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2008 Lexus IS F and 2007 Lexus LS460 - Work Hard, Ball Harder

Cary Inayoshi builds two VIP-styled Lexus sedans after being MIA from the scene

Aug 8, 2011
Photographer: Sean Klingelhoefer

Cary Inayoshi has come a long way. Brought up in Hawaii, he’s been around the tuning scene since the early-90s, even opening up a shop called HyperSports. He also gave birth to a racing series called Hawaii’s Fastest Street Shootout. In the late-90s, Cary relocated to San Jose, CA where he helped coordinate events for IDRC and Import Showoff, as well as helped A&L Racing and Dave Shih’s Silver Bullet team at races. But everything came to a halt when his daily grind at Applied Materials required more travelling. Cary dropped out of the import community like third period French. But that would change…

  |   2008 Lexus IS F and 2007 Lexus LS460 - Work Hard, Ball Harder

Like Michael Jordan coming out of retirement, Cary jumped back into the scene. Today, he helps BLOX Racing with public relations and has a marketing role at SpeedElement Performance. Now much more mature, he isn’t driving around a little hatchback but balls-out in these two sophisticated Lexus sedans.

Meant to be a daily driver, Cary bought the ’08 IS F first. He mounted 19x9/10" gunmetal Advan RZ on all four corners, then had some coilovers prototyped. A custom polished intake was pieced together with the help of Weapon*R and a Borla exhaust finished the upgrades.

With all the typical bolt-ons done, Cary wasn’t about to stop. After being approached by a wheel manufacturer to display his car at SEMA, he pushed the envelope further. Famous Motor Groupe constructed a trunk enclosure for two 12" Kenwood subs, and a custom diffuser was fabricated to give the rear its unique swagger.

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But it wasn’t enough. Cary’s IS F had to break necks at SEMA so he took notice of the popular vinyl wrap trend. A few weeks later, the IS was wrapped head-to-toe in bright Apple green with flat black accents.

Finishing up the car, Cary took apart the headlights to have them painted black while adding a green halo around the projectors. A badgeless front grille and Auto Couture front lip rounded out the spec list.

With the IS F sitting pretty, it took a role as Cary’s weekend toy while a newly-acquired ‘07 LS460 became his Monday-to-Friday cruiser.

Not about to leave it stock, Cary picked up some Megan Racing coilovers from SpeedElement, then mounted a set of 22x9.5/11" Savini wheels.

After hearing about a modified LS at VIP Auto Salon being returned to stock, Cary jumped at the opportunity to inherit its parts. This included a full Wald body kit with molded bumpers along with the trunk and roof spoilers.

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The car was taken to Reliance Auto Body in San Jose where the aero parts were painted. While the paint guns were out, the engine covers were color-matched. Putting the final touches on the car, VIP bolted up a PTS exhaust system and swapped in black and grey leather upholstery from its old shop car. The rest is history…

Cary shows us how easy it is to build a Lexus. With the newer IS and LS platforms, it doesn’t take a lot of mods to make them pretty—just good planning, reliable shops and hard work. Wanna be a baller?

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2008 Lexus IS F
Owner Cary Inayoshi
Hometown San Jose, Ca
Occupation Engineer, Marketing
Engine 5.0 liter V8 with custom polished intake; Borla cat-back exhaust; polished transmission oil cooler; painted engine covers
Footwork & Chassis Blox prototype coilovers; F Sport rear sway bar
Wheels & Tires 19x9" front and 19x10" rear Advan RZ wheels; 245/35 R19 front and 275/30 R19 rear Falken FK-452 tires
Exterior Auto Couture front lip; custom diffuser; Apple green vinyl wrap; painted headlights with halo rings
Interior Blox Racing shift knob
Audio two 12" Kenwood Excelon KFC-XW1200F subwoofers; Crossfire 1000-watt amplifier

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2007 Lexus LS460
Engine 4.6 liter V8 with PTS exhaust; painted engine covers
Footwork & Chassis Megan Racing coilovers
Wheels & Tires 22x9" front and 22x11" rear Savini SV-26 wheels; 255/30 R22 front and 295/25 R22 Nitto NT555 tires
Exterior Wald body kit, rear spoiler and trunk
Interior black and grey leather upholstery; modified gauge cluster; JDM window visorsaudio
Thanks You BLOX Racing, SpeedElement Performance, VIP Auto Salon, Reliance Auto Body and Paint, SIII Industries, Famous Motor Groupe; Nha Em San Jose and Paris Ultralounge Hawaii, Ryan B

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