It’s been awhile since we have done a feature. Only because good cars are hard to come by these days. An all around car that performs as well as it looks. We’ve been putting this car on hold because once we feature it we will have to maintain the same level going forward. Well if we ever get around to doing more features we promise you that!
So here it is, Ryan’s Lexus IS300. Now I can go on and on and probably write half a novel with the extensive list of modifications done to this car but since I’m not a novel writer let’s just let the pictures that our photographer Brian Chin took to speak for themselves. (Of course I’ll highlight some of the cool stuff)
This is one of the cleanest and fastest IS300’s I have seen to date. One thing to note is the side exit exhaust system. It’s a custom 4″ downpipe to a 4″ custom side exit exhaust. That’s the usual when running a engine like this IS300. What kind of engine is it? Keep reading!
Now this is why he uses a 4″ exhaust. He replaced the stock IS300 motor for a 2JZ motor that comes from a Supra chassis. Not only is this a 2JZ but this is a fully built 2JZ from head to toe. From BC pistons and crank to HKS valve retainers this engine is considered bullet proof. To make sure the all the boost is reaching the motor he went with a custom made intake manifold by Virtual Works. These guys are top notch when it comes to the 2JZ. From a looks perspective you must admire the “Wire Tuck”.
Check out the size of that turbo! Now of course bigger doesn’t mean better. You need to have the right combination of boost, air & fuel. If not you’ll be in trouble. Also bigger means boost lag as it takes longer to spool up a bigger turbo but in the long run it will be able to produce more boost. Ryan went with the Garrett GT-47 turbo and for fuel he upgrade his fuel injectors to 1600cc.
Ryan threw away the stock instrument cluster and put in a Race Stack Display. This is one of the most accurate displays out in the racing scene today and is pretty high tech with the LCD display.
Like I said in the beginning we could go on and on with this vehicle with the Tilton clutch assembly to the custom made rear diffuser. Ryan has definitely put a lot attention and detail into his IS. As I finish writing this article up it will probably be the last time you see the car in this form. Ryan will be back at it again with a whole bunch of modifications and changes to his ride, stay tuned!
Lastly, Ryan wants to thank the following below:
Shout out to NEW IMAGE MOTORSPORTS!
Brian and Francis @ EATSLEEPRACE
Nick and Jeff @ Grafx
Rui, Mike and Ruben @ Azevedo Motorsports
Emir @ Hytuned
Sean @ Ivey Tune
Rob @ FIZZ
Last but not least my Fiance Lanessa for bring supportive of this crazy hobby!