Copied from another forum as i cant be ****** writing it up again:
Well I thought I’d do a little write up of the evolution of my car.
I got my Lexus IS200 nearly 3 years ago, when I decided I couldn't carry on driving around in a tiny Ford Ka forever. I knew I wanted a prestige saloon but not sure which one. I immediately decided I didn't want a 3 series or an A4. And I couldn't afford the repair bill on an Alfa. So that left a Merc and the Lexus. I wasn't 60 yet for a saloon C class so the Lexus it was.
I found an IS200 sport near Liverpool and dragged my mate Gav along to have a look at it. He never lets me live down the words I said on the day I bought it, "I don't want to modify it, just change the stereo".
Three years later, the car is as you see it today.
It all started when I started looking through the owners club. They are a bad influence and I blame it all on them to be honest.
First came painted callipers, then an exhaust, induction kit and a set of coilovers. A few other bits and bobs (such as a new front bumper) followed before I got my hands on what I really wanted. A TTE compressor kit. The power on the IS200 is a bit low for a 2L straight 6 at only 153bhp. This kit gives you an instant 50bhp boost to just over 200.
The kit uses an Eaton M62 and just bolts onto the engine with a little FCD to control the fueling. Six hours of fettling in the garage and I had a supercharged IS. I still miss the loud whine the Charger gave off, "like something from Mad Max" is one of my favourite comments.
However I soon grew bored of the power, so a bigger intercooler, de-cat manifold and a Greddy Emanage helped the power to rise to 217. Which isn't bad at only 0.3bar.
Unfortunately the conrods in the 1GFE engine are like chocolate and for anymore boost I'd have to either swap them or swap the engine. Because the Is200 isn't exactly a popular car on the tuning circuit, there is sweet fa off the shelf for it. So after getting quotes the wrong side of £2K for rods and pistons I found Steve at Silverline Racing.
He offered me an alternative. A 2L 1GGTE twin turbo setup from the jdm MA70 MkIII Supra. The conversion in theory was simple. As the engine is the same family the block should be exactly the same, so just swap over the mounts and away you go. So I thought about it, I also considered a 3L TT 2JZ-GTE from the MkIV Supra and the 2.5L 1JZ-GTE from the Soarer. But stuck with the 1G as costs with the other engines could spiral out of control and we could keep a cap on the 1G. So three months later, and constant emails and phone calls from me for updates, Steve somehow shoehorned it in. Coupled with a 3inch exhaust system and LINK G4 Storm ecu she was alive.
I definitely made a good decision and love every minute of driving the car. Hopefully not too far into the future I'll change the two twins to a big single (I've already bought the manifold), and I've just purchased a set of VERY, VERY rare adjustable cam gears for it. The mods just keep happening though. I like to do as much as I can myself, plenty of wiring and electronic gadgets.
2.0L 24v Twin Turbo 1GGTE
Dizzy removed and Custom Direct ignition system installed
Also custom engine mounts and cam system
Custom Larger intercooler
Custom 3" fully decat exhaust
Mocal oil cooler
Power Enterprise 500cc injectors
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
HKS SSQV with purple insert
LINK G4 Storm ECU with Boost and Launch Control
CStandard Lexus 6 speed box with stage 1 clutch
C-One thicker anti roll bars
MkIV Supra TT 4 pot calliper upgrade
Hawk HPS pads front and rear
Rear DBA gold drilled and grooved discs
Custom made Brake master cylinder blocker
Braided goodridge hoses and upgraded 5.1 fluid
Wheels & Tyres:
18" Mazda RX8 alloys with custom centre caps
Toyo T1R Tyres
15mm spacers on front to fit around callipers
Alpine ida-x100 headunit with amp and speaker setup
Twin subs in custom "stealthboxz" in boot
Custom gauge pod with:
AEM UEGO wideband gauge
SPA dual temp gauge (Water, Inlet)
SPA Pressure/Temp gauge (Oil pressure, temp)
A Pillar 60mm gauge mount with:
60mm Greddy mechanical boost gauge
60mm Greddy Fuel Pressure gauge
Custom moulded touch screen
Greddy weighted Gear Know
Razo Turbo Timer
Blitz power ID
Datatool Gear indicator
Custom stainless dial conversion
Blue Dash LED conversion
Laptop attached to touch screen
TTE Front bumper, modified to allow more airflow to Intercooler
Visage side skirts
TRD rear lip
Custom red sticker badges incorporating "twin turbo"
HID conversion on dip and full beam
Quad taillight conversion
Custom Mesh units replacing fog lights
Front mounted camera
And a few pics:
Half way there with the charger kit:
As she is today: (Thanks to my mate Dan for taking the pics)