In anticipation of the upcoming autox season in which i will be entering with my IS as well as with my nissan s14.
In preparation for sponsor decals we decided the base color for the car will be a flat/silk black so we got a hold of some vinyl wrap. we tested both the 3m material and Oracal vinyl.
The Oracal vinyl looks a lot better and while is a little harder to work with was selected due to being a little thicker and according to Oracal distributor will outlast the 3m - That will be put to the test
All work done at Tig-Motorsport in Israel.
They have done all the suspension and engine work on my Nissan and now will be doing all the work on my Lexus - Yes, Engine work too
Door panels, door handles, bumpers, lights etc all came off the car.
working slow it took 24 hours of actual work to get everything but the side skirts done. Those will be completed during the coming week.
Pictures dont do it justice - especially since its from a blackberry camera but once sponsor decals are on a photoshoot will be scheduled.
I am missing a rear shot, dont know why I forgot to take one.
Thinking about getting the headlight blacked out but have not decided yet.
sway bars, bbk, and jun tw reinforcement bars are going on this week.
Tein coilovers are already installed.
Your opinions welcome.
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that looks really good, i vote that you black out the headlight housing
Thanks!, Probably will.
Originally Posted by TokerIS350
what kind of wheels are they?
and what size?
sick paint job though.
In the meantime, until i decide whether I want sponsor to order enkeis or bbs I had to get something on there besides the oem 17s.
These were intended just for DD but will have to do for now.
Lenso - D1R - not the lightest of the bunch.
18X9 et 32 - 225x40x18 21lb
18X10 et 22 - 255x35x18 23lb
Engine work - 2 options are on the table, none of them are cost effective
Well actually one option is engine work the other is not.
Some background on the shop - The shop that does all the work for me has done a lot of custom engine work for a lot of fast cars here in Israel including but not limited to Porsche engines, Evos and Subaru's. I would say about 30 cars in the past couple of years breaking the 700-800 hp mark with a couple of them featured in magazines around the world.
There is no is350 or IS-f sold here so..
Making no promises about end results. There is no intention to sell any kits off of this and this is just for fun .
My goal is a fast street car.
Option 1 - My preferred option. build the is250 engine to support boost or full NA build. actual route will be determined after initial review of internals.
They have a used engine coming in to the shop. Hopefully be here by the end of the week.
Investing a few grand in used engine and R&D is a must and I am up for it.
Custom pistons, rods, cams and whatever else will be deemed as necessary along with head work etc - they are no strangers to this type of work. The engineer that does the design, lets just say has advised some big name companies around the world about their products and has corrected flaws in very well known companies products. I am in very good hands
Option 2 - This is not my preferred choice - Engine swap -
Yes this has come up many times in discussions like using the 2JZ engine etc. It has been done before and quite nicely in Japan. That said i will require a fully functional AC/cluster etc as this will not be a full fledged track car. The shop has done more complicated things in the past so again I am not worried, they have a wizard electrician at their disposal.
The engine prior to the swap will be built to support 600-700 hp but will run 500-550hp daily.
Those are the two options and as I stated , none of them are cost effective.
Will it be quick? no. It will take at least six months to complete either option if not more especially if we decide option 1 is the route we will be taking.
A 2JZ swap gets my vote, as it will provide the most realistic (and drastic) means of increasing power. It will also put your car into rarified status, as there are only a couple 2IS that have done this!
Swapping the engine and the necessary internals to keep the car running is going to be costly, but you seem to be cool with that.
The car looks really good! I'm excited to see what kind of numbers you get out of either power combo you go with.....I know most want to see the 2JZ swap to put you in a rare group, but you would be in an even rarer group if you could achieve a 700 hp boosted IS motor.