Monday, July 16, 2012

Lexus GS fogs with Mercedes DRL retrofit

So I've been toying with this idea for awhile and finally decided to do this. I had sourced some LED's like the ones on the E class which I thought would flow on the 2nd gen GS. Most of the ones that I found were of a plastic housing with chrome reflectors. These were made out of metal, sealed and were completely black..

Had to make a mounting bracket of sorts so I used Lexan. It should hold up to debris etc and mainly cause I had some lying around. Heating the Lexan I mimicked the angles of the stock fog lights and cut it out to how it sits in the bumper. 

After I got the basic shape down had to smooth out the edges and after a little modification it fit. So the fog lights that I used to mock the mounting bracket had a broken tab at the bottom and I failed to realize it till I went to put it on the car. The ends looked like an 'F' so instead of starting over I I made the other side the same way to symbolize both the 'F's in Flawless Fitment.

Was trying to figure out where to place the LED's so was playing around with location before I drilled the holes on the brackets to mount them. I thought this would be the best location for it.

I wrapped the Lexan with some semi gloss vinyl and mounted the LED's.

Used some 9006 female connectors, all soldered and heat-shrinked and ready to go.

How it sits in the bumper.

These are pretty bright, was a little surprised at how bright they really were.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

S2000 Engine Swap

Being low runs a toll on every car and in Malcolm's case it cost him an engine. The car is an 01 with only 63,000 miles on it and although devastating Malcolm chose to bounce back up and get things running right. With a trip overseas scheduled right after the accident we took the reigns of getting the motor swap done and getting it back on the road.  Danny and Kevin at Phantasm stepped up to get this project done. A new motor with similar mileage was ordered along with all new seals. Front main seal, rear main seal, valve cover gasket kit, water-pump, clutch fork, exhaust manifold gasket, pilot bearing, throw out bearing, thermostat  etc were all ordered as well to revamp the motor and get all the maintenance items take care of while the motor was out. 

On removing the motor we discovered that the clutch and flywheel was toast, well more like burnt toast. The Competition Clutch Ironman Series was ordered. We had experienced the clutch in the past when Competition Clutch had come down for a sponsored event and the feel of the clutch on their car was phenominal. "The IronMan provides outstanding stability, smooth engagement, and less wear on opposing surfaces. Offers 175% increase in torque capacity". The clutch was paired with an ACT XACT Streelite Flywheel. All the fluids were flushed  twice and replaced with Amsoil fluids. The clutch bites and needs some getting used to but feels awesome. Light on the pedal with a kick when it bites. Lowering the pedal, cleaning out the throttle body and fine tuning the throttle cable gave it a more manageable engagement and would definitely recommend the clutch. 


Now that his baby is back on the road he can concentrate more on staying low and fashion it to his needs. Definitely a newcomer to keep an eye out for.