Start of my LS430 project. This will be a slow build as I juggle the funds for bills, baby, wifey and the car.
This was my previous project which now collects dust in the garage...
Heres the new beast:
Came up on 19x9 et21, 19x10 et31 Wed Bazreia's for $1500. Lips had some curb love and the chrome was slightly peeling on one face. I didn't mind much since I'm going to refinish them.
19's are too small unless I ride slammed, for a daily fambam car, its not practicalI. 20's are perfect for the 430 and my friend had 20" barrels from some Orden's laying around so i did a mock fit.
Same specs as the original 19" configuration but in 20x9 2.5" lip
Rear 20x11 with 3.5 lip . Original lip size was 3" I would have gone with a 4" in the rear but that would put me in the single digit offset which is too aggressive for my taste. I want to retain as much of the stock body lines after pulling.
Sneak peak of the new finish.
Next thing is suspension. I need to make a decision asap cause that will have to go on first before I put on the wheels. Im debating between ASC680L for now, or going straight to Coilovers then eventually either an Aircup system or UAS with accuair or AirRex .
Decided to run the Data System as a temporary solution until I decide on what suspension route i'll take. Bout the unit used from another member here. Thanks deejayrock.
I was gonna fab something up where the 6 disc changer is but decided to put it here since this is only a temporary solution
Rims finally completed jut need to mount tires. Anyone in San Diego looking to have their wheels re-finished/re-built hit my homie up Ronnie (instagram: Wheelbuilt_Ronnie). Good guy, great work, very reasonable prices and best of all he's located in SD .
Coming next is rolling the fronts and either shave/pull or roll/pull the rears. Once thats done, the wheels go on... So excited
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Ready to see fitment on those bad boys. I'm trying to figure out exactly what I want to run when I get started. I'm not a fan of body work and want to keep stock lines as much as possible also. Looking good
Front fenders didn't need anywork to fit, the natural camber cleare, I only needed the rears rolled to clear so I took the risk... I should have shaved but I was too scared to risk the structural integrity of the 1/4. There are only two places that dimpled slightly (10 o'clock and 1 o'clock position) but I'm **** to detail and it bugs the crap out of me. I'm going have them shaved completely flat and re inforce them by having them welded. Thats what I did when I cut the RSX rears.
In my opinion, fitment is perfect no obnoxious camber or hellaflush stance (no offense to anyone, just not my style). Its flush and functional. I like having a symmetrical car and i want the camber in front and rear to match so next on the to-do list is suspension arms and a youzealand ss pro kit. That probably means I would either have to dial in more neg camber in the fronts (via youzealand kit) or slightly pull and add positive camber to the rears.
I had a friend who had a ebay badge-less grill that didn't fit his 01-03 LS sitting in his garage for a few years. Put it on and left it chrome for a few weeks but it was too much bling for me, so I painted it black to match the car. When I went to pepboys to pick up paint I notice dupli-color had oem paint in a can. Found the 202/204 color code and picked up some clear aswell. Color looks good and seems to match. This will hold me over until I have it sprayed at a shop when I get misc thing fixed on the car.
Letting the clear dry
Total of 4 coats on the front side, 4 on the backside, and 3 coats of clear