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Work Emotion CR Kai are discontinued, but Work Emotion CR Kiwami replaced them in the lineup. Very similar, I think they use a different manufacturing process and they slightly lighter? Not sure, but that at least look pretty close to the same

Emotion CR Kiwami ? WORK Wheels USA
Those are the wheels I have, I waited until the new "2014" version (the Kiwamis) came out instead of getting the old Kai


What happened to the catback exhaust? I know it's loud, I met a guy at a meet a year or two ago who had the same one and it was LOUD. I still kind of want one though lol
The straight pipe? Yeah I used it for 2 days and took it off lol. It was just way too loud for me, even though it was definitely quite the sound. But, when you live with neighbors and a family, and have to leave for work before 7am, I couldn't keep it lol. $700 for a nice piece of shiny pipe that now sits in my garage doing nothing lol
 

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So, now it's winter break, lots of time off work to work on the car without needing to drive anywhere. Time to tear it all down again, to replace the A/C compressor AGAIN, and try to figure out a bad oil leak.


If you remember, I had replaced the A/C compressor last winter with a brand new Denso unit, because the shop said the old one was bad. I then took it back to the shop after installing it, only for them to say now the system won't even run for a second, but just blinks the A/C light.

I had Googled a bit, and determined that people were having issues with the new sensors on the Denso unit. So I figured that I'd just try swapping the old OEM electronics onto the new Denso compressor.

Well, I removed the compressor (after taking apart the entire front of the car again, bumper, radiator, condensor, etc), and....





Yeah... that's a broken wire to the sensor!

So I guess it lasted about 5 minutes, JUST long enough for the shop to be able to pull in some new freon gas, only for the wires to then pop. It looks like a manufacturing defect when they install that epoxy in the hole, it pinches the wires and they break. No wonder people have problems with it! Gosh I was mad. All of that work for nothing! Hopefully, swapping the original OEM sensor as planned will finally fix the A/C issues. At least this is an obvious reason for why the A/C light was flashing after installing the new compressor.

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And while at it, I tore down the front of the engine too, trying to source the oil leak on the front of the engine. It's a huge mess. IDK what it is with me and oil leaks on this car!! lol





It doesn't seem to be the upper cam seals. I guess I'll try and DIY the timing belt process for the lower crankshaft seal lol
 

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Well, I gave up on the oil leak after determining that I was not ready to tackle doing a timing belt and pulley change myself (since I don't have the right tools or mindset). Maybe next year, after getting the right parts for the job. It would be nice to be able to do. At least I know what I'm doing with it now.

But for now, I finally adjusted the cam gear to -4 while I was at it. Meant to do that 3 years ago lol. We'll see if it does anything (edit later.... it didn't really)

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I swapped the sensor magnet thing on the A/C compressor from the OEM to the Denso one:




Then I reinstalled everything, and so far, the A/C light doesn't blink! We'll see how it goes after a charge. Fingers crossed! (edit later.... the A/C was fixed and worked perfectly finally for the first time in years)
 

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Well I figured now is as good a time as any to make a formal introduction! I must say that this site is great and includes all the information anyone will ever need for the IS.

My first car was a Toyota Corolla, and I worked on it for years. I learned a lot, but made plenty of mistakes along the way, it was a lot of fun. The pictures and build was all documented in detail on cardomain, but that site went bust many years back, and it was all lost.

But when the Corolla's engine blew (again) this past March, that was the last straw. It was time to move on. So, I started looking for my all-time dream car, the Lexus IS300. I didn't know anything about it really, just that it was the best-looking car on the road and that making it my own would be easy. The Lexus seemed a logical step up from Toyota, while maintaining my loyalty to the brand.

And I found it, the perfect IBP 02 IS300, right next to where I worked in Baltimore City. 117,000 miles and a full clean Carfax.




The mileage shows on the paint, but overall, the car was clean. Definitely something I could work with!

The car was stock except for some old ROH Blade wheels.





Sorry, I like pics lol :)


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Mod list so far:

