I'm looking to do something cleaner with the Elevel rocker, in a recessed pocket on the panel but for now, the $12 Scosche trim panel with that ugly rocker hanging off the front will have to do... The little button above is for my electric tank purge. I should note, the Scosche dash kit is a much closer finish to the stock trim and AC controls than the Metra dash kit, but it needed a fair amount of trimming to allow my deck to sit flush with the face. not a big deal it took me 10mins with a dremel to clean it up.
Looks great! Makes my wheel looks like a spare donut...
How the heck do you fit that spec on stock fenders?
Does the pre facelift LS have that much more room over post face lift model? Or you mean they are still rolled or shaved but just not pulled/modified?
I am still resisting on getting rid of my stock useless Japanese navi set up for a double DIN but it is getting harder and harder with advancement of smart phone connection capability with the newer double DIN decks....
Have you considered hiding the rocker & purge button in the flip lid ashtray? That's where I installed my pressure gauge and it worked out great to keep it clean.
Thats where they currently are but the harness on the rocker does not lend it self well to flexing back and forth, so the ashtray has to stay open 24/7/365. The current dash kit is just temporary, with how cheap these kits are I'm more than happy buying and cutting up a bunch to play around with. Plus with the Scosche cask kits, everything a 1/4" away from the deck face is open void space in behind so why not use that blank canvas for something... My car is a rebuilt $3000 POS, so it's not like I'm really going for a true VIP look or trying to "kill tha game!"
As far as the wheels and fitment goes, there is a buttload of room in these cars. when i say stock i just mean not radius and flared. I will probably just have to shave the lip off the fenders but I doubt i will need to roll or pull much.
IMHO, the mistake most people make is going with negative offsets when trying to go wide and then have to camber the hell out of the wheels to get them to fit. There is a ton of room in the insides of these cars, I'm pretty sure I could stuff 13s or even 13.5s under the fenders if I wanted to re-barrel the wheels as well. But this is just a place holder car and these wheels will likely get converted to 20" steps for my next car, so I don't want to go too crazy with the fitment only to have parts nobody will buy. my goal with this car was to amass as many quality parts than i could gut it and transfer over to my neck car with minimal loss.
A big reason why this seems so crazy to stuff such wide wheels under stock fenders is thats not the "thing" or style. Everyone is chasing that Onikyan look, with big lips and crazy camber, but to do that you need really low offsets that are deep into the negatives. I don't mind camber and all, but anything more than -8 to -10º aired out looks a little silly to me.... and even then, I'd personally prefer to stay under -8º if at all possible with this setup.
you already know you have inspired me to maximize the inner clearance to get the widest wheel possible under stock (or relatively stock) fenders with no pull. i can't wait for your new setup!
what saddens me is the news that you will probably move on to a better chassis in the future, but i know you will excel in that just as you did here with your so-called $3k POS lol!
I'll be with this car for a few more years, so it's not like I'm jumping ship right away...
Besides, with the prices of the LS430 and 460s coming down so much, it'll only be a matter of years before you'll be driving one of those with me buddy!