View Full Version : Vincent123; LS400 build
03-09-2011, 06:33 PM
So Ive had a gs300 and a 2jzgte / v160 swapped sc300. Both the gs / sc are sold now and now I've picked up a 1999 ls400. Ive had the car for approximately 4-5 months so far, havent really done too much but I wanted a place to dump all my photos and keep track of everything. So why not make a "build" thread.
I dont have any pics of when I first bought the car. But the factory rims were bugging me and I came across a set of 370z rims for pretty cheap and picked them up. There is about like a 1 or 2mm clearance for my brakes with these rims, got lucky. Picked up some megan lp sport coilovers and tinted the car and hit up my homie for a photoshoot
Also picked up a set of front + rear youzealand ss kit. It lowered the car 20mm more all around to get rid of that wheel gap
Then went over to mikes muffler and got a 2.25" piping all the way back and removed the resonator and first two mufflers. The two rear mufflers are still in place, will be replaced soon. Still too quiet
So my factory stereo screen display stopped working and wasnt showing any numbers. So I decided to replace it with aftermarket double din.
Pioneer Avic Z120bt
Infinity Kappa Five
Polk Audio db651
Metra dash kit
Still not installed yet, waiting on the wire harness before I send it to the shop to get installed
Ended up fatmatting my entire trunk, trunk lid, rear seat, and rear deck
Only have pics of the trunk though, forgot to take pics of the other locations
Sorry, i'm not baller enough to afford dynamat haha
Then I traded my weds kranze shoki's for a set of fabulous profounds 19"
Did a quick test fit, going to need a spacer up front to clear my brakes. The rears I havent taken a pic of but will need atleast a 25mm spacer. Dropped the rims off to get refinished and will post more pics of it on the car when I get it back
Picked up these headlights from joe 2 days ago.
LS460 low beam w/ sti clear lens
FX35 bi-xenon w/ color mod
Clear turn signals
Right now its 4300k but i'm still debating if I should do a 6000k or not
Recently just got a oil change, transmission flush, diff oil change, spark plug change, brakes bled, and coolant temp sensor. Maintenance should be ok for now, until it hits 90k
Thats it for now, i'll post more in this thread as I get more done to my car.
03-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Put on new mufflers today and had them tuck up the exhaust even more coz I kept scraping it
FullBoar 14" straight through muffler
Out with the old, in with the new
2.25 all the way back
magnaflow x pipe
first two muffler delete
fullboar muffler 14"
03-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Heres some pics of my previous cars. vip GS300, white turbo miata NA, and the black 2jzgte / v160 6 speed SC300
03-09-2011, 06:35 PM
Got a chance to install my system today. Snapped some pics, please dont comment on the quality, it was all taken with my camera phone.
Tear down begins
Drill hole and install backup camera
Infinity kappa five amp, hidden in the trunk
mockup off the car
Pioneer avic z120bt installed
I didnt get a chance to take a pic of the subwoofer installed on the rear deck. But this little 8" hits hard. Now i'm kicking myself for being too lazy to put sound deadening on the top of the rear deck. Only did the bottom of the rear deck. Got some rattles, hopefully more sound deadening will help
03-09-2011, 06:35 PM
Finally got my wheels back from the refinishing shop. Mounted tires on the rear pair today, gonna do my front's tomorrow
So I threw on the front rims, but they needed a spacer to clear. I slapped on my 5mm but it still wouldnt clear and I didnt want to go past a 5mm for lack of spins on the lugnut. So I decided to call some buddies over and we grinded down my calipers on the area's that it was hitting so the wheel would clear.
Overall grinded about 3mm and it barely clears the wheel now, the most I can slide between the caliper and the spokes is a sheet of paper
I didnt want to have my caliper expose bare metal, looked incomplete. So I decided to paint my calipers.
Went to autozone and picked up a few things
Duplicolor metal specks (silver)
Plastikote Flexible spot filler and primer (grey)
Rustoleum Engine Enamel 500 degree high temp clear coat
Didnt take pics of each step, just pics of each spray
Heres the primer on
Heres a layer of the metal specks silver on
Finished, put the wheel back on
Upclose shot. When the flash hits the paint all the flakes show up
And this is where my baby sleeps at night
03-09-2011, 06:36 PM
My homie snapped a quick pic today for me, thought i'd share it with you guys
Check out his flickr
03-09-2011, 06:36 PM
So after I put on the fabulous profounds, it lowered my car about 1.5" just due to sidewall height. Went from a 225/50/18 to a 225/35/19
And because of that, I would scrape my exhaust on every driveway. And I already had it tucked up, apparently not enough. So I went to my local muffler shop and got it taken care of
My car on their rack
The main problem area, hung about 1 inch or so below the frame
Cutting off the x-pipe and rear portion
Removed the main heatshield right above the x-pipe. It prevented me from going any higher so it was removed. I may or may not put on some exhaust wrap tubing depending on if i feel any excess heat coming into the cabin
2x4 laid flat against the frame. Now my piping clears the frame by about 2 inches or so. So if I scrape anything now, i'll be scraping frame
Oh and one of my friends dropped by to adjust his mufflers on his full exhaust system
Porsche Panamera Turbo
03-09-2011, 09:37 PM
03-10-2011, 03:35 PM
My fusa came in yesterday. Thanks to sean @ jdmpalace!
