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OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle HalfDork
8/9/15 8:03 a.m.

Congratulations!

And cool wagon

sesto elemento
sesto elemento Dork
8/9/15 4:53 p.m.

I've begun weight reduction where possible, the goal is to shave some weight without sacrificing too much civility, no gutted race car here but think 911gt3 wagon maybe?

I deleted the sound deadening from beneath the hood and some unnecessary items as well as the rear wiper assembly as this vehicle won't see winter again. I think it really cleans up that area. Next will be to red out the upper portion of the tail lights to loose the "altezza-ness", I think it'll suit the black car nicely. At some point I'd like to do a gita (jdm) rear bumper, as they don't stick out as far and I think these cars look better with less overhang.

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sesto elemento
sesto elemento Dork
8/9/15 5:21 p.m.

Im pretty happy with how it's coming along, whenever I walk out of someplace and see it, I think how unique and striking a design it is. It really works well on the road too, it hooks up unbelievably well and is very predictable even at big slip angles and high speeds, its got much better body control than a stock one and keeps wheels on the ground very well. The KWs work very well. I'm having a bit of trouble hitting my alignment specs at the ride heights I'm running, so some figs suspension arms are next on the list.

<img src=" photo IMG_0673.jpg" />

sesto elemento
sesto elemento Dork
10/24/15 1:16 p.m.

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sesto elemento
sesto elemento Dork
10/24/15 1:18 p.m.

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sesto elemento
sesto elemento Dork
10/24/15 1:18 p.m.

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sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
10/24/15 1:28 p.m.

It's stickier than any station wagon has a right to be, it's unbelievably accurate and just a little raw, like raw covered in memory foam and suede. Next are some more subtle upgrades, like goodridge lines, then recaros a little more (lightweight) audio and a little tint. Long term plan involves scalloped floating rotors with separate e brake calipers, and fixed calipers all around.

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi UltraDork
10/24/15 2:25 p.m.

Nice wheels.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento Dork
1/28/16 7:00 p.m.

Latest update:

I purchased an Swift racing technology turbo kit for it. I'm over the moon excited about this. I think a big turbo 2jz in a sportcross is going to be a riot. I'm going to wait until the salt is off of the roads to begin work on it but I've got the great majority of what I need to get to the next stage. I'm going to run it for a bit at fairly conservative power levels while I save up for a v160 getrag and some forged internals, who knows, maybe a stroker kit.

Pics to follow.

Petrolburner
Petrolburner HalfDork
1/29/16 3:48 p.m.

Awesome!

crankwalk
crankwalk Dork
1/29/16 8:32 p.m.

This is all great. Glad to see somebody doing a sportcross right.

Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon UberDork
1/30/16 7:57 a.m.
sesto elemento wrote: These are the wheels I'm going to run.

heavy breathing

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
1/30/16 12:25 p.m.

I'm trying to go all out on this build, my thought is that you can go out and buy a $25k Hyundai or Kia or an Accord or Camry or you can spend that same money building something special. I've got access to a full cnc machine shop and don't mind fabricating hubs and caliper mounts. It's actually been a budget build so far, I try hard to be frugal and find deals, the kws, I found for a third the cost of new ones, and they're absolutely like new. The manual swap came from a car that I bought (a very well bought car) 7 years ago and got to use as my daily driver for all that time while I searched for a suitable sportcross. I harvested all the manual swap parts aside from the supra clutch and flywheel, then traded the shell for the nib turbo kit. As far as I'm concerned the cost of the donor car was amortized over the 7 years of good reliable comfortable transportation, I'm thinking of it as a free manual swap and turbo setup

The figs stuff was expensive but knowing that the suspension is as sorted as it can be while retaining the stock mounting points makes that money well spent.

All told by my math, I've still got $13k to spend on wheels, tires, brakes, v160 getrag, forged internals and recaro seats before I'm in new Hyundai territory, I plan to continue shopping wisely and using my challenge math to finish this build. It's gonna be tight but I honestly don't care if I have to go a little over budget. I think this car will be epic and will be a lifelong ownership experience.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
7/9/16 9:09 p.m.

