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Old 09-27-10, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Project Green Bean aka Teh Bean (92 Royal Jade SC300)

Hi there. I'm a former DSM guy. Built and raced a 1991 Talon AWD over the last 5 years. Made a best of 628awhp and ran a best time of 10.93 @ 137 in it. But finally decided I wanted a more "mature" toy car. So it got parted out and sold. Vids of that car can be seen in my sig if you are at all interested

So today I received my "new to me" 1992 Lexus SC300. Had it shipped from Normal, IL. Here's the actual ebay add that I won
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...AQ:MOTORS:1123
Just driving it home, I already love it. I didn't feel every single crack/pot hole in the road like I did in the talon, the engine just seems smooth and has a nice tone to it. The engine looks like it was recently detailed, it's clean enough to eat off of. There's a couple door dings, and a small amount of sun/paint fade on the front bumper, and a very very small amount of surface rust underneath the car here and there, but overall I was surprised with how clean it was! I think this is going to be a perfect fit for what I was looking for, and was well within my price range. The leather must be recently re-covered also because it's in brand new condition (which ever other one I've looked at usually atleast the drivers seat is worn).

Some basic info of the car:

1992 Lexus SC300
Exterior: Royal Jade
Factory 5-Speed
2JZ-GE stock Inline 6
Leather Seats
Memory seating
Only Mods are:
- Supra brakes
- Supra rims
- Eibach Pro-Kit w/ Supra struts/shocks
- Pionner CD-Deck
- 2 Kenwood amps
- 2 10" Kenwood subs
- Capacitor
- 8K HID's

Other than that, pretty much stock. The bads of the car are:
- A/C doesn't work
- LCD Climate Control screen is bad (replacement screen already in my garage waiting to be installed)
- Brakes feel warped
- A few minor cosmetic things that will be dealt with over time


The basic plans for the car are
- Replace 8K HID bulbs with something more normal (probably 4300)
- Rip out ghetto bass, sell on CL, and put a new cleaner stereo setup in
- SC400 front lip
- Borg Warner S300sx 84/75 (.91A/R Divided T4)
- Standalone (probably AEM but still considering all options)
- Tranny situation is still up in the air (6-spd vs. Auto)
- E85
- Stock Motor, Stock Comp Ratio
- MAP Ultimate Duty L19 Headstuds
- Whatever else is needed to support that turbo setup and my power goals mentioned below.

My goals are to first just make sure all necessary maintenance is done, and the car is running in as tip-top of shape as it can be. Once that is done, make it a comfy street car, but with enough power that it can still get some occasional street ownage, and the occasional drag strip visit. We have a couple different dynos here, but in the DynoJet world I'm aiming for 650-700hp at the wheels.

I plan on trying to take my time, not rush this project, and get it done over a period of time (not happening over night). Sometimes on the Talon, I feel like I rushed certain things, but on this one I want to make sure I take the extra time to do things as good as I can.

It's kind of interesting because I'm starting on a new platform that I knew nothing about 3 months ago. I've been reading up a ton, and it's tough starting over as a complete newb again. Pretty sure I've already annoyed the hell out of a few locals. But I just want to say a big thanks to those guys for listening to my questions. I'll be reading and learning as much as possible on here as I progress.

Anyhow, enough rambling, on to some pics. Enjoy


Purchased Mods

LCD Climate Control Display (repaired)
MAP Ultimate Duty L19 Headstuds
S300sx 84/75 Turbo - .91AR Div T4 (thanx MAP)
Hallman MBC (Talon left-over)
China-bay GPS Double-Din head unit (ebay)




















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Old 09-27-10, 09:54 PM   #2
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The leather looks very nice.
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Old 09-27-10, 09:57 PM   #3
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Nice car! Which supra did you get those brakes from?
And when you say your brakes feel warped, do you feel vibration in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes? Sorry i'm asking this question, i just got my brakes checked at a dealer and they said they were fine.
But yeah, nice car, those wheels look like they should've come on standard.
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Old 09-27-10, 09:59 PM   #4
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I just bought the car. The individual I bought it from did the brake swap. And you can feel the shuddering in the pedal/wheel when you apply heavy brake pressure. 99.9% sure the rotors are warped. No biggie.
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Old 09-27-10, 11:06 PM   #5
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Clean car bro. Hope your mods/plans go well!
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Old 09-27-10, 11:27 PM   #6
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Very clean! Love how your needles are almost perfect! Rare for a 92
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Old 09-28-10, 05:25 AM   #7
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Nice car bro! i will be watching your progress. and take your time.
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Old 09-28-10, 08:34 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I'm pretty excited to start on it

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Very clean! Love how your needles are almost perfect! Rare for a 92
THe needles all work perfect, but the fuel and coolant ones don't light up. Need to add that to the FIX IT list.
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Old 09-28-10, 08:39 AM   #9
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she's is pretty man goodluck!!
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Wow. That's very clean!

I like the two-tone interior, it's unique but done in a way you could almost play it off as 'stock'. NOthign too wild.

GL With the plans!
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Old 09-28-10, 09:33 AM   #11
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Super clean sc! Awesome find. Super clean interior wish minewas the same way. Good luck with the build.
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nice cleana pick up man!

me and SOHConthis are fellow DSMers.

welcome to the SC world..
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Nice! Still have some DSM's in your possesion? I was quite sad to let mine go. Rust free, clean 1G's are getting harder to find, but I don't have the money nor the time to take on 2 projects, so had to let her go
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Old 09-28-10, 06:21 PM   #14
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Car look pretty good. Take care of it.
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Good choice on getting rid of that GHETTO bass.LOL.
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