lots of good questions.
where are you based? I think you would benefit hugely from a visit to a forum member with a similar evo, and some experience. Go for a drive, have a look around, be educated about what you're looking at, and learn from their experience.
MY experience with jdm cars, is that I always always end up modding them, and that's very expensive. This time around I bought one that had had loads of work done, and saved myself a fortune, although it has since had issues in other areas...
I would personally advise to get one with the mods done, just make sure they have been done well and not skimped, also perhaps with a modded car get the engine compression tested and leakdown tested before buying, and pay particular attention to the condition of the turbo also.
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