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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just wanted to say hello,

I actually own a 200 but it is superchargered, over here in the UK. But the 200 section of the forum is dead cause obviously you dont have them.

Been a member for a while cause the posts i've found are so useful for all my little projects.

Have a look at my ride here: Lexus Owners Club -> sparkystav's 2001 Lexus IS 200

Anyway thanks for all the info i've picked up.


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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Well i still constantly browse this site (normally the sales section looking for new bits).

but i realised i havent updated my own thread.

so heres a little right up on the car as it is now:
I soon grew bored of the charger even though i loved the sound of it and i wanted more power.

Unfortunately the conrods in the 1GFE engine are like chocolate and for anymore boost I'd have to either swap them or swap the engine. Because the Is200 isn't exactly a popular car on the tuning circuit, there is sweet fa off the shelf for it. So after getting quotes the wrong side of £2K for rods and pistons I found Steve at Silverline Racing.

He offered me an alternative. A 2L 1GGTE twin turbo setup from the jdm MA70 MkIII Supra. The conversion in theory was simple. As the engine is the same family the block should be exactly the same, so just swap over the mounts and away you go. So I thought about it, I also considered a 3L TT 2JZ-GTE from the MkIV Supra and the 2.5L 1JZ-GTE from the Soarer. But stuck with the 1G as costs with the other engines could spiral out of control and we could keep a cap on the 1G. So three months later, and constant emails and phone calls from me for updates, Steve somehow shoehorned it in. Coupled with a 3inch exhaust system and LINK G4 Storm ecu she was alive.

I definitely made a good decision and love every minute of driving the car. Hopefully not too far into the future I'll change the two twins to a big single (I've already bought the manifold), and I've just purchased a set of VERY, VERY rare adjustable cam gears for it. The mods just keep happening though. I like to do as much as I can myself, plenty of wiring and electronic gadgets.

Few Specs:


2.0L 24v Twin Turbo 1GGTE
Dizzy removed and Custom Direct ignition system installed
Also custom engine mounts and cam system
Custom Larger intercooler
Custom 3" fully decat exhaust
Mocal oil cooler
Power Enterprise 500cc injectors
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
HKS SSQV with purple insert
LINK G4 Storm ECU with Boost and Launch Control
K&N filter


CStandard Lexus 6 speed box with stage 1 clutch
Standard LSD


TTE Coilovers
C-One thicker anti roll bars


MkIV Supra TT 4 pot calliper upgrade
Hawk HPS pads front and rear
Rear DBA gold drilled and grooved discs
Custom made Brake master cylinder blocker
Braided goodridge hoses and upgraded 5.1 fluid

Wheels & Tyres:

18" Mazda RX8 alloys with custom centre caps
Toyo T1R Tyres
15mm spacers on front to fit around callipers


Alpine ida-x100 headunit with amp and speaker setup
Twin subs in custom "stealthboxz" in boot
Custom gauge pod with:
AEM UEGO wideband gauge
SPA dual temp gauge (Water, Inlet)
SPA Pressure/Temp gauge (Oil pressure, temp)
A Pillar 60mm gauge mount with:
60mm Greddy mechanical boost gauge
60mm Greddy Fuel Pressure gauge
Custom moulded touch screen
Greddy weighted Gear Know
Razo Turbo Timer
Blitz power ID
Datatool Gear indicator
Custom stainless dial conversion
Blue Dash LED conversion
Laptop attached to touch screen


TTE Front bumper, modified to allow more airflow to Intercooler
Visage side skirts
TRD rear lip
Custom red sticker badges incorporating "twin turbo"
HID conversion on dip and full beam
Quad taillight conversion
Custom Mesh units replacing fog lights
Nurburgring Stickers
Front mounted camera

And a few pics:

As Found:

Half way there with the charger kit:

As she is today: (Thanks to my mate Dan for taking the pics)

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