Tanabe GF210 springs (2.0" f / 1.5" r drop)
Privat Akzent wheels (19"x8" 46mm offset)
Ichiba V2 Wheel Spacers (15mm front, 25mm back)
All 4 Fenders Rolled & Pulled
Nitto NT 555 Tires (225/35R-19)
Front ABS Wald-style grille
Polyurethane Visage Side and Rear Lip Kit
JDM Altezza Mesh Grille
Carbon Fiber Chargespeed Vented Hood
FIGS Engineering Hood Prop Lifters
04-05 Windshield Nozzle Sprayers (Misting Type)
Window Tint (35%)
OEM SportDesign Dark Chrome Head Lights
Osram "CoolBlue Intense" 5000k D2S HID low beams
Blue LEDs in City Lights
9011 HIR High Beams
DRL Disabled (I use the HID fogs instead)
OEM SportDesign Dark Chrome Fog Lights
Independent Fog Light Mod (Full Control)
3000k Morimoto HID Kit in Fog Lights
Smoked LED Spoiler Brake Light
R-Dash LED License Plate Housings
Clear Front Sidemarkers, Added a Dark Smoke and White LEDs
Removed Front Plate
Tinted Rear Plate
Debadged Trunk
Removed Antenna Stub
White Door Courtesy Lights With White LEDs
Window/Sunroof Power Delay Fix
XOVision 7" Touchscreen DVD GPS Double Din Head Unit
Bose Sub/Amp
Scosche Dash Kit
Metra Audio Wire Harness
Blue Dash LEDs
Throttle Pedal Cable Spacer


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Soon, I'll have the SRT intake and ECU chip to install, as well as the HKS Dragger II exhaust.

Next up for ordering is TRD Yellow sway bars, as well as some high-performance shocks to stiffen it up and drop it some more (Konis perhaps).

And I still need to find a dang Wald lip that is flat on the bottom :pissed:

Thanks for reading :)



Man I want to say THANK YOU your thread (and many pics) has been great help and given me insight as to what route I want to go with my car!! I appreciate that very much as I've owned it over a year and haven't done a single mod. Coming from a IS350 that ended up on a website feature its was hard but now that I saw the attention to detail and the neat things you can do here in this thread its IMPOSSIBLE.

I have to. LOL


Couple of questions was hoping you can help me with man just a noob in the 1st gen :nerd:


The R-Dash Plate lights, what are your thoughts on them after having them for this time. Did they give you any issues? They look SUPER bright but wanted your feedback first, also I don't know which ones on their site is the ones I need :frown2: they don't say specifics


I love this mod even more ! ~ What lexus did those clear courtesy lights on the doors come from?? did you have to trim them? LOOKS GREAT

Do you know if the 04-05 misting style windshield nozzles would fit/be plug n play on my 2002 (i know yours is also 02 but not sure if anything changed due to the Chargespeed Hood)? The ones I have now are all clogged and shoot water at outer space LOL I can't seem to find a part number :balling:


Thanks man !
 

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Man I want to say THANK YOU your thread (and many pics) has been great help and given me insight as to what route I want to go with my car!! I appreciate that very much as I've owned it over a year and haven't done a single mod. Coming from a IS350 that ended up on a website feature its was hard but now that I saw the attention to detail and the neat things you can do here in this thread its IMPOSSIBLE.
haha thanks Vroomin! But that's insane... I had literally just finished uploading all of the pics in post 1 just an hour before your comment! Wow, that timing! Now I'm really glad I spent all evening doing that! I still need to go back and redo the entire thread though, since Flickr deleted the pics. But I'm really happy I'm doing it, so thanks for the comment! I'm happy to inspire, that's the point.

The R-Dash Plate lights, what are your thoughts on them after having them for this time. Did they give you any issues? They look SUPER bright but wanted your feedback first, also I don't know which ones on their site is the ones I need :frown2: they don't say specifics
Ah yes, way back in the day, the R-dash plate lights were the only ones available, and they were like $45. Now you can get all sorts of replica/ripoff versions for super cheap. And the brightness, white color, and longevity of them will vary.

That said, I loved the color of the R-dash lights, but unfortunately, one of them went out some time after I accidentally cracked it open, so I tossed them. While they were great, they were honestly TOO bright. Like, why have such bright plate lights? They were like brighter than the tails. It just looked really weird and out of place. So now I'm using some Philips LEDs (which are now discontinued) and it has a much more OEM-appearance, like I've come to appreciate. If they ever break, I'll just throw in some more white #194 bulbs. No reason to replace the whole housing IMO.


What lexus did those clear courtesy lights on the doors come from?? did you have to trim them? LOOKS GREAT
Ah yes when I found that clear covers from the ~2001 Lexus ES300 fit, I bought them right away. They don't fit flush with the door panel shape, so they are slightly sunken, but I'd very much recommend them. The online Lexus dealer I got them from is no longer around, but the OEM part number is 81231-50010 (same for both)

Do you know if the 04-05 misting style windshield nozzles would fit/be plug n play on my 2002 (i know yours is also 02 but not sure if anything changed due to the Chargespeed Hood)? The ones I have now are all clogged and shoot water at outer space LOL I can't seem to find a part number
Yep, the nozzles are all swappable , plug and play. Definitely recommended for the upgrade. The part number is 85381-53070, and you can get them in various colors. I just got black to match the hood, very easy.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions, and I'll keep trying to rebuild my thread over time.
 

