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post #16 of 311 (permalink) Old 05-30-2012, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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To anybody that has gone this route, I had a question about straightening out/re-locating the ABS module. Per the SRT instructions, it says to remove and straighten out the ABS lines to make room for the turbo manifold. I straightened out all of my lines, and got most of them screwed back into the module. With the lines straightened, the module has moved towards the front of the car about 3-4". I can no longer use the OEM bracket that the ABS module was mounted to. So, how do you mount the ABS module to the car? Or do you just let it hang out in there?

Also, I was going to start tapping into the Y-section of the intake manifold, but I cannot find the parts needed to tap into the mani with. It says to tap the following:

- 1/8 NPT hole for supplied MAP Nipple
- 14mm x 1.5 hole for Air Temp. Sensor



I looked through all of the parts I received from Mo, I do not see either of these. Are these parts already on the car, that I am re-locating? Or do I need to pick these up from Lowes? The only supplied nipples/barbs I received from Mo are:

- Turbo Oil Supply Brass T Fitting
- Oil Drain Nipple for Oil Pan
- ? (sorry, I don't have any better pics at the moment



Any help with either of these would be awesome!

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Not much of an update without pictures, but I have been working on the car a little bit over the weekend. I have two little ones at home, so the only time I really get to work on the car is late at night, and I can only go so many days in a row w/o sleep.. I did however, get some stuff done. I got the ABS re-location done. Installed the new NGK iridium spark plugs, and got the engine ready to install the new head gasket. The plan is for my step-dad, and maybe one other friend to come over tonight/tomorrow and get the HG installed/head put back together. I have been reading through the repair manual, and I am sure we can get it done.

I do have one general question on tapping: For example, the fitting that is used to tap the oil pan is 3/8" pipe -> ½" barb. Am I using a 3/8" drill bit to drill the initial hole, and then using the tap to create the threading? I read dmb359's build thread, I read that we need to use the 3/8-18 NPT tap for the oil pan. What about for the 1/8" NPT fitting?

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Another update: I just got news my company is laying off my entire department. Needless to say, the build is going to be severely slowed as all of my free time will be spent looking for work.

Thanks so much for the input/support from everybody. I really hope to find something as soon as possible. I'd really hate to think of having to part/scrap my Lex..

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Update time!! No pics yet though..

The head is almost completely off the car, I am going to be finishing that tonight. The plan is to get the ARP headstuds, and my new head gasket installed. Then, it will be going back together!

I have had a couple of small issues, with hoses/fittings that were never included from Mo. Been ordering replacement parts here and there to get it all sorted out. In the meantime, I have ordered a couple other things as well. These should all be on their way to my casa right now, minus one item (on backorder).

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Im sorry to hear about your current job issue. Hopefully you find something so you can finish this nice build thread of yours.

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looks good so far! hopefully you get everything sorted work wise

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Thanks guys. Yeah, it's been pretty stressful since we got the news. Just been trying to apply for jobs in the miniscule amount of free time I have.. And to get my kind off things/keep myself occupied, is when I work on the car.

On a side note, I have been thinking for quite some time now on changing up my wheels. Thinking of going a little more aggressive with some 18's.. Maybe 18x9 in the front and 18x10/10.5 in the rear, with offsets around 20 or so.

Here are my two fav wheels for the IS, I'm thinking one of these:

Work Emotion CR Kai:



SSR Koenig monster:




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Either set of wheels is an excellent choice!

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The wheels installed in an IS: hopefully neither of these owners mind me using their pics

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^^Regarding the wheels. These have been two of my favorites for the IS for several years. I think I have narrowed it down, I have been in contact with another my.IS'er who is selling his wheels. I do not currently have the funds to get them, as I am waiting to sell my current setup. He said he might be holding on to the wheels for a little while longer anyway, so I am keeping my fingers crossed we can get something figured out.

Sorry for the huge delay on updates.. I was down in Florida for about a month visiting my fiance's family, and I have been spending the majority of my free time looking for work. That, plus I have two kids at home, so the only time I really have to work on the car is at night.

With that being said, I have made some progress on the Lex. Believe it or not, I am actually getting pretty close. Oh, and don't worry about my ABS lines.. I FUBAR'd two of them, and will be going with SS lines.

Head off:





Head cleaned:





New HG!!:





ARP Headstuds:









head back on:





FTP SS Brake Lines installed (hiding in there), also painted my rotor "hubs" Satin Black to get rid of that rust look:



gauges (A/F and boost) and TT installed:







Turbo!!:





Had some paypal credit, so more goodies for my battery relocation compliments of Token! With a complimentary magazine!



current state of the car:



A couple more little things have been done since this pic. I will try and get more updated pics tomorrow. I have been doing this entire build on my own (with the exception of the head work). I have never gone this deep into a car before, and have learned a LOT. I owe all of it to these forums and it's amazing members! I have no idea where I would be if it weren't for everybody here. Thank you!! We will see what happens when it's all put back together..

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When wiring the gauges, can I just tap the power (red) wires into the cig lighter, and find a ground spot there? It says to use a 12v power source. A buddy of mine said to go straight to the battery, but if I tap into the cig lighter, then the lighting of the gauges will work with the dimmer switch, no?

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