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Old 05-15-18, 05:50 PM
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greetings, my names Ryan, and i have been the owner of a 92 sc400 for about a year now. it has some cosmetic issues, but it's in good overall condition for a 27 year old car with only 92k miles.
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Old 05-17-18, 07:22 AM
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Hello forum,
My name is Michael and i recently bought a 92 SC400. So far i am very eager to see what this car can do. Happy to be part of this forum.
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Old 05-19-18, 11:37 AM
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Default Been here for a while, finally have (another) SC/JZZ30......LONG READ

Hey Guys,

Checking in here from Chicago area. I've been lurking CL for years. This is my 4th Lexus since moving back to the states from Japan (Navy) in 2012. I had 3 JZZ30s there among other cars,


Pretty simple coilovers, seat, 2way lsd, exhaust


Gutted Chuki tails


Avs Model 5 in bronze 17/18


And Defis


This car replaced the Soarer. Had wanted one since Highschool. JZX100 Cresta, Power FC boost up tune, FMIC, 2way LSD,


This car replaced the Cresta which was totalled. All parts from Cresta, plus all multi link, bracing, sway bars, and knuckles.



When I joined CL I mostly posted/lurked mostly in the GRS190 forums to start, because I had this thing.

Left it stock except for hid fog lights . Had to get rid of it due to recalls. In the year I had it, it was at the dealer and drove loaners more than I drove it. Loved the car, hope to have another one day... just not an 06.

Then while I had the 06, I bought these, with the intention on making 1 good car. Didn't happen.


Put wheels and coilovers on the black car and tried to get it running. Spent a bunch of money on maintnence all for the 260K+ motor to seize on me. Then it went to Touge Factory for a 1JZ and MT swap.


The build got way out of hand budget wise, and due to some financial hardships, had to let the car go. Some of you may have seen it. Its in AZ and it looks beautiful. Kelly Killed it.


freshly rebuilt 1J


The pic above is how he received the car..... and below is what he did with it. It's gorgeous.


After some years of getting my affairs in order, I'm ready to play again. I bought this track only car from a guy up in MN. He may be a member on here. I'm not sure. Pics from for sale thread and when I picked it up.







Already been reading my butt of and have lots of plans which include but are not limited to, body work, interior clean up, paint cage, replace dash/center console. I'Il probably go with those aftermarket door cards. This will remain a drift car of course, but also plan to clean it up and make worth to be cruised around and shown off. Thanks for reading. Hope to see the local SC guys soon.
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Old 05-20-18, 02:52 AM
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Smile Hi!

hi everyone,

Iíve been a member for the past week and been trying to figuerout the navigation on the website and get familiar with it so yeah, now Iím here to say hi... HII! =)

my name is ahmad and live in Moreno Valley, CA.

3 weeks ago, I bought an automatic 98 sc300 fully stock with 270k for the purpose of doing a 2jzgte swap.

The cars body is in great shape and engine was running perfect, never been in an accident , but all suspension bushing and struts are toast which I will be replacing all.

Since this is my first build ever, I did a lot of research for the previous 5 month to see where I want to go with this build. With all the intense research for months, seems like when it came down to it I change my plan about 4 times,lol
i planned on doing most of the work myself so i can study and learn everything thats involved with the 2jz swap and be able to do more swaps after a lot easier.

my goal is high 500s.


What I bought for the swap:

2jzgte out of an aristo (need to figure out what year aristo it came out of for wiring purposes, or if they are all the same)
all tuneup parts for engine---seals,spark plugs, belts etc..
R154+slav+master+line with a pressure sensor+speedo gear &VVS+flywheel
AEM Infinity with almost every add on you can get.
e85 kit
fuel rail +returnline
1000cc injectors
fuel pump
stage 3.5 clutch
1 piece driveshaft (have to report dimensions before i get it)
manual pedal kit

things i need to get or arrange/buy/figure out
exhaust
intercooler
oil cooler??
transmission cooler??
traction and transmission wiring and all the good stuff
WIRING F%&ING HARNESS!!!!!!!