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I'm Glad too that you've repaired your photos links :) Nice car porn
 
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Jeeezzz that was a lot of porn to watch. Been trough your entire thread. Awesome work on the car but especially awesome photos. I dig the ones took at abandonned places. I'll have a look at my magnetic thing too. cause my AC doesnt engage too but It did back in time
 
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Jeeezzz that was a lot of porn to watch. Been trough your entire thread. Awesome work on the car but especially awesome photos. I dig the ones took at abandonned places. I'll have a look at my magnetic thing too. cause my AC doesnt engage too but It did back in time
Thanks man! Yeah I could see you getting through the thread as I got the "like" notifications haha. Unfortunately I haven't finished restoring all of the pictures, but I think I got most of them back up anyway (finished through 2012) and the good ones are still up anyway. Still trying to finish that project, so I can continue the thread! Darn flickr and it's changes. lol. Thanks though I really appreciate it! Makes all this work worth it. Good luck with the A/C issues, those are always a pain
 

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Unfortunately I haven't finished restoring all of the pictures, but I think I got most of them back up anyway (finished through 2012) and the good ones are still up anyway. Still trying to finish that project, so I can continue the thread! Darn flickr and it's changes. lol.
Alright!! Finally finished this. This year, Flickr changed from having unlimited uploads to 1000 max. My account had about 3000 pics on it, so I was forced to manually delete 1/3 of them. I deleted everything except for my Lexus pics, but that wasn't enough. Half of the Lexus pics had to go.

So I made a new account, and filled that one with the pictures, and then went back through and relinked everything. I completely redid my thread, all 81 pages. Including uploading all of the pictures that were on cardomain, back when that was a thing. Those pictures stopped working eons ago.

So now, all 2000 pictures are back and good to go! Including like 200 added to the first post lol. I wanted this thread to be my "official" documentation for the car, from start to finish.

Now that that is done, I can continue the thread as normal.


All of the pictures were originally stored on this account:

https://www.flickr.com/people/gold94corolla/


The second account (which is now full too lol), is here:

https://www.flickr.com/people/gold94corolla2/


And the pictures will continue, starting in 2019, on my third Lexus account here:

https://www.flickr.com/people/gold94corolla3/


Thanks for the continued support!
 

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glad to see you got everything all back up and running. these damn image hosting sites always screwing with us!!
Ironically, I had actually been paying for Pro service on Flickr for 6 years, and then realized it really wasn't useful or worth it to me. So I stopped and let it expire January. And that's when they immediately announced that they were going to delete pictures over 1000 on free accounts. Thanks for nothing! I was going to just pay for Pro again, but they had doubled the cost! lol no thanks, I'll just put in the work to keep it free. Until they screw us over again. Nothing lasts forever huh.
 

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Rear End Accident

Alright! Time to finally be able to continue this thread, even if nobody really comes here anymore, I still like to put it out there for my own official organization because I'm an OCD engineer like that :lol:

Unfortunately, this isn't a happy post.

At the beginning of December 2018, almost 3 years later to the day I hydroplaned into a guard rail, I got rear-ended at a red light.






I had just gone to Home Depot and filled up my trunk with almost 1000 pounds of concrete patio blocks, when not one or two minutes later, I got hit




Fortunately, the patio blocks survived :lol: And I do believe they helped the damage be less, with the significant weight in the back helping absorb the energy and prevent me from going into the car in front of me. Plus, the crumple zone was stopped by the blocks themselves. A couple of corners got chipped, but I had to cut those blocks anyway. But it stopped the guy behind me lol.



It probably wouldn't have been as bad if I wasn't using the JDM rear bumper (no crash bar), but that's the risk I take.


We were all sitting at a line of traffic in 2 lanes at a red light. 12 noon, Monday, perfectly sunny. The light must've turned green, because the lane of traffic next to me started moving. But not my lane. The massive F150 behind me did though. No clue why. He could probably see the green light from his high truck view, and saw the cars next to him moving. But nobody in front of him was moving. With his huge truck and my small car, he probably couldn't even see my brake lights at all. All I could see in my rear view mirror was his grille, which suddenly came at me. I had braced for impact, and it was rather heavy. I had left plenty of space in front of me. But he never attempted to stop, just accelerated straight into the back of me.











It doesn't really LOOK that bad, but both of the custom tail lights are broken, the trunk is all dented in and deformed, the spoiler isn't attached properly, the bumper got crunched in, and the metal of the car itself is completely ruined.
 

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The biggest issue immediately was the trunk latch, which no longer lined up. Even though the trunk itself was pushed in, the metal of the car itself was much worse.

In this pic, you can see it is off by 2-3 inches:



(it's hitting the weatherstripping). I could force it closed if I pushed it in, but it wouldn't latch.


