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SP Rides: Satisfaction Guaranteed

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BY MICHAEL KITCHENS

Name: Alex Ngyuen
Age: 31
Occupation: Florist
Hobbies: Gym, cars
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Lexus GS300
Color: Black
Engine: APEXi Catback Exhaust
Exterior: Jet Black Paint, Prussian Blue Front Lip, Prussian Blue Sideskirts, Prussian Blue Half Rear Bumper, Ultra Rare JDM OEM Optional Carbon Fiber Pillar Garnish, Ultra Rare JDM OEM Optional Carbon Fiber Licene Plate Garnish, Megan Carbon Roof Wing, JDM Power Folding Mirror With Puddle Light, JDM Blue Tint Mirros Sideview Mirrors With Built in LED Turn Signals, OEM Window Visors, OEM Sport Design Grill, USDM OEM Optional Sport Design Wing, OEM Green Tint HID headlights, JDM Chrome Rear Trunk Bar, VIP Puddle Lights.
Interior: ULTRA RARE JDM Aristo Optional Seat Covers, ULTRA RARE JDM Aristo Trunk Mat, OEM Car Cover, OEM Sport Design Door Sills, OEM Sport Design Ashtray, JDM Wood Steering Wheel, JDM Wood Shift Knob, JDM Aristo Rear Power Sunshade, Full Clazzio Seat Covers, Ultra Rare Junction Produce Collaboration Recaro Baby Seats.
Suspension: Airrunner Air Suspension, Stainless Tank, Custom Hardline Setup With Custom Etch and LED Display, Dual VIAAIR 444c Compressors, AirLift 3H Managment, TOMS Strut Bar, T-Demand Components (Upper Control Arms, Rear Upper Control Arms, Rear Lower Control Arms, Toelinks, Tension Arms , 30mm Camber RCA Blocks)
Wheels, Tires, Brakes: VOLK TE37 SL (2015 DOUBLE PRESSED BLACK COLOR) @ 19×10.5, Nexen SU1 Tires, RED ENDLESS 6 Pot Front Calipers, RED ENDLESS 4 Pot Rear Calipers, GOLD ENDLESS Top Hat With 356mm Slotted Rotors, ENDLESS Stainless Lines.
Ice: Pioneer 8400BH Double Din DVD Player, Custom Ported Sub (Under The Trunk Mat), 10-inch Clarius Subwoofer, Custom Airtank Display with Custom Etching & Dancing LEDs , Dual Custom Infinity Mirror, Bluetooth module, Back Up Camera (custom install inside the JDM chrome trunk bar), Viper HD Alarm/Remote Start, Viper Smart Start.

Alex Ngyuen knows his rides. Since he was 18, Ngyuen has owned a limited selection of modified rides that includes a ’97 Honda Civic and the classic ’89 VW GTi. Over time, he’s garnered an appreciation for the VIP scene and traded it all in for this 2003 Lexus GS300.

When it came to this build, Ngyuen opted to concentrate on a blend of GT and VIP style, which equates to big brakes, racing wheels and a slammed stance that sits as low as you can go. This is all immediately recognizable when you first lay eyes on the car.

The jet-black exterior is very clean and functional, featuring a Prussian Blue kit with front lip, side-skirts and a half-rear bumper. White LED puddle lights pool lazily in the dark in a striking contrast with the ultra rare Aristo carbon fiber pillar and license plate garnishes. A selection of aftermarket OEM components add to the body while a slick Megan carbon fiber roof wing graces the rear window. A dual muffler APEXi catback exhaust adds some further sport for looks.

Any air suspension system needs the right components and this Lexus has it in spades. An Airrunner Air Suspension has been fitted in a gorgeous, custom-etched trunk setup with a color-change display. On view behind the plexiglass are dual VIAAIR 444c compressors along with the hardlines and stainless steel tank. A really cool set of LED infinity mirrors grace the enclosure and add a serious amount of depth to the entire display.

The suspension has been completely reworked to include a large selection of T-Demand components. This allows some wicked camber for the tuck on double-pressed black Volk Racing TE37 SLs, which are sized 19×10.5 all around. Tucked behind these sexy wheels are sumptuous red Endless 4 and 6 pot brake calipers matched to 356mm slotted rotors with gold top hats.

When it comes to VIP cars, the interior can be just as important as the exterior and this ride doesn’t disappoint. JDM wood accent has been added, while rare JDM Aristo-laced seat covers and a rare trunk mat are on display. In the rear, a set of Junction Produce Collaboration Recaro baby seats are perfect for Ngyuen’s nieces and nephews, while a custom 10-inch subwoofer powered by the Pioneer double-din DVD player helps soothe the young ones when it’s time for a little nap. Ngyuen can also raise and lower the ride with a touch of a button thanks to the AirLift 3H Management controller.

A lot of people become obsessed with building their cars so much that there’s never any down time to actually enjoy their hard work. For Ngyuen, this ride has been four years in the making. It’s been through a few changes, but he’s happy with the end result.

“I am definitely satisfied with the car. I’m done. There’s no more stressing and now I can just sit back and enjoy,” he said.