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!!

Advertisements

Sessions Platinum VIP Car Show

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

Junction Produce Chrome Brake Calipers

Junction Produce Calipers

Junction Produce Calipers

Pick up your ballin’ 6 piston fronts and 4 piston rear caliper kits from Junction Produce. Available from your favorite Junction Produce retailer for under $10000 USD, with optional Blank or Slotted rotors, SS braided brake lines, Pads and adapter brackets.

Junction Produce Brake Kits

Junction Produce Brake Kits

Available fitment for:
TOYOTA/LEXUS

Celsior/LS400/LS430 UCF30 and UCF20
Crown Majesta UZS180
Aristo/GS300 JZS160
Soarer/SC400 UZZ40/30
GS GRS190/UGZ190

NISSAN/INFINITY
President F50
Q45 F50
Fuga Y50
CEDRIC/M45 Y34

MERCEDES
W220 S-class
W215 CL-class

BMW
E 657 Series
E 387 Series

Did I mention they look great behind a fresh set of Scaras?

Junction Produce Brake kit behind Scara Wheels

Junction Produce Brake kit behind Scara Wheels

MSRP:

Front/rear set
¥787,500  ($7786)

Front set
¥441,000 ($4360)

Rear set
¥378,000 ($3759)

My LS400 up at Mt. Charleston

Took the LS400 for a drive up to Mount Charleston today (8437 ft).

My LS400 up on Mt. Charleston (dirtyyyy)

My LS400 up on Mt. Charleston (dirtyyyy)

It was desperately in need of a bath, so after I got home I spent 3 or 4 hours on it on a simple/half-ass detail. Gold Class wash, Dried with super soft microfiber towel + compressed air, a little Ultimate Quick Detailer, Quick Interior Detailer and Stoners Invisible Glass. It has alot of minor holograms from the P/O and a few light scratches that need work; in a few weeks I’ll try to get together enough equipment and supplies to polish and wax it properly.

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!

Univeral Air Suspension install write up

Ever wonder what would be required to install a UAS air suspension setup on your LS400? Thanks to this nice photo writeup by eight08Customs on the Vip Style Cars forum, now you’ll have a better idea! I’ve left some steps and tips out, so be sure to check out the entire thread before you jump into this project.

Also worth noting are that some strut bodies are pressurized with nitrogen, you’ll need a competent welder to tackle this job!

Since we all love fabrication pictures:

Start with stock or aftermarket struts

Start with stock or aftermarket struts

Remove or grind the collar off

Remove or grind the collar off

Remove the spring perch with a grinder

Remove the spring perch with a grinder

Remove/grind down any other collars to slip the tube on the strut body

Remove/grind down any other collars to slip the tube on the strut body

Prefit everything before tack welding

Prefit everything before tack welding

Have your welder MIG weld the sleeve to the strut body (over the old weld)

Have your welder MIG weld the sleeve to the strut body (over the old weld)

There you have it. Complete this process for the remaining three struts, then plumb your lines, manifold, switches, electronics, compressor and tanks… And you’re riding on air! Be sure to check out the entire thread on VIP Style Cars for many more tips and tricks that I’ve left out of this recap. Good luck!

Links updated: VIP Wheels and Air Suspension

I updated the links on the left for the Air Suspension and Wheels & Tires category.

On the air cat, I have most of the major manufacturers of LS400/Celsior kits shown along with quite a few generic air suspension retailers selling everything from lines, fittings to solenoid valves and controllers.

In the wheels and tires area, I have started a good collection of VIP Styled wheel links, brands ranging from AME, SSR Vienna, Work and Lowen Hart.

I’ve already been building my catalog of VIP Lighting, Aero, Interior and Shopping links. The remaining categories on the left will be deleted/updated in the next week or two, stay tuned.

If you see an obvious brand I missed please leave a comment so I can get it added! I want this site to be useful as possible to everyone into VIP cars!