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TURBO & MOTOR

JDM 2JZ-GTE VVTI ARISTO MOTOR
Precision 6766 BB CEA Billet Polished HP-Cover 1.00 A/R Divided T4 Housing Ceramic Coated Grey ICE w/Precision V-Band

-- Head --

HEADGAMES HEAD:

Cleaned, Decked,
Headgames Pocket Port
Ferrea Beehive Springs
Ferrea Titanium Retainers
Ferrea Locks
Ferrea Bronze Guides
Ferrea 6000 Competition Plus Intake and Exhaust Valves
Shimless Buckets
Viton Valve stem seals
ARP 625+ Custom Aged Headstuds
OEM Supra TT Headgasket

-- Block --

FOUR RINGS PERFORMANCE BLOCK

Cleaned, Hot Tanked, Decked, Line Honed, Bore and Hone .20 Over,
Custom Induction Performance spec JE Assymetrical 10:1 High Compression Pistons .20 Over w/Upgraded Pins
Manley Turbo Tuff "I" Beam Rods w/ ARP 2000 Bolts
Calico Coated ACL Race Bearings "X" Series
ARP Mainstuds

--Additional Motor Related Parts --

Fully Customized Dr. Tweak Tucked Engine harness and Chassis Harness

3"----x3 Racepartsolutions Clamshell Clamps
3.5"--x2 Racepartsolutions Clamshell Clamps
3.5"--x1 Accufab Clamshell Clamp
Full Custom Intercooler Piping 3" Hot Side, 3.5" Cold Side

HYPERTUNE Intake Manifold w/ 90mm Custom Wiggins Throttlebody & -10AN Fuel Rail
ETS True Twin Scroll Twin Tial MV-R 44mm WasteGate T4 Exhaust Manifold - Ceramic Coated Grey Ice
ETS Custom Intercooler 4" Thick Core, 3" inlet and 3.5" outlet (12X24X4)
1 TIAL Q BOV Polished 12PSI SPRING w/ ALUMINUM FLANGE
2 TIAL MV-R Polished Wastegates 9BAR SPRINGS
OEM - Supra TT MKIV IAC Valve

Gates Racing Timing Belt
Titan Motorsports Billet Tensioner
ATI Crank Pulley Dampener
Sound Performance Modified Oil Pump
Custom Lexus GX470 Alternator 130AMP Modified to work on the 2JZ w/ Upgraded Dampener Pulley
Gates Racing Serpentine Belt (Adjusted to accommodate ATI Pulley)
Unorthodox Racing Waterpump Pulley, Alternator Pulley, Idler Pulley
BLOX Oil filter relocation kit w/Magnafilter
Beech Motorsports Power Steering Reservoir with AN Fittings
Braided Powersteering Pressure Line with AN fittings and adapters

MOJO Performance LS9 Coil-pack System
NGK BKR8EIX Iridium Spark Plugs
Koyo Racing Aluminum Radiator w/ ARC 1.1 Bar Radiator Cap
Flex-A-Lite Thin Fans
Catch Can with Breather w/Nickel AN Fittings and SS Lines
PHR Lower Waterpipe Rotator Kit
PHR Upper Radiator Polished Pipe w/ Black Silicon Couplers w/extended OEM Upper Water Pipe
TTC Performance Supra Brake Fluid Reservoir Cap, Supra Power Steering Reservoir Cap, Supra Oil Dipstick
Greddy Oil Cap
Megan Racing 70A Durometer Motor Mounts

Polished and Clear Coated Valve Covers, Waterneck, Turbo HP Cover, Tensioner
Black Metallic w/Small Flakes Aristo 2JZGTE VVTI Spark Plug Cover
Black Metallic w/Small Flakes Lower Timing belt cover
ARC Radiator Panel Shroud w/Tom's & Cusco Emblems w/ CF
AAC CF Fuse Box Cover

OEM SERVICE PARTS:

NEW OEM - Starter
NEW OEM - A/C Compressor
NEW OEM - Clutch Pedal Bushings
NEW OEM - Waterpump,
NEW OEM - Drivebelt Tensioner,
NEW OEM - Engine Overhaul Gasket Set kit,
NEW OEM - Brake Master Cylinder


