September 2003 Featured Car
Screen Name: Static911
Profession: Work? What is that?
Car model: Lexus IS 300
Car year: 2002
Engine size: Three 7-Up one liter bottles
Color: Dark blue
- Carillo Rods
- SPS Carr Rod Bolts
- Supra TT Pistons
- PHR SS Piston Ring Set
- ARP Head Stud Kit
- HKS 1.2mm Metal Head Gasket
- Blueprinted and Balanced Shortblock
Cylinder Head Modifications
- PHR 246 degree exhaust camshaft
- Adjustable Cam Timing Gear, exhaust
- PHR Dual Valve Springs
- PHR Ti Valves
- PHR Ti Lightweight Retainers
- Heat coated exhaust ports
- Camshafts degreed and shimmed to spec.
Fuel System Modifications
- PHR 17.5mm ID Fuel Rail
- HKS 1000cc Injectors
- 6AN Fuel Feed and Return lines
- PHR In-tank Fuel Pump Bracket Kit
- PHR High Flow Fuel Pump 300lph
- 6AN SS 40 micron fuel filter
- Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator
- 100 psi liquid filled FP gauge
- PHR GT60 Turbocharger
- Mandrel Bent 3" Downpipe and Midpipe
- Custom 3" Full Off-Road Exhaust
- All exhaust components HPC Coated
- HKS 200mm Air Filter
- Aluminum 2.5" IC piping
- Blitz Blow Off Valve
- Spearco 24" Intercooler Core
- Motec M4 PRO ECU
- Motec Wide Band Lambda Option, Sensor
- Raychem Custom Wiring Harness
- 3 BAR MAP Sensor
- NTC Air Temp Sensor
- TRD Triple 60mm Gauge Pod
- Apexi Boost, Oil Press, Fuel Press 60mm
- HKS EVC 4 Boost Controller
- Getrag Supra Six Speed Transmission
- RPS Stage 3 Clutch
- PHR 3" Steel Driveshaft
- TRD Limited Slip Differential
- Syncromax Synthetic Gear Oils
- HKS Hypermax Damper II Coilovers
- Daizen Sport Tuning Sway Bars
- Toms Braces & Links
- Brembo Front Brake Upgrade
- RMM Carbon Fiber Lip Spoiler
- Forgeline 17x8 Wheels
- Yoko AVS 215/45F and 245/40R Tires
I am sure I am missing a few things here and there…
What led you to buy a Lexus?
My first Lexus was a 1993 LS 400. It went through hell and yet it never broke down or had any major problems. It now has about 190,000 miles and it is still running strong. As for my second car, I wanted a manual transmission performance car. I was deciding between a whole slew of exotic cars or building a highly modified Supra, which was to be done by Jarrett of Powerhouse Racing located in Texas. After some inquiry, Jarrett mentioned he was selling his turbocharged Lexus IS 300. Since I was looking at getting the work done on the Supra at Powerhouse Racing, I thought what the heck, let me buy the IS 300. I bought the car within 15 minutes after receiving some details about the car. I took ownership of the vehicle approximately one month later. The story continues on below…
In my spare time, I like to watch DVDs, tinker with computers and electronics, read books and do market research on various industries. I like to get into photography and fishing. Golf is something I feel I am obligated to learn...
Since the car was already turbocharged, my next goal for the IS 300 was/is to make it go faster. Jarrett laughed at me when I asked him to install nitrous on the car since it was not installed previously. I took his answer as a no. I am also thinking of installing an audio system to drown out the droning noise.
The original set-up of this car was meant to go in a straight line. I wanted it more suspension orientated. So Todd Matsubara of TM Engineering replaced the HKS springs and installed the HKS Hypermax Damper II Coilovers. He went further by installing the Daizen Sport Tuning Sway Bars. I went ahead and purchased the Toms braces and links from Steve Ganz of Carson Toyota. I am still waiting to install the Toms products, but for now, the car handles well.
Why you chose to modify your Lexus?
It just happened that a tuner who was going to work on my Supra, which I was still shopping around for, happened to sell a performance oriented IS 300. However, taking care of a high performance vehicle is more work than I initially thought. Within two miles and less than 10 minutes of ownership, I destroyed the engine, clutch, flywheel and etc. This was the result of the boost being turned up to an unsafe level by accident and not knowing how to drive a manual transmission. So once again, the IS 300 was shipped back to Powerhouse Racing for major repairs.
Todd and Jarrett helped me with MANY questions while the car was at Powerhouse Racing for repairs. I do not think they ever had a customer email them with so many questions in a span of one hour.
Despite some setbacks, I am pleased with the entire process since I have learned many things about the car, especially the responsibility of owning and maintaining one.
I would like to thank the following people:
- Jimmy Dang & Todd Lewis of QDS Direct
- Jarrett Humphrey of Powerhouse Racing
- Todd Matsubara of TM Engineering
- Fortune Gfroehrer of Daizen Sport Tuning
- Steve Ganz of Carson Toyota
- Dusty Womack of MVP Motorsports
- Jason Johnson of Tustin Lexus
- Ed Lujan of Keyes Lexus
- Jeremy S. (OCIS)
- Brian D. (Fairuza11/EmoDragRacer)
- Vic T.
- All the ClubLexus members