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Hey everyone,

It's been a while since I last updated on my car. A lot has been going on these past few weeks.

Bought "Goose," a 2011 Lexus CT 200h hatchback hybrid from Vista Lexus one week after the unfortunate earthquake in Japan; March 12, 2011. Color is Starfire Pearl.

Have had "Goose" for 7 months now and lovin' it!

First mod was tinting. I believe it's tinted 17% in back, 35% in front.

Then I swapped the stubby antenna with a VG sharkfin antenna.

Then I swapped out all interior and exterior lighting with cool white LEDs.

Next were the VIP items.

From Wikipedia:

VIP Style refers to the modification of Japanese luxury automobiles to make them more fashionable and more luxurious. VIP Style are typically large, expensive, rear-wheel drive sedans, though automotive enthusiasts use other cars like minivans and Kei cars. Once associated with the yakuza, VIP Style modifications now are a subset of automotive modification.

VIP Style modifications and history have often been linked to the Yakuza. It is claimed that VIP Style came to be due to the risk of gangsters riding around in high-profile European sedans like the Mercedes S-Class or the BMW 7 Series. Such cars brought increased attention from police and rival gangs. By using JDM cars with modifications associated with the creation of limousines, gangsters could avoid detection by the police and rival gangs.
Now, I know my CT isn't necessarily a large, expensive, luxurious rear-wheel drive sedan, and I kinda had two options to go in terms of styling my car. I could go the sporty route and for lack of a better term, "rice it out," or I could go the classy route and VIP style it. The CT may look sporty and fast and aggressive, but in reality, the drivetrain is tuned for efficiency and eco-friendliness, so I decided to go VIP styling.

Some of the basic elements of VIP styling from what I've learned from various club members and at various car meets is:

First and foremost, it's all about the details. Luxury is all about details in styling, quality of materials, etc.

A VIP car should look aggressive and the stance should be low, slammed, if possible. I'm taking baby steps on this since this CT IS my daily driver. I currently have it dropped slightly on springs for now. Air Runner air suspensions would probably be my next move.

A body kit is essential to making the car look lowered and more aggressive. I will tackle this after I get my air suspension on cuz it wouldn't make sense to drive around with a body kit that could come off at a moment's notice without being able to dodge obstacles.

Wheels are supposed to be big, with a HUGE lip, wide enough to fit a dollar bill. I had to compromise here as well. I don't really have a lip on my wheels, but it's been hard finding a good company to custom make wheels that are light (so they don't go against the eco-friendliness philosophy of the CT) and look somewhat aggressive AND fit my 5x100 bolt wheel pattern. My wheels are custom Rennen 19" Monolicht Forged m8 mesh concave wheels, so I hope that's good enough for now.

Future mods:

More interior styling stuff. Probably change out and reupholster the leather in the seats to make it more luxurious. Will probably add some pillows and other nice little touches.

Definitely gonna custom built my own VIP center console in the rear (There are no cupholders or center armrest! >_<). Garson makes a VIP center console for the LS and GS that I will model off of. I will attempt to source some bamboo to enhance the whole eco-friendly vibe of this car.

Underbody lighting kit. Tastefully, of course.

Air Runner air suspension. SO I CAN GO ALL DOWN!

Body kit...from who knows where.

Maybe replace the VG sharkfin antenna with a more aggressive sharkfin antenna from Beat Sonic.

Here are some pics so far:









 

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Definitely still a work in progress.
 

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nice drop there
 

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thanks!
 

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Very, very nice. Great job on all your mods.
 

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Thanks you guys, I really appreciate the support.

I will find out offsets on Monday. Offsets are different front and rear, size is 19x8.5, rocking 225/35/19s
 

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Lovin the wheels! Can't wait to see what else you have in store. I'm planning to go the VIP route also, it's just so hard finding wheels in market in 5x100.
 

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Yes, the fogs have a yellow bulb + yellow vinyl film. Just for this photoshoot. I took them out and am going back to stock whites. I think they integrate better with the white LEDs throughout the interior and exterior.
 