you can tell the only thing thats buggin me is the wiring, i still dont know what im going to do with it, iv been trying to get specifics on pinouts for my car and the aristo that i got and exactly what i need to change.
i know a guy that completly ditched the 2jzgte harness and used his original harness on his IS without doing anything other then shortning or extending some wires since the sensor are in different location, im praying that i can do the same with my sc but looking at everyone that did a 2jzgte swap into their sc ,, IDK =(

anyways,, so hello to everyone
thats me and thats the mess im in right now

feel free to shoot any thought or advice my way, weather on the swap im doing or this website as im still learning my way around it
Happy to be a part of this community











































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Old 05-23-18, 07:59 PM
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Whats up my names Fabian. I'm 22, I have a 95 SC300 ive owned it for about 5 years its taken me about 4 to get it to where it is now i love these cars. its dropped on B29 coils. It has Infinity Refrence speakers in the front with kappas in the rear one 12 Rockford Fosegate power p2 sub in the trunk a Kenwood double din stereo. It has OEM skirts and a aftermarket rear lip idk the exact name of it so my bad for that! The car sits on 18" JNC wheels. I've straight piped the car(still has the catalytic converter) so the exhaust tips look different then the stock ones the car has on the pictures i'm going put on here. I'm looking into doing a 2jz-gte with manuel transmission swap so i'm about to spend a lot of time digging threw **** tons of threads and picking at some of the lexus vets brains lol.





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Old 05-28-18, 12:49 AM
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Lexus SC400 '92
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Old 06-06-18, 12:09 PM
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It's so weird to be back on CL again. I joined CL almost 16 years ago and have had way too many cars after I got rid of my 1st gen GS.

Here's a quick pic of my new project

Vehicle: 1992 SC300 (auto)
Suspension: Tein Advance Z
Wheels: Old school Racinghart CR's
Plans: All kinds of fun things

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Old 06-07-18, 12:51 PM
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Default Back in the Lexus game with a 95 5-speed



Hey all! Finally getting around to making a post after putting it off for a little bit...

After months of closely watching searchtempest/craigslist and other car websites, I finally jumped on the opportunity to purchase a factory 5-speed SC300. I hit the search button at just the right time and caught the ad minutes after it got posted. So I greyhounded up to it and drove it on home. She's not perfect, but for 335,000 miles she's in really good running condition. Bought it from a guy who works at a Lexus dealership and knew the original owner since he would bring the car in. The original owner was absolutely religious about maintenance and the carfax showed it, so I had faith in the 2JZ getting me home. The original owner would often drive from the midwest to the east coast to visit family which is likely why the miles went up quick. All of the electronics seem to work properly minus one light in the dash near the 90mph mark on the speedo. Some surface rust here and there on the sides and a dent or two but overall in a relatively clean condition. The A/C was blowing cold until yesterday (luckily this isn't my primary car, that's what the 2011 Speed3 is for) so I'll have to look into that as well as waiting for my new shifter bushing to come in since shifting can be weird.

GOALS
  • 400whp range (that'll probably go up in time, we all have that itch for more)
  • Daily drivability. I love to just cruise and I have a 30 minute commute each way that's all open interstate/country highways perfect for a car like this. Track days are cool, but really I just want something that's street-able and fun to take to C&C on Saturdays.
  • Retain sleeper status. The vast majority of people on the road would never expect a 23 year old Lexus to blow their doors off.
IDEAS

Before I got the car I was fishing around for ideas from different places like here and different subreddits and there's always points made from every side. Some say 1JZ, some say NA-T, others say 2JZ-GTE, CD009 stuff and so on. One thing is for sure is that I want to go fast.

1JZ
This route is definitely the one I have researched the most and seems like it would be a good overall learning experience pulling one engine out and throwing a (relatively) new one in. I've also been leaning towards 1JZ because of the miles on the current 2JZ. However, a Soarer 1JZ (preferably with a tripod R154) in decent shape is getting more difficult to find since I want to try and make it as PnP as possible. Finding an auto and then getting an R154 can also be an option since there are a few reasonably priced tripod R154's near me. CD009 also seems like a strong option since the full collins kit + used CD009 seems to be a good deal when compared to 1JZ + R154 + supporting bits (clutch, drivehaft, etc...). I've heard others say "keep the W58 it'll shift smoother than the truck transmission of an R154" and so on, but if I can't sort out getting it to shift properly with the shifter bushings and looking for leaks then I wouldn't be too keen on keeping it. I don't usually push my cars hard, I like to have my on-ramp fun, highway pulls, and some small street spurts here and there, so I guess a W58 is do-able. However I'm not too sure how a 335k mile W58 will hold up.

