kjlegend13

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    98 LS400
  1. First off if you are running a TRUE 1000 watt amp with 8 gauge wire, that is a BAD idea! For a 1000 watt amp you will need at least 4 gauge wire. As for running the wires, you should not run the wires under the car because of risk of fire. You are using that one wire to draw 40-60 amps from your battery to your trunk, you think you want that grounding out if it gets cut?!? NO! That is why ANY car audio shop will tell you to run the wires through the firewall and under the door sills into the trunk. You dont need to remove the rear seats. Just slide it through the cracks, pretty simple. Removing the door sills is also not very hard, just be careful as not to crack the plastic of course. The hardest part of this all is finding the spot in the firewall to run the power wire through. Good luck. 1990LS400, you might want to consider researching this topic before jumping all over RDM as he obviously knows what he is talking about with regards to car audio. The picture you posted will NOT do for a 1000 watt car audio setup, there is too much resistance for that much amperage being drawn from for a 1000 watt system. It must be connected directly to the battery. Period. (Not trying to be rude of course) :)
  2. If it were me I'd choose the newer higher mileage car given all other variables equal (maintenance records, vehicle condition, etc) I am not a Lexus pro or anything (yet) but for the same amount of money I'd rather have newer and lose out on the mileage since Lexus are notorious for 250k+ in mileage overall. I like the look of the 98-00's more than the 95-97 personally. The wood steering wheel, HIDs, newer headlights etc. are a nice touch along with the added horsepower and smoother ride, I feel it would be a no brainer. Others may disagree? I just bought a 98 with 70k and I love it. Of course I got it for a LOVE IT price too :) Good luck with the buy.
  3. Well here are the pics: Got screwed on the wheels (from 95-97) but thats okay I would have been in the market for some newer wheels anyways. Just got some tint put on it yesterday :)
  4. Sorry like I said I havent done any research about the K40 that I found on the car yet. I just called it a "radar jammer" because thats the first thing I found when doing a quick google search. I only know or have heard about K40 before because of my local car audio shop who specializes in escort, valentine and K40. Other than that I know nothing about K40 so thank you for the tips. But I guess I'm just excited that it might be something of value we had no knowledge about before buying the car. Anyways, the wheels I am interested in are definitely an updated stock version of wheel. Preferably a set of LS430 wheels like you mentioned. If I can find a set for a reasonable price their going on the LS.
  5. Sorry no pics yet, but just wanted to update everyone. So far we LOVE the car, I'm trying to find some wheels for it now... Any suggestions? Size? Offset, Etc?? I just think the stock wheels date the look of the car wayy too much. Also a cool thing I found while tinkering was behind the front bumper there were 2 small black boxes, they turn out to be a K40 radar jammer system. I believe these retail ~$1000. Not too sure yet, havnt done any research on it but we'll see :) I'll post some pics asap.
  6. Thanks again guys. We got the car! I do not have the switch for the suspension so it looks like I got lucky :) Everything worked out great and I even saved another $100 by negotiating hard with the guy. (He was extremely firm on the 6500 asking price).. There are a few nicks and things around the car which I intend to fix up but for the time being I'll be enjoying this wonderful car. I was just driving my parents 2008 Honda Ridgeliner and the Lexus drives as good if not better than this brand new car with 28,000 miles lol. I'll post pics later
  7. Yeah I'm beginning to believe it was a mistake. Think about it, a car that will easily last 250k+ would they really be concerned about 30-50k miles at this point to ruin the entire value of the car? I dont think so... But since it is over 10 years old the DMV doesnt care whether the mileage matches or not and it is officially exempt. Whatever that means :) Either way I plan on keeping this car for at least a few years if not forever. We plan on doing all required services now and in the future as planned to ensure the vehicle lasts its entirety. I thank you guys for your help since I am a "newbie" in the Lexus world...so far :) I'll post some pictures as soon as she is officially ours. :Fingers crossed: About the air ride suspension, how will I know if it is air ride or not? I didnt notice while looking. As for the Navigation, I suppose if its a little out of date thats okay since we have wonderful tools like the iPhone today which helps when I'm lost. The most concern I have is that I can not exchange the navigation/radio unit for an aftermarket head unit. Unless someone can tell me otherwise I'm assuming I have to leave this stock? Unless I want to lose the stock navigation?
  8. Okay just went and looked at it. The 70,000 actual miles arent correct according to carfax. Carfax says the last service done was in 2008 at 78,000 miles... Dealer doesnt know whats up but says its no big deal of course... I drives very nice and doesnt seem like there would be much more than the 78k from before honestly. Navigation seemed to work fine and I didnt notice the brand of stereo. The car has factory HID's also :) They were asking $8,000 before finding out about the carfax problem and lowered it to $7ish and now to $6500. There are a couple small dents in a couple places and a few light scratches to be expected. The front windshield has a crack along the very bottom but he claims he'll give me a windshield on Monday for $200 installed. Then there is the Key, he only has one key and the one key he has is; well, kind broken, its broken at the base of the key and looks like it wont last long and will have to be replaced. How much could this cost me? Other than all of that it seems to be a great car and I am pretty mechanically inclined to fix small problems myself. What do ya' all think? The good: Shifts smooth Accelerates strong Handles like a dream Clean in and out new tires seems like a good price for the displayed mileage Thanks again sooo much help! Sorry for the long rant and unorganized post (I'm in a huge rush)..
  9. lol yep it has heated seats.. What sensor are you talking about? the abs sensor?
  10. My girlfriend wants a WHITE Lexus and I found a 98 LS 400 with 70,000 miles only for $6,500. I'm going to look at it as we speak and wanted to know what to look for.. I know the water pump and timing belt are coming up if they havent already been done, so how much can I expect to fork out for that? Also any other main things to look for? The pics show the car in great condition and it has the factory Navigation. The owner is a small shop and the guy said the "rear brake service" light is on, they replaced the rear brake pads and rotors but the light is still on. Any thoughts? I'll check back in after I look at it and hopefully have a better idea of what to look for. Thanks in advance! Hope to be a LS owner soon :) --> side note: she was looking at a 98 GS400 with 121,000 on it with navi etc... Drove decent, and looks decent. I got him down from $7,000 to $5,500 so we have some decent options to choose from. What do ya think!?
  11. Maybe you guys can help me... (Sorry if I'm jacking your thread) My girlfriend wants a WHITE Lexus and I found a 98 LS 400 with 70,000 miles only for $6,500. I'm going to look at it as we speak and wanted to know what to look for.. I know the water pump and timing belt are coming up if they havent already been done, so how much can I expect to fork out for that? Also any other main things to look for? The pics show the car in great condition and it has the factory Navigation. The owner is a small shop and the guy said the "rear brake service" light is on, they replaced the rear brake pads and rotors but the light is still on. Any thoughts? I'll check back in after I look at it and hopefully have a better idea of what to look for. Thanks in advance! Hope to be a LS owner soon :) --> side note: she was looking at a 98 GS400 with 121,000 on it with navi etc... Drove decent, and looks decent. I got him down from $7,000 to $5,500 so we have some decent options to choose from. What do ya think!?