Well I figured now is as good a time as any to make a formal introduction! I must say that this site is great and includes all the information anyone will ever need for the IS.
As my name implies, I came from the Toyota/Corolla world. It was my first car, and I worked on it for years. I learned a lot, but made plenty of mistakes along the way, it was a lot of fun. You can see the car and build here
But when the engine blew (again) this past March, that was the last straw. It was time to move on. So, I started looking for my all-time dream car, the Lexus IS300. I didn't know anything about it really, just that it was the best-looking car on the road and that making it my own would be easy. The Lexus seemed a logical step up from Toyota, while maintaining my loyalty to the brand.
And I found it, the perfect IBP 02 IS300, right next to where I work in Baltimore City. 117,000 miles and a full clean Carfax. The mileage shows on the paint, but overall, the car was clean. Definitely something I could work with!
The car was stock except for some old ROH Blade wheels.
The car was fun at first, but I definitely missed my fun Corolla. The Lex drove like a magic carpet down the highway and had no life to it. And the stereo didn't work lol.
So, I decided that I would not spend a penny on the car until I had earned back the cash I paid for it. In that time (a couple months) I would research and plan my mods and try and do it correctly the first time.
OK, the money is earned, time to MOD! Slowly at first, just small little cheap things.
License plate bulbs swapped from the Corolla:
Stereo swapped from the Corolla, using the Scoche faceplace and Metra harness:
Driver window and sunroof 45 second delay fix, so that opening the door doesn't kill the power:
Some blue LEDs swapped from the Corolla:
Independent Fog Mod (wired to the ACC)
DRL disabled (lol that was easy)
Clear side markers w/ light tint, white LEDs... and blue city light LEDs from the Corolla
35% window tint, light smoke over the rear license plate to match the dark chrome tail lights, smoked spoiler brake light:
White door lights
R-Dash LED license plate housings
Throttle pedal cable spacer thing (a must have)
Lowered on Tanabe GF210 springs (getting them was a disaster)
Private Akzent wheels, ABS Wald front lip, Poly Visage sides and rear, JDM Altezza grille (not the cheap Ebay junk)
5000k Orsam "Cool Blue Intense" low beam HIDs, 3000K fog light HIDs, 9011 HIR high beams:
But I screwed up when I bought the wheels. They are 19" diameter, 8" width, 46mm offset. Stock wheels have 50mm offset, so I thought the Akzents would be flush..... but turns out that the ROH wheels were 40mm offset, so the Akzents were very sunken. And that front lip has some terrible curve to it that ruins the front IMO. I was pissed lol.
To remedy the situation, I got some Ichiba V2 wheel spacers (15mm front 25mm rear) to get the wheels flush. I had to roll and pull the fenders to eliminate the rubbing. Remember that I'm only on springs at this point, stock shocks and definitely not coilovers. Oh, and I also bought the pretty Chargespeed vented carbon fiber hood. That was not cheap! But the only hood worth putting on the IS IMO.
Which brings us to today. I scored some OEM SportDesign black chrome head lights and fog lights in decent shape from a member here. They really bring everything together.
These are some current pictures of pretty leaves.
Sorry, I like pics lol
Soon, I'll have the SRT intake and ECU chip to install, as well as the HKS Dragger II exhaust.
Next up for ordering is TRD Yellow sway bars, as well as some high-performance shocks to stiffen it up and drop it some more (Konis perhaps).
And I still need to find a dang Wald lip that is flat on the bottom
Thanks for reading