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First Time posting a thread on the car, decided to do so since it's getting parted out @ the moment.

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Just when it seems like there's no end in sight, a quick change in events can turn everything around. Take David Huang and his 2001 Lexus IS300; when Huang first purchased the car in mid 2000 his main concern was having something reliable and comfortable to drive everyday. After about a year or so of going problem free, it seemed like the troubles would never end. Two major accidents less then 6 months apart had David looking for answers. Not sure whether or not to give up on his car or turn it into his next project, he chose the latter. Seeing the opportunity to turn his daily driver into a showpiece, Huang quickly began modifying his car.

Fast forward several months and here's how David's Lexus sits today; ready for the track and for the show circuit, Huang has equipped his car with everything needed to be successful at whatever he chooses. On the exterior, the most obvious enhancement comes from a SARD aero kit complete with a SARD upper grille and Shift Sports fenders and carbon fiber hood. Providing not only a more aggressive look over the OEM pieces, the aero parts actually enhance down force and airflow. Some of the other exterior modifications are subtle yet just enough to add to the mix of other parts. A collection of JDM Altezza goodies including rain visors, side markers, carbon fiber pillars, emblems, and side mirrors can be found on the Lexus' body along with a set of JDM black-housing head lights. The finishing touch to the IS300's interior comes from a custom respray of JDM MAZiORA Violet Pearl thanks to the team at MOB Works in Orange, CA.

One step that many tuners seem to skip over nowadays when getting things together under the hood is engine internals. We see a lot of cars tuned with only bolt on modifications while they put their stock internals to the test while trying to squeeze the most power out of them. Huang knew that cutting corners in his engine build would be out of the question. Huang started things off with an array of JUN internals that would make any IS300 owner jealous. Starting off the list of JUN mods is the stroker kit that bumps up the stock displacement to 3.1 liters. Next up are the forged JUN pistons and rods that add for extra reinforcement when the Vortech V5 supercharger is forcing air into the combustion chambers. Also supplied by JUN are the 2mm head gasket that helps to get the engine compression at the proper level, and a carbon JUN driveshaft that ensures power transfer to the rear wheels. Intake and exhaust ports are free flowing courtesy of a custom port and polish head job so that airflow is optimum when it's mixed with fuel fed by RC 650cc injectors. After putting the Internal modifications down in the books, Huang's next step was to get the rest of the mods needed to complete the total under the hood package. JC Kustom was in charge of fabricating the polished piping and mounts throughout the engine bay, also teaming up with the JC Kustom piping is an HKS SQV blow off valve that takes care of relieving excess boost when shifting gears. Also aiding in airflow from HKS are an S-Type intercooler, and Metal Flow intake. Other HKS accessories also include, Carbon-Ti exhaust with silencer that is fed by a Toyomoto Exhaust manifold, spark plugs, Circle Earth ground wire kit, and Exhaust camshaft. Finally Huang finished things off with some miscellaneous aesthetics such as a Cusco catch can that keeps things tidy when excess oils are being expelled from the motor. Also a custom carbon fiber engine cover is in effect while a Blitz oil cap and radiator cap also help with eye candy. Huang didn't cut any corners under the hood of his IS300, and this apparent with the list of heavy hitting mods present.

For the braking and suspension modifications Huang looked no further then a short list of high end tuners. With the amount of power being put down, a good braking set up was a must; with that in mind, David picked up a set of Brembo 13.5 inch rotors and four-piston calipers. Providing more then enough stopping power, the Brembo unit is the perfect compliment to the braking system. Besides the importance of a good braking set up, a good suspension set up is just as important. Not wanting to cut corners here, Huang ordered himself some HKS Hipermax II coilovers. Giving the Lexus a lowered stance as well as a smooth ride, the HKS parts were the perfect choice. To increase stability through the corners, an HKS Kansai rear strut bar and upper sway bars were also added. As if that wasn't enough, Huang also picked up a set of Cusco's Stg 1 front and rear tie bars. Completing the suspension aspect of the car, a set of 19"Volk Racing LE-37T's wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber was used.

What car is complete without some great sounds to go with it? To equip his car with more electronics then some people have in their homes, Huang enlisted the services of CREATiVE. The audio/video specialist was in charge of not only making the Diamond parts sound good, but look good as well. In the trunk, the team fabricated a custom fiberglass enclosure housing two-12 inch Diamond subwoofers alongside three Diamond amplifiers. Located in between the subs and amps is a motorized 15 inch Accel LCD monitor used to play the DVD or PS2 game of choice. Inside the cabin an Eclipse head unit powers the other set of Diamond speakers on the inside. With a clean installation and great sounds, the team at CREATiVE gave this Lexus the tunes to match the rest of the car.

