Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > IS Models > IS - Second Generation > Build Threads
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Trendzero’s journey to perfection!

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-22-11, 09:22 PM   #1
Trendzero
Driver
Trader Score: (4)
 
Trendzero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: CO
Posts: 159
Default Trendzero’s journey to perfection!

Hello,

Welcome to my IS progress thread. I purchased my Crystal White IS350 in August 2011 with 27,000 miles on it. It came equipped with all packages including Navi, Mark Levinson, Illuminated Sills, XM, and Camel/Black Interior with Cherry wood accents. CL has been a great resource, as I lurked prior to purchasing, and has a lot of great contributing members with amazing rides which have provided lots of inspiration for me.

Cars have always been a passion of mine so much so that in my “spare time” I decided to found an organization which holds an annual modern autoshow here in Denver to promote the custom, import, and tuner scene. The show is called 5280Fest and my website is 5280Fest.com if anyone wishes to see some video and photos of my show.

As the thread title implies, I feel it has taken me several cars, car brands and builds to finally arrive at what I feel is the best all around, bang for the buck car for me, my IS350. My journey to perfection started many years ago with my first mod project a 98 Grand Prix GTP. It had too many mods to list but it was putting out about 11 psi on the supercharger and had several custom body parts and a red/black carbon Kevlar molded interior which I did myself. This was back during the fast and furious days so the style reflected that era. It was a fun car, many problems after about 100k, but I was having our first child and it was not a family oriented vehicle so it had to go.





Since we were starting a family I decided I would get an SUV, always been a car man at heart but thought I would give it a shot. It was a 02 Mercedes ML and I did a full interior trim swap, BBK, new grille, tint, 20” AMG wheels powdercoated Black, 05 side mirrors, headlights and tail lights, side rails, roof spoiler and a fold down DVD player. I got bored of the SUV really quick plus it was super unreliable so I sold it and bought my wife an SUV in order to purchase another sedan.



Next I purchased my first import, a 04 Acura TL loaded including Navi. I loved this car as it was a great ride and loaded with technology. I told myself I was not going to mod it but the mod bug hit and I started away. By the time I sold it, it had A-Spec full body kit || A-Spec Suspension || Takeda CAI || RV6 V3 J-Pipe || True Dual Magna Flow Cat-Back Exhaust || 18” A-Spec Gunmetal Wheels || Tint || Custom Cleared Headlights || Full Carbon Fiber Interior Kit || Type S Carbon Fiber Shift Knob || Rear Spoiler || Type-S Taillights || Grey Type S Side Markers || Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel || Blue LED Interior Light Conversion || Custom Body Matched Front Grille Bar || Custom Made Carbon Fiber Engine Shroud || Body matched Engine Covers || Interior LED Underglows || Acura Tire Stem Covers || Trunk Mat || Clear Bra. I sold it because I was looking for more power and the only true power adder was a supercharger and there was no one locally that could tune it so I decided to find an auto that could put down some HP numbers.






My next project was a 06 Audi S4 V8 loaded with Navi, 6MT, factory carbon fiber interior and Recaro seats. Short and sweet I wanted this thing to haul and look good so my mod list included a PES G4 Stage-2 Supercharger Kit || Intercooler || JHM intake spacers || JHM light weight crank pulley || JHM Snub Mount || Intake Manifold heat shield || Bilstein - PSS9 Coilovers || VMR 708 wheels onyx black || Hawk Brake pads || JHM piggie down pipes || Custom Labree Catback Exhaust || Black S4 Front Grille || Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler || Carbon Fiber Side B Pillars || Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors || Carbon Fiber Front Splitter || Carbon Fiber Rear Valance || Smoked Front Side Markers || Black Roof || Clear Bra || Tint. But I found myself spending more money and time in the shop then on the car itself. This drove me crazy so I sold it and decided to go back to imports as they have proven to be more reliable allowing me to spend money where it counts.







After going through this “journey” I knew what I wanted; a luxury car with technology, reliability, moddablity and power so the only natural choice was the IS 350. I decided on the 06 since we just purchased a new MDX loaded for my wife and I didn’t want two huge monthly payments. As I mentioned above it came with all the fixins and the original owner kept it in immaculate condition, it even had that new leather smell still. It came with a set of OEM 17s with winter tires and a set of 18” Enkeis, which I didn’t care for. I sold the 18s and am going to keep the 17s on for now since we are heading into the winter months soon.