FUEL

Goodridge Series 910 Teflon Aramid Kevlar Braided Fuel Lines w/Goodridge Fittings -8 Feed, -6 Return (-10 Upsized Filter)
Injector Dynamics ID2000
WELDON 2040A Fuel Pressure Regulator
Squash Performance IS300 Twin Pump Hanger
Dual Walbro 450LPH Pumps
Hypertune -10 Fuel Rail
Fuelab -10AN 6 Micron Micro-Glass Fuel Filter
ProEFI In-Line Flex Fuel Sensor & ProEFI Fuel Pressure Sensor


EMS & Electronics:

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[ProEFI 128] w/IS300 Harness, ProEFI Can Cable, Wideband Sensor/Harness, 5 Bar MAP Sensor, iBoost Solenoid and Control Knob, E85 Flex Fuel sensor/harness and 6AN fittings, Fuel Pressure Sensor, Oil Pressure Sensor, Oil Temperature Sensor
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ProEFI Color Can Gauge
DEFI EGT, DEFI Oil Pressure, DEFI Boost 2kPA Gauges
JDM Altezza RS200 Digital Display Cluster w/ 9K Tach - Dakota Digital SGI-5, SGI-8 and KM -> MPH Signal Conversion
XS Power S3400 w/ Billet Tie down Tray 573 & Trunk Battery Relocation
Stinger Distribution Block, Fuse, 0/1 Gauge wiring
JL Audio Battery Teminals
Full Security System


Transmission and Rear End


Trasmission

Getrag V160 Supra 6-Speed STAGE 3 Service From Jack's Transmissions
SRT Tripod, SRT V160 Transmission Mount, SRT Modified Shaft
Automatic --> Manual Supra V160 Conversion w/ IS300 Manual Clutch and Brake pedal retrofit
Clutchmasters Twin Disc FX850 Clutch System
OEM Supra TT Master Cylinder and Clutchmasters Hydraulic Release Bearing Slave Cylinders
OEM Supra Transmission Mount
OEM 93.5 Supra TT Short Shifter
Earl's SS CLUTCH LINE

Rear End

GS400 Carrier Differential (For 3.266 Gear Ratio) (Painted and Cleaned w/New Seals)
Custom CNC Differential Plate Cover with Mounting Points
TRD Limited Slip Differential
Toyota Supra TT Halfshaft Axles
Tach Motor Works Custom Rear End IS300 Conversion for GS400 Differential with Chromoly Braces
Driveshaft Shop Custom 3.5" HD Chromoly Driveshaft with Billet Adaptor plates


Suspension

Custom KW Coilovers Variant 3 with Custom Spring Rates and FIGS Lower Solid Press in Bearing
Tanabe Front SUSTEC Underbrace
JIC Magic Strut Tower Bar
Cusco Rear CF Strut Tower Bar
PLP Trunk Brace
SPC FRONT CAMBER KIT and REAR CAMBER KIT
Eibach Front & Rear Sway Bars
FIGS Front and Rear Moto Endlinks
FIGS Powdercoated Red Crackle -- Rear MEGA LCA ARMS w/ Moto Rod End and Additional Gusseting
FIGS Powdercoated Red Crackle -- Rear MOTO Toe Links Set
FIGS Powdercoated Red Crackle -- Rear MOTO Trac Links Set
FIGS RCA HYSTEER Ride Height Neutral -> Stock Setting (For Bump Steer Correction)
FIGS STEERING RACK BUSHINGS #1 --- 2 bushings, 2 spacers per kit
FIGS STEERING RACK BUSHINGS #2 --- 1 Lower solid rest plus clam-shell urethane belt per kit
FIGS FRONT LOWER LATERAL ARM PRESS-IN SPHERICAL BEARING #1
TUNED PARTS - Custom Red Rear Subframe Rigid Bar Braces
ULTRA RACING - Fender Support Braces


