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'sup altezza brothers!

Postby sledge » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:22 am

Greetings from Sunny Southern California USA!

My name is Edward, I live in Los Angeles, California, been an IS300/ Altezza devotee for 11+ years now. Used to be a bimmer guy, I had a series of 2002's and 320i's, ending up with a Grey market Alpina C23 that was mildly built and a ton of fun... I was about to buy an E46 M3 in 2002 when I visited an old friend who worked for Lexus Sales, 24 hours later i drove home a brand new 5 speed IS300 and spent the next few days online researching what I could do to the car to make it faster than your average modded M3...:) 11 years later, I'm still in the game after basically (re) building this car from the ground up.. I started with chassis upgrades, SS brakelines, drilled and slotted rotors, Chassis braces, springs, shocks, an intake and cat back Exhaust + a few cosmetic upgrades, eventually testing out 4-5 different suspension setups, 7-8 different headers, 6 different exhausts, and 4 intakes, THEN..I started playing with boost in the form of several custom developed superchargers....

Today the car has been completely upgraded,... the only OEM parts still in the car are the drive shaft, body shell, rear axles, rear seat, and uprights and front lower control arms,...

The upgrade list:
Supra GTE block with GE head and intake Manifold, lightly ported. Short runner header, SS Y pipe, B pipe, and custom dual quad exhausts, custom developed Australian Raptor V Supercharger kit with intercooler, Greddy BOV, water/meth injection and 75shot Nitrous, custom 80mm GS400 throttle body ported intake manifold w/phenolic spacers, HKS DLI ignition, upgraded 420cc injectors controlled by a Greddy Emanage ultimate w/a Zeitronix wide band A/F ratio sensor, boost sensor. Exh temp sensor and display..Light weight alloy flywheel w/custom Centerforce clutch, alloy accessory pulleys, ATI Fluidamper Supra TT crank pulley.

Custom made Steel/Carbon Fiber half cage, Alloy rear seat floor brace. Area51 front alloy strut brace with custom Carbon Fiber triangulated fire wall braces, Cusco rear CF strut/Alloy 'V' brace, with custom triangulated Carbon Fiber Trunk braces, Cusco front upper control arms, Cusco front Sway bar, Eibach rear sway bar, TEIN Flex coilovers with EDFC damping controller, FIGS engineering alloy adjustable rear toe links and MEGA adjustable rear lower control arms, Aristo/GS400 Forged alloy upper control arms, Megan Racing adjustable Track rods, TOM'S racing rear subframe braces, Tanabe Sustec front and rear chassis braces, JDM Altezza 4.10 rear end w/ TRD 1.5way Differential, NA Supra W58 5sp transmission with B&M racing Short Shifter,
Stoptech 355mm Brakes drilled rotors at all 4 wheels w Goodridge SS braided brake lines.

The car is pushing 375rwhp at 11+ PSI with a very conservative tune, and a lowered compression ratio (9.2/1 Vs 10.5/1) without the water meth in the mix, tuned for Meth and spraying it pushes over 400rwhp and with nitrous spraying will exceed 475 rwhp to the rear wheels... that covers the running gear fairly well...Ill let the pictures show the exterior and interior mods. I have custom set of Recaro seats on lowered brackets with 4 point harnesses. I.C.E. is limited to a pioneer CD/DVD head unit with a small amp and 10 in. sub. I run 2 sets of wheels, a set of Volk Evo 4 monobolck forged mesh wheels 18x9x45 square...with 245/40 front and 275/35 rears for track, and a set of Volk GTS 19x8x40 and 19x9.5x40 with 245/35front and 285/30 rears for street.

The car has been daily driven for 8+ years its been a regular winner in car shows across california and has been tracked regularly at open track days just for shits and giggles and to put all these trick parts to good proper use....:) its no show queen or poseur ride, i'm a huge fan of practical performance mods and feel the current trend towards "Hellaflush" super slammed cars with outrageous camber to manage ridiculously improper wheel and tire fitments is inane and in many cases dangerous, pretty much always just stupid as hell.

I look forward to learning more about how you guys trick out your cars on your side of the world, I have been an active member of Clublexus and My.IS for 11 years, and..................... i'll probably be buried in this car..

