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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptyTue Oct 14, 2014 4:44 pm

I've had an itching to put some LED high beams on my car for a while now. I originally wanted to put them in the head lights instead of the high beams, but couldn't find anything that worked.

I really liked these from Baja Designs, they seem like the top of the line products, and I liked the 5000k color vs bluer from other sellers.

http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDetail?ItemNumber=500003

Bought them on Amazon for a little bit cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/Baja-Designs-Squadron-Driving-50-0003/dp/B00JG0AVAO/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1412225535&sr=1-1&keywords=Squadron+Xl

They come with 3 lens options: Wide cornering, Driving, and Spot. I ordered them with the Driving lens installed, which is a combination of the narrow Spot and wider output (you can see the differences on the lenses).

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 15497513091_7d13504361_zBaja Designs Squadran XL LED Spot Lights by gold94corolla, on Flickr

This is just the 2 wide LEDs

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This is the 2 spot LEDs

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And together, they make a more useable beam than either option alone

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Both of them together

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With the stock low beams

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And with the HID kit in the high beams

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They definitely seem bright lol, and definitely true to their 5000k color (the high beams are 4300k)

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So, time to put them on the car somehow.

I decided to put them behind the upper mesh grille so that as much light would pass through as possible.

Took apart everything to figure out how I wanted to mount them.

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Figured that the easiest way was to fabricate some brackets and bolt them to the back of the crash bar... that would be solid lol.

Simply used some right angle brackets, anchored to the crash bar, and with the LED brackets installed on top.

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Painted the brackets black to hide them

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Installed the LEDs into the brackets

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Bolted the bar back on the car

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And it was a perfect fit, like I had estimated.

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Barely touches the condensor

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Fits behind the support bracket on this side (the brackets aren't symmetrical, I realized after putting the lights on lol)

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Wired them into the high beams

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Done

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Everything lit up lol

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Just the LEDs alone.... my goodness, these things are massively bright lol

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 15520468101_895c5b1568_zBaja Designs Squadran XL LED Output by gold94corolla, on Flickr

You can see the combination of the spot and wide beams, and how either one alone wouldn't be very useful. Love it!


Took some pics in the fog tonight

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So I guess that's that lol. Yes, they do fit behind the grille perfectly, just enough clearance behind the mesh. I don't have my other 4 high beams hooked up at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how bright it all is when I'm done lol
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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptyThu Oct 23, 2014 12:16 pm

Continuing where I left off, the LEDs were bolted up to the car. Here's how they fit behind the grille

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There is literally 0mm of space in front of and behind the light, they just barely touch the mesh grille and condenser. Couldn't have fit them better!!

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And then, continuing my second head light retrofit from where I left off in August, I finally finished them up.

Got some fresh new LS430 projectors and shrouds, again modified to bixenon (but by a different person this time, did a better job).

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Bolted the brackets from my first head lights onto the new projectors (took many hours of aiming to get just right)

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Put them on the car for aiming

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The cutoff is even sharper and has more color than last time!

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Here's the high beam, just from the bixenon projectors alone (much wider, nicer high beam than the first set)

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Output of the low beams on the road

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Trimmed the bezels to fit a little better

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Test fitting

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Next up was to trim the shrouds, just like the first time (very time consuming and stressful, though I cut them even better this time around).

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Glued the shrouds in place

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And sealed the lenses back on

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On the car completed!

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I decided to clean up the high beam HID wiring by trimming out the extra connectors (between the green lines) and soldering the bulbs directly to the ballast. This helped warm-up time and reliability CONSIDERABLY

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And it eliminated a lot of messy wires behind the head lights. Green dots represent high beam wires, blue arrows are the low beam projector ignitors, red arrows are the high beam projector solenoids, and red dots are the turnsignal/switchback DRL harnesses.

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Since the car was having trouble running all 6 high beams at once on the stock wires, I ordered this relay harness from theretrofitsource. It powers the high beam HIDs and one of the solenoids directly from the battery, so that only one of the solenoids and the 2 LED pods are on the stock high beam wires. Much more reliable now, and no more flickering.

