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I dont like the premade intercooler kits for JZX.  The cores are mounted too far forward so you have to cut the fuck out of the bumper frame and lower bumper cover. The piping makes a beeline for the front corner of the engine bay and takes an unnecessarily long detour through the corner of the bumper.  Which is understandable given the location of all the stock components (clutch fan blade, air box, side mount IC etc).

I wanted a more direct path, which I achieved by cutting up some random Wuhan piping kit for a WRX that looked like it had bends that fit. Which it did. 

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^my uncle made this pipe flaring tool years ago out of an old AC tensioner bracket

 

I had to go down to an 18x12x3" core and mount it off-center, but it fits cleanly behind the bumper frame and next to the A/C receiver/dryer.  

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In place of the original power steering "cooler" hard line is this one from a Ford Flex? Freestyle? Dont remember.

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So with that I'm able to keep a relatively original looking bumper with minimal cutting. Except now it will look retarded in an entirely different way with the offset intercooler. Might just black everything out now, or wait until I see what looks like together outside. 

 

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^Last heat exchanger I need to mount is the engine oil cooler, which will go where the stock side mount intercooler would've been.  Radiator was easy mode. JZX100 Koyo and IS300 dual fan assy was pretty much drop in. 

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Nice job on the CV19 intercooler.......

What diameter tubing is that ?

Like your uncle's style !

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Tubing is all 2.5" except for the 2.75" freddy style cast elbow that will be right off the throttle body 

This tool has to be close to 20 years old now. I forget what he used for the inside roller but it's hand ground and polished to match the shape of the outer one

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Update dump

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Decided to delete ABS/TRC. I would've kept it if it was just ABS, but the Grande G has ridiculous integrated traction control shit with three separate hydraulic units under the hood. This nonsense has been replaced with a Tilton bias valve so I can pretend like I track my car, with the original lines to the hydraulic units lazily cut and rebent to suit.  

It's well known by now that Lexus IS/GS front brakes are the same as JZX, but I couldnt find any suitable USDM equivalent for the rears. Grande G has the same front brakes as Tourer V, but the rears are some shitty smaller 10mm thk solid rotors. The pads are the same as 1st gen Avalon but couldnt find anything for rotors. 

The solution was parked right next to me: USDM X8 rear brakes bolt right up with the only modification being the rotor hub bore, which needs to be opened up to 62.1mm as the Mark II has a step in the hubs where the rotor seats like most Lexus cars.

I also didn't leave the front brakes alone.  UCF20 front brakes as well as a USDM non-trac master cylinder

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Holy pic dump.  Good looking fab work on everything exhaust related.

What brand of muffler? Looks good. I'm kind of thinking of ditching my bulky round muffler and going to an oval for easier tucking under the car and for more ground clearance

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Kakimoto muffler. I like the style over the canisters but it's too goddamn quiet, inexplicably so for an 80mm exhaust with straight through mufflers.  Going to cut the front muffler off

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ayy this came out rad man good job!

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This is the perfect family cruiser.  Understated power.  Nothing screams look at me.  Love it and wish it was mine.  HA!

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Appreciate it guys, it's now a bit less family oriented with one less muffler. But my god does it sound right.

Also just threw in a 4.10 carrier from a 2016 FR-S and welded in the missing diff bushing cut out of an IS300 subframe 

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You had me going for a second.....
Diff looked like aluminum.

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Hahah, I wish. Covered it with gray rustoleum. Thing weighs a motherfucking ton.  Perfect match for a 150 lb ft boxer coupe.

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A lot of good stuff going on in here. Mark II looks like a very clean example too.

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It will be once I set some money aside for somehow getting a new windshield to my door in one piece. Other than that and the typical front bumper chipping, it's pretty straight. Even for being an Okinawa car, the only rust on it is what you see on the fasteners in the rear subframe. Polar opposite of my Cressida

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man i love how this is turning out. excellent work. love all the blacked out bits and the wastegate through the oem shield. very tidy.

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Hell yeah dude, I'd seen the wastegate on top of the stock manifold done before, but never with the original heat shield still in tact. But then I saw it done on a couple S-chassis with low-effort hood dumps and thought I could do it better. I made it so the wastegate and recirc pipe can still be removed straight out the top without even touching the heat shield, and the rest easily drops down underneath.

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Do you remember Gran Turismo 2? I Remember Gran Turismo 2.

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Had to raise the front suspension a bit.  I was getting the classic upper control arms-hitting-unibody.  Currently have a mismatch of old crap on it until I break down and buy new suspension and stuffer springs.  For now, on the front I have Tein Type Flex dampers, HKS strut tops and the BC 12k springs from my X8. Rears are Tein with HKS 7k.

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i love dark green x90 mark iis mostly because of the camry vibe they have going for them. what % of people do you encounter in this that mistake it for something else?

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Close to 100%. Mainly ES300/Camry or late 90s Accord or Acura TL. Or if they notice the right hand drive they jump right to sKyLiNe. While driving, either the car is so unassuming or people are so tuned out now that they barely notice I'm on the wrong side of the car.

On 11/25/2019 at 9:33 AM, Urrik said:

I've had this same R154 for 12+ years and it's the sole surviving part I have from my MA70. As it should be.  I'll continue to reuse it until I can't anymore. 

This day probably came yesterday. Took the car somewhere north of 180kph (digidash max) and the driveline turned into a Dualshock 2. Here's some sub-500 mile MT90 and some slip yoke bushing material deposited onto my driveshaft:

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I have the same dualshock: My brand new driveshaft that came horribly balanced from XM (even after having it balanced at an actual driveshaft shop) has horrible vibration past 120mph.  And my driveshaft also has similar wear lines that I can feel with fingernail =(

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My shaft was also originally an XM that I had lengthened 2 inches by a local place. It felt fine until yesterday when I went fast. Vibration came out of nowhere and didn't go away when I slowed down so this leaves me to believe it's the trans. Shits bad enough that it vibrates the steering wheel.  

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whatever driveshaft is in mine had this vibration as well, talked to another jzx83 guy as well and he too had this issue.  mine steadies and unsteadies.  i topped the car out where i felt i was going too fast to brake good and the vibration went away.  i think mine is a oem mix up of parts.  the other guy i talked to, same r box and jz, he has full sub and diff bushings and arms and changed driveshafts and its still there. i havent tested mine since removing all the slop but i think mine is in the driveshaft too.  tried multiple wheels and tires as well. 😕

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yep, i had the same shit over 90mph... also had a one piece shaft, new from driftlotion. had it re-checked by a local company and it all checked out fine.. never figured out the problem.

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