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★ 2GS FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and DIY Thread ★

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Here are a few Frequently Asked (and answered) Questions regarding the Second Generation GS Simply click on the underlined links to be taken to another post with more details.

Section One - Forum rules and general navigation

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The 2nd Gen GS forum has historically been the most active on Club Lexus, and there are over thirteen years of very detailed posts that have quite a bit of information you should look through before posting a question. This FAQ tries to capture the most common, but please search before posting. We're writing a new 'how to' on advanced search but you can get the idea in this post (click here).

Section Two - Selecting the right 2nd generation GS for you
Many have asked me. What do you think of the GS 400 vs GS 430?? My analysis.
Lexus Vehicles Classifieds

Section Three -NEW 2GS owners registration and welcome!

2GS Member Map
Re-establishing a sense of community in the 2Gen GS forum

Section Four - DIY Tips and Tricks

Brakes / ABS / VSC
ABS Sensor Fix
Brake caliper painting
Brake Fluid Flush and Bleeding
Brake Line Installation - Stainless Steel
Brake Pad replacement - Front
Brake Pad replacement - Rear
Brake Rotor replacement - Front
Brake Rotor replacement - Rear
Rear brakes grinding noise repair
Brakes making buzzing sound - replace your accumulator
Supra TT brake caliper and rotor upgrade

Steering and Suspension
Caster Arm Bushing - Daizen Bushing
Body Roll Fix - Daizen polyurethane sway bushings
Lower Ball Joint replacement #1
Lower Ball Joint replacement #2
Replace front wheel bearings (video)
Rear Lower brace install
Spring replacement
Spring / Strut reference thread
Steering rack bushing replacement
Strut / Adjustable Coilover Installation
Suspension installation - L Tuned
Sway bar install - TRD

Header install
Sound Clip Collection

DTC / CEL (Diagnostic Trouble Code / Check Engine Lamp) Code List
02 Sensor Replacement GS300; sensor Bank 1 sensor 2 code PO141
AC Compressor, Condenser, and Drier
AC Evaporator
AFC Neo install
Air filter replacement GS400 GS430
Air Intake for GS300
Alternator replacement
Ambient Air Temperature Sensor Replacement
Charcoal Canister replacement GS430
Fuel Filter #1
Fuel Filter #2
Head Gasket replacement
MAF (Mass Airt Flow) Sensor Cleaning #1
MAF (Mass Airt Flow) Sensor Cleaning #2
MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor -CRC Cleaner Information
O2 Sensor Locations
O2 Sensor Replacement
Power Steering filter install #1
Power Steering filter install #2
Power Steering fluid flush #1
Power Steering fluid flush #2
Power Steering fluid flush #3
Serpentine belt replacement GS400 GS430
Spark Plug replacement GS 300 #1
Spark Plug replacement GS 300 #2
Spark plug replacement GS 400
SRT intake ECU wiring diagram
Starter replacement GS400
Starter replacement GS300
Steering Tensioner Adjustment (Vibration @ 60 MPH)
Throttle Body coolant bypass
Timing belt replacement - GS400
Timing belt replacement - GS300
Timing belt replacement - Repair Manual Scans (mkiv.com)
Timing Belt Replacement Video - V8 2UZ-FE / 3UZ-FE
Turbo - Custom methanol installation
Turbo - Fuel system upgrade; fuel return line
Turbo - GS300 System install
Valve Stem Seal Replacement Guide

Transmission cooler installation #1
Transmission cooler installation #2
Transmission fluid flush
Valve body modification

Differential Fluid Change
Differential replacement / swap
LSD (Limited Slip Differential) installation
Audio & Gadgets
Amp Cooling Fan Replacement
Aux Input #1
Aux Input #2
Bluetooth Handsfree Kit installation #1
Bluetooth Handsfree Kit installation #2
Headrest monitor installation
Navigation - Non-nav to nav retrofit
Navigation - Generation 3 to Generation 4 Upgrade
Navigation - Override and Video Input
Radar Detector hardwired installation
Radio installation - Aftermarket (Factory Pioneer) #1
Radio installation - Aftermarket (Factory Pioneer) #2
Radio installation - Aftermarket (Factory Unspecified non-nav) #3
Radio installation - Avic D3 (Factory Pioneer; text only)
Radio installation - Nexus 7
Radio Removal - Factory
Radio Repair Information - Factory
Radio settings - Factory
Rear view mirror - Compass Upgrade
Speaker replacement - 4 inch.
Subwoofer Fiberglass trunk enclosure
Subwoofer Infinite Baffle (free-air) Mounting Ring (dead pictures)
Subwoofer Replacement / Access #1
Subwoofer Replacement / Access #2
Subwoofer Replacement - Aftermarket in factory location #1
Subwoofer Replacement - Aftermarket in factory location #2 (dead pictures)
Volt Meter Installation - Custom next to OEM clock

A/C Servo motors replacement
Dash removal
Cabin filter replacement
Cabin temperature sensor Cleaning/Changing
Door lock actuator repair #1
Door lock actuator repair #2
Door molding replacement - lower
EDFC coin tray install
Headliner & Pillar Removal and Reupholster
Instrument cluster removal
Reducing door wind noise
Seatbelt Removal, Cleaning, & Re-winding
Shifter bezel Chrome ring install
Steering Wheel Removal #1
Steering Wheel Removal #2 - Starts on post #68
Steering Wheel Removal #3
Steering Wheel Telescopic Motor Grease Fix
Sunroof repair - Clicking noise
Sunroof repair - Motor Replacement
Sunroof repair - Rattling
Wind noise repair - missing body plugs
Window button sticking repair
Window Up / Down Issue Troubleshooting (MPX Module Swap)
Re-wrap your 2GS Center Armrest

