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  1. My wife has been bugging me for months to replace the subwoofer in her 2001 LS430 Ultra Luxury Edition. So this weekend started the research to find out how and the cost via Google. This site and other hits had me attonished at how much it costs to replace this 8" subwoofer. Not to mention the labor. The ULE has power rear seats which made it more difficult for this neophite to attempt. Ok now looked at repairing the subwoofer to see if it is possible. Read about hot glue gun and silicon as repair options. Then popped off the cover as recommended using two large flathead screw drivers cuz my hammers and other wedge type tools were too big due to rear window. The cover popped right out. I inspected the subwoofer and as in many writeups noticed the rubber gasket that holds the paper part of the speaker to the circular plastic rim had seperated from this rim. Not only that abour 1/3 of the 1st fold inward was also ripped. No wonder the speaker made such a horrible flapping sound and had to be turned off by the stereo control panel. Being a fisherman who maintains his own boat I thought I'd try to repair the speaker with 3M Fast Cure 5200 Marine Sealant my favorite sealant/glue. Note: It is a permanent fix and almost impossible to remove once cured. Therefore, I carefully applied and smoothed out with my finger the 5200 to attach the rubber gasket to the plastic rim and also repair the 1st inward fold of the gasket (see pic). Even though it says fast cure it's not so fast. It cures in a day instead of days. 5200 is elastic and should move up and down but not as much as the rubber gasket or whatever it is called. The next day tried the 5200 repaired subwoofer out and it sounded great to me but what was more important my wife was happy. She did not notice I accidently got some of that snow white 5200 on the back of the black leather headrest. However, once i noticed it while taking the pic below, I stained over the permanent white 5200 smear spots with black shoe polish. Whew, that was close. You can get the Fast Cure 5200 at HomeDepot for about $9 and $13 at Westmarine. However WM carries 5200 in black so if I did it again I'd probably use black so you would not notice it on black leather. 5200 is like the jumping cholla cactus and will majically attach itself to something important you have thru telepathy so be careful with it. Dennis LS430 http://s185.beta.pho...thowie/library/
  2. My wife has been bugging me for months to replace the subwoofer in her 2001 LS430 Ultra Luxury Edition. So this weekend started the research to find out how and the cost via Google. This site and other hits had me attonished at how much it costs to replace this 8" subwoofer. Not to mention the labor. The ULE has power rear seats which made it more difficult for this neophite to attempt. Ok now looked at repairing the subwoofer to see if it is possible. Read about hot glue gun and silicon as repair options. Then popped off the cover as recommended using two large flathead screw drivers cuz my hammers and other wedge type tools were too big due to rear window. The cover popped right out. I inspected the subwoofer and as in many writeups noticed the rubber gasket that holds the paper part of the speaker to the circular plastic rim had seperated from this rim. Not only that abour 1/3 of the 1st fold inward was also ripped. No wonder the speaker made such a horrible flapping sound and had to be turned off by the stereo control panel. Being a fisherman who maintains his own boat I thought I'd try to repair the speaker with 3M Fast Cure 5200 Marine Sealant my favorite sealant/glue. Note: It is a permanent fix and almost impossible to remove once cured. Therefore, I carefully applied and smoothed out with my finger the 5200 to attach the rubber gasket to the plastic rim and also repair the 1st inward fold of the gasket (see pic). Even though it says fast cure it's not so fast. It cures in a day instead of days. 5200 is elastic and should move up and down but not as much as the rubber gasket or whatever it is called. The next day tried the 5200 repaired subwoofer out and it sounded great to me but what was more important my wife was happy. She did not notice I accidently got some of that snow white 5200 on the back of the black leather headrest. However, once i noticed it while taking the pic below, I stained over the permanent white 5200 smear spots with black shoe polish. Whew, that was close. You can get the Fast Cure 5200 at HomeDepot for about $9 and $13 at Westmarine. However WM carries 5200 in black so if I did it again I'd probably use black so you would not notice it on black leather. 5200 is like the jumping cholla cactus and will majically attach itself to something important you have thru telepathy so be careful with it. Dennis LS430 http://s185.beta.photobucket.com/user/halibuthowie/library/
