Hopefully, the pics will do most of the talking here.... a lot of before and after stuff, etc. hope this becomes a helpful, quick-read
also want to thank the ones who encouraged and helped make this car what it is today. you know who you are
Anyway, I'm the second owner of this '02 black on black, LSD, fully loaded, no NAVI, picked it up with ~25k miles in March 2003.
First "Mods" (in no particular order) were 20% tint all around, Eibach Pro's and Illuminas, AAC Halos, 'Sherwood Dash' Carbon Kit, Injen intake, Altezza grill (modded emblem for Lexus) and, of course, had to black-out all the light housings
pretty much sat like this for YEARS:
Experimenting with eyelids
My dad threw out my fog lights sitting in the garage so it ran without those for a long time
NOW WE GET SERIOUS:
Put some 18's on and could no longer stand the look of the stance and that spoiler
So I contacted Figs:
and now it sits like this:
was boosted before dropped so the timeline is off
making 430HP and 400TQ
on ^that^ setup. (SRT 2.75 [with some upgrades], tranny cooler, SRT sprag and valve body.)
now this is happening:
Ready for Machining!
Thought it'd be fun to share the piston differences.... My tiny little GE rods making 400TQ vs. GTE rods!
My builder said the engine is PERFECT! No wear anywhere. Bearings, crank, cylinder walls ALL perfect!
only issue was a bit of blow-by which I was already aware of. he said it was most likely due to the factory tolerances not being setup for boost. nice.
MUCH more to come... I know I left some stuff out.