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!!

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?!

VIP Style Z33 350z

My good friend and fellow Vegas resident NickD (of VegasDrift and VegasProAm fame) has been putting some major effort into cleaning up his z33 recently. This car has always been cool, aero, dumped, wheels, tracked out, lsd/suspension,  zipties and black tape… But lately it’s received some major loving from it’s owner — new Version Select aero, SSR Professor wheels, fresh paint by Spring Mountain Autobody and more… I must say it’s turning out amazing — even if not a “traditional” VIP platform, this car simply looks beautiful and demands attention where ever it is. Take a peek at these awesome shots by local photographer and auto-afficionado Brenton Ho:

VIP Style Z33

VIP Style Z33 - Low, black, wide wheels. What more can you ask for?

VIP Style Z33 2

VIP Style Z33 2. Are those DZUS tabs holding the side skirts on?!

VIP Style Z33 3

VIP Style Z33 3 - Stunning!

Enjoy!

New Scara wheel colors and sizes from Junction Produce!

Just ran across these photos of some new color options on the classic Scara wheel via the Junction Produce brogu. These photos were posted around the time of TAS 09, perhaps we’ll see these wheels available for sale soon… What do you think?

All Black Junction Produce Scara

All Black Junction Produce Scara

Black And Silver Scara 1

Black And Silver Scara 1

Black and Silver Scara 2

Black and Silver Scara 2

Also… Great news, the Scara line will now be available in 18, 19, 20 and 21 inch sizing! 🙂 For the longest time, only 18 and 19 inch were available.

Scara in 20 Inch

Scara in 20 Inch

New size & price chart for 09:
サイズ      定価
7.5Jー19  110000円
8.0J-19  112000円
8.5J-19  114000円
9.0J-19  116000円
9.5J-19  118000円
10.0J-19 120000円
10.5J-19 122000円
11.0J-19 124000円
11.5J-19 126000円
12.0J-19 128000円
12.5J-19 130000円

サイズ      定価
7.5J-20  133000円
8.0J-20  135000円
8.5J-20  137000円
9.0J-20  139000円
9.5J-20  141000円
10.0J-20 143000円
10.5J-20 145000円
11.0J-20 147000円
11.5J-20 149000円
12.0J-20 151000円
12.5J-20 153000円

サイズ      定価
8.5J-21  157000円
9.0J-21  159000円
9.5J-21  161000円
10.0J-21 163000円

Air Suspension – My Airrunner setup and system plans

I posted this up on the Club Lexus forum recently and thought it would be useful here also.

I have an Airrunner air suspension setup on my 2000 LS400. It’s a nice system but I have a couple minor issues with it. I run the fronts around 110psi and the rears around 60psi on nice pavement, 120/80 on rough/uneven surfaces.

Full up:

My LS400 - Nearly full inflation

My LS400 - Nearly full inflation

Laid out:

My LS400 - Laid out 1

My LS400 - Laid out 1

My LS400 - Laid out 2

My LS400 - Laid out 2

My LS400 - Laid out 3

My LS400 - Laid out 3

Setup:

  • Two tanks. Not sure exact size, 5? gal each
  • Single 120psi Airruner branded Firestone compressor
  • 1/4 line to 4 manual switches and 1/4 line to bags/cylinders
  • Dual pressure gauges (and switches) mounted in center console.

Sry no picture of the trunk for now, but it’s nothing special, tanks and comps in spare tire well.

Thoughts
My main gripe is how slow the current setup is to lift the car (and deflate the rear). This is from the 1/4 lines. Slightly annoying while driving and need to quickly lift the car, but it’s more annoying when the car is laid out and you need to go back to ride height. Due to the install, my manual switch placement sucks – they are hard to get at in the center console. For those that don’t know, manual switches dump the air from the bags right out of the switch itself, so as you’d expect it’s very loud in the car when deflating… My GF and kid complain. Of course the manual valves have no way to program preset heights, or auto fill on startup, both features I’d really like. Lastly, the single 120 compressor is taxxed to fill both tanks, it will run for >= 10+ minutes after lifting the car off the floor. If the tank was low/empty when laid out, you have to wait awhile before being able to drive anywhere. But other than these minor, correctable issues, the Airrunner setup is awesome.

Plans
I’m planning to upgrade to the system to

  1. Make it faster and easier to use (programmable heights)
  2. Make it quieter inside the cabin (and louder outside the car)
  3. Provide a little redundancy AND reduce tank recovery times.
  • Upgrading compressor to either a single or dual Viair 480C compressor, they’re good for 200psi@50%duty. Much faster tank recovery!
  • Upgrading to at least 1/2 line from the tank to the manifold/valves. The single 1/4 line from the tanks is over taxxed when filling 2 or 4 bags at once
  • Upgrading to trunk mount electric valve setup (Accuair?) with slow-downs/mufflers on exhaust ports. Quieter cabin, and allows presets with controller
  • Upgrading to programmable digital controller, still researching but leaning toward the Autoloc Air Command
  • Get rid of analog gauges in favor for a digital display setup that also shows tank pressure
  • Keeping 1/4″ lines from valves to struts, if the new setup still isn’t fast enough I’ll sell the Airrunners and go with a custom UAS setup with >= 3/8 lines
  • Haven’t planned out what to do for water traps or drains, but that stuff along with fittings and air hose is fairly generic

Hope this helped!

New wheels – Stitch Gulf 18×9, 18×10

Finally! After waiting around a month, the 4th wheel showed up from Okinawa! These wheels are for my S13, to replace my old school SSR meshies. I got an awesome deal on these used wheels, mainly because of the corrosion that I’ll need to deal with. I haven’t decided whether to strip and rechrome the centers, or strip and powdercoat them black. Pics!

Specs:

Front 18×9 -7mm 5×114.3 Stitch Gulf

Rear 18×10 -6mm 5×114.3 Stitch Gulf

Photos:

Stitch Gulf Wheels

Stitch Gulf Wheels

Stitch Gulf 18x9 - Front wheel lip

Stitch Gulf 18x9 - Front wheel lip

Stitch Gulf 18x10 - Rear wheel lip

Stitch Gulf 18x10 - Rear wheel lip

Guess I need to pick up some tires. Won’t know tire sizing until I chuck the wheels up to check out clearance. From looking at other ride with similar size wheels, I’m guessing I’ll need a 215/40 on the 9s and a 225/40 on the 10s to clear my stock body with some stupid camber. If I can’t make it fit decently I’ll be forced to do the wide body I’ve been putting off forever. Still need to install my Q45 front calipers, rotors, S14 LCA’s — and — pick up some S14 spindles!