Got my car fully detailed this morning
I have my 370z wheels up front coz I sent one of the front wheels back for minor touch up. There was still a bit of curb rash, but I should have it back by tomorrow or this weekend hopefully
03-10-2011, 05:56 PM
Looks sick bro
03-10-2011, 06:30 PM
03-12-2011, 03:38 PM
Got an alignment today finally. Good thing I did it before I mess up my brand new tires lol
Pretty difficult getting up the rack, scraped frame the whole way up even with 2x4's. And my rear tires would spin and shoot the 2x4's out from under the car so many times. Had to sit in the trunk and have ppl push the car up onto the rack
Specs are now -2.5 camber front and -4.5 camber rear. All factory adjustments
Ppl are telling me to get toe as close to 0.00 as possible but the alignment guy said that he put it under oem specs
03-12-2011, 04:33 PM
Looks good, needs curtains =P
03-12-2011, 08:02 PM
I'm still debating that, kinda pointless to have curtains on the rear seat when my tint is limo in the back. And it looks just awkward only have the front pair of curtains lol. If my sc300 sells I'll have extra funds to play with, then I can go all out
03-12-2011, 09:50 PM
Got my car shot last night by my homie Jordan Mo
Check his flickr, up and coming photographer.
If anyone in 626 needs a photoshoot, I can arrange shoots for you. Shoot me a PM
03-13-2011, 08:34 PM
You have good taste.
03-13-2011, 09:31 PM
those wheels look like they were made for this car...looks real good man
03-15-2011, 07:21 PM
Wow! nice man! I love the caliper paint!
03-18-2011, 06:18 PM
So I didnt like how the rear end of my car looked so empty with no tips visible. So I decided to do something about it. Ordered some quad tips, I actually ordered 2 set of quads coz I didnt know which one to go with. But I decided on these, the other set will be for sale in a little bit along with my mufflers. Gonna go straight pipe with these tips.
Gonna cut my rear bumper this weekend and get the tips tucked up flush against the rear bumper cutout opening. I'll probably have them extended about 2-3" from the rear bumper, no more than that or I cant fit in my garage
Here they are laying on the ground
03-18-2011, 11:20 PM
I like this exhaust a lot. What are they? what are the other exhausts you didn't go with? I am looking to change my set up.
03-19-2011, 06:28 AM
My other exhausts was a dual 3.5" 12" long tip with a 2.25" inlet pencil rolled straight cut. If youre interested pm me, and i'll send some pics your way
Decided to take a exhaust vid before I went straight pipe and put on new tips
03-19-2011, 08:52 AM
it's hard to tell what exhaust sounds like when it's a cell phone taken video. they normally don't capture sounds very well.
if anything, if made your LS sound like canned civic's balls dropped. lol
03-19-2011, 03:49 PM
Got the tips installed this morning. It was scary cutting up my rear bumper, I made a scratch on my rear bumper while cutting it coz the disk was too large, so I'll probably cover it up with some touch up paint later on.
Driving back home was scary, afraid of getting pulled over. Way louder than I expected it to be. Theres a resonator in each tip so thats a total of 4 resonators and its still pretty damn loud. Anything past 2,000 rpm drones like hell. I'll probably have to add another resonator to quiet it down some more
Taping up the rear bumper and drawing where to cut
Cut the rear bumper
03-20-2011, 04:04 AM
Quality is not the greatest, taken with my phone. The staticy sound is coz we were revving in the building and the sounds were echoing
03-20-2011, 09:20 AM
Yea... maybe you should of left the mid mufflers on... looks dope as hell though. BTW, I PMd you about the exhaust, no reply yet.
03-24-2011, 06:54 AM
So my homie sells leds and he told me he had a led puddle light kit. Supposedly its exactly the same as the monarch kit without their logo on the box. I compared the two kits, and they look identical. It was a pain in the ass to install, took us about 7 hours to do everything. The cutting and measuring took the longest. And the lights still aren't 100% straight, due to how my side skirt curves downwards. If it was flat like most aftermarket side skirts itd be wayyyyyy easier
Anyways, onto the pics. I will have installed pics later on, didnt have a chance to take any yet
03-24-2011, 08:00 AM
damn nice progresss
03-24-2011, 09:07 PM
i love this car, sounds real good too!
03-28-2011, 03:29 PM
Bro sick LS, i really like where your taking it, always a fan of your old NA as well!!
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