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1999 Lexus GS300 - Nuthin' But a G Thang

You give Autofashion the right stage and they're going to perform magic

Jonathan Wong
Jul 5, 2018
Photographer: Rodrez

Old habits are hard to break. If you've done one thing a specific way most of your life, chances are you're going to do it that same way no matter what. The best car builders should know this, and when you abide by high-quality and detailed craftsmanship, nothing but putting your best foot forward will do. We define Autofashion USA as one of the world's best when it comes to car customization, and the company has proven the point time and time again with builds that break necks from the SEMA Show to local SoCal car shows. Its latest creation for customer JC Williams is just another notch on the proverbial belt, showcasing Autofashion's ability to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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The story of this GS project actually begins with Autofashion's own Freddie Fernandez. Before selling it to JC, Freddie lowered and put some wheels on it, and upgraded the stereo for daily driving; other than that, it was stock. Once in JC's hands, it quickly went down the road of no return. "I immediately added air [suspension]," he says. "I'm getting too old for static, and no offense to those who ride static because I drove like that for years, but my kidneys hurt from doing so." Even after a new set of wheels and adding an Aimgain kit with a full respray, it still seemed "blah" to JC. "Freddie likes to push the envelope, so he asked me how I felt about Mode Parfume. The build just escalated into something else from that point on."

After bouncing a few ideas back and forth, JC decided to let Freddie run wild with his own. "Freddie has a gift in that he can take anyone's idea to another level that you never would have imagined on your own," he says. "He sees things differently, like Dre did with Eminem, or Steve Jobs and Apple. His passion can be compared to that of Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter. It might've been my original idea, but [Freddie] did it completely in Autofashion style."

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Freddie's vision for JC's GS involved changing its style completely, so the body was fitted with a Mode Parfume GaMu kit, then resprayed again in a gray color. A KAZ-SUS (short for Kazusasu) air suspension was also added, providing even more of a drop plus damping adjustment for ride comfort. Inside is where you'll find JC's favorite mods: the seats. "Despite the endless jokes about PETA coming after me for those, they almost make me want to fall asleep while driving," he jokingly says.

Power may not be the end goal when seeing it cruise around would be fun enough, but that didn't stop Autofashion from giving it a boost anyway. A Procharger supercharger helps to deliver an instantaneous kick, with other power-adders including Toyomoto headers and a Mode Parfume exhaust. "It might've been easier or more common to go with a turbo setup, as I'm a boost fanatic," JC says. "But if I did that, then I'd be racing the car more than enjoying it, which in all likelihood still might happen."

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After seeing JC's GS making the rounds on the show circuit, we aren't shocked that Autofashion can continue to surprise us with whatever tricks it has up its sleeves, and the company always has us looking out for more.

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1999 Lexus GS300 - Nuthin' But a G Thang
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Owner: JC Williams
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Pharmacy tech
Engine: 3.0L 2JZ-GTE with Procharger supercharger; Koyorad radiator; HKS blow-off valve and cam gears; Autofashion USA intercooler system and downpipe; Toyomoto headers; Mode Parfume USA exhaust
Footwork & Chassis: KAZ-SUS air suspension; Daizen antisway bars; SPC/Ikeya Formula alignment kit; TRD front and rear lower braces; Cusco front and rear strut bars
Brakes: Project Mu six-piston front, four-piston rear calipers, rotors and pads
Wheels & Tires: 19x9.5" front, 19x10.5" rear Work Meister S1 wheels; 225/35R19 front, 235/35R19 Falken FK452 tires
Exterior: Mode Parfume GaMu aero kit; paint and bodywork by Buddha Concepts
Interior: Defi boost and EGT gauges; Garson seats, steering wheel, shift knob and pedals
Thanks: "Autofashion USA for always being family, not just a shop; Buddha Concepts for raising the bar with customization and your endless jokes; Mode Parfume USA, Falken Tire and EVOL Racing."

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