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Old 10-22-18, 10:50 AM
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hey guys, I'm a relatively new LC owner here. Have a long history with Lexus and but this is a special car. Unfortunately winter is around the corner and looking at options for tires.

Wondering, those that drive their LC's during the winter, what tires are you using? Read in a few places Pirelli Scorpion winter's work in our size though they seems to be designed for SUV's.

Also, for TPMS, I've heard they're a headache (need to be reprogrammed every time you switch tires). Friend recommended I just deal with the dash warning during the winter and avoid hassle of reprogramming. If I don't reprogram, will the summer tires automatically work 4 months later without error? They'll be in storage since i'm using a second set of rims for my snows.

Appreciate the advice, look forward to contributing to the board.

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From what I've seen on TireRack - the Pirelli Scorpion tire is the only winter-rated tire available in the LC stock size - and that's only for the 20" rims. If you have 21" rims - there are no viable options (summer-use tires only). And - the 20" Scorpion is not a run-flat tire, so you need to consider how you want to deal with potential tire damage while on the road (spare, jack & tools, tire sealant, etc). Clearly not the best winter vehicle.

Good TPMS question - not sure how long the the system will remember the programmed settings. I know they will automatically recognize the original sensors after a few days of being off the car (since I've done that several times), but not sure about 4 months. My guess is - the system will always remember the last programmed IDs, but it might be worth asking a Lexus service manager. You will get annoying notifications about the TPMS system error - if you have the Lexus app installed.

If you're gonna have the tires swapped onto the same rims each time, your sensors will of course still work. If you're getting a complete tire/rim winter setup, there are after-market companies that make cloneable sensors - so you can conceivably have a duplicate set of sensors with the same IDs. But do some research first... I've heard the after-market cloneable sensors sometimes have issues, like short battery life, and other flakiness.
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Leaning towards the route of a tire sealant as a backup to lexus roadside (saved me twice on my last car). Any recommendations on a good sealant?

Yes, I purchased a set of the 20in OEMs plan on swapping each year. Hoping the tpms error notification won't be super annoying (will delete the lexus app as I don't use it anyways). Appreciate the advice uchujin!
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Does the LC 500 support 2 sets of TPMS sensors like earlier Lexus models?

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Does the LC 500 support 2 sets of TPMS sensors like earlier Lexus models?

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I heard from my service manager that Lexus/Toyota did away with that capability several years ago. I guess there used to be a button behind the glove box or under the dash somewhere to switch between 2 sets. I wish they still had this capability - seems so useful to me. The story that got relayed to me is - too many service calls from people not using it properly, and also not enough demand to justify the cost.

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I would never use the LC in the snow, but that's my opinion. The car sits pretty low, not as low as my GT3, but too low to drive in the snow. That's why I have an SUV.
Let us know how it works for you.

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I would never use the LC in the snow, but that's my opinion. The car sits pretty low, not as low as my GT3, but too low to drive in the snow. That's why I have an SUV.
Let us know how it works for you.

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That certainly would be my tact. I don't even drive my ISF in the rain. That's what my truck is for

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Not planning on intentionally driving it in the snow. I do plan on driving it in through the winter as it's my daily. Dedicated winter/snow tires are for below freezing temps and unexpected light snow till I can get my way back home.
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^^^^The summer tires mounted OEM, are also temp sensitive:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...181024055231:s

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Hello folks! Been pondering purchase of an LC myself and live in the wintry climate of Boston. I also may drive it through the winter season but not intentionally through snowstorms like chiroppa. When I had my GX, I used an ATEQ Quickset to swap between factory original TPMS rims and aftermarket winter TPMS rims; wonder if it would work with the LC also:

https://www.ateq-tpms.com/en-us/prod...ms-reset-tool/

*UPDATE*: Seems the LC is listed as a supported model
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Originally Posted by HiroY View Post
Hello folks! Been pondering purchase of an LC myself and live in the wintry climate of Boston. I also may drive it through the winter season but not intentionally through snowstorms like chiroppa. When I had my GX, I used an ATEQ Quickset to swap between factory original TPMS rims and aftermarket winter TPMS rims; wonder if it would work with the LC also:

