Notices
Build Threads Details on Club Lexus LS400 owner vehicles

First foray into LexusWorld, UCF21 build

 
Old 09-19-14, 12:24 AM
  #61  
UseeF20
Driver School Candidate
 
UseeF20's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: ca
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Whats your username! Haha
UseeF20 is offline  
Old 10-12-14, 06:34 AM
  #62  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Got tired of my tires rubbing on my fenders so I decided to ramp up my spring rates. As I've said before I have 14/10 now, decided to buy a set of 1000# (~18k) front springs and move my fronts to the rear for a final rate of 18/14k. Also the rear spring would be going from 220mm to 200mm so I was hoping that would reduce the amount I had to lower the rear perch below zero preload to get the ride height I wanted.

Originally I was gonna order some Eibach ERS springs but after some research decided to go with a pair of Hypercoils. They're a pretty respected brand and if its good enough for Indy cars I'm pretty sure the Lexus could handle it (http://www.hypercoils.com/).

Here is a pic of the difference between the stock BC (left) and Hypercoil (right) spring, as you can see they wind their springs with less coils much like the Swifts. Thats one of the reasons I went with them over the Eibachs, also they were $30 cheaper



The height diff between 200mm and 8" is minuscule as shown by this pic so if you ever need to replace BC/Megan/whatever you can do it without having to get their subpar springs or shelling out big bucks for super JDM Swift springs (ID will be 2.5").



Taking apart the coilover wasn't difficult either since they maybe only had a couple thousand miles on them. Now if I were to just do the spring swap I would've been done in no time but heck since they're out might aswell completely take them apart and clean them.



I will say though that even with so few miles I still had issues, the rears on mine were especially dirty which made it hard to take off the lower shock mount b/c of all the crud that had accumulated.



About a month ago I ran 4 AWG power wire to the trunk to hook up my sub and amp. Upon taking my wheel off this greeted me, so that was the slight burning smell every so often



So off to HF I went to get their hydraulic crimper which I'd have to say was the best $40 (with a 20% off coupon of course) I ever spent. Made the job MUCH EASIER and did a fantastic job of crimping the 4 AWG butt connectors I bought.





I also redid my battery fuse, I didn't like the way the one I had just used a set screw to hold the wire on so I bought a bigger one that utilized ring terminals to make it a more solid connection.

For the past 7 months I've been driving without a back seat since I didn't want to put them back in until I installed my system and dampening extenders, well the sub is in so that just left the adjusters!

I sorta guesstimated the height I needed them to be since I couldn't remember how far up the headrests went. Needless to say I can barely remember what happened yesterday let alone 7 months ago. It was pretty easy to cut them, had to use a cut off wheel since the actual cable is steel and the plastic wrapping around it is metal aswell. Just remember that the inner cable needs to be longer than the plastic sheathing.



Not the best pic but you can see how far it sticks out. I installed the seats yesterday and have to say that length was pretty spot on, just about the same height as the headrests if they're down all the way

TMAdash1 is offline  
Old 10-12-14, 06:45 AM
  #63  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Annnd finally some shots of it in its current state:





TMAdash1 is offline  
Old 10-13-14, 06:01 PM
  #64  
Shmee
Lexus Test Driver
iTrader: (3)
 
Shmee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Victoria, BC. Canada
Posts: 1,471
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

What front grill is that, looks similar but different to my BRAVE grill i got from FSP...


car looks great man.
Shmee is offline  
Old 10-13-14, 07:40 PM
  #65  
timmy0tool
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (6)
 
timmy0tool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: 909/626/714, SoCal
Posts: 4,845
Received 116 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

looks great, surprised your power wire actually got frayed first before the tire made contact with that inner seam aka tire guillotine! that means your power wire is actually hanging too low! glad you got it sorted.

how does the car ride with the new springs?
timmy0tool is offline  
Old 10-13-14, 09:04 PM
  #66  
sha4000
Lexus Fanatic
iTrader: (1)
 
sha4000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: N.Y.
Posts: 5,976
Received 123 Likes on 109 Posts
Default

The car looks really good.
sha4000 is offline  
Old 10-14-14, 05:54 PM
  #67  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Shmee View Post
What front grill is that, looks similar but different to my BRAVE grill i got from FSP...

car looks great man.
Thanks, big fan of your car aswell! Didn't get it from FSP, it's just a $15 DIY. Got details on how I did it earlier in the build thread, closer pic: http://i.imgur.com/0qjTJam.jpg

Originally Posted by timmy0tool View Post
looks great, surprised your power wire actually got frayed first before the tire made contact with that inner seam aka tire guillotine! that means your power wire is actually hanging too low! glad you got it sorted.

how does the car ride with the new springs?
I actually had it tucked above the frame horn, no clue how it got knocked down but got it on there more securely now.