Since I purchased my car two weeks ago I already have had the windows tinted, painted the roof black, and installed the auto couture front lip. I just purchased and awaiting delivery of the Wald rear spoiler, and side skirts and the JP Visage rear lip is sitting in my garage awaiting install and paint. My plans so far are to have BCR coilovers, wheels, rear roof spoiler, new steering wheel, new tails, exhaust, intake, body matched engine covers with carbon fiber etc. installed and ready to display at my auto show in summer 2012. I will have my 4x4 status until spring since I don’t see the point during it this winter.

Purchase day:


Front lip installed!


Gave the tips a good polish with Flitz (the hands down BEST chrome and metal polisher there is PERIOD)


Pic of the interior. I had gone back and forth deciding whether or not to keep the Cherry Maple but after looking at the available options I decided it is going to stay. If the dark bird’s eye maple was an option for my model year I would be swapping out for that.


Pic of the door sills just cause I love them and think they look sick.


Pic of the MDX and my IS (def. prefer the MDX over the RX, just my opinion)


Here are a few pics as it sits today with the roof. Over the next few weeks I will be installing and painting the remaining body pieces.




Thanks for reading and checking out my thread and my progress has it happens in the coming months.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
Trendzero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-11, 09:26 PM   #2
Hoovey2411
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (16)
 
Hoovey2411's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: California
Posts: 29,089
Default

Congrats on the IS. Your taste keeps getting better and better. Love that TL and S4!!
__________________
http://www.clublexus.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic95774_1.gif
|Version 3.5 |TLN #918|
GIANTS|NINERS|SHARKS|WARRIORS
Hoovey2411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-11, 09:29 PM   #3
Trendzero
Driver
Trader Score: (4)
 
Trendzero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: CO
Posts: 159
Default

^^^ HAHA I would agree and thanks for the comments on the other rides I think I have the best of both now.
Trendzero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 01:16 AM   #4
Sffd103
Fire Slayer
Trader Score: (16)
 
Sffd103's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NorCal
Posts: 9,847
Default

Welcome and congrats...you've been all over the map with cars. I almost bought that beast of an A! Awesome ride. Your IS will be awesome too!
Sffd103 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 02:28 AM   #5
rookieIS
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (8)
 
rookieIS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: California
Posts: 2,214
Default

from the looks of your previous rides, i can already tell your IS is gonna look sick in the near future.. keep us updated!!
rookieIS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 04:46 AM   #6
metalgear
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: CA/WA
Posts: 2,714
Default

Welcome to CL! That S4 is nice!
__________________

HKS | VOLK | TEIN
metalgear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 12:50 PM   #7
brociouz
Uber 1337 Moderator
Trader Score: (65)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NorCal
Posts: 7,682
brocious brocious brocious brociouz
Send a message via AIM to brociouz Send a message via Yahoo to brociouz
Default

Love that front lip! Nice work.
__________________
2006 IS350 - Tungsten Pearl/Black, Luxury Package, Navigation, Mark Levinson

F-Sport | Invidia | BC Racing | StopTech | Volk Racing | Rays Engineering | Hankook | SE Tuned | GFX | Blitz | Kazz-Sports | JL Audio | Image Dynamics | VaisTech | Prestigious Society | Stinger | Garax | DDM Tuning | V-LEDS | Oznium
Full List of Modifications
brociouz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 01:08 PM   #8
KillaIS250
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (1)
 
KillaIS250's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: 909, CA
Posts: 9,146
Default

Very nice choice with the IS350! I'm sure you'll have fun modding it. Looks like your already off to a good start. It's always nice to see a modded car when it started from a clean slate!
__________________

07 IS250 - SOLD
08 Altima Hybrid
98 Prelude - SOLD
KillaIS250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 01:36 PM   #9
TheSenator
Pole Position
Trader Score: (1)
 
TheSenator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 227
Default

Welcome to CL! Good luck in your modding.
__________________

07 IS250- Obsidian, Prem pkg, Nav, HID, 18"
Joe Z intake*Red-outs*iJMDTOY LED/DRL*OEM.Thing Roof Spoiler
TheSenator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 01:57 PM   #10
GilIS250
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (10)
 
GilIS250's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NYC
Posts: 784
almontegil almontegil AlmonteGil AlmonteGil almontegil
Default

