1. Welcome to TRD Forums! A community for Toyota, Lexus, and Scion Enthusiasts. To enjoy all the benefits of the site, we invite you to signup.

Pics of my Luxury Toyota

Discussion in 'Lexus' started by Goldy, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Offline

    Irvin Well-Known Member

    Message Count:
    2,361
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    233
    Location:
    San Leandro and M0desto CA
    Vehicles:
    2002 Corolla S / Lexus LF-A / 1991 MR2 V6 / Pokeball
  2. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    NPF?
    Irvin likes this.
  3. Offline

    Irvin Well-Known Member

    Message Count:
    2,361
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    233
    Location:
    San Leandro and M0desto CA
    Vehicles:
    2002 Corolla S / Lexus LF-A / 1991 MR2 V6 / Pokeball

    :okay:
  4. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    lol
    Irvin likes this.
  5. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    I've had an itching to put some LED high beams on my car for a while now. I originally wanted to put them in the head lights instead of the high beams, but couldn't find anything that worked.

    I really liked these from Baja Designs, they seem like the top of the line products, and I liked the 5000k color vs bluer from other sellers.

    http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDetail?ItemNumber=500003

    Bought them on Amazon for a little bit cheaper.

    http://www.amazon.com/Baja-Designs-...F8&qid=1412225535&sr=1-1&keywords=Squadron Xl

    They come with 3 lens options: Wide cornering, Driving, and Spot. I ordered them with the Driving lens installed, which is a combination of the narrow Spot and wider output (you can see the differences on the lenses).

    [IMG]Baja Designs Squadran XL LED Spot Lights by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    This is just the 2 wide LEDs

    [IMG]

    This is the 2 spot LEDs

    [IMG]

    And together, they make a more useable beam than either option alone

    [IMG]

    Both of them together

    [IMG]

    With the stock low beams

    [IMG]

    And with the HID kit in the high beams

    [IMG]

    They definitely seem bright lol, and definitely true to their 5000k color (the high beams are 4300k)

    [IMG]

    So, time to put them on the car somehow.

    I decided to put them behind the upper mesh grille so that as much light would pass through as possible.

    Took apart everything to figure out how I wanted to mount them.

    [IMG]

    Figured that the easiest way was to fabricate some brackets and bolt them to the back of the crash bar... that would be solid lol.

    Simply used some right angle brackets, anchored to the crash bar, and with the LED brackets installed on top.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Painted the brackets black to hide them

    [IMG]

    Installed the LEDs into the brackets

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Bolted the bar back on the car

    [IMG]

    And it was a perfect fit, like I had estimated.

    [IMG]

    Barely touches the condensor

    [IMG]

    Fits behind the support bracket on this side (the brackets aren't symmetrical, I realized after putting the lights on lol)

    [IMG]

    Wired them into the high beams

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Done

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Everything lit up lol

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Just the LEDs alone.... my goodness, these things are massively bright lol

    [IMG]Baja Designs Squadran XL LED Output by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    You can see the combination of the spot and wide beams, and how either one alone wouldn't be very useful. Love it!


    Took some pics in the fog tonight

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    So I guess that's that lol. Yes, they do fit behind the grille perfectly, just enough clearance behind the mesh. I don't have my other 4 high beams hooked up at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how bright it all is when I'm done lol
    Irvin likes this.
  6. Offline

    Bdub215 3VZ; 2JZ

    Message Count:
    669
    Likes Received:
    142
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Location:
    Philadelphia Pa
    Vehicles:
    93 ES300, 92 SC300
    Much light, such bright.


    Sent from my thoughts using Tapatalk
  7. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    Continuing where I left off, the LEDs were bolted up to the car. Here's how they fit behind the grille

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    There is literally 0mm of space in front of and behind the light, they just barely touch the mesh grille and condenser. Couldn't have fit them better!!

    [IMG]

    [IMG]



    And then, continuing my second head light retrofit from where I left off in August, I finally finished them up.

    Got some fresh new LS430 projectors and shrouds, again modified to bixenon (but by a different person this time, did a better job).

    [IMG]


    Bolted the brackets from my first head lights onto the new projectors (took many hours of aiming to get just right)

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Put them on the car for aiming

    [IMG]

    The cutoff is even sharper and has more color than last time!

    [IMG]

    Here's the high beam, just from the bixenon projectors alone (much wider, nicer high beam than the first set)

    [IMG]

    Output of the low beams on the road

    [IMG]

    Trimmed the bezels to fit a little better

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Test fitting

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Next up was to trim the shrouds, just like the first time (very time consuming and stressful, though I cut them even better this time around).

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Glued the shrouds in place

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    And sealed the lenses back on

    [IMG]


    On the car completed!

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    I decided to clean up the high beam HID wiring by trimming out the extra connectors (between the green lines) and soldering the bulbs directly to the ballast. This helped warm-up time and reliability CONSIDERABLY

    [IMG]

    And it eliminated a lot of messy wires behind the head lights. Green dots represent high beam wires, blue arrows are the low beam projector ignitors, red arrows are the high beam projector solenoids, and red dots are the turnsignal/switchback DRL harnesses.

    [IMG]

    Since the car was having trouble running all 6 high beams at once on the stock wires, I ordered this relay harness from theretrofitsource. It powers the high beam HIDs and one of the solenoids directly from the battery, so that only one of the solenoids and the 2 LED pods are on the stock high beam wires. Much more reliable now, and no more flickering.

    [IMG]High Beam HID Wire Harness by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Wiring behind the head lights is crazy lol.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    And that's it for that update, it feels so good to have this second retrofit completed. I love driving with the projectors at night, and the LED spot lights are SO bright, the amount of light overall is impressive. And I just love how it looks.
    TOYROLLA99 and Irvin like this.
  8. Offline

    TOYROLLA99 Kleen 8.125 (According to Mack)

    Message Count:
    1,543
    Likes Received:
    156
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Southern California
    Vehicles:
    1999 Toyota Corolla CE
    I bet you see everthing!
  9. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    You bet I do lol, took it for a spin tonight and my goodness lol
  10. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    Found that my radiator cracked a week ago, managed to catch it before it lost too much fluid though.

    Apparently, this is how they all fail, right in this upper section:

    [IMG]Radiator Is Leaking by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Note all of the stress cracks formed:

    [IMG]Radiator Crack by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Immediately bought a new Denso radiator on Amazon, which arrived in a few days:

    [IMG]New Denso Radiator by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    As well as Toyota Red Coolant and distilled water to create a new 50/50 mixture to refill the system:

    [IMG]Distilled Water + Antifreeze by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Having never messed with a radiator before, this project was yet another new experience for me. However, it was easy.

    Drained the coolant and trans fluid out the bottom:

    [IMG]Old Coolant & Trans Fluid by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Radiator removed:

    [IMG]Radiator Removed by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Old vs new:

    [IMG]New vs Old Radiator by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Swapped the fans and a sensor over:

    [IMG]Fan Assembly Swapped by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    New fluids mixed (extra fluid went back in the Toyota bottle at the end of the project)

    [IMG]Coolant Mixed by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Done! Went perfectly. Made sure to monitor and add fluid as needed.

    [IMG]Completed Radiator Swap by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    So that was an unexpected but relatively fun project, and now the radiator should be worry-free for a very long time :)
    Irvin likes this.
  11. Offline

    Irvin Well-Known Member

    Message Count:
    2,361
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    233
    Location:
    San Leandro and M0desto CA
    Vehicles:
    2002 Corolla S / Lexus LF-A / 1991 MR2 V6 / Pokeball
    I'm so proud of you. You've become a JR technician
    Gold likes this.
  12. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    lol, I want to be able to do everything on this car myself!
    Irvin likes this.
  13. Offline

    Irvin Well-Known Member

    Message Count:
    2,361
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    233
    Location:
    San Leandro and M0desto CA
    Vehicles:
    2002 Corolla S / Lexus LF-A / 1991 MR2 V6 / Pokeball
    You just need to ask me anything you want and I'll try my best to teach you. I did go to school for 3 years in automotive as a geek.

    And have spent the last 8 years in the automotive profession.
  14. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    Usually, it's not the task that is the hard part, but more having the right tools, and then actually being able to get everything apart properly without breaking anything
    Irvin likes this.
  15. Offline

    TOYROLLA99 Kleen 8.125 (According to Mack)

    Message Count:
    1,543
    Likes Received:
    156
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Southern California
    Vehicles:
    1999 Toyota Corolla CE
    Ultimatly what I want to be able to do with my corolla and ultimatly my supra hahah
  16. Offline

    Irvin Well-Known Member

    Message Count:
    2,361
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    233
    Location:
    San Leandro and M0desto CA
    Vehicles:
    2002 Corolla S / Lexus LF-A / 1991 MR2 V6 / Pokeball
    Get dem tools den
  17. Offline

    toyotaspeed90 New Member

    Message Count:
    918
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    588
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    and trans fluid..... wait, I thought yours was a manual?

    haters gonna hate

    [IMG]

    Interesting that you're having issued with light output - maybe I'm just used to older/crappier cars (and a 10th gen corolla) but I don't seem to have any issues with light output...
  18. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    I don't know how to reply ... that was all so random :lol:

    Mine has always been automatic, as that's all I want to drive!

    And I don't have any problems with light output lol

    I can see that yours is newer than mine
  19. Offline

    toyotaspeed90 New Member

    Message Count:
    918
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    588
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    sometimes the random comes out....
    Gold likes this.
  20. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    lol
  21. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    OK so this thread is way behind again, so I'm gonna post a ton of pictures.

    I don't remember where I left of regarding the body work and painting I was doing, so if I missed some pics or posted them twice, oh well.

    You know that I painted my front lip and mirrors a while ago, complete with clear coat

    [IMG]Painted Lip and Mirrors by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    I also bought a brand new JDM Altezza mesh grille and painted that

    [IMG]Grille Clear Coated by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    New one is on top, old on the bottom

    [IMG]New Grille Swap by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Notice how my old grille is all broken around the edges, it never sat properly on the bumper.

    I ended up not liking the Altezza badge on the mesh, so I used my old mesh and emblem on the new grille.

    My old emblem was looking terrible, after the black VHT spray tint had mostly come off. The carbon fiber background was yellowing as well.

    So, I bought a brand new black pearl colored emblem on Ebay for like $70 lol, and I polished up the carbon fiber.

    [IMG]New vs Old Emblem by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Came out looking nice and fresh, and the finish won't just come off.

    [IMG]New Emblem Installed by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Installed

    [IMG]New Front Emblem by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    I'm actually not a fan of the new grille. Because it actually mounts properly, it sits kinda recessed and the transition between the grille and bumper looks too obvious. My previous grille blended better, so I'll paint that and reinstall it next year. Oh well, this isn't the first time I wasted money on something lol.

    Here's an older pic for reference to show how the old grille blended in better.

    [IMG]



    Next, I redid the rear quarter panels around the tail lights, because my previous body work didn't end up perfect after my accident in 2012.

    [IMG]Bondo Work by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]1/4 Panel Primer by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Left Side Painted by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Left Side Cleared by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    The body work came out perfect, but I did have to repaint and reclear this side because you can see that I didn't blend the paint well enough.

    Other side.

    [IMG]Bondo Work by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]1/4 Panel Primer by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Right Side Painted by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Right Side Cleared by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    This side came out much better.

    The body work came out perfect. I still need to blend in the clear coat though. And now that I've painted partial panels, I can tell the the spray paint doesn't match the old stock paint perfectly. Oh well.

    [IMG]Completed 1/4 Panel Clear Coat by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Completed 1/4 Panel Clear Coat by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Completed 1/4 Panel Clear Coat by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Completed 1/4 Panel Clear Coat by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    At least it's shiny now lol.

    As you could see up there ^^^ I also redid the rear bumper where I removed the side markers. I used superglue in with the bondo this time to prevent cracking, and it actually worked lol

    [IMG]Side Skirts & Rear Bumper Bondoed by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Rear Bumper Sanded by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Rear Bumper Painted by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Rear Bumper Cleared by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Final wetsand and clear coat

    [IMG]Completed Rear Bumper by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Repainted the rear lip as well, and clear coated it

    [IMG]Rear Lip Clear Coat by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Final wetsand and clear coat

    [IMG]Completed Rear Lip by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    And again, you could see earlier that I redid the side skirts as well.

    [IMG]Side Skirt Bondo by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Side Skirts Primed by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Side Skirts Painted by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    [IMG]Side Skirts Cleared by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    Final wetsand and clear coat

    [IMG]Sides Final Clear Coat by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    But I left it outside too long after it got dark, and the humidity got to it and ruined the finish.

    [IMG]Well that didn't go well by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    So I had to wetsand and buff the surface to remove that mess, top is wetsanded, bottom is buffed. Not exactly perfect, but much nicer looking than ever before.

    [IMG]Side Skirts Wetsanded, Buffed by gold94corolla, on Flickr

    I ended up finding some nice right-angle pieces that I could glue to the back of the skirts and give them rigidity, worked perfectly.

    [IMG]Side Skirt Reinforcement by gold94corolla, on Flickr



    gonna continue this in a new post
  22. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    Next

    You know that I got some brand new painted fenders

    [IMG]

    And doors. Finally gonna fix that huge damage on the side.

    Doors prepped, dents filled, sanded, primed, ready for paint

    [IMG]

    Prepped for paint (took me a while to develop a way to paint them lol, ended up suspending them from the garage door tracks with bungy cords and vice grips)

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Painted

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Clear coated, then wetsanded, then clear coated again (ended up with orange peel, but I can buff that out later)

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Transferred some parts to the rear door, like the hinges and handle and locking mechanism

    [IMG]

    Rear door removed (that was really easy)

    [IMG]

    Just gotta pull off the panel on the B pillar and you can get to the bolts and wire harness, super easy.

    [IMG]

    Rear door installed! Again, really easy, though it is kind of a pain to line up. Luckily, my blue LED strips came off the old door perfectly, and the glue was still 100%, so the strips just stuck right onto the new door.

    [IMG]

    Next, I had to remove the front fender in order to access the bolts for the front door, which meant taking off the front bumper and head light lol. Good thing I was replacing the fender anyway, and I already had the front bumper off from redoing the head light retrofit (yes I drove around with no bumpers for a couple of weeks)

    [IMG]

    Front door removed (again, super easy)

    [IMG]

    I bought a new pre-painted door handle on Ebay, because I thought the old one was broken.

    I also had to transfer the entire lock mechanism to the new door, which wasn't too hard, just required some figuring out. Turns out, the old handle was in perfect shape, but the actual crush in the door was preventing the connecting rods from operating. Oh well. You can see that the lock mechanism itself got crushed in the smashed door, but luckily, it still worked perfectly.

    [IMG]

    Installed the front door, stuck the LEDs on, and everything worked! Luckily, the windows and motors were included in the new doors, so I didn't even have to mess with those. I'm just going to get the windows retinted, rather than deal with swapping in the old windows.

    [IMG]

    Completed door swap. I had to redo the wiring in the front door for the power folding LED mirrors, but that wasn't too much work. Everything is back to normal!

    [IMG]

    Then I put the new fender on

    [IMG]

    Before rolling

    [IMG]

    After. I ruined it instantly though, because I pulled it WAY too much, causing the lip to get messed up, and the fender itself warping and ruining everything. This picture is after I pushed the edge back in. So I ruined my brand new fender, but I'll get another one next year and paint it myself so that it matches 100%.

    [IMG]

    Done!

    [IMG]

    I then replaced the other fender, since I had messed it up long ago when I rolled it and when I put the suspension in.

    [IMG]

    Having learned from my mistake, I rolled this side perfectly. Came out beautiful, I'm 100% happy with this side.

    [IMG]

    Finally was able to put the front bumper back on

    [IMG]

    Then I put the rear bumper and lip back on. You can see that the new fenders didn't end up being a 100% color match from certain angles. Oh well.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Then I put the side skirts on. Car is looking better now than it has for years, thanks to the fresh body work, paint, and real clear coat!

    [IMG]


    Eventually, my brand new pre-painted fender moldings came in. I got new ones because I didn't need the old ones with LEDs drilled in.

    [IMG]

    Washed the car

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG][

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    And that ends the body work for 2014! Learned a lot, accomplished a lot, and things are looking better than ever. It's hard to imagine how much I've done to this car in the past couple of months since my trip around the country, especially since most of the work doesn't even show really, just redoing a lot of stuff.

    Body work plans for 2015: Buffing/wetsanding the clear coat on the doors and fenders to blend everything in, new fender (again), new (old) grille, new front lip (going with a different/custom lip this time), and new driver's side rear door.
    Irvin likes this.
  23. Offline

    TOYROLLA99 Kleen 8.125 (According to Mack)

    Message Count:
    1,543
    Likes Received:
    156
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Southern California
    Vehicles:
    1999 Toyota Corolla CE
    glad to see shes making a comback! :)
  24. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    Thanks man, yeah it's 110% comeback already! Feels great.
    TOYROLLA99 likes this.
  25. Offline

    TOYROLLA99 Kleen 8.125 (According to Mack)

    Message Count:
    1,543
    Likes Received:
    156
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Southern California
    Vehicles:
    1999 Toyota Corolla CE
    Nice! In about a month ill be able to afford the supra I wanted, just gotta wait till one pops up lol
  26. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    I thought I was done modding for the year, but nope. Moved onto the interior!

