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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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