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 14984226313_79cfda5b4d_cHigh Beam HID Wire Harness by gold94corolla, on Flickr

Wiring behind the head lights is crazy lol.

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And that's it for that update, it feels so good to have this second retrofit completed. I love driving with the projectors at night, and the LED spot lights are SO bright, the amount of light overall is impressive. And I just love how it looks.
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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptyFri Oct 24, 2014 4:29 pm

Found that my radiator cracked a week ago, managed to catch it before it lost too much fluid though.

Apparently, this is how they all fail, right in this upper section:

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 15367224669_9cf428e5c8_zRadiator Is Leaking by gold94corolla, on Flickr

Note all of the stress cracks formed:


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Immediately bought a new Denso radiator on Amazon, which arrived in a few days:

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As well as Toyota Red Coolant and distilled water to create a new 50/50 mixture to refill the system:

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 15412605810_d836e51270_zDistilled Water + Antifreeze by gold94corolla, on Flickr

Having never messed with a radiator before, this project was yet another new experience for me. However, it was easy.

Drained the coolant and trans fluid out the bottom:

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 15599045802_d65541017e_zOld Coolant & Trans Fluid by gold94corolla, on Flickr

Radiator removed:

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Old vs new:

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Swapped the fans and a sensor over:

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New fluids mixed (extra fluid went back in the Toyota bottle at the end of the project)

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Done! Went perfectly. Made sure to monitor and add fluid as needed.

Lexus IS300 - Page 36 15574536636_e247a21f66_zCompleted Radiator Swap by gold94corolla, on Flickr

So that was an unexpected but relatively fun project, and now the radiator should be worry-free for a very long time Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptyWed Oct 29, 2014 11:32 pm

love all the work you do with your lights chris... so jealous that i cant bring myself to do it Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2014 10:04 am

Thanks bro, but you've done engine swaps and stuff that I would never dream of doing either! haha
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hahaa true good point

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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptySun Dec 07, 2014 5:18 pm

OK so this thread is way behind again, so I'm gonna post a ton of pictures.

I don't remember where I left of regarding the body work and painting I was doing, so if I missed some pics or posted them twice, oh well.

You know that I painted my front lip and mirrors a while ago, complete with clear coat

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I also bought a brand new JDM Altezza mesh grille and painted that

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New one is on top, old on the bottom

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Notice how my old grille is all broken around the edges, it never sat properly on the bumper.

I ended up not liking the Altezza badge on the mesh, so I used my old mesh and emblem on the new grille.

My old emblem was looking terrible, after the black VHT spray tint had mostly come off.  The carbon fiber background was yellowing as well.

So, I bought a brand new black pearl colored emblem on Ebay for like $70 lol, and I polished up the carbon fiber.

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Came out looking nice and fresh, and the finish won't just come off.

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Installed

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I'm actually not a fan of the new grille.  Because it actually mounts properly, it sits kinda recessed and the transition between the grille and bumper looks too obvious.  My previous grille blended better, so I'll paint that and reinstall it next year.  Oh well, this isn't the first time I wasted money on something lol.

Here's an older pic for reference to show how the old grille blended in better.

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Next, I redid the rear quarter panels around the tail lights, because my previous body work didn't end up perfect after my accident in 2012.

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The body work came out perfect, but I did have to repaint and reclear this side because you can see that I didn't blend the paint well enough.

Other side.

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This side came out much better.

The body work came out perfect.  I still need to blend in the clear coat though.  And now that I've painted partial panels, I can tell the the spray paint doesn't match the old stock paint perfectly.  Oh well.

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At least it's shiny now lol.

As you could see up there ^^^ I also redid the rear bumper where I removed the side markers.  I used superglue in with the bondo this time to prevent cracking, and it actually worked lol

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Final wetsand and clear coat

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Repainted the rear lip as well, and clear coated it

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Final wetsand and clear coat

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And again, you could see earlier that I redid the side skirts as well.

