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Forum: ES350 and ES300h (2013+) Today, 07:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 756
Posted By speedkar9
I've got an 05 ES and neither do I. The ES...

I've got an 05 ES and neither do I.

The ES should be a more understated luxurious offering from Lexus, and thus the grille should represent elegance rather than aggression.

Leave the sharp...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 Yesterday, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 313
Posted By speedkar9
Garage door seal front lip and a rear lip spoiler.

Garage door seal front lip and a rear lip spoiler.
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-11-15, 07:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By speedkar9
I did mine around 120K miles. The plugs looked...

I did mine around 120K miles. The plugs looked fine and I didn't get any increase in performance, smoothness or fuel economy.
...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-10-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,371
Posted By speedkar9
DIY: HVAC and Stereo LED Lighting replacement

I changed my radio and HVAC bulb to white LED's. Here's a video of the procedure:

Stereo and HVAC LED Backlighting Upgrade - YouTube

A few photos of the procedure:

First step is to remove...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-10-15, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By speedkar9
Thanks all. The procedure is similar to previous...

Thanks all. The procedure is similar to previous generation ES's and Camry's (with the exception of the folding seat).

That back seat was a bit of a struggle to get up and over the clips. Other...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-09-15, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 219
Posted By speedkar9
I've got the same dimple pattern on both my 05 ES...

I've got the same dimple pattern on both my 05 ES and 99 Solara. Since the tint isn't sticking inside the dimples you can see it from outside, but it doesn't bother me and has been holding up fine...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-09-15, 07:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By speedkar9
You need to start with a buffed clean headlight...

You need to start with a buffed clean headlight in order to put vinyl on top of it to preserve the clean look. It won't magically cover the scratches.
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-09-15, 07:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 147
Posted By speedkar9
DIY: Color Stitching on a Leather Shifter

Here's how to restitch your shifter with a colored thread.

Color Stitching a Leather Shifter - YouTube

A few photos of the process:

Here's what the stock shifter looks like, black leather...
Forum: RX - Second Generation 04-07-15, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By speedkar9
I was considering the RX as a replacement for my...

I was considering the RX as a replacement for my ES.

From the used cars I've seen so far the RX330 might be the better choice long term. I've read the RX350's water pumps go bad and the engine is...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-07-15, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 213
Posted By speedkar9
They changed the springs with one out of a Camry...

They changed the springs with one out of a Camry because it was probably cheaper.

Swap in the old OEM springs and that should restore the ride height.

BTW, new springs take some time to settle.
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-07-15, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By speedkar9
No need to change plugs so young. Those wear more...

No need to change plugs so young. Those wear more with use than time. Its labor intensive on the 4ES because you have to remove the intake. I'd still keep the timing belt job in mind within the next...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-07-15, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By speedkar9
Clear vinyl wrap them like I did mine, they give...

Clear vinyl wrap them like I did mine, they give it a more transparent, cleaner look:

Clear Vinyl Headlight Wrap - YouTube
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-07-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By speedkar9
Keep looking. $5,000 is 4ES money around...

Keep looking.

$5,000 is 4ES money around here. At least that's about what I'd get for mine if I sold it privately.
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-07-15, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By speedkar9
DIY: Rear Strut Replacement

Since your working so close to the side airbags, disconnect the battery as a precaution:

http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh435/speedkar9/IMG_1663.jpg...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-07-15, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By speedkar9
DIY: Rear Strut Replacement

Here's how to replace your rear struts.

Demonstrated here is the procedure for the 2002-2006 Lexus ES300/ ES330.

DIY Video:

Rear Strut Replacement Toyota Lexus - YouTube

A few photos...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 04-05-15, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By speedkar9
Tint it ! As for rims, I personally like the...

Tint it !

As for rims, I personally like the 5 spoke OEM rims that came on newer Camry SE's and Gen 2 Solaras. They're all the same size and bore so don't limit yourself to Lexus ES OEM rims only....
Forum: RX - Fourth Generation 04-01-15, 06:45 PM
Replies: 870
Views: 136,275
Posted By speedkar9
I like the design overall, with the exception of...

I like the design overall, with the exception of the front hang over and gaping F-sport grille. The hybrid grill is much more pleasing.

So to confirm, they took a GS350 2GR-FSE engine and stuffed...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-30-15, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By speedkar9
It is the plenum stay. Was the part just...

It is the plenum stay.

Was the part just sitting in the engine bay loosely? A past mechanic changing the spark plugs or rear valve cover in the must have left it disconnected because the bolts are...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-30-15, 06:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By speedkar9
I'd start with the easy stuff. Disconnect the...

I'd start with the easy stuff. Disconnect the battery for 15 mins or so and get under the seats. Make sure the wiring (usually yellow for airbags) is connected securely, and the terminals are not...
Forum: RX - Second Generation 03-29-15, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By speedkar9
I went to go see 5 more RX's today. 4 out of the...

I went to go see 5 more RX's today. 4 out of the 5 had leaking steering boots, and the 5th was a hybrid with electric power steering.

This must be an extremely common problem on the RX. Does it...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-29-15, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By speedkar9
The grill should just bolt right up in the 7 (or...

The grill should just bolt right up in the 7 (or 9?) bolt holes on the hood.

On the 4th generation the grill has nothing to do with the bumper.
Forum: RX - Second Generation 03-28-15, 07:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By speedkar9
I've got an ES330 and am looking around for an RX...

I've got an ES330 and am looking around for an RX too.

All three of the ones I saw today (06,08 and 09 models) had leaking inner tie rod boots at the steering rack which is a very expensive fix...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-24-15, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By speedkar9
Clean the throttle body and check the tension in...

Clean the throttle body and check the tension in the cable.

Coolant expands as it gets warmer. Check the level when its cold.
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-24-15, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By speedkar9
I actually picked up two Pirelli P7's last week...

I actually picked up two Pirelli P7's last week for my Solara because it was cheaper than the Michelins and got good ratings.

I'm going to bolt them up this weekend and see how they ride.
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-24-15, 06:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,988
Posted By speedkar9
Here's a video DIY on how to change the belts on...

Here's a video DIY on how to change the belts on a 1MZ/3MZ ES engine.

Alternator / Power Steering Belt Replacement Toyota Camry V6 / Lexus ES330 - YouTube
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