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Hi all,
Here are some pics of my IS300 at http://members.aol.com/cecjun1/IS300

You will see some very minor mods. This is about as far as I'm going to mod the car...no real further changes.


The dashboard has the Brushed Aluminum dashboard kit. It's also on the window controls on both the front and back doors, and around the guage cluster.

The wing is a factory spoiler.

The rims are 18" SSR GS1's. Notice the wheel caps were replaced with wheel caps of the Lexus symbol. I got the 18" rims from the Lexus dealer like this already.

Happy driving people!!

Paul
 

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Hi Paul,

I wonder what mats are you using ? Are they WeatherGard's ? If the answer is yes, what is the model number ? It seems that it's quite difficult to have the right mats for the back seats and the front driver: The mats at the back seats have to be quite small whereis the one for the front driver has not to cover the fuel door/trunk door levers.

I appreciate your response.

thanks a lot and happy IS driving !

Andy
01' Silver IS
 

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Yes they're weather guards.
I can't remember the model numbers...are they printed on the back of the mats?

Anyways I remember they were actualy made for a Civic, but fit in the fronts of the IS300.

As for the backs I had to cut the mats down a little. Fortunatly WeatherGuard mates have a lot of lines you can cut along.

I thought I remember reading a thread that mentioned that WeatherGuard was coming out with mats specifically for the IS300?
 

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Hi,

I really like the dash-kit. Where did you get it ? Is it similar to the carbon fiber kit ( the same dash pieces ) ? Was it hard to get it in place ?


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Awesome, Awesome rims. For a minute there I thought they were from Lexus (lexus caps)...how much did you pay for em?
Any performance/handling/ride comfort changes credited to those rims??
 

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Wazzup,

thanks for your reply. So for the driver's seat, does your mat cover the trunkd door/fuel door levers ?


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Sorry I'm not quite sure who the maker was of the dash kit was. Everything was already installed by the dealer when I bought the car. I can check though. I saw the car at a dealer, fell in love, got suckered into a deal and off I went. It's not hard to put at all as I put a carbon fiber looking kit on my former car, eclipse spyder. Just used alcohol to get everything clean, used a hairdryer to keep the dashboard and kit nice and warm and bendable....and carefully stuck em on.

As for the mats, the Civic mats fit nicely on the drivers side and no the the trunk and gas levers are not covered. The mat contours around them.

NEXT MOD: a baby seat!
 

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I dunno if I feel any slower. I never had the car with 17 or 16" stock rims. But then again I rarely hit on the car except for the occational snot faced bimmers. The ride does feel a bit harsher though.

But that's the price you pay for 18s. I like the look of the bigger rim. For winter I'll swap back to some cheap 16s with blizzaks or something.
 

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Well undoubtly its slower with the bigger rims...
kinda the price ya pay for the look. When someone says 'luxury' rim its a euphamism for 'heavy ass' rim.

I put my exhaust, springs and wheels on all at the same time. The power gains with an exhaust were minimal to begin with but the heavier wheels comepletely squashed any semblance of feeling faster, other than the beefier engine note.

As somewhat of an unspoken rule, Cars with short overhangs (IS, New Celica, Integra) follow a pattern. The bigger the rim, the lower you've gotta drop it. This isn't just some ghetto ricer thing either. Honestly an Integra with 17"s will look nasty if there's any wheel gap. In fact, 17"s are plenty big for that car, if the rear isn't tucked at least a little (like the E36 M3) Its not gonna look as good as it could.

The IS has a modest wheel gap to begin with, and looks okay with stock wheels... there's a bit more rubber sidewall there. With 18"s and a 40% sidewall tire, you're beggin for a drop. Don't get me wrong, I love the way your car looks, but make performance springs a priority (if not adjustable coilovers). I think your car would look great with about .5 to 1.0 finger's gap between the tire and wheel well.

All of this of course is just my humble opinion.

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