hey nice one curtis i to have an is200 grandad car (even tho i am a granda haha)plenty fast for me and really comfortable and classy had it for a while now but havnt really used it much did think of parting with it at one point but for what i would get for it i couldnt really replace it with anything as good so have just hung on to her, never had any trouble with the wheels although the previous owner had them refurbed only hassle i have is the front seats have dvd screens in the headrests for rear passengers and i cant get the dvd to work although i havnt really looked into it properly job for the coming winter!has a really good sound system as standard only thing I'm not to keen on is she is an auto much rather have a manual but hey ho! like the colour combination with the tints!
I had a 2002 one from '03 to '10, never, ever let me down. I went through a LOT of tyres, an inner tie rod, brake pads and a few bulbs. And it never had an easy week. I even went to the 'Ring for a trackday in it. 2.0 6 pot, apexi afc, free flowing exhaust box and custom cold air intake.
Whether you believe you can, or you cannot, you're probably right.
Okay, from the last update. That roof spoiler I fitted fell off the car and got smashed. I managed to get a new one in exchange for an old radio I had. On said jourrney, the wheel arch liner flew off a passing truck, which I piled into at about 60mph. And the new spoiler also flew off the car a week or so later, somewhat frustratingly. I went to Japfest 16 in a dirty, borken car with no motivation.
I got the remnants of the old spoiler, fixed it all together and sent the car to a local body shop to pile yet more money into it.
After cutting it all out, re-building the rear arches and painting the whole lot, I had started to gain some motivation again
I bought some universal fog lamps off ebay to start really working on the VIP thing
A friend decided to sell his MX5, after a lot of umming and ahhing my car park looked a bit like this
With the new addition, I had a bit more time to play, so started with some front upper arms off a JZX100 Chaser, for all of the camber.
Lots of painful arch gap though
Threw on some cheap LEDs
Which inevitably got torn off on the way to GTI International
I fitted a new short shifter to counter the ridiculous boomstick I had. This photo is in 5th gear, bearing in mind the old shifter would be touching the indicator stalk in 5th
I took the car off the road for a few weeks while I gathered parts to do a complete overhaul of the front chassis; New brakes all round, and shortened uprights to get rid of that awful arch gap
Now of course, being my Lexus, it spat its toys out the pram, the reason for the god awful judder was the caliper sliders had seized. In trying to free them off the pins sheared completely. Thank christ for the Mazda, a quick run to a local breakers saw me with two nearly new carriers and sliders. All sorted, the car was back on terra firma
Oh yeah, while I did that, I got a new front bumper, the quad fogs fit much better now.
Christmas came and went
And we moved into a new house
Yes, thats a 6 car drive.
After that I had a few car shows to attend, but not before breaking my number plate
Made myself feel better by getting the lights in my boomstick wired up again
Car shows happened
It decided to snap its exhaust (again) and spit out its 3rd wheel stud now.
Most recently, another year, another set of wheels
Antera 109s. Upon trying them on the car, I realised they use a very unique valve, ones that can only be purchased from Antera. Of course I find this out after I've bought a set of flush fit valves. €60 later and the last set of valves that Antera have are on their way from Italy. Of course they arrived the day after Japfest... Now, go to fitting them, I realise that one pair of wheels has a larger hole, that my other valves would have fitted. Turns out I have two identical pairs of wheels, one pair made in 2003, the other in 2005. I make them fit, and got them to the tyre shop as above.
The car thanked me by grenading an air line. Two days before GTI International. I managed to get it sorted the day before I was due to leave, and got there just fine
And that brings us bang up to date.
I'm sure I've missed some stuff, but this is about 18 months worth so cut me some slack
Rear caliper started grinding like nobodies business
That'll be new discs and pads across the rear axle then...
Then I went and did this
Torn whether to get a new lip/insert made up out of stainless or just take the inserts off all four wheels and have them lathed down and polished up? In the meantime I've managed to hammer it relatively flat but its creased like a curse word.