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A Year in a Half in The Making

Where to start?…(whew!) Well as most of you know I haven't have had my car for about 1.6 years. I have been in the process of upgrading my last turbo set up to something that I believe is the craziest thing I have ever done so far. I have been very secretive about this build and all the details. Even the people closer to me didn't know everything. I will share some of the details, but I can't reveal everything. (I have to keep some good stuff for me :p )

So about a year and 6 months ago I took my car apart just to do some maintenance and you know how it starts. When you get that thought in your head, "well since I have it apart already, I might as well"…One thing here, one thing one there. I found myself in a black hole going on and on and on. If you want to know where the ending of the black hole is I have found it! (haha) I had a vision of what I wanted to do, but it took longer than I thought in order to get it done. Some said it took way to long and that I should of taken my car back, but I couldn't because I was already half way and it would of been stupid for me to stop in the middle. I had to continue and push through. There was a lot of anxiety, waiting, frustration, moaning and groaning, being angry and all the other things you can imagine. When things started to move along better during different months, the attitudes change and I was feeling enthusiastic, and positive that I will get it done.

So the day finally comes when my car is finished. To hear the car start after all that time was a wonderful thing. I was so excited to drive way in it, then it happened… The car was sitting there so long that the brake master cylinder went back. UGH! What a tease! I almost had it in my hands! So another week went by and was able to fix it. Lance had a drivability tune and a boost cut so I wouldn't be temped. I had to put some mileage on it before getting on the dyno. I figured I had a week to do that no problem, right?

This leads me to another part of the build that was unexpected. I picked up the car on a Friday and because of a phone call I made prior, to a certain company who I will mention later, I was on my way to Daytona for a Monday meeting. So I got to drive up to Daytona with no boost and all the fast cars on the road egging me on. It was tormenting me. I made it to the meeting and ended picking up Audio sponsor (Vibe Audio) and while that was happening I was introduced to another guy (Tsunami) who sponsor me with the wiring I needed. After talking with them they needed to know when I could start on the car. I said asap. I figured I have already waited this long, whats another couple of months. They told me to bring it back to them next week to start on it. So I had to drive home with no boost again and wait till then. When the week came up I was on my way back again to drop off the car.

I drove back and forth twice and never had a chance to tune the car. I kept saying to myself (in myiagi voice) have patients Daniel-san. During the Audio install they decided to make my car their Demo Vehicle and wanted to use it for the 2010 Spring Break Nationals. So I know it had to be finished before that date. The whole install process is long so I won't post all that. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, just know that I had to go up there three times and help work on my car. The third time I went, I was only supposed to be there a week and I ended up being there 2 weeks to get it done and made it to the show by the skin of my teeth.

Now back to the meat and gravy of the long long process. I came back from the show and set up a time with Lance to tune my car. On Friday the afternoon of March 19th until 12am, the car had its moment on the dyno. When it was finished, I realized all the blood, sweat, and patience payed off BIG TIME!!

So without further ado I made: 707 RWHP on 93 Octane PUMP GAS!!!!!!!!! That's Right PUMP GAS! I would of done a back flip if I had know how! Super excited on these numbers!

I didn't print out 707 RWHP and 502TQ because at the end of the line it dipped a little (boost cut…LOL), so I printed out has 704RWHP because I want to have nice lines. :-D

In another 2 months I will be tuning on E85 or race gas to hit into the 9xx plus range.

Since I have a lot of pictures, I provided links on both the Turbo build and Audio build. There are way more pics besides the ones on these links, but its just a little something to give you an idea.

All comments are welcome. I'm glad to be back. Hope my lexus community / family enjoys.



2nd Turbo Build

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g'job on the make-over and I like what you've done to it man! :approve:
 

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dude another beautiful IS... looking at the engine bay is like lookin in a supras engine bay but then you realize wait theres four doors... lol
 

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Very nice numbers on pump gas. Congrats on the build and I am sure it payed off with those numbers.
 

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Man that is gorgeous! Those are some amazing PG numbers, can't wait to see what you do on E85 or race gas. That engine bay is sooooo sick!

Man, I am hoping my PG numbers come close to yours... :)
 

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congrats on the uprgrades. glad to see you got some new wheels on it too! btw, what psi were you at?
 

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g'job on the make-over and I like what you've done to it man! :approve:
Thanks, there is only one little item left to complete and after that, I will save up for the next project.

That is so sick my friend. Congrats on the pump numbers!!!

Glad to see those Stainless Steel hood props in there and congrats on all the great fortune with sponsors etc. If you need any help in the suspension area to keep that power to the road, let me know.
Thanks, I was kinda shocked too. I'll send you a PM once I get a chance to empty out my pm box.

dude another beautiful IS... looking at the engine bay is like lookin in a supras engine bay but then you realize wait theres four doors... lol
LOL Thanks for the comment.

Very nice numbers on pump gas. Congrats on the build and I am sure it payed off with those numbers.
Thanks, Yea for sure it paid off real well. I couldn't be happier.

Man that is gorgeous! Those are some amazing PG numbers, can't wait to see what you do on E85 or race gas. That engine bay is sooooo sick!

Man, I am hoping my PG numbers come close to yours... :)
Thanks, I am still in awe. I should do really really well in E85 or race gas. I want to drive it around for a little while before I do. A lot of patients can get you or anyone there.

congrats Mario on the new set up. car looks amazing.
Thanks man, your isn't too bad either. ;-)

congrats on the uprgrades. glad to see you got some new wheels on it too! btw, what psi were you at?
Thanks, Yea believe it or not the wheels are a year and a half new, same with the tires. When I put them on and went to the JM Lexus Meet a long while back, that next day the car went into the shop. So they are like new. I might think about selling them and getting something else. I was @ 21lbs
 

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are u auto or 6spd? If auto how u keeping the tranny together lol?
 

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just posting this so i'm subscribed. haven't read through it yet though. looks amazing mario!
 

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are u auto or 6spd? If auto how u keeping the tranny together lol?
Look at his sig...Getrag V161, that would be a 6 speed.

Amazingly clean and professionally done IS. Has to be one of the best looking and most powerful ones on this board! Keep reppin the IS's! :approve:
 

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Look at his sig...Getrag V161, that would be a 6 speed.

Amazingly clean and professionally done IS. Has to be one of the best looking and most powerful ones on this board! Keep reppin the IS's! :approve:
Holy Hell!!!!! It's phil!!!! Damn dude, how ya been? Haven't seen you post in forever...
 

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Holy Hell!!!!! It's phil!!!! Damn dude, how ya been? Haven't seen you post in forever...
That's cause I haven't posted in forever! I've been good...work work work. How the hell is the build going, you ever gonna get that beast done??
 

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i absolutely LOVE how your car sounds.
 

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That's cause I haven't posted in forever! I've been good...work work work. How the hell is the build going, you ever gonna get that beast done??
My build is coming along... sloooowly. Things such as life, house, bills, etc. etc. have gotten in the way of it's completion. It is very close though, the car runs. Just needs the 4" exhuast completed, DS installed, a tune, and some body work and that's it...

Good to see ya post man... Stay safe out there...
 

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Look at his sig...Getrag V161, that would be a 6 speed.

Amazingly clean and professionally done IS. Has to be one of the best looking and most powerful ones on this board! Keep reppin the IS's! :approve:
Thanks Phil, it been a while that for sure.

What turbo is that?

Also what PSI were you running when you dyno'd?

congrats!
It's a Billet PT 71 Dual Ball Bearing. Low boost @ 21lbs.

i absolutely LOVE how your car sounds.
Thanks, I do too, but the neighborhood and the police don't. :p
 
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