Lighting (INT)
Center console bulb replacement
Climate control bulb replacement
Dome lighting
Gauge cluster color modification
Radio display color modification #1
Radio display color modification #2
Bumper (front) & Headlight removal with Video - Front #1
Bumper removal (rear)
Clay Bar information and how-to
Door Handle / Chrome Door Handles installation
Fender shave - Rear
Grille paint stripping
Hood Latch cable replacement
L-Tuned side installation
Moonroof / Sunroof Removal
Paint touchup and wet sand how-to
Side Mirrors With Puddle Lights And Turn Signals
Skid plate installation
TTE Lip install

Fog Light - Land Cruiser Dual Fog Light Mod
Headlight / Bumper Removal with Video
Headlight Alignment
Headlight Bulb Replacement – HID
Headlight cleaning
Headlight install - HID
Headlight removal / clear turn signal modification #1
Headlight removal / clear turn signal modification #2
Headlight retrofit - HID
Headlights restoration
HID reference
License plate / Dome light installation - LED
License plate / Dome light installation - CCFL
Side marker install – Clear Aftermarket
Tail light install –Clear
Tail light install –LED
How to get rid of hyperflash after LED upgrade

Wheels & Tires
H&R spacer install
Wheel center cap modification – Lexus caps on non-Lexus wheels
Wheel hub centric rings - G35 wheels to GSXXX

Section Five - Other Resources

General Information and Tips for GS DIY'ers
2GS Aero Parts Fitment Thread
2GS (300/400/430) Classifieds
2GS Forced Induction Registry
Ball Joint Warning
Fiberglass repair
Hidden & Lesser Known 2GS Features
Jack placement
Japanese VIP Aristo Websites
Pay it Forward Spirit Community Thread
Ultimate Turbo Q&A
Wheel Fitment Guide
None available

Picture Collection Threads
Bike Racks
Gas Station
GS by Color - Black Cherry Pearl
GS by Color - Black Onyx
GS by Color - Cinnabar Pearl
GS by Color - Blue - Marlin Pearl, Onyx Pearl & Spectra Mica
GS by Color - Gold - Antique Bronze Mica, Burnished Metallic, & Mystic Metallic
GS by Color - Graphite Gray Pearl
GS by Color - Green - Imperial Jade & Midnight Pine Pearl
GS by Color - Mystic Sea Opalescent
GS by Color - Silver - Alpine Metallic & Millennium Metallic
GS by Color - White -Crystal, Diamond Pearl, & Parchment Crystal
Tail Lights
Rolling Shots
Suspension - Coilovers, Springs, Etc.
VIP - 2GS's
VIP - Tables
Wheels - 18 inch Only
Wheels - 19 inch with "Meaty" Tires
Wheels - 20 inch on slammed 2GS's
Wheels - Aftermarket Wheels Stock Suspension
Wheels - BMW 7-Series Wheels on slammed 2GS
Wheels - Black on Black 2GS's
Wheels - Infiniti M35 / M45 19 inch
Wheels - Non-air Tucked
Wheels - Rays G35 Forged 19 inch
Wheels - Stock Wheels
Wheels - Stock Wheels on slammed 2GS's
Wheels - Varrstoen Brand
Wheels - Work Brand
Window Tint

External Links
2 Car Pros - Auto Repair Q&As
2GS Body Blueprint
Banangs DIY Page
GM LSx Engine Swap
JeffTsai's DIY Video - 2JZ
Lexus Enthusiast 2GS News Archive
Lexus LS DIY's that may apply to GS
Lexus Model Database - specs, options, etc.
SRT high flow intake system with race ECU
ToyotaReference.com - Paint Codes by Year, Factory Brochures, and more
Twin-ground electrode spark plugs - why they are required
Vehicle Bolt Pattern & Offset Reference
VVTi 2JZGTE Facts, differences and conversion information
VVT-i It's All a Matter of Timing
VVTi Oil control valve filter should be inspected at 100,000km service

Section Six - Discovering the rest of Club Lexus

Now that you've explored the 2nd Gen GS forum, we want to make sure you knew about the rest of Club Lexus and took advantage of all it has to offer.

We've created a new classified advertisement forum specific for the 2GS CLICK HERE and a gallery to host your 2GS images CLICK HERE Free of charge!

We have a dedicated Automotive Care & Detailing forum that is for discussions on washing, waxing, polishing, detailing, cleaning and maintaining the the beauty of your new Lexus (click here). This forum is moderated by two professional detailers.

Our Vendor Marketplace is the place to find group buys and great deals from ClubLexus' supporting vendors (click here).

The Wheels & Tires Forum is where you can ask all sorts of questions about aftermarket rim and tire combos (click here ).

If you want to shoot the breeze about SOB (some other brand) of vehicle, try Car Chat (click here) or ask about something else in life try the ClubHouse (click here)

We have many local meets for Lexus enthusiasts, check out the forum for your area (click here)

and this is just a start.... I wanted to make sure you took some time to poke around and discover the other areas of the forum that can enhance your Lexus ownership experience. Welcome to our community!

THANK YOU to all the Club Lexus moderators and members that contributed to this FAQ and the linked content! If you have suggestions to add to the list, please pm Debonair or DaveGS4. This list is intended to be a living document so please nominate posts you think will be useful to new and existing members alike.

Last edited by Debonair; 03-15-19 at 01:57 PM.
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