From the factory, the 2010 IS-F has BIG brakes and relatively narrow, high offset, lightweight BBS wheels (19 x 8s in front and 19 x 9s out back). Relative to its competition, it is under-tired, given its weight and power, so it was my plan all along to put wider wheels and tires on this car. This was much easier said than done, though, and I spent over a year selecting a wheel, waiting for the then new Michelin Pilot Super Sports, waiting an additional six months for the 265/35/19s to become available, reviewing four color samples and, finally, getting the package completed and installed on the car. More on this later.
As she currently sits, the mod list for the car goes like this:
1. Premier Mobile Paint Protection
2. Joe Z Intake
3. FIGS Engineering Rear Mega Control Arms with Adjustable Toe Links
4. "F" Sport Rear Anti-Roll Bar
5. THINK DESIGN Center Console Garnish (front)
6. THINK DESIGN Carbon Fiber Rear Seat Insert
7. GReddy Titanium Exhaust
8. HKS Hipermax M1 Coilovers
9. DPE Wheels--Forged, 3-Piece CS20s, 19 x 9.5s, Front, and 19 x 11s, Rear
10. Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires, 265/35/19s, Front, and 305/30/19s, Rear
11. Lance Alignment
12. Corner Balanced
13. PPE Headers (?)
To my eyes, the Ultra Sonic Blue color of the IS-F is one of the very best colors available for any automobile so getting a set of wheels to complement the color should be relatively simple, or so I thought. Virtually every USB car I saw on Club Lexus had colored wheel centers and polished lips. A few had monochromatic wheels and most were 20-inches in size. Once I became intimately familiar with the car, the last thing I wanted to do was detract from the car’s great vehicle dynamics, and overall sportiness by installing DUBS on rubber band tires.
Because the look of the OEM BBSs grew on me, and I felt the color of the OEM wheels was the best color for USB cars, I confined my search to forged 19-inch wheels, similar in design to the OEM BBS wheels, in an effort to partially offset the additional weight brought about by the wheels and tires being wider than stock.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that Lexus does not have an official color code for the IS-F wheels. This was frustrating and cost me quite a bit of time. Fortunately, I was working directly with DPE Wheels. My contacts developed four color samples for me to review. I had conducted research on the OEM wheel color and determined that the Scion Phantom Grey Pearl color was virtually the same color as the OEM wheel. This was the color I selected and I am pleased with the result. That said, it has more metallic in it than the OEM color and, try as we might, we could never match the satin look of the OEM wheels I wanted so badly.
You’ve waited long enough. Here’s what the car looks like with my new wheel/tire set-up (these are the poor pics yours truly took):
The THINK DESIGN stuff is very high quality and uses OEM Lexus parts. As a result, fit and finish could not be better:
This piece replaces OEM black plastic. In a car with black interior, it really “opens” up the rear seating area: