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Old 04-09-19, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by YannG View Post
I was very careful in selecting an item from a UCF31 (2004 - 2006 Toyota Celsior/Lexus LS) and not from the earlier model UCF3 (2000 - 2003 Toyota Celsior/Lexus LS).

Anyways im not too worried as I got a new surround.I may import another one later on as it cost less than $40.
UCF31 means only that the car has an air suspension. UCF30 is without an air suspension. I have JDM celsior 2000 year model and it's UCF31.

But like you say new surround less than $40 is
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Old 04-09-19, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by CelsiorFin View Post
UCF31 means only that the car has an air suspension. UCF30 is without an air suspension. I have JDM celsior 2000 year model and it's UCF31.

But like you say new surround less than $40 is
Gotcha - Thanks for clarifying that...I genuinely thought the UCF30 was the equivalent to the earlier model LS430 and the UCF31 was the facelift version of the LS430.

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Originally Posted by YannG View Post
Gotcha - Thanks for clarifying that...I genuinely thought the UCF30 was the equivalent to the earlier model LS430 and the UCF31 was the facelift version of the LS430.

thanks
That's what I always thought too!

Hey quick question how are you ordering from YAJ? Using a third party site or just letting Google translate the page?
I've seen some interesting stuff on there now and then but unsure how to actually get it shipped to the us...
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Old 04-10-19, 07:01 AM
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Hey quick question how are you ordering from YAJ? Using a third party site or just letting Google translate the page?
I've seen some interesting stuff on there now and then but unsure how to actually get it shipped to the us...
Buyee is one of the brokers you can use, pretty easy too.
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Old 04-10-19, 09:27 AM
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Buyee is one of the brokers you can use, pretty easy too.
I check that Buyee and there is interesting stuff but problem is postage fees because in many items page says that "This item may require use of the Special Packaging Service and/or Oversized Package Shipping Service" so how can I ensure how much is postage?
Off course postages for e.g. car bumber can be very high but that Buyee page display that "This item may require use of the Special Packaging Service and/or Oversized Package Shipping Service" text also even parts like celsior trash can -> https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/d350253338
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Originally Posted by CelsiorFin View Post
Off course postages for e.g. car bumber can be very high but that Buyee page display that "This item may require use of the Special Packaging Service and/or Oversized Package Shipping Service" text also even parts like celsior trash can -> https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/d350253338
Bingo, this is exactly why I was asking...!
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Old 04-10-19, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Ellesse View Post
That's what I always thought too!

Hey quick question how are you ordering from YAJ? Using a third party site or just letting Google translate the page?
I've seen some interesting stuff on there now and then but unsure how to actually get it shipped to the us...
Hey Ellesse, I just sent you a pm
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Old 04-23-19, 07:08 AM
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Hello,

No real update, been driving the car and enjoying this gorgeous weather here in Georgia.

Little photoshop of what I hope to achieve very very soon...



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Old 05-06-19, 12:45 PM
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Default LS430 - Maintenance work

Hello All,

Another quick update - I attempted to work on the car this weekend, however ran into a very "unfortunate" issue, let me explain:

Saturday :

The plan was to finally fit the Air Lift Performance suspension struts, but as I attempted to take off the driver side front wheel this happened:



The locking wheel nut and key both broke! Funnily enough, I had good year refit/seal that exact tire about a month ago, perhaps they way overtightened the wheel and therefore left me stranded and unable to continue working on the car...(remember this is my daily...)

I took the car to Goodyear, but they were unable to help me and said I should go to the dealer. Fast forward 45mins/1hr I end up at Roswell Lexus, I explain the situtation and was told to wait in the lounge until further notice. After a 1hr30 a Lexus representative comes up to me saying they will need to drill the shattered locking wheel nut and the stud itself.

I was told to come back at the end of the day and took the complimentary rental car for the afternoon, granted it wasnt a newer LS or the LC it was still relatively fun to drive something very different to the LS.



The NX was fine, not much feedback in the steering wheel, power was dull...overall not a car I would buy, but fun to drive for free!

I went back to Lexus at 4:30 and picked up the car after asking them to do an oil change (they had a deal going on for less than $40), do my emissions along with a free complimentary car wash. I basically ended up doing no work at all on the car, spending most of my day at the Lexus Dealership and having to pay way too much money to have a stud/locking wheel nut drilled out + new stud fitted.

Sunday :

I decided to work on other things that needed to be done to the car, started off by removing the rear seats to access the sub:







unbolted the sub from the car:



As you can clearly see the sub had seen better days...



I bought re-foaming kit online and decided to give it a go:





I also decided to clean the SMOG sensor as I dont think it had ever been looked at.





As i thought, it was very dirty:



I cleaned the filter and casing the best I could and refit it:



Last but not least, a couple pictures of her and clean and waxed...







As always, all comments welcomed

Thanks,
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Lookin good! What did you clean the smog sensor with?
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Old 05-08-19, 06:23 AM
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Lookin good! What did you clean the smog sensor with?
I blew some compressed air on it...

I would have liked to clean it better, however that's all I had at the time
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