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Lookin good, Matt.. can't wait to see how your car progresses.. I'd also be interested in hearing how your wheels and tires affect your gas mileage :)
 

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Those wheels are NICE!!! I'm interested in the specs as well. An 8.5 up front opens up some options.

Congrats and best of luck with the build.
 

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very clean and good looking..let me know the offset of rims and affect gas mileaga.
First, Matt you mods and presentation look great.:cool:

The OEM tires are 215/45 R17

Here is a tire diameter calculator , there are many that exist
Tire Diameter And Circumference Calculator

original= tire diameter= 24.618 inches circumference=77.340 inches

with 19" the closest possbilities

200/35 R19 d=24.512 c=77.007 change ratio=0.9957
210/35 R19 d=24.787 c=77.871 change ratio=1.006
215/35 R19 d=24.925 c=78.304 change ratio= 1.0124
225/35 R19 d=25.201 c=79.171 change ratio=1.0237
225/30 R19 d=24.315 c=76.388 change ratio=0.9877
230/30 R19 d=24.433 c=76.758 change ratio=0.9925
235/30 R19 d=24.551 c=77.129 change ratio=0.9973
240/30 R19 d=24.669 c=77.500 change ratio=1.002
285/25 R19 d=24.610 c=77.315 change ratio=0.9997

The ideal is to have a ratio of 1.000 then the new tire diameter is the same as the old and the speedometer/odometer will remain accurate. Any ratio other than 1.000 affects the speedometer/odometer. A ratio greater than 1.00 means you are going faster than indicated, because each revolution of the wheel causes you to travel farther. Some peopel who change the overinfate or underinfate the tire significantly also cause a similar diamter variation. Also, another side affect is that you utimately affect the engine torque. Increasing the diameter reduces the effective engine torque by increaseing the effective moment arm, while reducing the diameter increases the effective engine torque. Which means when you over infalte you tires you are reducing the CT200h's performance :eek:

Matt didn't say, but a new tire size of either 235/30 R19 or 240/30 R19 would probably match best and give the most accurate speedometer/odometer match. :)


Again Matt the "Goose" is looking awesome :cool::cool:
 

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First, Matt you mods and presentation look great.:cool:

The OEM tires are 215/45 R17

Here is a tire diameter calculator , there are many that exist
Tire Diameter And Circumference Calculator

original= tire diameter= 24.618 inches circumference=77.340 inches

with 19" the closest possbilities

200/35 R19 d=24.512 c=77.007 change ratio=0.9957
210/35 R19 d=24.787 c=77.871 change ratio=1.006
215/35 R19 d=24.925 c=78.304 change ratio= 1.0124
225/35 R19 d=25.201 c=79.171 change ratio=1.0237
225/30 R19 d=24.315 c=76.388 change ratio=0.9877
230/30 R19 d=24.433 c=76.758 change ratio=0.9925
235/30 R19 d=24.551 c=77.129 change ratio=0.9973
240/30 R19 d=24.669 c=77.500 change ratio=1.002
285/25 R19 d=24.610 c=77.315 change ratio=0.9997

The ideal is to have a ratio of 1.000 then the new tire diameter is the same as the old and the speedometer/odometer will remain accurate. Any ratio other than 1.000 affects the speedometer/odometer. A ratio greater than 1.00 means you are going faster than indicated, because each revolution of the wheel causes you to travel farther. Some peopel who change the overinfate or underinfate the tire significantly also cause a similar diamter variation. Also, another side affect is that you utimately affect the engine torque. Increasing the diameter reduces the effective engine torque by increaseing the effective moment arm, while reducing the diameter increases the effective engine torque. Which means when you over infalte you tires you are reducing the CT200h's performance :eek:

Matt didn't say, but a new tire size of either 235/30 R19 or 240/30 R19 would probably match best and give the most accurate speedometer/odometer match. :)


Again Matt the "Goose" is looking awesome :cool::cool:
Very nice write up. Might need this info in the future when I decide to get new wheels.
 

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Here's my SEMA Awards entry video. I know..it's not really as modded as I'd like. Still working on that.

 
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