Lighting

FRONT:
E55 Bixenon Projector Retrofit w/ Highbeam Delete painted Sheen Black,
-----Tunedparts Led Halos w/Painted Boards
-----Fresnel Lense Replaced with ZKW-R Clear Lenses
-----PHILLIPS 85122CM 5300k Bulbs from Germany - D2S for low beams,
JDM Foglight Housings Painted Sheen Black w/Foglight Standalone Mod
-----Retrosolutions 55Watt HID Conversion kit w/ Harnesses and Bulbs

REAR
MMSPORT True JDM Black Chrome taillights
-----V3 LED's
-----LED Turn Signal and Reverse Light
-----Inner V3 LED's
Smoked Rear Bumper Lenses
Polarg Hyperwhite B1 License Plate Lights & Reverse Lights
Nigel's JDM LED Dome, Center Trunk Lights

Wheels and Braking

Axis Hiro Powdercoated Anthracite Front: 19x8.5 +45 offset & Rear: 19x9.5 +55 offset
StopTech Full Front and Rear Wheel BBK for 2.5" Lowering Cars includes:
-----StopTech 4 ST40 RED Brake Calipers
-----StopTech 355x32 Slotted & Zinc Coated Rotors
-----StopTech 4 SS Brake Lines
-----StopTech Street/Track Pads
Fragola Fittings and Lines for ABS Relocation w/SS Braided and Steel Brake lines
SuperBlueATE Brake Fluid
Supra MKIV TT Brake Booster Check Valve

Exterior Body

Full Engine Bay Shaved and Painted
Black Mesh Altezza Front Grill
VIS V-Speed Front Bumper w/Custom Car Grill Matching Mesh - Modified for Intercooler
RMM Side Skirts
RMM Rear Decklid Spoiler
Carson Tuned Rear Lip
UGO Replica Roof Spoiler
Rear Automotive Gold License Plate Covers
Tints: 30% all-around
S2k Stereo Antenna
Fully Painted Mirrors Side Mirrors
Rain-X Fusion Wipers
Windshield Washer Sprayers Upgrade - 04-05
FIGS SS Hood Prop Kit


Interior

AAC A/B/C Carbon Fiber Pillars
Custom Slanted Triple Gauge Pod by 2jzz
Valentine 1 Radar Kit with Concealer (Hardlined)
Full Silver Dash kit w/ Custom JDM Dash Silver Insert
Custom L-tuned Badge
Tuned Parts Illuminated Door Sills - Stainless Steel w/Amber Backlight
JDM Altezza RS200 Digital Gauge Cluster w/ Dakota Digital SGI-5, SGI-8, SVA Speed Corrector (KM->MPH)
JDM Double Din Dash kit
2003 Interior Door Panels with Chrome Ring Swapped
Chrome Interior Dials & Custom Silver Clock Trim from the UK
New OEM Interior Switch Panels
IS F-Sport Manual Shift Knob Custom Tapped to Fit on the V160 Shifter
OEM Manual Leather Shift Boot
Redline Manual Steering Wheel Re-wrap Slate Gray and Black 2 Tone w/Red Stitching
H3R HG250C Fire Extinguisher Chrome with custom bracket
H3R BMF01P Polished Mount
H3R BB250P Polished Band Clamp


Audio
Installation by Unexpected Creations - Don Amann (Top 100 Installer USA)
Kenwood DNX-9990HD w/HD Radio, Rear Camera, Ipod Wire, Sat Radio Upgraded Firmware
Focal 165 VR 2-Way Components
2 10" DYNAUDIO MW182 Subwoofers
Custom Infinite Baffle Sub Setup for the Rear Trunk
Stereo Clarity Deadened Baffles
Deadened Front Doors, Transmission Tunnel, Rear Trunk
Helix Competition German Amplifier - A4B
Stinger and Straight Wire Wiring


** All the things on this list are either on the car already or have been purchased to be installed. However, this list is not set in stone and may change here and there on the details as the build progresses. =) **
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The Beginning

This thread has been a long time coming for me. 10 Years ago in September 2000, I purchased my first car. Me and BigDaddyRich bought the 1st IS300's at Rallye Lexus in Glen Cove, NY. I was a fresh, admittedly naive & spoiled 17 year old that won a bet/bribe with my father to get straight A's in the 11th Grade of high school. Needless to say, I accomplished that feat and my dad fulfilled his end of the bargain and purchased me my first car. I was incredibly happy when I received the IS and it was my pride and joy throughout my Senior year of high school. It was an incredible car and I had waited 1 1/2 years of speculation through magazines and internet chatter on the forums.


