There is something to be said about dedication to the game. If you’re like most people when they come up against obstacles or financial challenges, they give up and move on. It happens all too often in the Sport Compact game where one person gets the stick from a shot, blows a car up then disappears forever. Not the case with this GS driver who has been in the game for 25 years and has truly seen it all. Despite the setbacks and the things life throws at you, he is still going hard.
Yuen’s Lexus started out simple enough staying mostly factory with a handful of upgrades but once he started, he couldn’t turn back.
Mark Yuen has surpassed the quarter century mark as a car enthusiast and appears to be only warming up. His first car was a 1964 Pontiac GTO, so he is old enough to appreciate the classics and doesn’t think the car customization craze started with ‘bubbleback’ Civics. As he matured he moved from the violent and compromised ride of tuner cars and has moved more upscale. His current rides include an Infiniti M45 and this particular GS430. Now that the GS is complete, he plans to add a Lexus LS460 to the fleets and roll like the president wherever he may go.
Yuen’s Lexus started out simple enough staying mostly factory with a handful of upgrades but once he started, he couldn’t turn back. Under the lid, the V8 received a little attention in the form of an HKS Suction intake kit and an Aimgain dual exhaust straight outta Japan. The next result isn’t much more than factory but the GS is quick out of the box anyway.
The attention turned to the exterior of the car where several upgrades from Japan set this GS apart from the crowd. A Job Design kit was sourced from Japan for its unique looks and demanding fitment. The Job Design kit features a front bumper, rear bumper and side sills to make the car appear even lower. Up front is an Admiration carbon fiber front grill and other accents include Junction Produce hood spoiler and roof spoiler. INGs of Japan supplied the rear trunk spoiler, carbon fiber pillars, grills and lower trim. Finally, the lighting was addressed with a set of puddle lights, JDM mirror LEDs, LED tails and 8000K fogs.
Since the GS is a big car, it will take all of the help it can get in the footwork area. The wheels and tires were ditched in favor of a set of Advan RS-D in Black with machines face. The wheels measured 20x9-inches and a 20x10.5 with a +20 in the rear and are wrapped in Vredestein Sessantas in 245/30R20 and 255/30R20. The right stance was achieved with using JIC Magic FLT-FAS coilovers dumped to perfection. The roll was eliminated with F-Sport anti-sway bars and the brakes were upgrade with some F-Sport big brakes right from the dealer catalogue.
The project then came up against the largest challenge, putting together a hard hitting interior with all of the latest gadgetry. The dash was overlaid with a full carbon fiber dash panel including CF handle pods and matching ashtray. The console was refinished in piano black along with matching switch plates. An F-Sport suede shift knob was added to the equation and custom suede door inserts with “F-Sport” embroidery compliment the look. The focus shifted to the audio and multimedia install that would take all of the time attention of Yuen.
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