02 lexus IS300

Post By: Kevin LaFranka

Date: 07/06/2023

The Story

After I decided to let my EVO X go do to unforeseen financial changes. I was without a project car for quite awhile. Came across a Facebook post of someone selling and IS300 and decided to click on it for shits and giggles. Never thought this would be my next project car, but sure enough the interest grew, and I realized the aftermarket potential was huge. I was hooked. I ended up being the first person to respond to the add and picked this rust free beauty for $5k. Drove it home and parked it on jack stands that day. Then began the extensive dismantling of everything from the frame down. Spent the first year (stage 1 of this build) replacing and upgrading everything to new OEM or better if the aftermarket option was available. Currently the care is chassis built and now awaits stage 2 of my build which is upgraded transmission, interior work, and body/paint. My goal has always been to build the car for power and still be able to drive it every step of the way, and so far I've done that.

Current Setup

  • Wheels: Custom powder coated WORK XT7's 18x8.5+38 and 18x9.5+38
  • Tires: NITTO NT555 G2, Fronts 235/40ZR18 and Rear 255/35ZR18
  • Suspension: Full FIGS Engineering track tuned suspension, same stuff on their time attack car
  • Suspension: Authentic TRD 30mm and 19 mm front and rear swaybars, front and rear sturt tower braces, front triangle powerbrace, and rear powerbrace.
  • Performance: LS400 BIig brake upgrade,
  • Performance: 4.10 rear differential out of a low millage BRZ
  • Performance: Custom header back exhaust by Brockett built ( formerly known as Shade Fab 12. This was paired with an authentic HKS Super dragger rear cutback exhaust. And finally all these parts where thermocoated By JetHot.
  • Performance: HPS Intake
  • Suspension: Entire care has been outfitted with Super Pro poly bushings. She's awfully stiff😉
  • Suspension: BC coilovers
  • Suspension: Custom reinforced rear subframe. All powder coated by NEW Powdercoating of Appleton
  • Performance: Upgraded Kayorad aluminum radiator
  • Exterior: Authentic TRD NEO version 1 body kit (OEM plastic). With Japanese front crash bar
  • Wheels:

Planned Upgrades

  • Performance: Grannas T56 magnum 700r transmission upgraded. Being ordered July 7th of 2023


Kevin LaFranka

Just trying to build my car one piece at a time.