I've been around on my.is since the days when it was IS300.net .... since the days that TEG was an avid member and guru of all things IS300. The days that Sophie De, BigDaddyRich and other SUPER OG's ran the forums. I was very young learning my way through knowing absolutely nothing about cars. I read, read, and read.... and, admittedly....not using the search button. I learned quickly the right ways to get the answers to my questions. :) Well, I learned quickly and started to mod my car with very simple mods. Tinted windows was my first mod and a grounding kit from TeCK IS300 that Avi (Gq IND) helped me install on my car (another OG). At the end of my Senior year in high school, I had decided to take a strong move and go to Medical school at my families alma mater. That school was in India. I was born and raised in NY and took the decision to go to India to get an education to make a life for myself. My car sat for 6 years sitting in my parents driveway. The IS would occasionally be started and driven once a month here and there... driven around town and thats about it. No one really drove it consistently. Even though I had been thousands of miles away, I still longed and missed that one of a kind feeling that only your first car can really give you. Throughout my schooling, whenever I had some downtime, I would sometimes peruse IS300.net and my.is learning as much as I could about the mods people were doing and the style trends the IS was going through. My obsession with the Toyota Supra grew greatly during my time in India. I pretty much was obsessed and saw every supra video I could possibly find. Videos like Redline and the Big Supra Video had great impacts of my overall perception of the Supra. Its aura and legendary status were all to be respected. Since in my view, the IS300 is arguably considered to be a 4-door cousin of the Supra, I was infatuated with the possibility of boost. Players in the IS300.net and my.is game like the LEXOTIC crew were pushing boundaries that I respected and looked up to. When I returned back from completing school, I had come back with the vision to fulfill the goals that had been brewing during college for this car. And so starts.... my IS300 Build.


Car when I first bought it:









First Major purchase:
Got myself a set of great wheels from a great seller: MikedTRD

Ever since I can remember, i've ALWAYS loved the Axis Hiro's. By far my favorite wheel with a close second to the SSR SP1's. This is how it came when I first bought them :)

Front: 19x8.5 +45 offset w/ 235/35/19 BFGoodrich KDW's
Rear : 19x9.5 +55 offset w/ 265/30/19 BFGoodrich KDW's









I then went ahead and purchased a set of Eibach Prokit springs as these were supposed to only drop me an inch or so. I have no idea why, but my fronts dropped like 2.5 inches. I have NO IDEA WHY. To this day we dont know why.



I coupled them with the Bilstein HD's:


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Personally for me, it was a rough ride for the nyc streets I was on... and I still rubbed when I had people in my car :T Rubbbbb Rubbbbb. It was driving me crazy....
 

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So I stepped it up: Really wanted to focus on Suspension supporting mods before I ever made it towards any type of power boost. To me, I always felt it was important to make sure your suspension can handle and balance your power--or at least try to get it as close as possible.
Stance GR+ Coillovers
Tanabe Front and Rear Underbraces
Eibach Sway Bars
Carson Tunedparts Black Subframe Braces
Painted Rear Calipers Red



I ordered the: Stance GR+ Coillovers


Along with the Tanabe Front and Rear Underbraces:









Purchased an HKS Dragger II exhaust and an SRT Black Intake. Had the Intake powdercoated black and the heat shield painted black.