    Got my steering wheel wrapped in new grippy leather with blue stitching

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Removed old steering wheel

    [IMG]

    New VS Old (you can see the steering wheel removal tool still attached to the old one)

    [IMG]

    I ended up swapping the buttons and wiring because I thought that mine was in better shape

    [IMG]

    Installed

    [IMG]

    Looks and FEELs great!

    Then I got a new e-brake boot to match (same leather and stitching)

    [IMG]

    Really easy to install.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Now everything matches!

    [IMG]Blue Stitching Complete by gold94corolla, on Flickr


    Next, I changed the LEDs in the dome and map lights to some cheap ones from Ebay, I got these so that they would look better than tiny boards I had floating in there before.

    [IMG]

    Map light is fully illuminated now

    [IMG][/url

    Ended up not being able to fit 2 of them in the dome light, oh well.

    [IMG]

    Got me a complete dashboard from a 2001 for super cheap. This one has the two tone with the dark gray accents, and this dash doesn't have a soft sticky material all over it (my current dash looks like garbage now). Gonna clean this up and install it next year with a custom zebra wood dash kit to match.

    [IMG]


    Something random..... similar to how I rewired the high beam HIDs, I simplified the fog light HID wiring by eliminating the socket adapter. Fogs definitely warm up faster now.

    [IMG]


    Washed the car some time ago, looking good

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    Next, got some expensive reverse lights from V-LEDs (the 1000 lumen kind in 5000k) and put them in. Hella bright, and I can finally see when reversing lol

    [IMG]

    Then I replaced my license plate lights.... removed the built-in LEDs and put the stock housings back with some small Philips #194 bulbs, because the other ones were just embarrassingly bright lol.

    Before:

    [IMG]

    Now (dimmer, and slightly less blue)

    [IMG]

    Then I immediately put the built-in LED housings back and made them green for Christmas lol

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    Whew, all caught up!!
  27. Offline

    cBass buffalo bell lover

    Message Count:
    10,345
    Likes Received:
    763
    Trophy Points:
    503
    Location:
    Stockton, CA
    Vehicles:
    2005 Corolla XRS
    Excellent update gold, btw did you get that blue stitch done locally or what? I want to get a blue stitched wheel like that...
  28. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    These guys offer the service, they send you the new wheel, and you ship your old one back so they can do it up for the next person.

    http://www.dctms.com/

    Found them on ClubLexus
  29. Offline

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Administrator
    Message Count:
    31,949
    Likes Received:
    2,840
    Trophy Points:
    61,468
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicles:
    Lexus IS300
    OK I'm pretty behind on this (again) so I'll catch up right now.

    Christmas came and went

    [IMG]

    I finally ordered my first set of winter wheels and tires.

    Wheels are XXR527 in Chromium Black, 18", 8.75" wide. 35mm offset front, 20mm offset back.

    Tires are Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D in 225/40-18.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    Fitment is almost as flush as the summer setup, close enough for winter lol

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]


    Got a real carbon-fiber cover for the glove box, I'll install it after I swap the dash

    [IMG]


    Got some goodies from V-LEDs. Top is the new reverse license plate frame 5000k LED, the bottom is some LEDs for the high beams.

    [IMG]



    Installed the license plate frame.

    Had to drill a hole in exactly the right place:

    [IMG]

    Grommet and wires installed:

    [IMG]

    LED mounted in place on the license plate (I did not use the magnetic cover:(

    [IMG]

    Looking up under the trunk lid, the green dots highlight where the wire runs:

    [IMG]

    The wires go to the reverse light signal and ground.

    Lit up... it's really bright, but kinda blue. It also dims the other lights, it's so powerful lol.

    [IMG]

    Finally, the reverse camera is not grainy at night... and I have a pretty good anti-tailgater light lol

    [IMG]


    not much, but now we're caught up
    Captian and Irvin like this.
  30. Offline

    Hummer Well-Known Member

    Message Count:
    26,891
    Likes Received:
    1,446
    Trophy Points:
    828
    Location:
    Oregon
    Vehicles:
    E39 BMW
    I had a thorough laugh at your unfortunate incident. Glad to see she is all better.
    Added: Feb 22, 2015 6:10 AM
    I had a thorough laugh at your unfortunate incident. Glad to see she is all better.
    Gold likes this.

Share This Page