https://www.ateq-tpms.com/en-us/prod...ms-reset-tool/

*UPDATE*: Seems the LC is listed as a supported model
That's a fantastic item. I'd also like to know if it works for the LC. BTW Hiro, I'm also in MA. In the Japanese LC brochure I have, the LC was tested in the harshest of winter conditions, so technically it can handle the weather. For me though - the LC is a work of art, and I don't even drive it in the rain. LOL. Just watch out for our terrible winter potholes. I blew out a sidewall on a manhole-pothole on my first day back on the road in May.
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Originally Posted by HiroY View Post
Hello folks! Been pondering purchase of an LC myself and live in the wintry climate of Boston. I also may drive it through the winter season but not intentionally through snowstorms like chiroppa. When I had my GX, I used an ATEQ Quickset to swap between factory original TPMS rims and aftermarket winter TPMS rims; wonder if it would work with the LC also:

https://www.ateq-tpms.com/en-us/prod...ms-reset-tool/

*UPDATE*: Seems the LC is listed as a supported model
Interesting.. Which aftermarket TPMS did you use? any issues so far using the kit you posted?
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I'm getting ready to switch back to my factory rims, which I installed all season tires on. The Ateq tool is interesting.
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Hello Uchujin, nice to officially meet you here! Go Sox! I have seen some of your other great posts in my time here the last couple months researching the car. I saw you purchased yours from Ira? I stopped by and saw a white/tan one at their Danvers location a few weeks ago; stunning! I may stop by Northborough if the weather cooperates this weekend and see about test driving a used one they have there, although I know that will probably become the kiss of death to my wallet as soon as I test drive one. I hear you on not driving even in the rain because I have done the same with all my toy cars over the years; This would be the first to drive year round. I guess I'm getting old and tired of not enjoying the cars for like half the year in winter storage and then only driving on the few sunny days around here. I really need to just move to AZ so that I don't have to worry about the stupid New England weather!

Hi Chiroppa, as stated, this was on my 2014 GX (I don't have an LC (yet at least)). I bought the winter tires/rims/TPMS as a winter package from TireRack, so not sure exactly what TPMS brand they were. At any rate, the ATEQ worked great! If I recall correctly (this was quite a few years ago), I had to set it all up using their app on my laptop and loading/saving the IDs. I believe there is a good YouTube video of how to initially set it all up, but once its set, its simple as just plugging the unit into the car after mounting the summer vs winter set of wheels and then pressing the summer or winter button on the ATEQ to load those appropriate TPMS IDs into the car. According to the ATEQ website, the LC is listed so I assume it would work just fine; I guess you could contact and ask them to be sure. I assume Toyota/Lexus uses the same TPMS setup across most models.
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Originally Posted by HiroY View Post
Hello Uchujin, nice to officially meet you here! Go Sox! I have seen some of your other great posts in my time here the last couple months researching the car. I saw you purchased yours from Ira? I stopped by and saw a white/tan one at their Danvers location a few weeks ago; stunning! I may stop by Northborough if the weather cooperates this weekend and see about test driving a used one they have there, although I know that will probably become the kiss of death to my wallet as soon as I test drive one. I hear you on not driving even in the rain because I have done the same with all my toy cars over the years; This would be the first to drive year round. I guess I'm getting old and tired of not enjoying the cars for like half the year in winter storage and then only driving on the few sunny days around here. I really need to just move to AZ so that I don't have to worry about the stupid New England weather!
I'm with ya on the weather. Got my sights set on HI after retirement (could you tell by my plate?!). This is my first "toy" car in many years, so I haven't gotten over the OCD treatment yet. She gets stored on Flatstoppers (on the OEM wheels/tires) from Nov to Apr, with the occasional roll-out on dry Winter days. The Vossen setup will go back on in Spring. It is admittedly silly to own such a car and not drive it half the year. But I just couldn't resist owning this beauty and I've got other things to deal with while it hibernates. Go Sox!

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