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Kyle Harty: 1999 Lexus GS400

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Kyle Harty loved the second generation Lexus GS when it surfaced in the lots and eventually on the streets. At first, the GS was out of Harty's budget, but fast forward to his mid-twenties and we find Harty in his very own 1999 Lexus GS400. "I found this one in 2008 and started with basic mods," mentions Harty, "it's evolved over time into the current VIP-style build inspired by many of the 2GS OG builds." The fender work and paint were installed professionally but Harty's involvement in the build, including fabrication, is quite extensive. He also quite enjoys all the work. "I like seeing people's reactions when the spot the fiber-optic headliner. They haven't seen anything like it before and enjoy it!"

Owner: Kyle Harty
Location: Kenyon, Minnesota
Vehicle: 1999 Lexus GS400
Horsepower: 350 (estimated)
Club: n/a

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Facebook: Kyle Harty
Instagram: @kylejharty

Written by Randi Bentia.
Photography by Wesley Scott, Denut-L.

Kyle Harty 1999 Lexus GS400 TBGLIVE2

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

  • Stiegemeier ported EatonM112 supercharger
  • Smoothflow Pulleys 3.2-inch pulley
  • Modified Bullet Cars manifold
  • 330cc injectors
  • 1000cc 9th injector
  • IS300 aluminum radiator
  • Custom engine covers
  • Hand polished SC case and engine components

Kyle Harty 1999 Lexus GS400 TBGLIVE3

EXHAUST

  • Magnaflow mufflers
  • Custom X-pipe
  • Resonators deleted

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS

  • Split Second Enricher module
  • AEM wideband and boost gauges

DRIVETRAIN

  • B&M transmission cooler
  • 3.92 rear differential

Kyle Harty 1999 Lexus GS400 TBGLIVE6

WHEELS & TIRES

  • Leon Hardiritt Superstar Orden wheels - 19x11 (f), 19x12 +7 (r)
  • Achilles ATR Sport tires - 245/35/19 (f), 275/30/19 (r)
  • Custom center caps
  • 10mm front spacers

BRAKES

  • Rotora 4-piston calipers
  • 355mm front rotors
  • 330mm rear rotors

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

  • Accuair E-level management
  • UAS bags on Megan LP coils
  • Dual VIAIR 444c compressors
  • Dual 3 gallon tanks
  • Serial999 Oni front upper control arms
  • Megan Racing away bars
  • TRD front lower chassis brace
  • Truhart rear toe arms

Kyle Harty 1999 Lexus GS400 TBGLIVE10

EXTERIOR

  • One-off widened metal fenders
  • L-Sportline front bumper
  • L-Tuned side skirts
  • L-Sportline rear bumper
  • Junction Produce billet grill
  • Silk Blaze trunk spoiler
  • Roof spoiler
  • JDM Toyota window visors
  • JDM Toyota chrome trunk bar
  • LED side mirrors
  • Wide angle LED mirror glass
  • 35% window tint

LIGHTING

  • LS460 projector retrofit
  • Sti-R clear lenses with custom etching
  • Morimoto Mini H1 high beam projectors
  • One-off quad projector fogs
  • JDM Acrylic LED taillights
  • One-off LED 3rd brake light
  • Luxious Automotive custom chasing LED door sills
  • Puddle lights
  • Fiber-optic starlight headliner
  • Infinity mirrors and LED accents in trunk
  • XKGlow LED controller

Kyle Harty 1999 Lexus GS400 TBGLIVE8

INTERIOR

  • Full black interior swap
  • Clazzio diamond stitch seat covers
  • Diamond stitch door cards
  • Black suede headliner and pillars
  • One-off rear deck cover
  • Handmade walnut tray tables and rear console
  • Wood steering wheel and ashtray
  • IS350 paddle shifters
  • SC430 wood shift knob
  • One-off plush floor mats
  • Rear console working humidor
  • Junction Produce curtains

AUDIO & MOBILE ELECTRONICS

  • Kenwood DDX-719 head unit
  • 1999 US Amps Xterminator 400x
  • US Amps Merlin MD3D
  • CDT Audio HD-642 3 way components
  • 2005 RE Audio XXX 12-inch sub
  • Kinetik HC-1800 battery
  • Stinger HPM terminals and wiring

FAVORITE MODIFICATION

"The supercharger. It's a one-off setup and I spent countless hours polishing it by hand, plus it's fun having a little extra performance one in a while."

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS

"The interior and trunk will have a new look by HIN Minneapolis." 

SHOPS/MECHANICS

  • Metal in Motion Bodyworks
  • Randy's Paint & Collision
  • Budget Auto Repair
  • Ian Brooks

Kyle Harty 1999 Lexus GS400 TBGLIVE9