Approximately 2 years ago one of your club members (CCT) asked me if I can convert his IS200. After some research, I decided that I can do it, so I told him how much it will cost and after some time he decided not to go ahead. So we turbo charged his engine instead and I sold the 2JZ-GTE engine and running gear.
Meantime I thought that fitting a 3.0 litre twin turbo in a IS200 was a great idea and decided to do it myself.
Some time later a friend that was dismantling some cars of mine in Japan came across a slightly damaged Toyota Aristo that had a lot of gear on it, big brakes, intercooler, Sard aluminium radiator, modified ecu, air pod, twin apexi mufflers etc, so I bought it to use it for my conversion.

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly after that I found a damaged 2000 model IS200 at a Melbourne auction. It needed a radiator support and radiator, bonnet, front bumper and the engine was badly damaged, great I thought, and I bought it. After it was repaired, which took the panel shop 2 months to do so, I started to fabricate and modify bits and pieces and about 3 weeks later I had finished the installation of the 2jz-gte, 700x300x85mm intercooler and piping, 50mm core alloy radiator, Supra 32mm sway bar, 2,5" twin exhaust in to 3" hi flow cat and 3" tail pipe and s/steel sports muffler, I tried to get a carbon bonnet but with a price tag of $1250 I gave it a miss. I bought a C-West body kit and that solved the bumper problem and made the car to look beautiful. Fitting the brakes was a bit of a challenge because I had to replace the lower arms with the Aristo ones and then I had to find some wheels that will fit the brakes, I settled for some HR racing 8JJ x 18", 225/40 on front, 255/35 at the back. Next step, try to find some electrician that knows how to link the two ECU's was bit of a challenge, 4 months later and tree electricians is finally running and pumps out 190Kw @ 8,000rpm and 510Nm @ 4,800rpm on 12psi boost. The car is not exceptional quick but it has lots of grunt and is fun to drive and all my mates are drooling over it.
What is next? God knows, or on second thought, I always liked to have a AC Cobra and fit a 2JZ-GTE with Trust T88 single turbo and 6 speed box in it.

OWNER & CAR
Yianni,
2000 LEXUS IS200

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Stock standard 2JZ-GTE engine transplant. Hybrid 700x300x85mm intercooler. After market air pod. Sard 50mm core aluminium radiator. Twin 12" thermo fans. Twin 2.5" to 3" hi flow cat & 3" pipe and stainsteel muffler. T/T Aristo ECU modified by J-Road Japan (40 Kw chip). T/T Aristo fuel pump. T/T Supra J3 / 4 speed Auto transmission. Aristo engine mounts & T/T Soarer ruber supports. Custom fabricated m/steel transmission cross member. modified tail shaft.

INTERIOR / STEREO
Half leather TRD bucket seats in front & matched trim at rear. Red and silver leather gear knob. Soon to get two harnesses for driver and passenger.

EXTERIOR
C-West front bar side & skirts. Elegance rear lip. Eye lids and soon to get a IS 300 TT badge at the back.

SUSPENSION / BRAKES
T/T Aristo lower arms & front wheel assembly. Alcon G-Rex 4 pot calliper, 380x38mm slotted vented rotors and aluminium heat transfers in front. T/T Supra 32mm sway bar.

RIMS / TYRES
HR Race wheels 8JJx18" all round front 225/40/18 and 255/35/18 rear

PERFORMANCE
12psi boost, 190Kw @ 8100rpm and 510Nm @ 4800rpm.

THANKS / PLUGS / PROPS
Cheah Chee Teong for giving me the bug of IS200 Hybrid. Myself for all mechanical work fitting & mods. All from ACoA. And most of all my Wife Debbie for letting me blow all this $$$.