Our long-term Lexus is coming together. The TRD coil-over suspension continues to impress and we are still looking forward to playing with the firmness settings.
We used the car to illustrate a brake upgrade installation in the last issue; the IS was fitted with Stillen 13-inch cross-drilled rotors, four-piston AP calipers, stainless-steel braided lines and all the proper hardware. While we were off to Tokyo to cover the Auto Salon, we left the IS at Stillen so the company could test-fit some of its newly developed products. The car was returned with Stillen's urethane body armor and a set of the company's GTV wheels. The latter was a necessity; the big rotors negate the use of stock aluminum.
Body tuning made entirely from durable urethane, Stillen's package includes a front chin spoiler, side skirts and rear bumper valance. The rear bumper valance features a cut-out designed to accommodate Stillen's stainless-steel sport exhaust or other big-tip systems. The kit adds visual appeal and makes the IS an eye catcher-whether coming or going. The kit was color-matched and installed at Body Pros of Garden Grove, Calif. Technician Wally Teklak reported the urethane pieces were some of the easiest he's ever installed.
Stopping Power Brakes are a necessity for any car that has enhanced acceleration or cornering capabilities. It is a critical system often overlooked on many enthusiast's build-up sheets. A very desirable byproduct of upgraded brakes can be looks-beefy calipers and drilled and slotted rotors make a big statement when used with the right wheel.