  3. Last week I received a 1996 Lexus SC400 via a car hauler . I bought it on EBAY sight unseen for $5995 from Houston, TX. It had an impeccable CAR FAX and had a maintenance record at Lexus of being serviced every 5000 miles since it was born. The Michelin Pilot tires are a 9 according to Lexus. The pics were impressive but.......... It has 139,000 miles on it. It has a mist blue-silver exterior with a black interior. Just beautiful, garaged with sparkling paint and a perfect interior with soft leather seats. I detailed it inside and out myself the day it arrived using Bentley Hide Food for the leather. I'm just amazed at how new it looks and how great it drives. The next day I took it to the local Lexus dealer and had them baseline the vehicle. Lexus did the rear brakes. But they noticed and priced out the following needs. 1. front driver's side parking lite, Lexus wanted $160 to fix. I did it for $1.50 and 5 minutes of effort. 2. Two license rear plate lites - Lexus wanted $50. I did it for $3 in 15 minutes 3. up-down driver's seat will not work - Lexus wanted $2000 - Need help on this one. I found the motor online for $315 but do not know how to proceed. I bought a shop maintenance CD on line and am waiting for it. 4. up-down passenger's seat will not work - Lexus wanted $2000 - Need help on this one. I found the motor online for $315 but do not know how to proceed. Kind of strange that both up-down motors do not work but the other two motors on each seat are ok. 5. Antenna does not go down. Lexus wanted about $600. Any good aftermarket antennas out there? 6. How to attach front license plate holder? In CA you need a front license plate. I jury rigged the plastic license plate holder that came with the car (I think it is for the front plate) with tyraps and nuts & bolts. While laying down on the deck and looking up I noticed two holes pointing straight down exactly where the license plate would be centered with the hood. Is this where to adapt the front license plate holder to the car? If so how do you adapt it with what kind of bracket? It appears the only way to get to the backside of those holes is to take the front bumper apart. I'm thinking wing bolts or plastic screw inserts in order to use these holes instead of tearing the bumper apart. This is my 2nd SC. I bought a 1998 SC300 three years ago for my daughter. She totaled it with a head on collision and came out of it unmarked. So I know it's very safe. I bought this 1996 SC400 for ME! What a difference in performance between the SC300 & SC400. I'm a kid again! Thanks for your advice in advance, Love my SC400 Dennis
  4. Last week I received a 1996 Lexus SC400 via a car hauler . I bought it on EBAY sight unseen for $5995 from Houston, TX. It had an impeccable CAR FAX and had a maintenance record at Lexus of being serviced every 5000 miles since it was born. The Michelin Pilot tires are a 9 according to Lexus. The pics were impressive but.......... It has 139,000 miles on it. It has a mist blue-silver exterior with a black interior. Just beautiful, garaged with sparkling paint and a perfect interior with soft leather seats. I detailed it myself the day it arrived using Bentley Hide Food for the leather. I'm just amazed at how new it looks and how great it drives. The next day I took it to the local Lexus dealer and had them baseline the vehicle. Lexus did the rear brakes. But they noticed and priced out the following needs. 1. front parking lite, Lexus wanted $160 to fix. I did it for $1.50 and 5 minutes of effort. 2. Two license rear plate lites - Lexus wanted $50. I did it for $3 in 15 minutes 3. up-down driver's seat will not work - Lexus wanted $2000 - Need help on this one. I found the motor online for $315 but do not know how to proceed. I bought a shop maintenance CD on line and am waiting for it. 4. up-down passenger's seat will not work - Lexus wanted $2000 - Need help on this one. I found the motor online for $315 but do not know how to proceed. Kind of strange that both up-down motors do not work but the other motors two on each seat are ok. 5. Antenna does not go down. Lexus wanted about $600. Any good aftermarket antennas out there? 6. How to attach front license plate holder? In CA you need a front license plate. I jury rigged the plastic license plate holder that came with the car (I think it is for the front plate) with tyraps and nuts & bolts. While laying down on the deck and looking up I noticed two holes pointing straight down exactly where the license plate would be centered with the hood. Is this where to adapt the front license plate holder to the car? If so how do you adapt it with what kind of bracket? It appears the only way to get to the backside of those holes is to take the front bumper apart. I'm thinking wing bolts or plastic screw inserts in order to use these holes instead of tearing the bumper apart. This is my 2nd SC. I bought a 1998 SC300 three years ago for my daughter. She totaled it with a head on collision and came out of it unmarked. So I know it's very safe. I bought this 1996 SC400 for ME! What a difference in performance between the SC300 & SC400. I'm a kid again! Thanks for your advice in advance, Love my SC400 Dennis