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Final wetsand and clear coat

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But I left it outside too long after it got dark, and the humidity got to it and ruined the finish.

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So I had to wetsand and buff the surface to remove that mess, top is wetsanded, bottom is buffed.  Not exactly perfect, but much nicer looking than ever before.

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I ended up finding some nice right-angle pieces that I could glue to the back of the skirts and give them rigidity, worked perfectly.

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Next

You know that I got some brand new painted fenders

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And doors. Finally gonna fix that huge damage on the side.

Doors prepped, dents filled, sanded, primed, ready for paint

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Prepped for paint (took me a while to develop a way to paint them lol, ended up suspending them from the garage door tracks with bungy cords and vice grips)

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Painted

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Clear coated, then wetsanded, then clear coated again (ended up with orange peel, but I can buff that out later)

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Transferred some parts to the rear door, like the hinges and handle and locking mechanism

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Rear door removed (that was really easy)

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Just gotta pull off the panel on the B pillar and you can get to the bolts and wire harness, super easy.

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Rear door installed! Again, really easy, though it is kind of a pain to line up. Luckily, my blue LED strips came off the old door perfectly, and the glue was still 100%, so the strips just stuck right onto the new door.

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Next, I had to remove the front fender in order to access the bolts for the front door, which meant taking off the front bumper and head light lol. Good thing I was replacing the fender anyway, and I already had the front bumper off from redoing the head light retrofit (yes I drove around with no bumpers for a couple of weeks)

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Front door removed (again, super easy)

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I bought a new pre-painted door handle on Ebay, because I thought the old one was broken.

I also had to transfer the entire lock mechanism to the new door, which wasn't too hard, just required some figuring out. Turns out, the old handle was in perfect shape, but the actual crush in the door was preventing the connecting rods from operating. Oh well. You can see that the lock mechanism itself got crushed in the smashed door, but luckily, it still worked perfectly.

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Installed the front door, stuck the LEDs on, and everything worked! Luckily, the windows and motors were included in the new doors, so I didn't even have to mess with those. I'm just going to get the windows retinted, rather than deal with swapping in the old windows.

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Completed door swap. I had to redo the wiring in the front door for the power folding LED mirrors, but that wasn't too much work. Everything is back to normal!

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Then I put the new fender on

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Before rolling

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After. I ruined it instantly though, because I pulled it WAY too much, causing the lip to get messed up, and the fender itself warping and ruining everything. This picture is after I pushed the edge back in. So I ruined my brand new fender, but I'll get another one next year and paint it myself so that it matches 100%.

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Done!

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I then replaced the other fender, since I had messed it up long ago when I rolled it and when I put the suspension in.

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Having learned from my mistake, I rolled this side perfectly. Came out beautiful, I'm 100% happy with this side.

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Finally was able to put the front bumper back on

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Then I put the rear bumper and lip back on. You can see that the new fenders didn't end up being a 100% color match from certain angles. Oh well.

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Then I put the side skirts on. Car is looking better now than it has for years, thanks to the fresh body work, paint, and real clear coat!

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Eventually, my brand new pre-painted fender moldings came in. I got new ones because I didn't need the old ones with LEDs drilled in.

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Washed the car

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And that ends the body work for 2014! Learned a lot, accomplished a lot, and things are looking better than ever. It's hard to imagine how much I've done to this car in the past couple of months since my trip around the country, especially since most of the work doesn't even show really, just redoing a lot of stuff.

Body work plans for 2015: Buffing/wetsanding the clear coat on the doors and fenders to blend everything in, new fender (again), new (old) grille, new front lip (going with a different/custom lip this time), and new driver's side rear door.
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when your car couldnt look any better, there you go and improve it a little and it's gorgeous as usual.
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Man, such a sweet ride, and a clean and tidy garage!
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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptyWed Dec 10, 2014 4:40 pm

Thanks! It was not easy putting 2 cars in a garage previously filled to the top with junk lol
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I thought I was done modding for the year, but nope. Moved onto the interior!