Complimenting the modifications underneath the hood are quite a few electronics on the inside. HKS's complete CAMP system is hooked up to Huang's audio/video outputs, allowing David to monitor everything from boost levels to fluid temperatures just by glancing at this in-dash screen. A GReddy E-manage unit also sits inside the cabin and allows Huang to fine tune his fuel settings without having to remap his entire ECU to do so. Some of the other accessories inside the IS300 including a trio of HKS gauges (boost, exhaust temperature and oil temperature) mounted on the dash. A pair of Recaro SR-III Top Gun seats were also mounted on Recaro sliders and brackets and are equipped with a pair of every JDM fanatics favorite, Takata harnesses. Huang also had the rear seats wrapped with the same material as the Recaro's up front and added some other JDM goodies include an Altezza steering wheel, gauge cluster and head unit din.

With all of the bases covered, it's no wonder why Huang does so well on the show circuit; he also told us that there's more to come so be sure to keep an eye out. Even though the show season is nearing completion for 2005, we're pretty sure that David and the rest of the Team Hybrid won't be slowing down any time soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for David and the rest of the Team Hybrid members as the show season rolls on.














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congrats...nice write-up and of course the car looks great
 

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damn..all this time Ive seen you post...didnt really get to see your car. Nice ride...too bad you are leaving us.
 

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Your car looks awesome, congrats on the feature. I must say that rear bumper is very sexy!
 

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nice write-up. sorry to see you part the car out, but at least we have something to look forward to in the future, right? ;)
 

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irv_usc said:
uh what PLP sc?
if you look at the bracket on the Vortech, thats a PLP bracket. Not starting crap, just stating what I see. If I'm wrong, have the owner correct me. I know the bracket as I have one. I could be wrong.. :)
 

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congrats car looks great, quite a few bills to do some of those mods :)
 

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rllinghardis300 said:
if you look at the bracket on the Vortech, thats a PLP bracket. Not starting crap, just stating what I see. If I'm wrong, have the owner correct me. I know the bracket as I have one. I could be wrong.. :)
Ya, the SC bracket is the same as PLP's. But I think IS300eR has modified one of the old Area51 SC kits that were designed with the assistance of PLP (before they introduced their own SC kits).
 

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IS300eR, what kind of power are you putting down with the stroker kit and SC kit? What PSI are you running at? Also, what transmission upgrades do you have other that the TBKO ESK?
 

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bchau_gt said:
IS300eR, what kind of power are you putting down with the stroker kit and SC kit? What PSI are you running at? Also, what transmission upgrades do you have other that the TBKO ESK?
I also want to know what #s? PSI? I also had that TBKO ESK and now have the Toyo VB upgrade and big difference.. :)
BTW, nice ride.
 

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Noiceeee West Side Mutha Fuckaaaaaaaaaa
 

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guess there isn't much left after all. new car's out soon, this current one has been to all the cali shows... and now some magazine and online features, so that's usually the point where everyone parts them out, isn't it?
 

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irv_usc said:
guess there isn't much left after all. new car's out soon, this current one has been to all the cali shows... and now some magazine and online features, so that's usually the point where everyone parts them out, isn't it?
no keep it, it aint fast enough yet
 

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bchau_gt said:
Ya, the SC bracket is the same as PLP's. But I think IS300eR has modified one of the old Area51 SC kits that were designed with the assistance of PLP (before they introduced their own SC kits).
rllinghardis300 said:
if you look at the bracket on the Vortech, thats a PLP bracket. Not starting crap, just stating what I see. If I'm wrong, have the owner correct me. I know the bracket as I have one. I could be wrong.. :)
ok, some corrections need to be make. :)

FYI to my fellow confused .netter peers, my s/c kit was made @ the same time as the PLP kit @ Area51 (plp mike brought down his car for some testings/tunnings, so if for anything it was Area51 assisted PLP not the other way around), and i've had mine s/c kit running before the PLP kit was even released (3 & 1/2 yrs ago? i even hosted a mini-meet by my pad in Irvine, someone even made a video with some funky missy-eliot remix :lol:). The bracket i can tell you is NOT the same, if you look closely, totally different. PLP uses the V2 blower, and mine is the V5, mounting points and design of brackets are different, mine's totally one-off (except some copies that i made for friends who were interested in running the same setup). And, yes, it was the Area51 gen-x kit that was never released, the car was the last project they ever finished before the business got shut down and buildings were impounded. BTW, yes, the kit was modified, because the gen-x stg1 had no fmic, so i had some fab guy re-design the pipings for the fmic (twice, first time failed due to dropping pressure, second time was a great success) So, that's the story and now history. :chill:
 
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