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My over-polished IS300 daily & track car

Been off the forum here for quite a while for one reason or another, but I figured I'd get back on here since first gen IS 300s are getting rarer every day, and many are in tough shape (living in Dallas, there are quite a few junky first gens around)

Had mine for 7 years, 230k miles on it now (bought it with 100k), been autocrossing since I bought it, and this year can finally do a full season of track events too. I spend way to much time and money keeping this thing going but it's a fantastic platform. Daily it ~200 miles a week, flog the hell out of it on the weekends. Drivetrain is original except the cylinder head (long story) and clutch.

Fortune auto 500 series coilovers with swift springs (I've got almost 70k miles on them an no leaking, still work great, excellent product), 32mm hotchkis front sway bar, dezod green header, greddy cat back, supra big brakes, corbeau seats (I have both fronts now) Enkei RPF1s for track stuff, stocks for street, lots of Figs/Super-pro bushings everywhere.

Best mod is steering wheel volume, converted from the e-shift buttons (car is a factory manual) but with a converter module and a few auto car parts they can be programmed to run volume on an aftermarket radio (if anyone actually wants to do this I can do a DIY post)

I've been driving and fixing this car for years, I've tried tons of aftermarket parts and companies, lots of different suspension setups and general mods, hoping to pass on some of my experiences to other owners to keep these these old things on the road.
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sweet! what pads are you running? I use to track my first IS a lot back when I got it new to me in 2005. I'm on my second IS and I'm slowly making it track worthy have you done anything to correct rear bumper steer? or do you run a pretty conservative static ride height? what's your track wheel size and offset? what size tires?

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I love seeing these out on track

I have debated tracking mine, but for now my miata serves that purpose!
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That's awesome that you daily and track your car. I've been a fan of the IS since they came out and now I own 2 and considering getting another.
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Wow, really nice to see a proper enthusiast still in these cars. Very motivating to keep going with it. I'd love to see more pics/details of your build and experiences.
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sweet! what pads are you running? I use to track my first IS a lot back when I got it new to me in 2005. I'm on my second IS and I'm slowly making it track worthy have you done anything to correct rear bumper steer? or do you run a pretty conservative static ride height? what's your track wheel size and offset? what size tires?

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G-loc R10 pads front and rear, they've done well for both track and autox, as far as bump steer, I've just lived with it, my ride height is as low as it can go without the front upper control arms hitting the shock towers on full compression. Although i will admit i havent really noticed the bump steer. running 255/40 r17 tires, re71r for autox, falken rt615k+ for track, 17x8.5 +40 wheels, they fit over the brakes by a mm or so, and only required a fair bit of fender roll for fit. love the way it drives on the setup
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G-loc R10 pads front and rear, they've done well for both track and autox, as far as bump steer, I've just lived with it, my ride height is as low as it can go without the front upper control arms hitting the shock towers on full compression. Although i will admit i havent really noticed the bump steer. running 255/40 r17 tires, re71r for autox, falken rt615k+ for track, 17x8.5 +40 wheels, they fit over the brakes by a mm or so, and only required a fair bit of fender roll for fit. love the way it drives on the setup
I went r10 too, just waiting to be put in. what road courses have you done? I'll be using rsr rr's 215/45 on 17x8 +28 the rr's run wide, close to 225. how do you like the rt615k+? what other suspension mods have you done? my original jic flt a2 would have been on their 3rd rebuild so I just decided to go feal 441+

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I see the threads about track 300s finally coming out. Love it, better late than never.
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I went r10 too, just waiting to be put in. what road courses have you done? I'll be using rsr rr's 215/45 on 17x8 +28 the rr's run wide, close to 225. how do you like the rt615k+? what other suspension mods have you done? my original jic flt a2 would have been on their 3rd rebuild so I just decided to go feal 441+

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I've done Motorsport Ranch, Cresson, TX on a bunch of configurations more times than I can count, I've driven COTA in my other car, and I've done Texas motor speedway infield course a few times and a bunch of fun laps on the oval. Theyre rebuilding Eagles Canyon right now and LGmotorsports is supposed to be building another track up north of dallas.

The RT615k+s I really like on track, they suck for autox tho. on track they get to temp pretty fast, and stay consistent lap after lap, its tough to overdrive them, and good god they are cheap. $620 for a set of 255s, and they hold up to the track abuse, dont wear down super fast.

running figs bushings everywhere, Truhart Rear LCAs, Fortune auto 500s with 14k/12k swift springs, a 32mm hotchkis front sway on the stiffest setting, and a stock rear sway bar (with the hotchkis rear bar the rear end was really loose, especially under hard braking)

these cars are a ton of fun on the track, but the stock front brakes are pretty terrible, I cooked both front calipers and rotors a couple years ago, they just arent up to stopping such a heavy car.
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Also, to anyone thinking of running track stuff, beware aftermarket wheel bearings and front spindles, OEM spindles or nothing.
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that looks like the hub shank sheared off. were you by chance running something other than an OEM hub?

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that looks like the hub shank sheared off. were you by chance running something other than an OEM hub?
from his warning it seems so.

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good to know. i was looking for timken and OEM wheel bearings online when i did my hubs (i blasted and re-coated my stock ones); i couldnt believe how many no name bearings and hubs were out there. honestly, id rather keep the old OEM worn out stuff than try my hand with low quality stuff.

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I also can't wait to see/hear more from this build. Seems very similar to mine except that mine is only used for fun duty on the street, not daily. Looks great. Thanks for the specs on the tires, etc. I've been wanting to run something wider than my current 225 tires.

I'm actually heading to the track this coming weekend. Have recently added FRS Diff, Apexi SAFCII, and a homemade ghetto diffuser.

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https://www.my.is/forums/f219/diamon...-build-593113/
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Welcome here man, You are lucky to have access to all these racing tracks, in my region there is almost nothing and the few we have does'nt offer track days often and the tarmac is in badshape, Weather sucks here.. It is awesome to see this much of interest for an 15 to 20 years old car. I love mine, currently under total restauration. Next month I lay down a new paint on her. Can't wait for winter to get the f000ck out

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