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My '02 IBP Build Thread

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

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/801395...la-dx-sedan-4d

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)


Debadged:


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

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car looks sweet man, i dig. any mods to come?
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damn bro i didnt know you have a nice clean IS300 like this lol! we should do a photoshoot next yr definitely. anyway, are you digging 18's by what specs? and how low is your springs bro? i was thinking to go 18's too with my eibach pro-kit springs/ tokico alluminas adjustable.

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Thanks, yeah I'm new to this car and just now making some progress finally. Trying to get it all ready for the next year so I can go to some meets! I already meet with NA|tezza and I'll be buying his exhaust.

The wheels are 19"x8"...46mm offset. 225/35/19 tires. With the spacers, the front is 31mm offset and the rear is 21mm offset. 19", not 18" diameter. I really wish I had gone with the more aggressive staggered setup. Oh well, next time

The Tanabe GF210 springs are 2.0" lower front and 1.5" lower rear. Stock shocks. lol, the rear tires were touching the fenders before I rolled them, but I had to pull all 4 fenders because the setup isn't stiff enough. It is a HUGE improvement over stock, but I want more. So I'm going to upgrade the shocks to get a little lower and tighten it up.

Yeah, I forgot to post a mod list:

Tanabe GF210 springs (2.0" f / 1.5" r drop)
Privat Akzent wheels (19"x8" 46mm offset)
Ichiba V2 Wheel Spacers (15mm front, 25mm back)
All 4 Fenders Rolled & Pulled
Nitto NT 555 Tires (225/35R-19)
Front ABS Wald-style grille
Polyurethane Visage Side and Rear Lip Kit
JDM Altezza Mesh Grille
Carbon Fiber Chargespeed Vented Hood
FIGS Engineering Hood Prop Lifters
04-05 Windshield Nozzle Sprayers (Misting Type)
Window Tint (35%)
OEM SportDesign Dark Chrome Head Lights
Osram "CoolBlue Intense" 5000k D2S HID low beams
Blue LEDs in City Lights
9011 HIR High Beams
DRL Disabled (I use the HID fogs instead)
OEM SportDesign Dark Chrome Fog Lights
Independent Fog Light Mod (Full Control)
3000k Morimoto HID Kit in Fog Lights
Smoked LED Spoiler Brake Light
R-Dash LED License Plate Housings
Clear Front Sidemarkers, Added a Dark Smoke and White LEDs
Removed Front Plate
Tinted Rear Plate
Debadged Trunk
Removed Antenna Stub
White Door Courtesy Lights With White LEDs
Window/Sunroof Power Delay Fix
XOVision 7" Touchscreen DVD GPS Double Din Head Unit
Bose Sub/Amp
Scosche Dash Kit
Metra Audio Wire Harness
Blue Dash LEDs
Throttle Pedal Cable Spacer

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Wow great looking IBP, I'm with you on the wald lip though, not a fan of that curve on the bottom. I like the leaf pictures too haha, we don't get much of those in miami..

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yeah, the leaves were past their peak, but otherwise, everything was perfect for some new pics

I really hate the lip... I really hate it lol. I've got the Visage front lip also, but I don't like that, either. I'd like a Wald lip that fits perfectly and is completely flat on the bottom. Other than that, I'm probably finished with the exterior.
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nice car, keep us updated on mods

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Wow very very clean, nice work
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suuuper clean man.. u can almost eat off of it.. nice job man..
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looking awesome there bud! keep it up. :thumbsup:
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Hey there, I just bought an 02 IBP and love the colour! I like what you did with it, but agree on that curve in the lip lol

How hard is it to take apart the dash to change out various bulbs to LED?

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Thanks for the comments so far guys... keep em coming, I'm constantly looking for ways to increase the beauty of this car

existence, yeah I hate the lip. Oh well for now lol.
The dash is all very easy to remove. Which part you having trouble with? I've had it all apart already lol.
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