The other guy's insurance was quick to try and take care of it, which was nice. It was a company truck with some fresh new worker driving it. In the end it worked out. The adjuster came and looked at my car and said it wasn't totalled. So they wrote me a check and said I could take it to any shop I wanted, and if the cost was higher than the check, they'd adjust it.

But I wasn't sure about it not being totalled, so I took it all apart myself.

Bumper and lights off to see how crunched in it all is:











All of the seams were splitting apart and crumpled with paint coming off:
















Trunk lid impacted the area here, taking off the paint:




Spoiler broken and lifting off trunk:




Crumpled and dented trunk lid with paint coming off:




Trunk lid isn't straight:




Inside the trunk (which is now 2-3" shorter lol):




Inside trunk panels and plastics are broken and deformed:






Underneath the car is fine though:




With the bumper back on, you can see how big the gap is where there should be none:





In the end, the shop I took it too did total the car, but instead of dealing with all of that, the insurance let me just have the car with the original settlement and we called it a day. It wouldn't have been worth it to have the car totalled, since then I'd have to buy it back, and they were subtracting all of the other unrelated damage to the car, and then I'd have to get it fixed and re-inspected for a new rebuilt title. A lot of cost and money. So I just kept the original check, and the car isn't totalled. lol
 

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So sad seeing her all beaten up :( But it is easily fixable . On a frame table or if you have a friend who got anchors in his garage floor you can pull everything back in place. how much they givin' you on that check to cover the damages?
 
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So sad seeing her all beaten up :( But it is easily fixable . On a frame table or if you have a friend who got anchors in his garage floor you can pull everything back in place. how much they givin' you on that check to cover the damages?
yeah it could have been worse. The car works. And now it's warm so I'm more interested in biking to work anyway. But yeah I was thinking I could pull the metal back out at some point, I'll have to see how much I want to bother with. At this point, getting a whole new rear end welded on would be nice, but not worth it. The check was for like $2300, so I just kept it lol. It will go to new parts of I decide to replace them. So far it's fine how it is lol. I did fix it up a little.
 

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yeah it could have been worse. The car works. And now it's warm so I'm more interested in biking to work anyway. But yeah I was thinking I could pull the metal back out at some point, I'll have to see how much I want to bother with. At this point, getting a whole new rear end welded on would be nice, but not worth it. The check was for like $2300, so I just kept it lol. It will go to new parts of I decide to replace them. So far it's fine how it is lol. I did fix it up a little.
for 2300 you can respray your entire car if you lay down some of the work by yourself. You can even try to pull out that bent with some kind of chain block attached to a tree. get new bumpers, a crash bar, taillights and you'll be fine ;)
 
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NOOOOO!!!!

How unlucky Toby! Hate to see it happen to anyone but even more so an IS300 as gorgeous as yours.

HOWEVER, Most importantly - happy to hear you're ok and typing this all up from home and not a laptop at the hospital! or worse not at all!

If you ever decide to part out - keep us in mind. (Specifically me haha - bcuz I know all your attention to detail put into this car) :laugh:
- Or perhaps you can go out and buy another IS for a steal and swap all the parts over!

Keep us in the loop on your IS's Fate. (fingers crossed for you)

Did the airbags go off at all?
 

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for 2300 you can respray your entire car if you lay down some of the work by yourself. You can even try to pull out that bent with some kind of chain block attached to a tree. get new bumpers, a crash bar, taillights and you'll be fine ;)
Exactly! lol. Heck at this point, I'm ready for someone else to come and rear end me too so I can make more money :lol: But if that doesn't happen, yeah I'll just button it back up. Still looking for a new blue trunk w/ spoiler and cheap JDM bumper.

NOOOOO!!!!

How unlucky Toby! Hate to see it happen to anyone but even more so an IS300 as gorgeous as yours.

HOWEVER, Most importantly - happy to hear you're ok and typing this all up from home and not a laptop at the hospital! or worse not at all!

If you ever decide to part out - keep us in mind. (Specifically me haha - bcuz I know all your attention to detail put into this car) :laugh:
- Or perhaps you can go out and buy another IS for a steal and swap all the parts over!

Keep us in the loop on your IS's Fate. (fingers crossed for you)

Did the airbags go off at all?
NO airbags or anything serious, the police came and wrote a report without any tickets. Then I drove back to work and continued on my day lol. It could have been worse, everything can always be worse! So I'm thankful for sure. With how many years I've been driving and how many miles, I'm glad this was the first and only time this has happened. I've definitely seen worse.

So far, no desire to part it out. I did look for another one, and I found one local, but I waited and it was taken. Thing was clean and cheap too. Ah well. I still want to keep mine, it just seems like a waste to get rid of a car that still works, even if it's banged up. But knowing me, I'll have it looking back to normal again :lol:
 
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