I've been making a little headway on the dad mobile recently. Here goes......

It got some more supportive seating in the form of some recaro profil spgs <img src="sportx photo IMG_2837_1.jpg" />

<img src=" photo IMG_2866.jpg" />

<img src="sportx photo IMG_2849.jpg" />

It got a trd shift knob for a jdm gt86 <img src="sportx photo IMG_2737.jpg" />

Audio got a little help from an alpine type r 12" sub and an alpine amp to drive it.

<img src="sportx photo IMG_2733.jpg" />

We've started the install on the swift racing technology turbo kit <img src="sportx photo IMG_1839.jpg" />

<img src="sportx photo IMG_2289.jpg" />

And I gave it a good multistage buff then finished with the random orbital to make sure it stays swirl free. <img src="sportx photo IMG_2801_1.jpg" />

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crankwalk
crankwalk Dork
7/11/16 1:00 a.m.

The baby is either tiny or the turbo is big. Or both.

Skittle34
Skittle34 New Reader
7/11/16 7:59 a.m.

Holy smokes! I see this car every time I come home and visit my grandmother. I've been a huge fan of your car choices since I was a young buck and going to the middle school for swim practice

ClassicHondaGuy
ClassicHondaGuy New Reader
7/11/16 9:47 a.m.

There's something about these Lexus wagons that make them look fantastic. This is going to be a killer car. Signed on!

srnfoto
srnfoto New Reader
7/11/16 10:19 a.m.

Uhg that thing is amazing.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
7/11/16 1:38 p.m.

Thanks guys! I've got some more radical stuff comin soon. Builds on the fj40 and 89 hilux are heating up in a big way. Total chaos caddy gen2 kit for the truck with fiberwerx body and 6.0l lq9 and fj is getting some aqualu goodies, a new softop, big km2s, exhaust, and fancy shocks

Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
7/11/16 4:24 p.m.

Sometime between the time you started this and right now I installed an Emanage Ultimate on a friend's GS300. The ultimate has more capability than the FIC (i own one that i've never installed) in case you were still thinking of going that way.

The Emanage install was pretty painless other than minor translation issues in the manual. It was just tedious. I think it was about 40 wires.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
7/11/16 4:52 p.m.

I ended up going with the haltec, it's what srt recommends so lots of support in the is community. Standalone on an IS is an little different because you run it in parallel with the factory ecu (which runs the guages etc.) but the benefit is you can actually get readiness with the right tune.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
7/11/16 4:53 p.m.

In reply to Skittle34:

Lol, swing by, I'll show you around my fleet of e36m3 boxes.

Petrolburner
Petrolburner Dork
8/21/16 2:16 p.m.

Love this build.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
5/1/17 8:55 p.m.

I have a trackday coming up and the 225/45/17 p zeros were getting very thin so I threw on some michelin pilot supersports in 245/40/17 (a size that is rumored to be the absolute limit in terms of front clearance). Well, I can report that with a 45 offset 8" Is250awd wheel and the flash/nub ground off of the long knuckle, a 245/40/17 pss clears in the front with no roll or mods to the fender or wheel well. They also fit easily in the rear for square, aggressive fitment. I think it looks the business and it drives awesome with tons of grip and no tramlining.

Here's a pic of my dad's stock one (he liked mine enough so he bit my style and got himself one) for reference.

His 215/45/17 <img src=" photo 9E4BB459-B55D-4263-98B0-716784CF112A.jpg" />

Vs my 245/40/17

<img src=" photo EAAF48DF-4628-4694-8EBE-132269C1B7A5.jpg" />

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
5/1/17 8:56 p.m.

Filthy from driving in the rain for a couple days, but it gives you an idea as to the fitment.

<img src=" photo 154D8F9B-EE1B-4099-B2EB-C59DE77314E6.jpg" />

Vs stock

<img src=" photo 40857D51-4CF4-41C0-BBD0-257927E67748.jpg" />

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