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!!

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!

VIP Style Lexus LS400 & Celsior Pictures [#3]

Collection of VIP Style Lexus LS400 UCF20 and Toyota Celsior UCF21 pictures. I found these VIP Style cars while browsing around, looking for ideas and parts for my own LS400. Enjoy!

Like these pics? Then be sure to check out my VIP Style LS400 Pictures #1 and also my VIP Style LS400 Pictures #2

VIP Style Lexus LS400 & Celsior Pictures [#2]

LS400 VIP Style pictures, round 2. Don’t forget to checkout the previous post.

LS400 UCF20 Projector headlight retrofit

Garage-Magical did a UCF20 headlight retrofit using Z33 projectors:

UCF20 Z33 Projector Retrofit

UCF20 Z33 Projector Retrofit

Check out the actual headlights:

Z33 Projector retrofit to UCF20 headlights

Z33 Projector retrofit to UCF20 headlights

Another shot of the car:

UCF20 with Z33 Projector Retrofit

UCF20 with Z33 Projector Retrofit

Car made the July 2008 cover of VIPStyle mag:

VIP Style

VIP Style Magazine, July 2008

UCF20 Front Door Speaker Exchange

Stumbled across a japanese blog entry from Garage-A regarding UCF20 door speaker install. Stock speakers have a massive ported enclosure, can’t wait to start on my audio install, looks like I have some adequate space to mess with.

UCF20 Door - Stock Speaker

UCF20 Door - Stock Speaker