Welcome man, looking forward to future mods...
__________________
2010 RX350 AWD Smokey Granite Mica
2008 IS250 RWD Obsidian - RIP
GilIS250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 02:03 PM   #11
iRock
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (10)
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 4,023
icekillah
Default

The front lip looks real good...
__________________
iRock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 02:05 PM   #12
Alias
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Alias's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: HI
Posts: 1,837
Default

nice rides (minus the Grand Prix, although i understand that was back in the day ). happy modding.
__________________

'06 IS250 MT | Alias's Photoshoot Thread
Alias is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 03:40 PM   #13
chi123
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (12)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,302
Default

Your modding just keeps getting better! Really jealous of your Auto Couture lip, wanted one but can't afford it lol. Off topic, but IS350's come with 17's?
__________________
2007 IS350 Obsidian
chi123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 04:28 PM   #14
joeker
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (8)
 
joeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Little Saigon, CA
Posts: 1,793
Default

i disagree! blue magic=best metal polish ever! just smells like crap! :P on another note, very much looking forward to future pics, keep up the good work!
__________________
2009 IS250 BLACK OBSIDIAN
SOLD
2008 GS350 MERCURY METALLIC
ARC SE 4200 AMP. HERTZ MILLE COMPONENTS + COAXIALS.
JL AUDIO 1000/1V1 BLACK EDITION. JL AUDIO 12W6V2
2007 HONDA CBR600RR
YOSHIMURA RS5 EXHAUST
joeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 05:43 PM   #15
Trendzero
Driver
Trader Score: (4)
 
Trendzero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: CO
Posts: 159
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sffd103 View Post
Welcome and congrats...you've been all over the map with cars. I almost bought that beast of an A! Awesome ride. Your IS will be awesome too!
Quote:
Originally Posted by metalgear View Post
Welcome to CL! That S4 is nice!
Thanks, the S4 looked good and was a blast to drive.... when it ran properly.

Quote:
Originally Posted by brociouz View Post
Love that front lip! Nice work.
Quote:
Originally Posted by iRock View Post
The front lip looks real good...
Quote:
Originally Posted by chi123 View Post
Your modding just keeps getting better! Really jealous of your Auto Couture lip, wanted one but can't afford it lol. Off topic, but IS350's come with 17's?
I am loving the lip too, don't see any IS's here in Denver with it. It came stock with 18's but he purchased 17's for the winter tires. He kept the OEM 18's and I took the one with the winter tires. I think they will work out great during those months. Planning on getting some 20's for my summer setup.


Quote:
Originally Posted by KillaIS250 View Post
Very nice choice with the IS350! I'm sure you'll have fun modding it. Looks like your already off to a good start. It's always nice to see a modded car when it started from a clean slate!
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheSenator View Post
Welcome to CL! Good luck in your modding.
Quote:
Originally Posted by GilIS250 View Post
Welcome man, looking forward to future mods...
Quote:
Originally Posted by rookieIS View Post
from the looks of your previous rides, i can already tell your IS is gonna look sick in the near future.. keep us updated!!
Thanks for the comments. In a few weeks time I'll have my skirts and rear lip on along with a roof spoiler.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NoAlias View Post
nice rides (minus the Grand Prix, although i understand that was back in the day ). happy modding.
Hey it was cool back in the day, lol! Plus it gave me a lot of learning lessons for future mods.

Quote:
Originally Posted by joeker View Post
i disagree! blue magic=best metal polish ever! just smells like crap! :P on another note, very much looking forward to future pics, keep up the good work!
Haven't used blue magic but my stuff takes everything off with little to no elbow grease and is not toxic and non abrasive to your paint so I am a life long customer.
Trendzero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-11, 05:43 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
20, 5280fest, amg, auto, car, couture, front, g4, gs300, jhm, lip, ml, pes, powdercoated, show, tune, wheels

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CO IS350/250 Dual Headrest Monitors for Sale Trendzero 2Gen IS250 / IS350 / IS-F Classifieds (06-13) 13 04-03-13 05:55 AM
Lexus Interior Design: LF-LC flipside909 Car Chat 7 02-12-13 10:32 AM
LFA 499 Steel Gray w/Red - *Last LFA Devanning in the United States* flipside909 LFA Model 24 02-05-13 05:57 PM
LFA #022 - Pearl Red w/Black Interior flipside909 LFA Registry 17 09-21-12 09:58 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:47 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info