rob_clio172

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About rob_clio172

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    Robert
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  • Lexus Model
    IS 300
  • Year of Lexus
    2005
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    West Midlands

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  1. rob_clio172

    Anyone got a centre cap?

    No worries matey, ive looked and i have thrown them out 🙈
  2. rob_clio172

    Anyone got a centre cap?

    I will have a look in my tool box matey and will let you know, tbh i think i may have thrown them out..... i had a few of them too 🙈
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    More done today, went to toyota to see my friend behind the parts counter to order 9 valve shims........... £10 each!!!!!!! I almost had a stroke when he told me, but needs and musts i reluctantly handed my card over 🙈🙈 needless to say that has set me back a bit as i never expected that!! Also took the manifold to a local welders, company called megarweld in wolves. They have done a few things for me now and its always top work. Got the new flange welded on. Perfect fit no issues, also had 2 strengthening bars welded on to help with the weight of the turbo. Maybe save the welds from cracking in the future. can just see a glimpse of the crower cams. Then got the wastegate springs thrown in and bolted the wastegate onto the manifold. Ive loaded it with green, blue and black springs which will give me 14.5 psi or 1bar of wastegate pressure. This will allow me to run quite a bit of boost if needs be. Roll on the weekend, will have my shims from toyota and valve covers will be sent for paint.
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Cheers buddy means alot 👍👍 really looking forward now to getting this going! Will be going jap fest next weekend too for a little inspiration. Looking out for any quick is300/is200s
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Valve clearances now measured again as i could not find my results from the last time and will be ordering the shims tomorrow, glad thats sorted! Also got the AEM ecu mounted and loom secured Also coated the loom on the outside of the cabin that goes under the wing just for some protection, also got the grommet fitted and sealed. Also had to tackle something else which i did not account for.... dodgy manifold/wastegate flange that was warped from welding!! When i tried to bolt the wastegate on the vband clamp just would not go around! So i pulled the manifold back off and cut the flange off using a grinder You can see compared to the new flange where it got very hot and warped. Then flattened off and cleaned up the surface ready for the new flange to be welded. You can see here the gap created when pressed up against the wastegate and below what it should look like. The tial wastegate comes with spare flanges for both sides so just need to get that welded on
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Attacked this issue today, it was really bugging me! Ripped the engine and box back out, suprisingly very very easy with the box attached, the weight of the box put the engine at a good angle to lift out. then attacked the turret with the grinder aswell as the side of the manifold. The weld on the manifold was pretty thick so i just flattened this off. I did have pics of the turret half way through the process but they was blurry, wished i had checked them before carrying on! 1 of the manifold weld. Then gave it a rub down, bit of primer and quick spray with some gloss black and threw the engine back in. Again these pics was blurred! So moment of truth, all bolted up and in position there is clearance of around 4mm, im happy to let this go and see how i get on. The mounts are solid and even shaking it side to side using a bar there is no movement at all just the whole car shook 😂 Very hard to see the clearance on the pic but im happy with the out come. Just for the fun of it i decided to quickly hang the rear section of the exhaust up.... its so so big compared to the original exhaust, i bet my neighbours saw this and thought oh god there goes the neighbourhood 😂 so now im back on track next up is the valve clearances, need to order me an adjustable exhaust gear and cambelt. Also looking to sort the additional loom for the AEM v2, this needs routing inside the cabin and behind the glove box. I have already previously cut the hole for this on the inner wing and i have now got a door loom grommet to use.
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Yes its very strange, i have no idea why or how its happened but it has. Very annoying, ive been looking around the engine bay to see if its affected anything else and the air con pipes are also looking very close to the manifold aswell. The only thing i can think of is with the box in the engine is leaning back slightly, maybe if i lift the box up higher it will create clearance but i will need to check the custom propshaft angle in a higher position. Yeh 5mm is not alot but those mounts are very stiff and im expecting next to no movement so im hoping it will be ok. Im looking forward to the kit as ive never done anything with body kits before so this is all new to me, maybe asking for some tips 👍
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    So since ive dropped the box back in a problem has shown its head which i never accounted for...... with the weight of the box now bolted up, the engine position appears to have shifted slightly. It has now caused the manifold which looked to have had around 5mm of clearance on the suspension turret is now touching it! This is bad news, im now going to have to pull the complete engine and box out and figure something out. Im going to try and shave the turret on that side, aslong as i can get 5mm of clearance i will be happy but it may be a case of cutting a section out and having a straight section welded in. So tomorrows job is to pull the lot out if the rain holds off for a bit and get the grinder out! I have also modified the gearstick boot cover whilst i had little bit of spare time. Cut the edges off so it sits flush and cut out a small section for the gearbox vent. Also cut a section from the body work for the vent. Gave it a lick of paint then trial fitted it. Just need to get a small rubber section now to cover the vent to keep the fumes and roadnoise out. In other news the body kit has turned up, bit rough around the edges and will take alot of work to get it good but it comes with the territory of having a fibreglass kit. Not going to post pics yet until i come to fitting it all so will keep this under waps.
  9. rob_clio172