Then some moron decides to hit my car when it was parked from the rear. Sigh.
Time to order a refresh of parts:
ROTORA 4 Piston BBK w/ Slotted Rotors and Stainless Brake Lines w/SuperATE Blue Brake Fluid
Carson Tuned rear Lip is in order.
RMM Front Lip
RMM Sideskirts
Altezza Front Mesh Grill
Carson Black Pearl Emblem Kit
UGO replica Roof Spoiler
S2K Stereo Antenna
Clear Front Lenses w/ PIAA Hyper White Bulbs
Hyperwhite B1 Bulbs for the turn Signals
6000K front Headlight Bulbs
Tanabe Touring Medalion
(HKS DraggerII was damaged in the hit)


Here is how it sits today :T







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The Mod list as it sits today:


ENGINE BAY/GO

SRT INTAKE Powedrcoated Black w/ Heatshield Powdercoated Black w/SRT Race ECU
AAC CF Radiator Cooling Plate
FIGS Hood Prop Kit Stainless Steel Show kit
FIGS Battery Bar
TRD Oil Cap
Blitz Racing Radiator Cap – Type-2 D1 LOGO
Optima Red Top Battery
TecK Ground Kit Red
TANABE TOURING MEDALLION
ALARM SECURITY SYSTEM with Shock Sensor ++++
Auto Window Up+Down Front Windows
Audio Glass Break Sensor
Digital Tilt Motion Sensor


SUSPENSION:


JIC Magic Strut Tower Bar
Cusco Rear CF Strut Tower Bar
PLP Trunk Brace
SPC FRONT CAMBER KIT
SPC REAR CAMBER KIT
Stance GR+ Coillovers w/ Rear Extensions
Eibach Front Sway Bars
Eibach Rear Sway Bars
TANABE FRONT SUSTEC UNDERBRACE TUB038F
TANABE REAR SUSTEC UNDERBRACE TUB038R
CARSON REAR MEMBER BRACES
FRONT AND REAR FENDER ROLL
New OEM Ball Joints at 90k
OEM Front Lower Control Arms at 90k
Ichiba 10mm Hubcentric Wheel Spacers (For stock winter wheels)
H&R 15mm Wheel Spacers (For stock winter wheels)

WHEELS:

Axis Hiro Anthracite Staggered Setup
Front: 19x8.5 +45 offset w/ 235/35/19 BFGoodrich KDW's
Rear: 19x9.5 +55 offset w/ 265/30/19 BFGoodrich KDW's
Gorilla Locking Lug Nuts
Lexus Emblem Valve Caps
OEM Stock 17 inch Wheels Wrapped w/Dunlop Wintersport 3D

BRAKES:

Rotora 4 Piston BBK
SS Brake Lines
Front Rotora Slotted Rotors
Rear Rotora Slotted Rotors
Rear G2 Red Caliper Paint

EXTERIOR

Tints: 30% all around
Black Mesh Altezza Front Grill
RMM FRONT LIP+ FIGS SUPER STRONG CF SPLITTER
RMM Side Skirts
Carson Tuned Rear Lip
UGO Replica Roof Spoiler
S2k Stereo Antenna
Fully Painted Side Mirrors
Factory Rear LED Spoiler
PIAA Super Sporza Black Wipers

INTERIOR:

Satin Silver Dash Kit
Valentine 1 Radar Kit with Concealer (Hardlined)
Navigon 8100T (Hardlined W/ Custom Mount)
Vaistech SLI Ipod Connector kit w/Iphone3g Connector
New OEM AUTO KNOB
New OEM Interior Switch Panels

LIGHTING


EXTERIOR:
Polarg B1 Hyperwhite Licence Plate Lights
Polarg B1 Hyperwhite Reverse Lights
Windshield Washer Sprayers Upgrade - 04-05
Black Pearl Emblem Kit
Painted Foglights Black
Retrofit Source 55 Watt 4300k HID KIT FOGS with Relay Harness
Clear OBX Front Side Markers w/ LED Bulbs
Smoked Rear Sidemarkers

INTERIOR:

Nigel's JDM LED DOME LIGHT
Nigel's JDM CENTER LIGHT
Nigel's JDM TRUNK LIGHT




And just looking back.... i realize. That was only the beginning.....