Got my steering wheel wrapped in new grippy leather with blue stitching

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Removed old steering wheel

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New VS Old (you can see the steering wheel removal tool still attached to the old one)

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I ended up swapping the buttons and wiring because I thought that mine was in better shape

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Installed

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Looks and FEELs great!

Then I got a new e-brake boot to match (same leather and stitching)

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Really easy to install.

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Now everything matches!

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Next, I changed the LEDs in the dome and map lights to some cheap ones from Ebay, I got these so that they would look better than tiny boards I had floating in there before.

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Map light is fully illuminated now

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Ended up not being able to fit 2 of them in the dome light, oh well.

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Got me a complete dashboard from a 2001 for super cheap. This one has the two tone with the dark gray accents, and this dash doesn't have a soft sticky material all over it (my current dash looks like garbage now). Gonna clean this up and install it next year with a custom zebra wood dash kit to match.

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Something random..... similar to how I rewired the high beam HIDs, I simplified the fog light HID wiring by eliminating the socket adapter. Fogs definitely warm up faster now.

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Washed the car some time ago, looking good

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Next, got some expensive reverse lights from V-LEDs (the 1000 lumen kind in 5000k) and put them in. Hella bright, and I can finally see when reversing lol

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Then I replaced my license plate lights.... removed the built-in LEDs and put the stock housings back with some small Philips #194 bulbs, because the other ones were just embarrassingly bright lol.

Before:

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Now (dimmer, and slightly less blue)

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Then I immediately put the built-in LED housings back and made them green for Christmas lol

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Whew, all caught up!!
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wow nice chris,
nice to see it back to its former glory

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Thanks bro Approve!
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are you now officially on facebook?

Tobias sing?

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Yessir Ishaq, I joined yesterday finally lol!

Tobias Sing is the name I use in the Lexus world, since "gold94corolla" was too long for the ClubLexus forum lol. That, and I don't want to put anything personal on there.
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PostSubject: Re: Lexus IS300   Lexus IS300 - Page 36 EmptySat Dec 13, 2014 8:26 pm

wow chris so much i missed out well i dont know from where to start ill just say amazing diy work and im glad to see your ride coming back to its former glory..
try polishing ur ride with a very oily paint darkening polish or glaze maybe the fenders would match with ur body.

also welcome to facebook mr sing Twisted Evil

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Yessir Ishaq, I joined yesterday finally lol!  

Tobias Sing is the name I use in the Lexus world, since "gold94corolla" was too long for the ClubLexus forum lol.  That, and I don't want to put anything personal on there.

about time my friend Razz

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Thanks guys! I'm going to keep updating this thread, but hopefully I'll see you guys more on Facebook lol

I already have plenty of work lined up for 2015, including polishing!
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Nice work man, came out great! That dash also will look way better once installed. You know secretly, I've been wanting one of these cars for a long time now. To me, the IS300 is similar to the Corolla in that it's old enough that it's still very simple to work on, but has a lot more advantages of being a branded Lexus model. And not to forget that it's RWD. And the possibility of swapping in the 2JZ motor. Have you ever considered doing this swap?

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trife96 wrote:
You know secretly, I've been wanting one of these cars for a long time now.  To me, the IS300 is similar to the Corolla in that it's old enough that it's still very simple to work on, but has a lot more advantages of being a branded Lexus model.  And not to forget that it's RWD.  And the possibility of swapping in the 2JZ motor.  Have you ever considered doing this swap?

LOL it's no secret, doesn't everyone want one? lol. It really is the "perfect" car IMO, well maybe a little on the heavy side, but that has its benefits. But you're right, this car is just a more "grown" up version of the Corolla. Same size, built similarly, but with such a higher quality and workmanship. It is a pleasure to work on.

It's already got the 2JZ though stock, just not boosted.
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booost it

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^ highly agree

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lol, everyone highly agrees but me
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lmao

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