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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:34 am

Picked up this 03 IS300 in GGP last month from a coworker that completely fried the clutch on it.

On the trailer on the way home

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According to the markings, it should have a factory LSD in it as well. First priority, get a clutch in it and see how it really runs, and what other stuff needs to be replaced.

Second, AR5 trans swap since the W55 seems to be made from twizzlers and saltine crackers

Third, OEM TT head gasket, pistons, and a turbo kit. Looking at the MS3 from Token Solutions for engine management.

At some point I will ditch those wheels, get something smaller, lighter, and stuff as wide a tire under the fenders as I possibly can. In a drastic shift from every other build I've done, I am not focusing too much on suspension first. Also looking at doing some interior upgrades too.

First, the factory keys were in pieces, had to fix that. New housings and OMFG was it expensive to get the keys cut.

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Nothing like a 12 year old 3m clear bra. This will be fun to get rid of.

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I think the cabin filter is OEM too

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Picked up a navi housing for a good price, some form of android touchscreen will end up in there eventually.

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While I'm waiting on clutch parts, I might as well start ripping apart the dash.

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Speaking of the dash, WTF is this crap on it, the japanese version of cosmoline?!?!?! This stuff's gotta go, thinking of painting it the same pewter color as the window switch surrounds. Also, the CD changer has to go too.
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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:35 am

Pulled the rest of the dash out, as the clutch seems to have been shipped via turtle.

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Goof off does a number on the Lexoline.

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And I think I found a decent match for the window switch surrounds.

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Dupli-color BGM0493 Dark Bronzemist Met, with a matte clear to avoid glare and reflection



In between coats, I decided that I really didn't like the look of the wheels, so I cleaned up the rotor, calipers, and wheels, then plastidipped them. Should last long enough to get something decent on the car.

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You know that when Jimbo changed your timing belt, shit got done right lol

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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:36 am

Clutch showed up, so I finally pulled the trans:

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Yeah, all that crap next to the pressure plate fell out from it.

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I'd say that clutch is proper fucked.


On a side note, when you read the transmission removal instructions, and then get under the car and decide that you don't need to remove the exhaust manifold because it looks like there is plenty of room, you are wrong. Take that fucker off.

Also got the headlights and foglights pulled apart, painted black and reinstalled; but the car is dirty and they lenses need more polishing, so I'll get pics later.

Grabbed a couple pics of the pilot bearing for another PSA:

Even if it looks ok in the flywheel

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It's probably shit

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Trans is back in, still waiting on some interior stuff before trying out the new clutch.
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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:37 am

Scrub scrub scrub

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Awwww yeah

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I would have installed them today, but realized too late that I didn't have any high temp clear to go over the decals. Oops.

And yeah, I see that the Lexus is slightly off center.

Playing around with the AV in the car, I can't live without bluetooth and an aux port.

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The metra dash install kit is pretty much garbage, the texture is wrong and I had to do a lot of work to make the inner trim ring fit. On the bright side, the metra TYTO wiring harness I got seems to be one of the good ones as well. Definitely not plug and play

Picked up a medialink HDMI to composite cable for full phone mirroring as well, ran the HDMI, aux, and USB to the center console

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Fun with used cars: the rear brakes were missing the anti rattle clips and half of one of the top plates, so the pads were shot from not riding straight. Also, why is it such a PITA to get the banjo bolt washers for the brake lines?
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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:37 am

Broke my first part today! Was doing the CCD delete, and managed to cross thread the clutch master cylinder really well when I stretched the hard line over. New one is on the way, thoughts on a SS braided clutch line?

Ye olde borked CMC:

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You can see that along with crossthreading it, I managed to screw up the flange in there too. Oh well. Since that's done for now, back to the interior!

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Pretty happy with the way the dash turned out except for a couple minor problems. You can see that the center console and the dash are slightly different, there was a significant shift in weather between when I painted the two pieces, even though I used exactly the same paint and procedure, they came out different. Maybe I'll try again in the spring.
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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:38 am

Ditched the Metra stereo kit for a Scosche one

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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:39 am

I'm blue da ba dee. . .

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And of course, the one set of LED's that I didn't buy a spare of had a lead snap. Huzzah for soldering irons, but I'm not impressed by the overall quality of the LEDs.

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Yeah, reading 0.0 volts isn't ideal. For those with android phones or tablets, Torque Pro is well worth the money.
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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:40 am

Weather still sucks, so I installed a Kindle HD into a navi unit.

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I've got Automate and Torque installed, and a 64gb micro sd card. Curious to see if a $35 Kindle will do everything that I want it to do.

Apparently the Kindle Fire HD ROM doesnt play well with the pioneer head unit, the Appradio just hangs up. Fuck. Also, the open/close and tilt on the navi unit is also inop. I bought it already wired for a retrofit, looks like I'm going to have to go in and trouble shoot that. Double fuck.
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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:40 am

I need to stay off the local for sale pages, I keep buying stuff.

Practicing my hand painting skills

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And I'm ready for the lynch mobs. Need to put fresh tires on them and see how they look on the car.

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Post by el_jefe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:40 am

Well, this is going to get expensive

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Post by Formula on Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:45 am

I love this thing
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