ILLMike: Magenta ISX50

I was in a Lexus mood today and started the day with the SC300 on CCW’s and thinking about flashy Lexus’s my friend Mike’s (ILLMike to some) ISX50 came to mind. Definitely an attention getter with its’ Magenta paint job . I remember him getting teased about it looking pink but it was technically magenta. Either way this car stood out in a crowd and why wouldn’t it. Check out the wheels by Forgestar, the Stoptech yellow BBK and Vertex kit which gave the car an over all great flow. Sick built car.  If you keep up with ILLMike i’m sure you’ve seen his flat black Brabus E class hitting the show scene lately. But, enough with the jibber jabber on to the pics.

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RX7 LS1: The Reveal

IllMike RX7 LS1 is just clean! We didn’t get an official shoot together even though i’ve been dying to use the new lenses I got for Christmas but I couldn’t wait to post these. LS1 power in an RX7 I have to say I am definitely a fan. I’ve had friends with FD’s and the headaches they had in just keeping the rotary up , running and healthy is just a pain and this swap is a definitely more and more common now a days. The 99 spec is also a plus with his build, aero, Stoptech, and the LE37’s come together brilliantly. Check out the details of work that went into the car.

Here are the Stats:

IllMike: 1993 Mazda RX-7 R2

Exterior
*Jet Black Paint Job
*APR Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors
*JDM 99spec Front Bumper
*JDM 99spec Front Lip Spoiler
*JDM 99spec Turn Signals
*JDM 99spec Rayberg Fog Lights
*JDM 99spec Tail Lights
*Aluminum Exterior Door Handles(Powder coated: Flat black)
*Custom C-West HID Headlight setup (Bixenon Projector, 4300k Blubs)
*FEED Carbon Fiber(Ghost) Side Skirts
*RE-Amemiya Carbon Fiber(Ghost) Street Diffuser
*SHINE Carbon Fiber Lip Spoiler
Interior
*Viper 2-way Alarm system w.remote start
*JDM 99spec Steering wheel
*Alpine Head unit
*Infinity Perfect Speakers
*Custom Built Speedhut gauges.
– Revolution GPS Speedometer
– Does 0-60 time
– 1/4 mile times
– Top speed
– Elevation
– Clock
– High beam indicator
– Blinker indicator
– “LSX RX7” text in the center
*Speedhut Water Temp. Gauge
*Speedhut Oil Pressure
*Speedhut Fuel Gauge
*Speedhut Tach
*3m Color-Stable Tint installed. including Front Windsheild
Engine
*2000 model Ls1 / 4l60e Transmission
*Custom built cradle for LS1 Engine
*Custom built transmission brace
*Patriot Performance GM Ls6 style stage II heads (2.02″/1.57″/ 59cc)
*Patriot cam, Gm LS series 225/229 .580″ /.590″ 114LSA
*Gen III LS1 / LS6 Series JP Performance Billet Timing Gear set W-single row Chain
*Gm LS Series head gaskets .041″ compressed
*HD torque to yield bolts
*5/16″ x 7.400″ Hardened .080 wall pushrods
*Ported OEM throttle body.
*Cut, bored and ported OEM MAF sensor
*Lokar Aluminum throttle cable bracket
*EGR deleted, shaved hole on the intake manifold.
*ARP oil pan bolts, ARP starter bolts, ARP Torque converter bolts.
*3.5″ Cold Air Intake, Custom built and tig welded / K&N filter.
*Protective thermal boots for sprakplugs.
*BDR torque converter, 2500-2800 stall
*HD trans cooler mounted up front on the radiator.
*Mishimoto LS swap radiator mounted in stock location with added lower support bar for protection.
*Mishimoto Ls swap black silicone hoses
*Mishimoto LS swap aluminum fan shroud and dual fans
*Howe expansion tank setup used to fill the engine with coolant.
*HD custom built Drive Shaft.
*Shorty style built headers
*Mandrel bent piping w.dual MagnaFlow Mufflers (2.5″ to 3″)
*Braille light weight racing battery
*Braille aluminum mounting base.
*HD bump steer kit
Fuel
*Walbro 255hp intake pump, Dual -6 black fuel line
*Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator.
Suspension
*STANCE XR w/SWIFT Springs (Custom spring rates)
*Delrin bushings
*Rear Live axle swap (Straight axle)
– Ford 8.8 Lsd, 3.73 geared rear end, 31 spline axles.
*Triangulated 4 link Rear end setup.
– Uni body sub-frame was completely reinforced using laser cut 3/16″ steel plate, fully welded together.
Wheels/Brakes
*VOLK LE37T (Gunmetal) 18×8.5 / 18×9.5
*Dunlop SP Tires
*Tuner Lug Nuts
*STOPTECH 4Pot Big Brake Kit
– 2 Piece Floating Hat & Rotor (Slotted)
– 4-Piston Stoptech Calipers
– Caliper Adapter Mounting Brackets
– Stanless Steel Brake Hoses
– Performance Street Brake Pads

Warm Welcome: Blogger, sneak peak

Wow! thank you all for the warm responses and visits to the blog. Very motivational to keep this blog updated. I don’t think I’ve seen numbers like this since … well? Forever. I appreciate the support.

I wish I knew what to update. Haha everything is covered or overly put out there. I know it must get boring seeing all the same cars and topics on all the blogs. I’ve always been one to be different but with so many blogs it’s hard to be original. Even my Facebook feed looks like blogs are competing to see who can throw more pics of random coolness up there. So what’s left to blog? Well… that’s where i’m stuck.

Besides saying thank you for all the visits I really had nothing to share other then some random car pic or model I had in mind but to my surprise it was something already feeding on some other blog.

Good thing my buddy Mike or IllMike as he’s known to a few of you just got his car (that’s kinda been on the low low) out the shop today.

Hoping to get a shoot with this car soon. Specially since it’s fresh out the shop and looking sexxy .. Here’s some teaser shots for you to check out that he sent me earlier today.

FD<3 Damn .. what a tease.

ILLMIKE Supra build pt # 2

If you thought i was only gonna update with the HKS USA news!? Then you were WRONG!! Haha.

Bringing you 2nd installment to illMike’s Supra build. It’s taking some time but making some progress on this Supra. Getting some new parts to give it a freshness and it’s looking great! I really can’t wait to see this put together and painted already but paint, kit, wheels, suspension etc. OH man .. we might have a long way !? or do we? LOL . I’ll keep with the updates so we can see this car done.
check it .

New Headlights!? Yes, please! 

Kit is here and ready for some work 

BEFORE! AFTER!!!!! wheels look sick .( sucky pic but trust! they look good)

what’s next ?! wait and see…

illmike Supra build part 1

My homie Mike better known as illmike just started a new project and was stoked when i gave him the idea of featuring the build on the blog. He definitely someone real familiar with building cars he’s had winning show accord, lexis Is250 and even a SEMA built RX7 FD. So he’s definitely not a stranger to building a dope cars.

Here’s the car the way he got it. Which from what he’s told me was sitting for 4 years with out being driven so he has his work cut out for him and was up for the challenge. Fluids changed and already got the car to turn over.

from getting the car to start to already stripping the faded chipped paint for new paint and surprise body kit. Works quick and already has BIG plans for this car.

inperrfections small dents being cleaned up . gonna look flawless when it’s painted.

Primer done.. now for paint. Color ??

We’ll see what the next part brings ..