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Old 08-20-17, 12:51 PM
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Hi, this is my first Lexus, but i own some Toyotas. This is a really weird project, I really don’t know why i started this and bought this car. Itīs in kind of rough shape and a decent one aint that much money. But I have some plans to learn some new skills and I like the look and handling of the IS200. So thatīs my bad excuse to buy me another project car.



This is how it looks , a bit crashed and abused






Good side








Bad side



Airbag light is lit, my guess is that the steering wheel spun around and ripped spiral cable in the crash. I just bought a used spiral cable, replaced it and problem solved



Not a fan of the wheels that were on the car so just got a set of OEM 17” wheels, much better looking.


One of the rear wheels took a hard hit aswell, rear lower control arm has om minor issues, haha





Have not done so much to the car, mostly collecting some parts, Iīm in the process of building a workshop at home, and trying to keep the wife happy with some small home improvements so this car get some TLC between everything else

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Old 03-13-19, 12:54 PM
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Sorry I kind of forgot about this thread.
I have actually done something to the car, not much but some atleast, I have mostly been working on building my workshop and taking care of my family.

I will try to get this thread up to date
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The first thing I did was to get some OEM wheels mounted to the car instead of that awful Dotz wheels. I also raised the car 20mm all around so I could use it without scraping it everywhere.

Took a shot from the best side of the car



The biggest concern was of course this bent LCA in the rear



Bolt was siezed inside of bushing of course, tried all of my little tricks to get it out but it just wouldnīt get out



So started to cut it at that point and removed the arm. No problem there very straight forward with the angle grinder. Problems started when i was trying to cut through the bushing. Only got half way through then the angle grinder wouldnt fit in place no more and hit the rear subframe. And i couldnīt rotate the bushing since it was siezed. So i hade to cut ut so many small pieces i could until it was weak enough to pry of.

Ended up with this



Here you can see itīs almost 1mm of rust inside the bushing thats pressing the bolt stuck in there.



Bought a used control arm and some new OEM hardware, fitted it with a generous amount of antisieze on the new bolt



All back in place and now i got a rear wheel thatīs not steering the car anymore and letīs me steer the car instead

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Old 03-14-19, 02:52 AM
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Had to do some cleaning of the interior before i started to use the car

Just an example of how disgusting the car was




Thatīs a lot better know



Went to the junkyard and got me som stuff, som facelifted doorcards for example



And some seats, but they where in desperete need of some cleaning, but no tears in the cloth
Started to clena them up



Here you can see the difference between a cleaned one and a dirty one.

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I found myself an oil leak from the valve cover



I bought this Ajusa valve cover gasket set, it feels and looks really good, I guess time will tell how good it is



But there is a lot of wiring hiding that valve cover, one of the worst routings of a wiring harness i ever seen, in stock form itīs all covered up by an ugly air filter box.. So it really doesnt show in stock form, but what if you would like to remove that stock air filter box.......



Itīlooks like it has gotten itīs oil changes in time, looking very good even though the car has done 277000 km ( wich would roughly be 173 000 miles i beleive)



I cleaned the valve cover and put it back togehter with new Ajusa seals and alla good, no leaks so far
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Some bonus photos of the workshop iīm building, itīs taking up most of my spare time i have avaible. But once this is finsihed iīm going to tackle the bodywork of the IS200
I actually started this workshop build late summer in 2017

Had to buy a new toy for the build



I had the supervisor up and checking the build



Slab done,


Time to start with the walls, it rained a lot, not so fun but what to do, I bought a garage kit, with pre fab wall sections. It makes it very fast and easy to get the walls up.






This was the quick and easy part

After that I had to focus on getting the roof on before the snow, I got the roof on pretty much just before the snow ater that I could not do so much more due to cold weather and snow. And it was a time to spend some
time with family instead

Summer of 2018 came, got it to this point



And after that it was time for a family break again so i left it untouched for a few months. But lately I have started with the inside work again.

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I did a track day with the car and completely shot the brakes, also the maxspeeding coilovers were really dangerous on the roads around here, car was bouncing all over the road.
So i decided I had to do something about that

I started to tear things down and I got a bit carried away.
I sandblasted all bolts and nuts, I wanted to test this DIY electroplating stuff, I did some of the stuff at home, but I couldnt quite get the finnish I wanted and it was stupid time consuming
when you dont have the right equipment.
this is how it looked when doing it by myself



Not quite happy with that and I could not deal with all the hours that went in to trying to do this, so I sent rest of it off to proper business instead
A bit better you could say




After the calipers got palted I painted the with epoxy primer and then paint and clearcot.
Som stuff ready for paint, as you coudl see I also did some suspension parts "while I was in there"


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I had a hard time deciding wich color I was going to spray the calipers in, but eventually I went for gold and on top of that a proper 2 part Clear coat




I had to paint the inside of the rear calipers first, then assemble them and then paint the outsida to get a proper coverege on the inside.





Mounted up on the car

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As you can see I did some work on the suspension at the same time, and I also replaced the front wheelbearings

Here they get some black paint on them, prior to this the were epxoy primed



I used this stuff, I does sure smell like itīs good stuff, time will tell how itīs holding up in our harsh enviroment during the winters



Ready for assembling


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For shocks and spring I went with H&R 35mm lowering springs and Yellow Koniīs
Itīs really nice to assemblething when they are all fress and clean




Back on the car , went really smoth, no prblems at all

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The last thing i had to do was to fix a new set of winterwheels

I opted for a set of 205/55-16 Nokian Hakka 9 Studded tyres with a set of cheap Japan Racing wheels.
It worked out ok, unfortunately i got one tyre that was really out of balance, thatīs a part of buying Nokian tyres, they have some of the best studded tyres but thay are a pain in the *** to balance....
So easy with fresh tyres and proper machines


So this is about where i am today, after this i got back to working on the workshop
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