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Roy Moncada: 2003 Lexus IS300

2017 TUNER BATTLEGROUNDS CHAMPIONSHIP
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OCT 31 - NOV 3, 2017
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In middle school, Roy Moncada used to draw cars all the time. Different schemes with paint jobs, kits and wheels, Moncada let his imagination run. "I have a passion with the design aesthetic, and the impact something makes when you first see it and the impression it leaves behind, mentions Moncada. "When I see a build, I want it to show me who you really are without you having to explain it to me."

Like many, Moncada started out with his love for the Honda platform. "I have always felt the need to set myself apart, Moncada states. In 2004, he was introduced to a contact in Houston who was importing RHD cars, and imported an authentic Honda Civic EK4 SiR. Moncada addd an Integra DC5R front clip, and dropped a K20R engine and boosted it. He sold the Civic and started his second RHD build, a DC2 Integra Type R. "The motor was being built in a Houston shop and the owner sold it for his personal legal issues with no paper trail between us. I lost it all, " mentions Moncada. After that, he decided it was time to take a break.

When Moncada decided to start a new build after his Honda incident, he was looking into a couple vehicles. "My co-worker was selling his Lexus IS300, and after looking into it and the aftermarket support, I knew it was the right decision!" At the time, Moncada had 7 years experience working on all cars, and the Lexus/Toyota platform had always caught his eye. "With the VIP scene growing, I knew I wanted to build a car that was influenced by that look."

Owner: Roy Moncada
Location: Austin, TX
Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS300
Horsepower: 220
Club: n/a

SOCIAL:
Facebook: Roy Moncada
Instagram: @rararoy

Written by Randi Bentia.
Photography by Danny Batista.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
Custom intake

EXHAUST
Custom Borla exhaust

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WHEELS & TIRES
Avant Garde Mesh wheels - 18x10 (f), 18x12 (r)
Falken Azenis tires - 245/40/18 (f), 275/35/18 (r)

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Air Lift Performance

BRAKES
Adams rotors 

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EXTERIOR
Custom vented metal hood
Custom wide body metal flares
Custom canards
Vertex front bumper, shaved and widened
Charge Speed rear bumper with R35 diffuser incorporated and molded
Shaved trunk, roof, fenders, hood, and all side moldings
Custom vented side skirts 
JDM altezza grill
Tri-stage custom red with high gold flake, black metallic roof

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LIGHTING
Smoke LED tail lamps
JDM altezza headlights retrofitted with Jeep Cree setup, highs and lows

INTERIOR
Completely custom diamond stitched seats,  two tone wrapped in black leather and suede
Wrapped dash in suede
Custom door panels
NRG hub & flip latch
Grip Royal custom painted steering wheel 
Diamond stitched floor mats
Custom houndstooth headliner & pillars

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AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA
Pioneer head-unit and speakers

COMPETITION EVENTS, CLASSES & AWARDS
Hot Import Nights
Cupcake Meet
Wekfest: Texas
Stancenation

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FAVORITE MODIFICATION
"Custom hood - it took hour of time to perfect."

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS
Motor swap

SPONSORS
Falken Tire, Air Lift Performance 

SHOPS & MECHANICS
Rararoy

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