Couple of short Video clips..

http://youtu.be/ig4Q6Lz-MkA

http://youtu.be/lJSAoJdtFjs

more pics here :
https://www.facebook.com/edgesportauto

my performance based IS300/is200/Altezza FB group/page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/197579740415269/

Thanks for reading...

Ed G.

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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby banan1984 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:29 am

Holy Jesus! Car is not from this world :shock: Welcome dude 8)
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby Damok » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:27 pm

Welcome to the site and family..
That's some intro..
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby donut46 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:37 pm

Welcome to the site buddy, that's a intro and a half, quality build buddy fair play!!!
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby SilTezza » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:41 pm

welcome.. great build

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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby choopz » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:22 pm

Hello & welcome :wink:
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby JordanCoupe » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:37 pm

Welcome along man the sound of that thing Is unbelievable :shock:

Just one thing though, on edgesports customs Facebook page ya linked I'm assuming that's your cars underbody in the diffuser pics? The split in the exhaust looks awful restrictive? Maybe it's just the pics or my ignorance about supercharged 300s but I thought it was kinda strange.

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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby hermit » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:25 pm

Welcome along pal.Thats some machine you have there.

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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby mlcoolj » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:24 am

welcome to the club! very impressive what you've done to your car!
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby TezzaGirl37 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:09 am

Welcome along Edward..
Sounds interesting!! :D
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby sledge » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:09 am

Thanks guys ,... appreciate the welcome..

I'll post more pics and videos as I can. IF you are interested in seeing more, please join my performance oriented FB page i linked to above.... always welcome more members from around the globe who are also focused on performance and I know many of us in the states are interested to see what you all do to your cars and chassis as well as appearance improvements.

As for the exh. ' Y ' its not bad...not perfectly optimized, but still pretty good, it was my 1st attempt at setting up a dual exh. and there is no reduction in the exh. tube diameter at all, the 'y' is designed and welded to split the flow evenly left to right Vs the easier, fairly ill conceived method I have seen in a few JDM setups like the Zees system where they simply weld a branch to the main exh pipe for the right muffler that then shoots off to the left... in those most of the flow still runs to the right side muffler...

I've tested probably 8 name brand exhausts on this car... HKS, Blitz, Tanabe, this one is by far the best sounding of all I believe the even split of the exh flow to the left and right mufflers help generate the exh note that is unlike any other 6 cyl IS around... it has a double exhaust wrapped short runner stainless steel header, and a staineless 'Y' pipe that actually has a small high flow catalytic converter in it. other than that its straight thru with a medium sized resonator in the b pipe right before the Y split for the mufflers.

Future exhaust plans include a larger resonator.. swapping in a larger diameter 'Y' pipe off the header without any cat,...and a slightly cleaner redesign of the piping and y split that runs to the dual exhausts.

Also working on a custom LSXX Coil-on-plug ignition setup also that will allow the use of the insanely powerful GM LS V8 Truck coils Vs the wasted spark system the GE motors now utilize..


in true gear head fashion....it truly just never ends....


a few pics thru the years:



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before i reupholstered and painted the seats and wrapped the interior panels..
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fresh seats :
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where the magic happens..

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Vented hood

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Custom LED taillights and a little venting for the rear bumper before i developed the diffuser:

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New IC mounted double the size of the old one + Oil and Power steering fluid coolers

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fully polished GS/Aristo 80mmThrottle body with custom Intake Y and original Plenum..

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A more recent pic with some changes, and a redesigned Triangulated fire wall brace setup:

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Custom boxed rear lower control arms, forged alloy polished GS300/Aristo Upper control arms:

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.. just a small selection of pics from 11 years of developing the car with a limited budget..pretty much in my backyard/garage...



enjoy!.
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby donut46 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:51 am

Engine bay porn 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby ISred02 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:29 pm

Savage dude 8) 8) ,I just got sick in my pants!! I actually put up a YouTube link a few months ago here,which turns out to be your car :wink: love the exhaust note.
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Re: 'sup altezza brothers!

Postby GRZR » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:41 pm

What a nice ride man, makes me feel f*** poor lol. Anyway though, I saw you said you own the Tein street flex with the edfc, hows that work out for you? I want a set, but I unlike chu, I like that stanced look, although not the ridiculous camber. I know the coilovers only come with rubber mounts but can you get pillow ball mounts with that??
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