The ride isn't too bad its just a little stiffer than before. The car is so big and heavy you'd really have to get super super stiff rates to get a jarring ride like a GTI or civic. It can get a bit bouncy on successive large bumps though, I chalk that up to still having to run < zero preload on the rear and I'm also out of the "safe" range on my shock valving. Pretty sure its mostly the preload cause it seems to be the rear, not that happy with my BC's overall but whatever you live and learn.

Originally Posted by sha4000 View Post
The car looks really good.
Thanks man I really appreciate it!

Last edited by TMAdash1; 10-14-14 at 05:59 PM.
TMAdash1 is offline  
Old 11-22-14, 06:15 AM
  #68  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

I finally decided to take my car to a meet and introduce myself to some people. Had an awesome time, kinda wish I started doing that earlier in the year since now there probably won't be many because of the weather

Some more shots of the car by others, you can tell cause they're actually decent compared to the ones I take.









TMAdash1 is offline  
Old 11-24-14, 11:09 AM
  #69  
timmy0tool
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (6)
 
timmy0tool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: 909/626/714, SoCal
Posts: 4,845
Received 116 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

^ love it! the background really highlights the cars.
timmy0tool is offline  
Old 11-24-14, 11:19 AM
  #70  
Need4Speed
Sponsor
 
Need4Speed's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: CA
Posts: 5,084
Received 46 Likes on 46 Posts
Default

Great write up bro.. good amount of details and pictures in it..
Need4Speed is offline  
Old 12-08-14, 08:09 PM
  #71  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by timmy0tool View Post
^ love it! the background really highlights the cars.


Originally Posted by Need4Speed View Post
Great write up bro.. good amount of details and pictures in it..
Thanks man! I try to set it up as if I were the person reading it, I'm hoping I put enough info that if anyone wanted to do what I did they would have it.

Took a couple pics tonight after throwing on my 17" steelies in the front, maybe its just me but I really like the steelie look....



TMAdash1 is offline  
Old 12-09-14, 11:11 AM
  #72  
lexmoose
Pole Position
 
lexmoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Can
Posts: 217
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default

Originally Posted by TMAdash1 View Post




Thanks man! I try to set it up as if I were the person reading it, I'm hoping I put enough info that if anyone wanted to do what I did they would have it.

Took a couple pics tonight after throwing on my 17" steelies in the front, maybe its just me but I really like the steelie look....



Wait steelies with BBK? Running spacers?

I like the look, but too bad as I already went with the oem wheels for winter.
lexmoose is offline  
Old 12-09-14, 06:32 PM
  #73  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by lchouinard View Post
Wait steelies with BBK? Running spacers?

I like the look, but too bad as I already went with the oem wheels for winter.
Yep they're actually Cragars I got off Summit:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/crr-83-7714

I did have to run 1" spacers though, I was hoping the fact that they were FWD wheels with a +38 et I'd be good but that wasn't the case. Of course in hindsight I didn't even need them since the spacer moved the wheel out so much my stocks cleared my tie rod but, oh well
TMAdash1 is offline  
Old 12-27-14, 05:00 PM
  #74  
TMAdash1
Rookie
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 99
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Sadly, the Lexus has passed onto a new owner. I came across a trade I couldn't refuse and took the car back to stock.

Heres a pic right before I sent her off to her new owner



It was sad getting rid of the car, went through a lot with it in the short 1.5 yrs I had it. It was nice to have a vision for a car and see it fully through. I'll def miss rolling around town in it, never had a car that got so much attention before, the stares were priceless

So what did I trade it for? An 87 GTS (gotta keep it in the Toyota family!!)





I had a mint 85 SR-5 hatch about 6 years ago and always told myself I'd get another but a coupe (personally I like the coupes better). Its in pretty good shape considering its a 27 yr old Corolla, PO kept good care of it. Anxious to start the build with this car and see where it takes me!!

Anyway just wanted to thank anyone whose helped me on this journey, everyone has always been super helpful to me. Eventually I would like to get another LS, who knows maybe sooner then later as my clapped out Camry daily might soon be on its way out
TMAdash1 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: First foray into LexusWorld, UCF21 build


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: