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Rick's 3.4 Stroker IS

This car has an extensive and varied history. More on that later.

Prior to late 2007, I had never noticed an IS300, didn't even know they existed. I was , however, a big fan of the 2JZ, having set up Electromotive EMS on a couple local 2J-powered race cars.

I run a small shop part-time, and adam/vinnygamz, hearing of me at the dragstrip, brought this car to me. Seems they had had various people working on it, and there were some odd things (to be polite) done to it that had to be corrected. The car didn't run - turned out to be a broken coolant temp sensor, likely damaged when the nice sheetmetal manifold was installed.

I was impressed with the cool parts on this car - Innovative Turbo T67, V160, Supra diff, HRE wheels, Tein coilovers with EFDC, GE motor with GTE rods/pistons,etc, etc. - Fell in love with the package when I got it going and after tweeking the tune to a reasonable state. Vinny was wanting to sell the car and I took it off him.

I steadily eliminated various kludges from the car, making it more reliable and and refined. Some of these were:

An Aeromotive A1000 inline pump mounted directly under the driver's seat, screaming away while pulling from only one tank. The nice PHR pump hanger had been stripped of its walbro and a direct pickup in the main tank had been rigged, also eliminating the jet valve to pull from the second tank. A pair of Walbros went in.

There was a horrible exhaust resonance at cruise -A really nasty sounding Borla muffler on rusty crush bent piping was replaced by two Magnaflow mufflers, one as a resonator, and all stainless 3" pipes.

The fuel lines were scary - I found a piece of aluminum hardline feeding the fuel rail feed that had a pinhole developing from rubbing on the chassis.

Lots of other minor stuff was fixed as time went by, and I was enjoying the car as I gradually brought it up to my standards.

I decided a bigger turbo was in order, and changed out my T67 for a Comp (nee Innovative) Turbo CT43-72 triple ball bearing unit, and found that even with a .84 hot side (compared to the .7 on the old one) the new big turbo had about the same spool as my old journal bearing T67, but with a nice increase in the top end hit.

One day while refining the tune for my bigger turbo, I shut the engine off the make some changes to the fuel tables. Did that and went to start the engine, and ...nothing. Shit, the engine is locked up, I say. Battery is good and starter grunting, but no rotation. I get the car towed home and begin the parts collection process for a new motor. I'll continue with the car history engine build next, but I have already posted my parts collection process here:

https://my.is/forums/f114/engine-unde...uction-396034/

and my adventures getting it going here:
https://my.is/forums/f114/lives-416090/

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I'll continue documenting my mods in subsequent posts.

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"Speed Costs - How fast do you want to spend?"
'02 GGP L-Tuned IS300
3.4 GE Stroker/BW EFR9180/MS3Pro/J&S/V160/Tilton/Supra 3:13/Tein/HRE

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I believe this was originally Aldo old car. If so, from day one this car was a hopeless creation. But I am glad it's in the hands of someone who knows what he is doing and have done justice to such a car with such horrible history.
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Whew, the above post disappeared for a while and had me worried!

I would be greatly interested in hearing member's stories about this car - I've heard some of them at various meets around Florida - Big infamy it seems - Although there is a respectable 1/4 mile time reported by "L-tuned and boosted". I plan on exceeding that, btw.

While searching on "IS300" I found this -

B.I.G. Motorsports.Project Cars.IS300

I believe this is my car - It had the same goofy lettering on the rear when I got it, also that very same strawberry air freshener hanging off the mirror

The bigmotorsports build claim is contradictory to what baadhabit and tsop have told me - i.e. that the car was originally built by Peter Farrel. Maybe Big just peed in it.

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Correct, the car was originally built and tuned by PFS original owner, Peter Farrell. Those pictures look like pictures taken by the 2nd owner, the guy who purchased it from Aldo. I remember him trying to sell the car with those pictures and also the huge gash on one of the wheels.
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LS2 truck coils-on plug

These shoud be self-explanatory:










The 6th picture shows the parts removed from the Supra coils that go onto/ into the GM coils.

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So you have plugged in those LS2 coils directly in your Haltech?
Did you remove the IS300 ingnitor which is used for the stock coils?

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The LS2 coils have internal igniters. The Haltech will fire them directly. No other igniters needed to run the engine. I still have my stock igniter in place to provide inputs to the stock ECU for fuel gauge,etc. but its coil outputs are disconnected.

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There was a bit of drama with that car. I remember it originally had a SRT turbo kit but then the car went to PFS for their stage 3 setup and V160 swap. Looks good though!
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Also glad to see this car passed off to a knowledgeable owner. Best of luck with the build, keep us updated.
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looking sick!!! makes me want to change some things on mine haha

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Nice car

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sweet build, in for vids
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Hope you get everything sorted out, not to many 3.5 IS300s around should be pretty sick!

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There was a bit of drama with that car. I remember it originally had a SRT turbo kit but then the car went to PFS for their stage 3 setup and V160 swap. Looks good though!
Oh, so the original build was not by PFS? This thing has had what, five - six known owners in its 44K miles,about 8K of which have been mine. Like I have said, there was evidence of many different hands on it...some not too skillful.

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Kind of a silly question.
But where is your breather line running to from your valve cover? It looks like it runs right behind the air filter on the turbo intake. Am I correct on this.

Sweet build man.

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