UCF20 Kouki – LED Tail Lights

I’m on a mission to acquire a set of quality LED/Clear tail lights for my LS400/ucf20 Kouki (98-00 model). You would not believe how RARE these lights are! After a year of searching, I think I’ve finally found what I’m looking for. Of course they are only available in Japan, and of course none of the retailers I’ve found want to ship overseas… However, I have a plan. And these lights WILL be on my car soon……

The illusive Ucf20 LS400 LED Clear Tail Lights

The elusive Ucf20 LS400 LED Clear Tail Lights!!

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New toy for my LS400 ucf20: Air Zenith OB2 air compressor

Air Zenith OB2 air compressor

Air Zenith OB2 air compressor

My Airrunner/ACC compressor (which is really made by Firestone for the load-levelling air spring kits) started going out the other day. I noticed it was slowly leaking air, from the tank, through the feed hose, and out from the compressor ‘inlet’ port. I assume the internal check valve bit the dust.. Vegas heat, vibration, age and a suboptimal air system probably all helped lead to it’s demise.

After doing some research, I decided to replace my ailing compressor with a new unit from Air-Zenith, their OB2 model. Lucky for me, Air-Zenith is actually based out of Las Vegas. Their main office is about 20 minutes from Mellos VIP garage! I stopped by and chatted with Manager Paul Chen and picked up this black-flaked-painted whopper of a compressor. The specs on the unit? 200PSI @ 100% duty cycle. About a foot long and 6 inches tall, must weigh a good 20 pounds at least! The wiring is very beefy, all the ends are terminated properly and the wires themselves are surrounded by thick protective shielding and heat-shrink at the terminals. The unit has a built in fan to help keep the unit cool (ever grabbed your compressor mid-tank fill? Bet you never do that again!!). The internal pump piston is completely rebuildable, and the unit features a remote mountable inlet filter. The product packaging was excellent as well! If first impressions mean anything, I have very high expectations for this unit.

I did a basic install in my LS400 to get the car back on the road, although I’m planning to completely revise the setup in the near future (Can you say, ELECTRIC VALVES?). In a few days I’ll put up a more detailed post with lots of photos for you to check out!

Fabulous announces Lexus LS430 LED tail lights

Fabulous finally got around to releasing a “red and clear” LED tail light kit today for the early model Celsior 30 (aka 2001-2004 Lexus LS430). All I know is that the lights cost about $400 from Fabulous japan webstore. The only real pic I could find was of the lights themselves, nothing actually on the car:

Fabulous UCF30 LED tail lights

Fabulous UCF30 LED tail lights

Great news for UCF30 owners, but where’s the UCF20 Kouki LED tails?!

Speedhunters coverage of TAS 2009

Better late than never, right? Here’s the Speedhunters gallery of VIP Cars @ Tokyo Auto Salon 2009. My bad, this was an older post that was never published, hehe… Enjoy

Sessions Platinum VIP Car Show

Repost from the Aimgain Blog of a recent VIP car show. Tons of UCF30 first gens!

UCF20 LS400 Bulb part numbers

I’m on a mission to replace all/most-of the halogen bulbs on my LS400 with LED bulbs. The first part of the quest is to identify the halogen bulb part numbers, to be able to look up replacement LED bulbs. I found the following list on Sylvania.com (click products->automotive products->replacement guide), figured this might be helpful for other UCF20 owners looking to do LED retrofits.

2000 LEXUS LS400 (With HID (high intensity discharge) headlamps)
Low beam headlamp
HID-D2R

High beam headlamp
9005
9005SU Silverstar ULTRA for Ultra Night Vision – The Whitest and Brightest Halogen
9005ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
9005EB EcoBright – Your Environmental Choice
9005XV XtraVision Halogen – The Brighter Light
9005CB Cool Blue Halogen – The Whiter Light

Parking light
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front turn signal
7440
7440ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
7440LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Rear turn signal
7440
7440ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
7440LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Tail light
7443

Stop light
7443

High mount stop light
921
921ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
921LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Fog/Driving light
9006
9006SU Silverstar ULTRA for Ultra Night Vision – The Whitest and Brightest Halogen
9006ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
9006EB EcoBright – Your Environmental Choice
9006XV XtraVision Halogen – The Brighter Light
9006CB Cool Blue Halogen – The Whiter Light

License plate
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Back up light
7440
7440ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
7440LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front sidemarker
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Rear sidemarker
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Glove box
37

Step/Courtesy light
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
74
DE3021

Trunk/Cargo area
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Instrument-general
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

B-Spark UCF30 – VIP Celsior LS430

Wow I am in love with this car. Look how low it is! The overall style is fresh and represents a more modern VIP/Sport style in my opinion. The Aero is made by japanese company, B-Spark. As far as I know their products are not available in America yet — get on the phone with your distributor/wholesaler buddy and figure out how you can be the first to import and sport B-Spark aero in USA!

B-Spark aero on LS430 Celsior UCF30

B-Spark aero on LS430 Celsior UCF30

B-Spark UCF30 LS430 side shot

B-Spark UCF30 LS430 side shot

B-Spark aero on UCF30 - rear shot

B-Spark aero on UCF30 - rear shot

Currently it appears that B-Spark only manufactures two kits – one for the UCF30 (LS430) and one for the JZS16 (Gs430).  Here’s a shot of the GS/Aristo kit:

B-Spark Aristo JZS16

B-Spark Aristo JZS16

I would love to see what they could do for the classic UCF20!