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Old 01-31-14, 10:22 AM   #1
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Since buying my 2009 IS350 on December 27th, I've decided that each month I'll allow myself to spend on one modification. I figured this would be a good way to document the progress.

Here are the pictures from the dealer, before I bought the car...

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2-Tone Interior
F Sport Intake
F Sport Exhaust
F Sport Springs
Custom 19" Dub Style 10 3-Piece Carbon Fiber Barrel Wheels
40k miles
Clean Carfax and Title

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good baseline. in for more pics. im a noob, but did 2-tone come stock?
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First Mods - Paint Correction, Full Detail, Re-Coat Custom Painted Engine Cover

Cleaned up and Ready for Detailing:
Dawn Dish Soap

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Minor Paint Correction & Detail

Turtle Wax Black Box Pre-Cleaner
Meguiar's Polish
Re-Wash
Chemical Guys Acrylic Glaze II
Menzerna Power Lock Polymer Sealant
Auto Glym HD Wax

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Correction/Clean Engine Cover

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First Outdoor Pics

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Next Mod - New Rubber

The car came with some cheap 265/30/19 Tires on the back with approx 50% tread left (have no idea what brand)
I couldn't touch the gas without smoking the tires, so I challenged myself to drift around every corner on the way home (back roads, no traffic, no homes).

Here are the tires after that ride...

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...and with new, wider Bridgestone Potenza RE760 275/30/19 Tires

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Decided to Plastidip the badges to see if I liked the look. I intended to strip and paint if I liked the look (I do, and I'm actually leaving the plastidip).

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And one shot of the "All Lexus" Garage

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So, as you might know - The dealer curbed my car (very minor, but very visible scrape on the bottom of the bumper...

They agreed to paint a lip for me and order new headlights (condensation). Here is the lip after molding with a heat gun, but before trim/fit:

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And Here is an example of how it is going - I had to use epoxy filler in a few spots (air bubbles), trim and sand some others. It will have no gaps when finished...

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good baseline. in for more pics. im a noob, but did 2-tone come stock?
Yes - it was an interior option in 2009 I believe. Cashmere leather, but dark carpets and seat backs, which is a great look IMO.
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Yes - it was an interior option in 2009 I believe. Cashmere leather, but dark carpets and seat backs, which is a great look IMO.
Awesome start so far!! I love the color scheme although I am extremely biased ! The interior is called ECRU it was an option I believe from 08 and up as I have the same interior and have an 08 although my seat backs are still tan. It's absolutely the best looking interior in my opinion but man is it a pain to keep clean. Anyways, keep up the good work!!
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looks good thus far man keep it up!
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Awesome start so far!! I love the color scheme although I am extremely biased ! The interior is called ECRU it was an option I believe from 08 and up as I have the same interior and have an 08 although my seat backs are still tan. It's absolutely the best looking interior in my opinion but man is it a pain to keep clean. Anyways, keep up the good work!!
I have no idea why cashmere was on my mind - I know it's Ecru... Long day working on a fashion spread, so I'll call that my excuse ;-)
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The lip is gonna look great.

One thing pro I wanted a pre 2011 was the choices of front lips available
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The lip is gonna look great.

One thing pro I wanted a pre 2011 was the choices of front lips available
Thanks - I'm not big on body kits, but have been hooked on the wald style lip so it works out for me.

On the years, I thought the same thing but come to find out, the '09-'10 don't have many options for anything. The bumper is just different enough that nothing for the '06-'08 fits. I'm working with a plastics company to make my own f-sport style grilles in the hopes that I can sell a few dozen.
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The lip is gonna look great.

One thing pro I wanted a pre 2011 was the choices of front lips available
On a side note, if you get sick of your '11 bumper, I'm always up for a roadtrip/trade!
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I love that lip a lot <3 I think either that or a diffuser would be next for me! Also I think you should tint or spray your taillights for the stealth look =D
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I love that lip a lot <3 I think either that or a diffuser would be next for me! Also I think you should tint or spray your taillights for the stealth look =D
Yeah, after the lip here is the order I'm looking at:

F-Sport Grille/Painted Surround
20% Tint
Used Trunk Lid (Planning on making a custom fab wald style lid from aluminum as my summer shop project)
2nd set of wheels/tires (Want to rebuild the 3-Piece Wheels and Possibly Refinish them)
Rear Lip/Diffuser

BTW - I think your name may have jinxed me. I haven't had a flat tire in nearly 10 years and had a blowout the other day
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