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Old 09-03-13, 07:02 PM   #1
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Lightbulb codenko's 2008 SFP IS2slow build

This started off as a simple build...just wanted the car to look good and that was about it. But as I've grown older and started to have more fun with my car, I've realized that I really like driving my car hard. It may just be a lowly 4GR-FSE, but I want it to look good AND handle well damnit. I used to modify my car with whatever I could get my hands on. Now, I only put that parts on if they are quality and/or proven to have some benefit. This thread is now here to catalog my re-build.

Current Mods:
Suspension: JIC Magic FLT-A2 Coilovers 10k Front / 8k Rear Spring Rates.
Chassis: F-Sport Front & Rear Sway Bars / Figs Adjustable EndLinks / Megan Rear Strut Brace
Wheels: Enkei PF01 Front: 18x9 +45 Rear: 18x9.5 +35
Tires: Sumitomo HTR-Z3 Front 255/35/18 Rear 265/35/18
Brakes: StopTech Slotted Rotors / StopTech Pads / ATE Type 200 Fluid
Intake: Ultimate Performance True CAI
Exhaust: Invidia Q300 AxleBack / Invidia Midpipe
Appearance: Red-outs / Gloss Black Wrapped Roof / HIC Roof Spoiler / 10% Tint on F&R Windows / Morimoto 5k HID Kit for Low Beams & Fogs / CREE 6w Reverse and Parking Lights / 2012 F-Sport Front Bumper Conversion with Lip Kit / Black Pearl L Emblems + Debadge / TapTurn + Strobe Pack









Retired Mods (click the spoiler):
Spoiler
Exterior:
17% Tint
OEM GFX Front Spoiler
OEM Trunk Lip Spoiler
Tanabe DF210 Springs
JL Audio W3 12" subwoofer with Alpine Amp
Megan Racing / D2 Axleback
STR LM Reps 18x8.5 / 18x9.5
Tein Comfort Sport Coilovers
Tein Flex Z Coilovers

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Old 09-03-13, 09:32 PM   #2
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How do you like the Tanabe springs?

What's next? Ever thought of getting an aftermarket exhaust?
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Old 09-04-13, 01:15 AM   #3
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car looks good.
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How do you like the Tanabe springs?

What's next? Ever thought of getting an aftermarket exhaust?
They're pretty great. Same ride comfort as stock with a good drop. I'll be getting coils soon so I'll probably throw these on the classifieds.

F-Sport exhaust coming soon
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Old 09-04-13, 09:37 AM   #5
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So heres my build thread. Just here so I can catalogue my mods and other people can enjoy

Current Mods:
Exterior:
17% Tint
Red-outs
*****ty STR LM Reps (Soon to be replaced)
5500k Morimoto HID lowbeams
4300k Phillips HID fogs
DRL's coded Off
CREE 6w White LED Parking Lights
CREE 6w reverse lights
Full White LED Ineterior
Black Parl Logos
Painted Calipers Blue
Tein Comfort Sport Coilovers
Black Roof Vinyl
2012 F-Sport Front Bumper Retrofit
Invidia Q300 Exhaust
Invidia Midpipe




Retired Mods:
OEM GFX Front Spoiler
OEM Trunk Lip Spoiler
Lowered on Tanabe DF210
JL Audio W3 12" subwoofer with Alpine Amp

Here it is at stock. Purchased on August 7, 2011.


and my first mod came within a week: Redouts. Gave the rear end a much improved look.



another week...and got the car tinted + HIDs. 20% F 15%RTint





About a month passed and I was tired of stock height. Picked up some Tanabe DF210 springs and installed an lip spoiler and roof spoiler.



the same day...I wanted to make it a little louder, so I got the resonators removed.



Time to make it a little sportier, so got the roof blacked out and removed the roof spoiler because it looked out of place. Also installed an F-Sport shift ****.


18" G35 rims painted black with Motorsport Hardware lugs.


Hardwired the 9500ix into the mirror with a mirror mount.


Installed hte sub in a shallow mount portex box to gain a little more trunk space.

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Old 09-05-13, 10:22 PM   #6
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They're pretty great. Same ride comfort as stock with a good drop. I'll be getting coils soon so I'll probably throw these on the classifieds.

F-Sport exhaust coming soon
Coils

F-Sport exhaust is and well worth the money.
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Got a photoshoot going with a couple of my friends so here are some pics of how the car sits now. Hopefully coils soon









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looking nice
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Old 10-13-13, 12:49 AM   #9
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very clean, love SFP
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Wow, haven't updated this thread in a long time. The car has gone through so many phases since the last posting.

I started making a little more money and being a kid (for the most part), starting modifying my IS in any way possible...exhaust, intake, whatever I could get my hands on and whatever price i could get it at lowest. I threw on parts by D2, Megan Racing, STR, Tein...just wanted stuff to make it look good and sound good.



As I started to drive more and more, canyons, twistys, etc...I felt like the car always lacked something. It was soft, didn't particularly handle well, and left more to be desired. I love the 2IS platform and decided to start getting serious and more picky about what I chose to put on my car. I slowly sold everything off my car and started to re-build with what I considered more "trustworthy" and tested parts. Starting following Redspecer's and a couple other performance oriented threads and learned a lot about being able to push my little IS into a different bracket. New wheels and suspension bits later...and here I am.

I still have a long ways to go, but hopefully I'll have more pictures to document it at I go.

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Looks much better imo. Glad you completed a front end conversion! Welcome to the club
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