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As for the new model check out "http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mitsubishidiamante/" which seems to indicate otherwise. I had also heard previously that a 2003 redesign was in the works, but it seems unlikely it will his US shores by next year. This seems especially true given the facelift that the '02 model got and the addtion of the VR-X trim level.
I definitely do not recommend the Goodyear Eagle GA's that come on most Diamantes, including the two I own. On my 1999, they vibrated and it took several replacements to find ones that could be balanced. By that time the two original tires that did get balanced developed a wear pattern that has led to tire rumbling. The same thing has happened to a friend of mine's 2000 Diamante with Goodyears. I also have read of tire rumble with Goodyears in the Galant forum.
I also have had excellent luck with Bridgestone Turanza tires. I have owned several sets on two different cars and they were very quiet, had excellent traction and lasted "forever". I recently rented a 2002 Galant for my 2,400 mile vacation and it had Turanzas on it and it was very quiet.
It has been many years since I have owned Michelins, but the JD Power, Consumer Reports and Tirerack.com ratings always give the thumbs up to Michelins. But they can get expensive.
The lowest speed rating recommended for the Diamante is H.
Here's what to do. Go to http://www.tirerack.com/index.jsp and enter in your information in the "Shop For Tires" blanks. When you get to the page that lists your tire size, select "View All" and you will get a page from which to select the characteristics and brands you want. If you select all the choices under "All Season" you will find some excellent choices among Yokohama, Michelin, Bridgestone and others. I would be tempted to buy the Bridgestone Turanzas on that list. Dunlops are good and inexpensive, but they can be noisy.
Buy the tires you select from a local tire dealer, though, so you can return for replacements and adjustments if needed. (sorry, Tire Rack) To select the tire dealer, visit http://www.gsp9700.com/ and select "Locate A GSP9700" to find a dealer that has the GSP9700 which is a special balancing machine that presses a 700 pound rolling force against the tire while it is being balanced to balance against sidewall variances. This is the only way a tire should be balanced when used on a high precision suspension like the Diamante. Read all the information on the GSP9700 site and you will be better educated when you buy your tires.
And, most importantly, when you actually get your tires, DO NOT let the tech use an air impact wrench on your wheels or you will end up with brake pulsation about 3,000 miles later. Visit http://www.geocities.com/diamanteowner/article2.htm for the full story.
Let me know what you end up with and how you like them.
While you are at it, clean the throttle body. It is a lot easier to do if you remove the plenum. See the following for instructions:
I have been reading a lot about Unichips lately, and I was wondering if anyone here has successfully installed on in a Diamante. I'm particularly interested in knowing what sort of gains I should notice from installing this $595 piece of equipment.
Also, I was wondering what other modifications have been generally successful. I have been reading about people installing K&N flat-cone filters that are compatible with the MAS in Magna's (the Diamante's Australian counterpart). Has anyone done something similar to a Diamante... (What is the difference between the Magna and the Diamante, besides the name??)
I'm a neophyte when it comes to cars. I've recently become interested in modifying this Diamante and am looking for any suggestions or warnings!
Also, I just read this article (posted earlier by vivona) http://www.geocities.com/diamanteowner/article3.htm ... Mr. Vivona, can you suggest any other links to good information like this re: the Diamante?
Thank you.Pat Padgett
There is a Diamante website at http://www.geocities.com/diamanteowner/ This is the one that has my Diamonds and Pearls articles. It also links to the forum I mentioned above.
There is a new Diamante website at http://home.earthlink.net/~mdvca/
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