Single turbo would be the eventual goal to get too. Holset turbos seem to pair well from I've read and can be very affordable. I was thinking something along the lines of HY35 to hit 400hp or HX35 for more than that. Manifolds I need to research on quality/reliability a little more since I'm not too keen on using any kind of eBay Chinesium parts.

NA-T
Probably my least overall researched idea, but something I'm relatively familiar with since lots of people suggest it and something I would like to read about more. I don't know if lots of people would suggest it on a 335k miles 2JZ though. That could change once I dig around the engine a little more to see how it's holding up.


2JZ-GTE
2JZ-GTE is an option albeit probably the most expensive one (I think) since wiring is probably going to have to be sent off to be done and pairing with a healthy transmission. Also not as well researched but seems to be covered well across different sites.


And that's where I'm at. LS400 brakes, wheels, and other things will also work their way into the car as time goes on and I choose on a direction to go.
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Old 06-09-18, 03:30 PM
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Hey, CL. I got a 1998 SC300 about a week ago with 153,000 miles on her. I believe she's totally stock, and she'll stay that way. It's my first 2-door / sports car, and I'm really enjoying it. I've driven nothing but *big* older, sedans for a while (Cadillac DeVille, Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS, of course). I've got a lot to learn about this car, so I've been slowly crawling through the great info here. Thanks to all for taking the time to build up this library of knowledge. Jody



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Old 06-11-18, 02:12 PM
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Default New SC300 (1998) owner!

howdy, just ditched my 99 mustang cobra for this beaut of a car. Looking forward to playing around with daily driveability and enjoying the RELIability..

150k miles, first modification is the wheels from my mustang. 17" wearing 245/40/17s. Looking forward to opening it up for 400-450RWP as a daily driver.

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Old 06-12-18, 10:22 AM
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Default 95 Sc300

Originally Posted by BLK13X View Post
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hi there my name is sam and i have a 95sc300
i am currently having a problem with timing it was advanced to 32 degrees and so we backed of the distirbutor timing but it is now around 20 degrees but i need to back it off 10 more degrees to pass smog and i am looking for ways to get back those 10 more degrees i need please help me
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Old 06-12-18, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Fozzyb5 View Post
hi there my name is sam and i have a 95sc300
i am currently having a problem with timing it was advanced to 32 degrees and so we backed of the distirbutor timing but it is now around 20 degrees but i need to back it off 10 more degrees to pass smog and i am looking for ways to get back those 10 more degrees i need please help me
Wrong thread my man, this is the welcome thread. Try looking in Performance & Maintenance or just the normal threads.
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Old 06-17-18, 11:04 PM
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Hi, my name is Zach. Iím from Phoenix, Arizona, and my first and current car is black 1998 Sc300. Iíve scoured this forums on FAQ when trying to install a deck and speaker wires and what not. I wish I could fix my car up more but Iím a college student so money is the big issue and the know-how luckily my dad is a car guy and a mechanic for most of his life so I can always ask him questions. Iíll post pics when Iím able to take them. Thank you guys for having this forum exist
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Old 06-19-18, 08:03 AM
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hi been lurking this forum since i got a SC. Heres a picture of mine. new wheels coming soon.





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Old 06-24-18, 04:21 PM
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Default What Is the problem .. 1992 Lexus Sc 400 will start but will not stay running..

Peace this Is Kyontae Bey I am new to the club and I have a 1992 Lexus Sc 400 . One of my sensors has gone bad I need help finding out which one . My mechanic can over today and looked at the car and told me it wasnít my fuel pump , or my cam shaft , we also disconnected the massive air flow sensor and tried to start it to see if it would stay running but it did nothing . Can someone please tell me where I should start before I go and waist money on parts I wouldnít need to replace?? I will receive phone calls also (757)-274-7930 ask for Kyontae.. please contact me immediately.
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