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Next UPDATE:

Here is how the motor looks current day:



So after driving for a while I noticed a sound coming from the engine bay that i knew didn't sound right. It sounded like metal - metal contact. At the time, I had no idea what that was and thought I'd get it checked out as soon as possible. Life was to busy for me at the moment and I just had no time to get it checked. What started off as a noise turned into a strained feel on the throttle. If i would press down on the throttle, it felt like the engine was straining to gain revs. At that time I thought that it could be something wrong with the exhaust possibly or that something somehow got stuck in there. Reason I thought that was because the car started sounding like an old 30 year old jalopy. Brah brah brah down the road it would sound and I couldn't figure it out. So I took it to my buddy at Tach Motor Works in Oceanside NY and he took a look at it. Mind you, i limped it over there as at this point it wouldn't rev past 3k rpms. Lucky (my tech) took a look at it and told me what he thought it could be and asked if i'd allow him to perform a compression check. I obliged and this is what he found.

At 113,000 Miles -

Clyinder 1 Compression - 20
Cylinder 2 Compression - 150
Cylinder 3 Compression - 160
Cylinder 4 Compression - 150
Cylinder 5 Compression - 40
Cylinder 6 Compression - 150

Cylinder 1 & 5 somehow lost compression and the sound I felt was coming from my exhaust was actually my catalyic convertor being destroyed because of what we determined the cause of this might be. I had an SRT intake on there for about 2 years and I had no idea, but one of the couplers and clamp was completely disconnected from the intake pipe. That coupler was after the MAF. So basically, the MAF was reading an Air Flow different from what was entering the motor and over time the catalytic converter died on me because I was running to rich.... We also believe that a valve had dropped and that there was serious trouble in the motor.

He pulled my spark plugs and found that the spark plugs have been slapped. Check out how the metal is bent:



At that point I was told that if this isn't taken care of soon, the motor will eventually quit on me and I risk damaging the rest of the motor. I knew this motor was done but I just didn't have the time at the moment to fix it so I drove it for another month and a half. Finally, after 10 years down to the MONTH, she quit on me.......


Here's how she ran when she was alive....





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This is the car being towed back to my house.... It died on me on the way back to my home. It was a slow and agonizing death for it, I felt really bad. I definitely drove it till it truly died. Here's how it looked on the tow truck and the video for it being towed:






Always a challenge towing these dropped cars =')

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The next step is a big point in this whole endeavor; Do I fix it, do I sell it, or do I fix and sell it.

I always loved this car. My family has had its share of different cars and still to this day this was my favorite one. I loved the IS, albeit a large part due to the fact that it was my first car, for its all it had to offer. I had to ask myself, do I want to keep the car that I put in so much work for... the dedication, the thought behind each and every single modification. I know the "Right" thing to do is fix it and sell it. Financially speaking thats the "right" way to do it. But since when are modding cars actually financially "right". Not too often. This is more of a dream fulfillment rather than a financial investment. This was and is my hobby and although I don't get any monetary compensation for an investment like this.... the smile from ear to ear on my face makes it all worth it.

So, I started to look at options on how to fix the car.

Now looking at the future, me, Lucky & Erkel at Tach Motor works, decided that it would most likely cost the same for me to fix this existing motor to its original NA spec as it would be do buy a Aristo GTE motor and swap it in. That way I would get a GTE Twin Turbo for the same price as fixing the car. To me, that sounded like a no brainer. So off I went and did the ordering. Called up Tiger Japanese and ordered the motor. About 10 days later,

















JDM ARISTO VVTI ftw!
 

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Come on man more..........10 yrs. I know you have alot. :p
 

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All right Hiral! Looking good. Always loved the Hiro's and Mikedtrd ALWAYS takes care of his items so you choose the right seller and mod. Best wishes pal. :approve:
 

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Its all coming in :) Its going to take some time and i'll probably update a little bit at a time everyday.... theres SO DAMN MUCH... i feel like maybe I shouldn't include the little things... but at the same time i feel like I think I should to see for myself how much detail there really was in this whole thing.....
 

