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Old 30-01-2017, 10:42   #1
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Corroded Evolution Chassis? We can help

The underbody restoration of Mitsubishi Evolutions, has become a hot topic in recent years. Unfortunately for us, the owners of these cars, if the vehicles have spent their lives in the UK, they will no doubt have been subjected to harsh wet winter roads treated with salt.

Please note that 'Fresh imports' are not safe, we have carried out full chassis leg replacements on vehicles which have been in the UK less than 12 months.

The continued use of these un-galvanised, Japanese machines in British winters, causes severe and extensive chassis corrosion and could result in one or more of the following issues
  • A significant safety concern when driving the vehicle.
  • A vehicle which won’t pass it’s annual MOT test
  • Becoming liable for a large repair bill

Below is a before and after on an Evolution VI



The cause of the corrosion issues, are a result of the ingress of water and salt into the chassis legs, side sills and wheel arches. This has devastating effects to the untreated metal that these cars are built from, often rotting the chassis legs from the inside out.

Below we will show you what to look for when buying an Evolution second hand and also what can be done to repair these problems here at Auto Torque.

Below are photographs of a complete rear chassis leg replacement carried out on an Evolution VI.

The majority of our restoration work is carried out on the Evolution VI, due to it’s popularity and the numbers here in the UK. However, these issues are not limited to the cars that were sold at the turn of the century, we have seen significant chassis corrosion in cars as recent as a 2006 Evolution IX.

While we can offer some very extensive repairs, we have also had vehicles in our workshop that are uneconomical to repair. These vehicles also suffer from corrosion on the floor pan and the front turrets which will mean the repair bill grows bigger than is viable to repair.

I cannot emphasise enough that a thorough inspection of these cars must be completed before any work begins. Often more problems are apparent once components are removed.


So what can be done?

Well first of all, every case is different, so we need to inspect each car thoroughly to understand the extent of the problem. We cannot operate on a fixed price, as each car has different needs due to climate, storage and the location the car has spent it’s life.
  • Chassis Rail replacement with or w/o cross member
  • Wheel arch repairs and replacement
  • Floor pan repair
  • Boot floor repair
  • Strut top repair
  • Side sill replacement

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Below you will see the condition an Evolution VI was brought to us and the stages it went through in it’s restoration process with Paul.


The complete rear assembly is removed including the fuel tank, propshaft, rear seats and carpets. Some heavy corrosion on the rails, which is much more apparent once the subframe is removed.




Below you will see the un-picking of the spot welds in the rear wheel arches. Also shown are common problem areas
  • the bottom of the wheel arches.
  • Between the rear subframe mounting bolts










The rails that join to the boot floor located behind the rear bumper are very susceptible to corrosion.




The area due to be replaced is cleaned up, any material that is corroded is removed.












New chassis rails going in.
















Once the are fully welded in and sealed they are treated to underseal and cavity wax to prevent this problem reoccurring.










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Old 30-01-2017, 11:36   #2
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Old 30-01-2017, 12:34   #3
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good work but do wonder which Extreme is that though
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Fair play for tackling that. I've done similar to a few rally mk2 escorts in the past for my dad.

Looks like went in all the common places.

Are the chassis legs still available? And are they expensive. ?
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Great work Wot make did u use for underseal?? Thinking useing dinitrol for mine ??
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Kudos for putting in the effort there - would be interested in a rough cost breakdown in truth, but I guess it very much depends on what state the car is in.
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Tidy job great work you should advertise your talent I am sure there is a lot of guys with Evo s that would pay you to do that for them
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Fair play for tackling that. I've done similar to a few rally mk2 escorts in the past for my dad.

Looks like went in all the common places.

Are the chassis legs still available? And are they expensive. ?
We are still able to get them, yes.

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Great work Wot make did u use for underseal?? Thinking useing dinitrol for mine ??
Dinitrol is a good product

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Kudos for putting in the effort there - would be interested in a rough cost breakdown in truth, but I guess it very much depends on what state the car is in.
PM me your email and I can give you a ball park.

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Tidy job great work you should advertise your talent I am sure there is a lot of guys with Evo s that would pay you to do that for them
I was hoping that this thread might serve that purpose


We are doing two of these jobs a month at present.
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Are you open on Saturdays Tom? Thinking of popping in for a nose about as I will be in the area in a few weeks time
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What a fantastic service offered by these guys . Ideal for owners who don't have the time , knowledge and facilities to tackle problems like this on there own

I'm sure they could fix almost anything , all evos are now worth saving ... Not just the pink ones

They did a fantastic job with my Ayc refurb and paint , highly recommended
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