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  1. I don't have the part number specific for the one which I used as a replacement, but here's a site. Use the search criteria for 2006, then 2007, then 2008, then 2009. Make sure that the part number doesn't change across those years. But any of those models (2006-2009) should be an easy swap. Yes, 2010 will not work. Also keep an eye out for used radios on Craigslist and Ebay. You can do a national Craigslist search and maybe find something. There's a website called "search tempest" (or something similar) that lets you search all craigslist across North America.
  2. sorry, I'm a little busy this month preparing for board exams. I won't have time to supply photos but check out their individual websites for the products and the 2007 radio looks almost exactly like the 2002 radio but with different labels on the buttons.
  3. Please check out companies such as VaisTech and Grom Audio. They offer a few different options that allow you to keep the OEM radio. I swapped my 2002 radio for a 2007 radio so I could have more options. I currently use GROM Audio (with future HD radio unit), but have a stand alone Sirius Stratus 7 Player which gives me XM channels. I previously had the VaisTech SL3U for Aux Input. Check out their websites and see what's available for your car.
  4. Sc 430 Speakers

    What year is your SC? Yes, I want to keep my factory head unit as I like the aesthetics of the interior. There are two companies that make SiriusXM products and HD Radio products for the SC430 (depends on the year): GROM Audio and VaisTech. What I've chosen to do in my 2002 is to buy an OEM radio from a 2007. It's plug and play. Then I bought the GROM unit and am in the process of using it as the "hub" for Aux input (for my media player and HD radio stand alone tune), and then using my Sirius XM Stratus tuner for XM. The GROM also has ipod/android bluetooth remote control from the steering wheel, as well as hard wire USB charging/USB Disc use. I found this other company which looks very similar to the GROM but have yet to try it out. If you're up for it, check it out and let us know how it works. For $50 and Amazon guarantee with free return, worth the chance (btw if you go this route, 2001-2009 use the 7+5 adapter, and 2010 has the 6+6 adapter b'c you will need an additional Y cable). Just something to keep in mind.
  5. Master Cylinder

    Yeah, I've heard they can get well into $1k for new. Some private mechanics can build them, and I believe there are a few eBay services that offer rebuilding Master Cylinders. Something to look into before dropping that much money.
  6. Check Engine Light Help

    Make sure your gap cap is tight. If no change, read here...
  7. Sc 430 Trunk Release

    Hold the eject button for about 5 seconds and this will eject all CDs left in the tray. If this doesn't work many people report two things. One that if they "smack" the side of the radio it will realign the jammed tray to help eject the CD. The next involves taking out the entire radio and shaking it. If those two paths doesn't release the tray, then you will require opening the actual radio unit to remove the jammed tray.
  8. Need shocks

    I am looking at going with coilovers. My top choices at this moment are Megan Racing or BC. Lots of info on the internet about coilovers. Both are 32 way adjustable so I can adjust the height and the ride stiffness. Might be something to consider.
  9. Hello everyone. one of my fellow SC430 owners has TWO SC430's that he is parting out. He asked me to be his contact and to field questions via this forum since I am quite active and have experience with these cars. Both cars are listed below in "light" details at this moment. I will update with more info as he provides them. If you need parts, please let me know which ones and I will respond with photos and/or prices. Both cars are located in the Chicago, IL metro. I can also be contacted via text or cell at 816.304.7399. If I'm unable to answer, please text with your request. Thanks 2002 SC430 Black Exterior, Black Interior with Dark Walnut Woodgrain 2003 SC430 Black Exterior, Tan Interior with Dark Walnut Woodgrain
  10. TWO SC430 Part Outs (2002, 2003)

    Sorry, I no longer have access to these vehicles and can't supply the requested parts. Good luck.
  11. TWO SC430 Part Outs (2002, 2003)

    No sorry I do not. Actually, the man I was representing who had the two vehicles has not responded to my messages in about 6 months so I guess this thread it closed. As for the part you're requesting. Do you want the upper part of the center console or the lower (larger) part? If you are looking for the lower portion, it is one complete piece that runs from the dashboard, along the side of the radio, to the rear seat.
  12. Led Converstion

    Hey everyone, I'm pretty new on this forum and thought I'd start out with my latest project. I changed nearly all my OEM Halogen lights to LED's. I think it looks so much cleaner and am happy with the results. Might not be for everyone, but if anyone is interested I can supply some more info.
  13. Led Converstion

    Fog Bulb is H3. There are common LED replacement bulbs for the fog light but their performance is weak when compared to halogen. I have yet to find a true LED that will create a forced beam of light as halogen bulbs are designed. LEDs cause a greater dispersion of light and therefore aren't the greatest for certain applications (ie. fog, high beam, etc). HID might be a better option for the fogs. I've started looking into them, but nothing concrete yet.
  14. Check Engine Light Help

    What I recommend, is to disconnect the battery from the positive and negative terminals for about 15 minutes (Additionally, you will lose your radio presets). Then reconnect. If the light returns, then yes take it to the dealer/or autozone/autoparts store to have the code read. Then please report back with the code, and if it is again the O2 sensor code, you can have it changed it any mechanic. Lexus will greatly overcharge. Hope to hear from you soon to help further.
  15. Run Flat Tires