    Rear hub help

    Are you sure the hub is bent and its not just the angle of the flange and the brake shoe? Can you see on the back of the disc where it is catching? We did use to hit that ridge hard with a big punch and a large hammer maybe just not hit it back enough? Do the discs look pretty new?
  10. rob_clio172

    Rear hub help

    I used to see this when i worked at lexus every time we changed rear discs. It was as if the groove on the back of the disc that goes over that ridge is not deep enough. We used to hit the ridged part of the backing plate back to create a gap which would stop the noise.
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    More progress, the agenda went out tbe window though as i had not got my small torque wrench or any large spanners at home to do the valve clearances so i decided to throw the clutch on and gearbox back in. Spec twin disc in all its glory. now here is when the fun began! So it turns out the twin disc with flywheel is so thick that i could not get the bell housing to clear it and the transmission tunnel 😓 so i lowered the box and unbolted the clutch assembly back off the flywheel. I had to put the clutch assembly on the input shaft in the bell housing and put it all in as 1. Then had to locate the clutch dowls through the side access holes! Luckily the bolts was in the perfect place to access them through the hole for the slave cylinder to torque them up. once that was done i then had a little spare time to do another job i had also not planned to do so early...... i got the wiring routed through the bay and into the car for the AEM air fuel ratio and boost gauges. This was very straight forward as once again lexus/toyota had obviously known that at some point in the future i was going to be doing this 😂😂 They even put a big arrow on the main loom grommet guiding me home 😂 that slice you can see was already there but covered by a blob of sealant so i just pealed it off. just need to apply bit of sealant now to gob it up so water doesnt get in
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    I also had something else turn up a couple of weeks ago, ive completly forgot to post it up on here. I decided to order my Tial 44mm wastegate and Tial Q blow off valve, i ordered with real street performance again as the previous experience with them was exceptional and wanted to avoid the huge amount of fakes doing the rounds. Once again Robert Del Angel sorted me out and just like before my parts came in 3days from florida!!! Also threw in a couple of decals too. The wastegate came with every spring available, v band clamps, spare v band flanges and all the fittings required. The blow off valve also came well packaged also with the weld on flange, clamps and fittings. Cant wait to get the wastegate fitted, blow off valve will have to wait though until the intercooler pipework is sorted.
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Now that would be great to make it to that! I will be there either way.... will be amazing if i could give this a shakedown on a track session.
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    😂😂 might have to charge extortionate rates as i know hes good for it 😂. To be honest though she is hottie im guessing he wont be running anywhere. On a serious note i have no idea, im thinking its going to be next summer now before its mapped and ready to use in anger
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    IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Long overdue update but i have managed to get loads done! Since the last update i have also been to japfest with a friend who was part of the rx7 FD owners clubs, fair to say for a couple of days after i was pretty much deaf 😂😂!! Had a class day, there was a huge lexus stand there on the infield but i couldnt find the name of that particluar club, there was quite a few modified is200s and 300s too. 1 in particular was a is430, v8 swapped, had loads of other work done to and sounded amazing!! I also spotted a few is200 turbos and a couple of 1jz swapped is's too but didnt find a build like mine which did make me happy..... unless the bonnet was down and out of sight. Anyway enough of that and on to the update.... ive finally finished the loom! the only bit not done is the long green and red wires as these go to the gearbox and until the box is back in im not sure how long they have got to be. I had to lengthen the ignition coil wiring, crank sensor, tank vent valve and alternator plug aswell on top of the 1s ive already had to do. Also found a percect place for the tank vent valve on the bulk head. I attached the hose from the metal line from the tank to the valve, just need to sort the hose from the valve to the inlet now. Then pulled the engine back out and attached the loom, this is by far the best way as i could get all the way around it, tie up and tidy the loom. Whilst the engine was out i fitted the inlet take offs for the boost gauge, tank vent, brake servo.... Also fitted the fly wheel pilot bearing Then decided to fit the aircon lines back in as this would be a pain with the engine in, also secured the extended section of loom i made. It worked out quite well as i had some left over loom clips and a couple long studs which i screwed into some perfectly placed threaded holes. Then threw the engine back in and connected the loom up to the ecu box, had a good look around made sure the loom and air con lines are not rubbing on anything. over the moon with how this has come out!! Starting to look like a proper engine bay again now. The ecu relocation has come out better than i ever imagined, all lined up perfectly and looking very OEM! Next on the agenda, valve clearances..... been putting this off way too long!! Get the crower cams fitted, valve covers powder coated, cambelt and covers fitted and sort the power steering bottle, lines and cooler.