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That was my original thought, and what I hope to be able to do by next year or as soon as I save up some more after this (stage 1) build if you can call it that haha. I was quoted by some shops in LI for as much as $10k for the swap. They told me to save my money and buy a faster car from the beginning instead of investing in the IS, told me to go with a subie sti '05. As far as our ECU's go, the shops I've been reaching out to have been telling me ours are virtually impossible to work on etc. and bla bla just get a new car. But I like our cars, I love them, and Im psyched to finally be putting work into it, I think the car knows its going to be upgraded soon, its feeling a little old and ready for a blood transfusion! Cheers guys
Smart people, that's what I told my nephew. Many times the IS3 is bought because it is cheap. Engine swaps/building is not cheap at all unless you are doing all the work yourself, and even then, quality parts are expensive.

I think you are going about it the right way by doing suspension work first. Keep your goals reasonable and don't go in over your head (that is, unless you have an unlimited or huge budget to work with. Then it's go crazy time).

Good luck and welcome to the forum (even though you've been here since 2014).

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Just some maintenance 2 cents which I learned after a complete build... invest in cases of oil and filters to keep on hand. Lately I've been thinking of buying spark plugs in bulk too.
If you plan on keeping the car a while it's nice to stock up and save on the most common maintenance items for the long run. It could save enough dollars for that name-brand performance part you always wanted but couldn't afford.

My big lesson learned was to look into the future and stop being wasteful in the short. I didn't buy fancy lights, wheels, accessories or anything for nearly 10 years. Not even an air freshener. Basically, I saved enough to start building what I originally envisioned.

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My big lesson learned was to look into the future and stop being wasteful in the short. I didn't buy fancy lights, wheels, accessories or anything for nearly 10 years. Not even an air freshener. Basically, I saved enough to start building what I originally envisioned.
I agree with this. I pretty much dumped $15k into the motor and drivetrain from the start. Everything else is much cheaper and easier to do once the car is up and running.

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Rims came in! Decided to pick up the oem 03 sportdesign headlights after finding a good deal on ebay
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I agree with this. I pretty much dumped $15k into the motor and drivetrain from the start. Everything else is much cheaper and easier to do once the car is up and running.
Very much appreciate the advice. Did you do a swap?

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Just some maintenance 2 cents which I learned after a complete build... invest in cases of oil and filters to keep on hand. Lately I've been thinking of buying spark plugs in bulk too.
If you plan on keeping the car a while it's nice to stock up and save on the most common maintenance items for the long run. It could save enough dollars for that name-brand performance part you always wanted but couldn't afford.

My big lesson learned was to look into the future and stop being wasteful in the short. I didn't buy fancy lights, wheels, accessories or anything for nearly 10 years. Not even an air freshener. Basically, I saved enough to start building what I originally envisioned.

Just my experience as a 14 year owner.
Great advice, I waited 10 years as well to start doing anything to the car, but since the cats are bad I thought its as good a time as any to start upgrading.

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Smart people, that's what I told my nephew. Many times the IS3 is bought because it is cheap. Engine swaps/building is not cheap at all unless you are doing all the work yourself, and even then, quality parts are expensive.

I think you are going about it the right way by doing suspension work first. Keep your goals reasonable and don't go in over your head (that is, unless you have an unlimited or huge budget to work with. Then it's go crazy time).

Good luck and welcome to the forum (even though you've been here since 2014).
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Rims came in! Decided to pick up the oem 03 sportdesign headlights after finding a good deal on ebay
nice wheels man, perhaps i should look into some enkeis also.

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good luck

Great deal on those head lights! Those wheels were a first choice of mine as well...but in a much narrower set up.

Let me know how it goes at Camber Toe.

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Rims came in! Decided to pick up the oem 03 sportdesign headlights after finding a good deal on ebay
Did you notice that the headlights are 2004, not 2003. They will have a matte/titanium finish instead of dark chrome.

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Also here's my part list so far after the initial checkup on the car at Cambertoe:

Spark Plugs - Thoughts?
NGK iridiums and switch out your coil packs with a decent aftermarket performance brand. ALSO, NGK those wires mane.

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Update: After hearing I may have some wheel fitment issues with the Eibach Sportlines/Koni Yellow combo, I've switched to BC BR coilovers. If anyone's interested in picking up some brand new springs/shocks, please let me know. Everything is being installed as we speak! pics soon
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Can anybody suggest a good tire size for these wheel sizes: F 18x9 +35 R 18x10 +38

thnx in advance!

Also installing front and rear eibach sways! Super psyched, thanks for everyones help along the way so far!
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Anyone ever driven their is300 across country? I'm thinking of doing it once all parts get installed. Ny to California. Car has 160K on it.

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Finally finished with my first round of updates to this car. getting everything sorted, here are some pics. Plan to go a little lower with some more negative camber after I drive from NYC to California this weekend. Thanks for everyones advice and help. Cheers!

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Anyone ever driven their is300 across country? I'm thinking of doing it once all parts get installed. Ny to California. Car has 160K on it.
I drove across Canada ~4500km (2800 miles) last July. I have about 150k miles on my car too. You'll be fine, just make sure the car is up to date with the maintenance and nothing is making noise or shaking.

The car looks good with those wheels.

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Nice to see you went through with refreshing your car instead of jumping ship to a Subie, M3, or other money sink. Im personally parting out my WRX, and picked up an IS300 because of how much better the IS300 feels. In the same boat with refreshing the IS as the previous owners didn't appear to be enthusiasts, so this implies years of cheap gas, bad oil, and under appreciation (warped rotors, uneven tire wear, and very dirty throttle body from excessive blow-by).

You made a great choice in revamping her! The IS is a much better car than a Turbo Subaru.

On my subaru when I had RPF1s, and didn't want to spend $120 on enkei center caps. You can buy Honda Odyssey center caps, sand them down to a uniform level (so the logo doesn't shine through), and coat them in a nice matte silver enamel.
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