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WOW! I am flattered to be remembered in such high regard. I am humbled. I know I dont post much here anymore but I have always been one of the Original owners on the IS300 and that I will always be proud of. It is true. Hiral bought the first Black IS300 at Rallye Lexus and I took delivery of the first Spectra Blue Mica IS300 at Rallye in July2000. Hiral has always been a courteous and friendly owner at meets, on the forum and in person. I can vouch for this being the Most deserving IS300 owner on this forums for owning his car for over 10yrs from its pre sales order list to present day. I remember being #2 on the pre order list.




Most people here do not know, I was blue before I was Yellow.
If you ever need any assistance with tuning or mods or just wanna grab a Corona, my door is always open for you.

Congrats Bro. I feel like reviving the LC movement here in NYC now!
 

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^lol. You're right Rich, I never knew you had a blue IS..lol
 

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Very inspiring build thread... love the history!!! Will definitely be waiting for more updates Hiral...
 

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WOW! Very awesome!
 

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Thank you guys very much for the encouragement.... I hope to bring you guys along on my journey and to give back to the community I've learned so much from. Updates will most likely be in the form of the 1st page being updated and we can discuss anything throughout the ensuing pages I assume will be reached....


Mayo, you know you've helped me out quite a bit towards the later years of this build. Thanks again for your words of encouragement and candor. You know you're the reason I have the Tanabe Touring Medalion among other things. You're review and advice on it were invaluable. Thanks again!

Rich, you the man. We should definitely meet up and grab some drinks. Things have been so crazy on my end lately that maybe I should postpone that towards spring/summer :) Thanks again for the encouragement and very kind words.... they mean A LOT. As far as the Lexotic movement, i think that it should without a doubt be resurrected. Not only for yourselves as I know you all are great friends... but to also keep up the high level of creativity and standards that you guys represented. In my view, those were the sickest IS's on this board. Its something all the new members should at least know about or be reminded of... that this platform is something special. That people before them have done great great things to push the boundaries of this car and to represent quality and excellence. There really should be a way to remind folks how widespread the IS community once was and still can be. Supraforums.com does a great job of holding onto their members and everyone pushes each other. Their annual texas meet is THE meet of legends. 11 Second cars are a dime a dozen at those meets and the camaraderie there is tremendous. For our IS folk, mass meets like OH2k10 should and can be stronger. There should be a year round goal focus for that meet with people updating their rides towards making that event as they do in the Texas supra meet. People just need to be reminded of the large strong IS meets there used to be. Whether that means putting up threads about a previous IS you once owned or the group photos i'm sure the Lexotic folks still have, i'm sure we have enough material to reignite the buzz on our platform base. We need to inspire the movement once again and remind people of the excellence there once was and still is. The potential is strong and ask almost anyone into imports outside of the IS scene..................
This platform is still very Highly respected......
 

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Lexotic movement, i think that it should without a doubt be resurrected. Not only for yourselves as I know you all are great friends... but to also keep up the high level of creativity and standards that you guys represented. In my view, those were the sickest IS's on this board. Its something all the new members should at least know about or be reminded of... that this platform is something special. That people before them have done great great things to push the boundaries of this car and to represent quality and excellence. There really should be a way to remind folks how widespread the IS community once was and still can be. Supraforums.com does a great job of holding onto their members and everyone pushes each other. Their annual texas meet is THE meet of legends. 11 Second cars are a dime a dozen at those meets and the camaraderie there is tremendous. For our IS folk, mass meets like OH2k10 should and can be stronger. There should be a year round goal focus for that meet with people updating their rides towards making that event as they do in the Texas supra meet. People just need to be reminded of the large strong IS meets there used to be. Whether that means putting up threads about a previous IS you once owned or the group photos i'm sure the Lexotic folks still have, i'm sure we have enough material to reignite the buzz on our platform base. We need to inspire the movement once again and remind people of the excellence there once was and still is. The potential is strong and ask almost anyone into imports outside of the IS scene..................
This platform is still very Highly respected......
I would vote for you!

Cool thread, I wish I could keep a car for 10 years!
 
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