lexus is250

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Lexus IS250: One Serious Distraction

When things in life get a little rough we all need that one thing that helps us forget about what’s going on even if it’s just for a few hours. For most of us including Mariano Elias Jr, we find refuge spinning wrenches on our cars whether it be our daily-driver or project car to get away from the world. Fresh off a divorce, he decided that it was time for something to give him a little distraction. The distraction ended up being a 2006 Lexus IS250 which he has turned into a real neck-breaker.

Lexus Is250

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is250 side profile

lexus fitment
This Lexus is actually Mariano’s fourth serious build and he has good taste as one of his projects has actually graced the pages of multiple publications. Since Mariano is a bit older now though, he decided it was time to build something with some class. The IS250 turned out to be perfect for him has he wanted to build a car that was a little VIP but also had a sporty look which in the end this Lexus pulls offs amazingly.

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is250 engine

lexus engine

is250 interior

Mariano’s Lexus features two mods that stand out in his mind. One is a decked out stereo system and the other is an authentic Wald spoiler that was molded into the trunk. That work has led to a seriously clean Lexus that is a weekend cruiser and lurks the streets when Mariano is out on the town for the night. So if you need a distraction from the day-to-day, Mariano proves that a build is your best bet.

lexus is250

is250 stance

is250 camber

lexus is250

front end

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is250 side

Mariano would like to thank: “First and foremost I would like to thank GOD and my 3 kids (Kayla, Natalie, and Mariano III). I would also like to thank the guys at Custom Car Alarms in Pleasant Hill CA (Mike, Mark, Phong, Jeremy), Dave from Panel Craft in Berkeley CA for the clean paint and body work, Rob at Strasse Forged for the Custom wheels(one of four sets in the world with that finish), and all the folks on Club Lexus forum.”

front end

is250 front

Mariano Elias Jr’s 2006 Lexus IS250




  • Rotora 6 Piston Calipers (Front)
  • Rotora 4 Piston Calipers (Rear)
  • Rotora Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • Rotora Cross Drilled/Slotted Rotors 14”
  • Motul Dot 4 Brake Fluid
  • GT Spec Front Upper Brace
  • GT Spec Lower 4 Point Brace
  • Tanabe Lower 2 Point Brace
  • Jun TW Center Tunnel Brace
  • F Sport Rear Chassis Brace
  • F Sport Front & Rear Sway Bars
  • Megan LP Coilovers
  • Megan Rear Camber Arms
  • Tuned Parts Rigid Bars





  • Strasse Forged R10 Heavy Machine Brush
  • 20×9 front/20×10.5 Rear
  • Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Tires
  • 225/30/20 front / 255/30/20 Rear






      • Injen Megaram Intake System
      • ITop Speed Pro Exhaust
      • IBlitz Throttle Controller
      • ISun Auto Hyper Voltage System GT
      • ISun Auto Hyper Ground System
      • IMishimoto Carbon Fiber Oil Catch Can
      • IAIT Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
      • IAIT Carbon Fiber Radiator Cover
      • ITRD Oil Cap
      • IHKS Radiator Cap
      • IStinger Deep Dry Cell Battery


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