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Newbie from Pakistan

Postby Meds » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:32 am

Hi folks,

My first foray into sports cars began with the Toyota Altezza in Feb 2014. It was a 2002 RS200 5AT model, imported from Japan in 2006. The experience has been exhilarating.

Previously I had been making do with engines under 1000cc, and my last car before Altezza was a 660cc Suzuki Alto. Imagine going to 2000cc VVTi after that!

The car was pretty roughed up when I got it - had been repaired after an accident, and have to admit that a minuscule element of pity went into the purchase as well. But now I've got it, and have got to work on it!

    - Completely replaced the rear suspension apparatus with another one from a Toyota Mark 2 Grande.
    - Installed a TORSEN LSD.
    - Replaced the original BEAMS 3S-GE with another one with lesser KMs on it.
    - Put in fresh 215/50/17 tyres. (previous owner had a 235 and 215 on the same axle :o).
    - Replaced the center bearing for vibration control on the Prop-Shaft, though haven't completely eliminated the vibration yet.
    - Repaired fuses and broken wires on the fog-lights and power-windows.
    - Replaced a pressure-switch on the Aircon line to get the A/C working. Installed working actuators to get the heating system working. The car had no cabin air-filter as well, so got one from a Toyota Crown to fit that.
    - Put in premium fluids as per manufacturer's specs (which really improved the performance).
    - Last but not least, paid a hefty amount for complete interior and exterior clean-up and polish.

I remain confused whether I should sell this one and save up for a finer Altezza, or retain this one and rebuild it to my custom specifications. On the bright side, whatever I've replaced, has worked fine ever-since. But there remain several trade-offs in play...

In case I decide to retain it, I intend to make the following modifications to the car over the course of the next 12-16 months:

    - Replace the power-steering and steering apparatus from a Toyota Crown/Grande/Aristo.
    - Completely replace the front suspension apparatus from a Toyota Mark 2 Grande.
    - Aftermarket coil-overs with adjustable settings.
    - Aftermarket exhaust system with custom settings.
    - Aftermarket brakes - including calipers, pads and disc-rotors.
    - Aftermarket body-kit.
    - Fabricate/modify/purchase the ECU cover as it is currently missing (though i don't know where i can source one from).
    - Maybe, replace the car's body panels with fresh ones either in metallic or carbon-fiber (with no idea where to source them from).
    - Re-badge the car as a Toyota Altezza and not a Lexus IS200
    - Fabricate new rubber-linings for doors, windows, windscreens, hood, trunk and what not. Fabricate new engine and wheel shields.
    - (LONG RUN) - swap in a 3S-GTE or 1J-GTE or 2J-GTE.

ImageThat's not me driving btw ;)

Here's to a prayer that this car sticks it out with me till the nether...


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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby banan1984 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:13 am

Welcome! Don't get me wrong but I think this is not 2002 but before 04/2001 prelift altezza. Resize pictures ;) check Your chassis number on to find out exactly month and year of production
D700 / RS200

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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby choopz » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:16 pm

Hello & welcome :wink:
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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby Damok » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:21 pm

First off welcome along :D

You will need to re-size the images though. .
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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby wullie_trd » Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:18 pm


Do you have any bigger pictures, struggling to see those ones lol :lol:

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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby Steve86 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:13 pm

Welcome along mate!
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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby Meds » Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:09 am

point taken folks... will re-up [i]properly sized[i] pics soon.

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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

Postby ISred02 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:41 am

wullie_trd wrote:Welcome

Do you have any bigger pictures, struggling to see those ones lol :lol:

:lol: :lol:
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Re: Newbie from Pakistan

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