    On the tires, I would recommend having them inspected at any big chain tire shop and then replace the tires that they recommend. Personally, I moved away from runflats to improve the ride and moved up to 20" to improve the looks. If you're dead set on 18" and runflats, I would recommend staying with the OEM Bridgestone Potenza Runflats. As for your bluteooth question, check out a company called VaisTech that sells the SL3U. This will give you a dedicated Aux Input. I then added a Bluetooth dongle with track and volume control. Another option that is new to the market is a bluetooth cassette adapter. Pretty neat. Most complicated is installing an entire new headunit. This was my build. Very invasive but hopefully simple to understand, especially if you only want bluetooth. Bluetooth Tape Adapter- not sure if this allows track control from the steering wheel/headunit. If you go this route with the adapter, please update us with your review and results.
  16. ROTTON

    There are three hidden screws. One behind the chrome handle plate (behind the loose black curved plastic) and another under the window switch plate (at an angle), and another at an upward angle above the door storage pouch (at an angle). You must remove all these or else the panel will not come off without damage. All other screws are around the periphery of the panel (3 bottom screws, 2 plastic push in front of panel, striker sensor plate, and rubber stopper). You should also probably drop the window. Once all screws are removed, then you can pull the bottom of the panel away from the door and lift straight upward. There will be a few wire harnesses and the "locking mechansim wires" on steel balls. DO NOT BREAK THESE OR THEIR ATTACHMENTS to the back of the door handle! To completely remove the panel , you will have to disconnect these. Youtube is your friend...
  17. Take in the clips to Autozone or OReilly. If not either of those, any Lexus or Toyota dealership will have them. Usually, if you're nice Lexus and Toyota won't charge your for one or two.
  18. Take in the clips to Autozone or OReilly. If not either of those, any Lexus or Toyota dealership will have them. Usually, if you're nice Lexus and Toyota won't charge your for one or two.
  19. Thanks for the reply. I already have a 2002, was (somewhat) in the market for a 2005-2010 OEM radio in order to add OEM Bluetooth capability. Thanks, anyway. Good luck.
  20. From what year SC430 and how much are you asking? Working perfectly, or any problems (missing LCD segments, etc)?
  21. You're welcome. Glad it was something simple.
  22. A couple things could be happening: -Firstly, if it's the VSC/VSC OFF then it is very common. This is most liekly that the mechanics hooked up a OBDII reader and didn't exit the reader application properly which triggered the dash light. It is very common. There is actually a procedure to clear the light. I will post the procedure to the link. If you feel that the "jumper method" is too complicated, you can return to the shop and have them clear it and tell them you read that not exiting the ODBII app caused the light. But try the other methods below first. & -The second thing that is common, is a bad gap cap seal. Try to tighten the gas cap. If this doesn't clear the light, you might have to do a ECU reset (which means disconnecting the negative side of the battery for about 5 minutes) to clear the dash light. -Thirdly, loose valve covers which tend to leak oil. I've heard many owners do tighten them by hand occasionally to stop the leak. It is such a minute leak, that many do not notice it on the floor of garages or parking spots, so this could be an additional problem in your situation. Lexus charging you to replace them seems shady when a hand tightening would have solved the problem. Just saying. -Lastly, the mechanics could have knocked off one of the EVAP lines on the drivers side near the oil dip stick (most common place for a loose EVAP line- usually from excessive engine knock indicating bad engine mounts). Check this out. If it is disconnected, reconnect it and do an ECU reset (as stated above). Oh... just found this... could be the charcoal canister of the EVAP system... Good luck, Let us know what results.
  23. TWO SC430 Part Outs (2002, 2003)

    No problem. I would recommend (as above) to lose the OEM wheels and runflats and go aftermarket. More options to represent your personal style, and better ride quality after ditching the runflats. Be warned though, if you go with nonrunflat tires and choose not to get a spare in the trunk, you are in (more) danger to be stranded on the road side. As for the radiator, they do go bad quite often on these cars. Easy and cheap to replace. I luckily haven't had the problem, but have read about many that have. Apparently it is an easy swap and the entire OEM radiator is available online and through Lexus dealerships. You can always go aftermarket also. In any case, I was recommend staying with the OEM Denso products, and thus would recommend you replace with the OEM Denso radiator. It might not be leaking at this time but if there is truly a leak even at the gasket, at high engine temp the leak can become worse due to increased pressure and even cause detrimental engine damage and overheating. I have posted a thread that should explain more, as I haven't had this particular problem. My recommendation, change the radiator. Not sure if the pressure that the mechanic applied could have made it worse, or even caused the problem, but in any case you now have a leak and it should be either repaired or entire radiator replaced.
  24. TWO SC430 Part Outs (2002, 2003)

    I don't think either cars have the chrome wheels. I believe he has about 4 or 5 of the alloy pie plate wheels. Sorry.
  25. TWO SC430 Part Outs (2002, 2003)

    Trunk lid struts failing is very common. Most replace with ones from ebay, which are much cheaper. Many go with Ebay seller, LiftDepot. I've replaced mine before but can't recall with which brand. Very easy to change yourself. Only takes a flat head screwdriver and about 10 minutes. You can also buy from a Lexus dealer, or order online from (most other online Lexus parts are discontinued now- such as Sewell Lexus of Dallas). I wouldn't recommend buying a salvage set of lifters, as they are used and would most likely give you the same problem sooner rather than later. Good luck.