across someone parting a perfectly good car. It’s sad in a way, but usually there is a good reason why it’s being parted.
How do you feel building a Mitsubishi compares to building a Mitsubishi community?
It takes many different pieces but once they are all tuned in, it runs great!!
How has your Mitsubishi build benefited from your involvement in the community?
I’ve met many people off Mitsu-based forums who have helped me wrench on the car on more than one occasion. That, and you can pretty much find out anything you want to know just by jumping on one of the forums and searching around. If you can’t find something, people volunteer their knowledge freely. Just Mitsu people helping other Mitsu people!
What’s next for your Mitsubishi?
To get it running again this year. I want to switch to e-85 sometime in the near future. I also want to get an Evo soon. We’ll see, I guess!
Who has helped you the most along the way with the car?
Jskrapper (Joe Skorupa) and DeviousTSi (Gary Burch) from the local forums and a few national forums. Joe has been there since I got the car, helping me whenever I needed it. Gary is the most knowledgeable DSM person I have ever met. I’m pretty sure he could teach the Mitsu engineers a thing or two about DSMs! He is a hell of a mechanic and his tuning is top notch too!
Both the guys I just mentioned.
How have you paid this forward and mentored others?
Every chance I get. I am no master mechanic by any means, but I try to help whoever I can whenever I can.
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
Not really. I really don’t hold one over the rest. Whoever has the good deals I guess!
Are you on Facebook?
Yes. Just look me up!!
Thanks for being a contributing member of the global Mitsubishi community, Bobby!