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SP Rides: A Lexus with Crystals, Champagne

January 3, 2014
 
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By MICHAEL KITCHENS

Name: Jason Andres
Age: 37
Occupation: Auto mechanic
Hobbies: Cars, R/C cars, building sound systems
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Lexus GS 300
Color: Champagne
Engine:  Max speed mufflers with quad offset and off size oval tips
Exterior: Aristo chrome parts (front grill, door handles and blue side view mirrors), Toyota factory rain guards,  Wald rear lip and side skirts, Silk Blaze front lip, Junction Produce hood spoiler, special edition roof and trunk spoiler, Red out tail lamps, 5k HiD head lamps and fog lamps with yellow inserts, Led DRL lights
Interior: Aristo interior with black wood door trim, black wood center console and trunk bar, Belizza neck pads Junction Produce seat belt covers, pillows and umbrella
Suspension and Brakes: Airrunner suspension with Airbagit valves, AVS switches, 4-gallon pancake tank, 2-444 viair compressors, Air Ride Pro digital gauges, MMR front strut brace, Megan racing rear control arms, Power Slot rotors and Hawk pads
I.C.E.: Viper alarm with window controls and trunk pop, Kenwood DVD 7-inch head unit, 9.2-inch Concept rear head rest monitors, 2-Concept 250.2 500watt amps for doors, Image Dynamics 6 1/2 front doors and 5 1/4 rear doors, 2 12-inch digital designs 9500 subs, Soundstream 6500xxx sub amp, 5 deep cycle marine batteries, Led strips on doors, trunk, and hood, Led bars under car, hood, and trunk, Color changing LEDs hood, trunk, and interior, 10 quad led puddles lights
Wheels and Tires: Works VS-XX Chrome on Chrome, 19×10 with 225/3519 Generals front, 19×11 with 245/3519 Generals rear, Gold McGuard lug nuts
Special thanks: Mom and Dad, and my sister for helping me with the Rhine stoning. Also, Revision Audio, Nu Skool EFX, Security and Sound, Special T tinting, Kekahuna Kustoms, Club Lexus and Kaotik Car Club.

In the beginning, Jason Andres was a big fan of racing. His introduction to the sport came courtesy of several friends, who were dirt track racers. The sounds of the motors were absolutely enticing for the Kalihi-born, Waianae-bred (30 years as a resident, and counting) car enthusiast and paved the way for his involvement in the race scene. Cutting his teeth on developing sound systems, Jason learned his 12-volt trade by building for the competition.

At the time of Hawaii Raceway Park’s closure, Jason had in his possession two cars: a race Civic and a loud sounds Civic. But as time went on, he became disenchanted with both rides. While working as an auto mechanic, his mother dared him to purchase a new automobile. After two months of waiting, Jason acquired this Champagne-colored 2005 Lexus GS 300.

Jason wasted no time in modifying the car. Before his second car payment, he had already spent more than $10,000 in modifications. In his first show with the car, he won first place for Best Lexus in 2007. Since then the car has evolved continuously, but its centerpiece remains its incredible sound system. The current implementation can push more than 7,000 watts of power. Featuring two 12-inch Digital Designs 9500 subs powered by a massive Soundstream 6500xxx, the entire sound system is filled with quality components designed to make your eardrums burst.

The exterior and interior have been given the VIP treatment with a ton of Aristo components, including chrome and black wood trim. A Wald kit rear lip and side skirts spruce up the body. Junction Produce sets off the interior with some comfy pillows, and the I.C.E is added to by Concept rear headrest monitors. This ride glows like a Christmas tree and is laid out in LED — it absolutely gleams when combined with the thousands of rhinestones placed throughout the ride. We’re talking about more than 9,000 of them hand-placed by Jason and his sister. The Lexus emblem is actually set off with Swarovski crystals. Indeed, that is straight balla.

This car rides low thanks to an Airrunner suspension with Airbagit valves, AVS switches and Air Ride Pro digital gauges. Two 444 Viair compressors power the kit, which can drop the body so low that the Works VS-XX are majorly tucked within the fender wells. They’re swabbed in General Tires set at 19×10 with 225/3519s in the front and 245/3518s in the rear.

Jason continues to break necks and win shows — with his last victory coming in the Lexus division at Arts in Motion last month. Even with the recent success, he plans to continue modifying the car as the scene heats up further.

“You just get more ideas … I’ve found some other things I can do,” he says.