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1999 Lexus SC400 - I messed up good this time

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I've been wanting something with a V8, something with a little grunt in it. I came across an ad for an SC400 with Supra brakes, Supra 5-speed, and lots of other good work done to it and couldn't resist it.
 
1999 Lexus SC400
 
Engine:

  • 4.0 Liter 1UZ-FE VVT-I V8
  • Ported heads
  • Precision valve job
  • PPE Headers
  • Modified intake manifold
  • Magnaflow spun cats
  • Custom dual exhaust w/cross pipe
  • Link Xtreme ECU 

Transmission:

  • R154 5-speed manual transmission from MKIII Toyota Supra
  • Marlin Crawler billet 1-2 shift fork, Driftmotion billet 3-4 shift fork
  • New ACT heavy duty clutch and pressure plate
  • Stage 1 SPEC clutch
  • McLeod Racing clutch release ram and bearing
  • Camaro clutch release and bearing
  • Modified, lightened 3VZE flywheel
  • OEM clutch master cylinder
  • OEM SC300 clutch, break pedal assemblies

Differential

  • SC300 4.27:1 final drive gears.
  • Torsen T2R limited slip differential
  • High-durometer polyurethane differential and rear subframe mounts
  • Driftmotion driveshaft with Cr-Mo U-joints

Brakes:

  • OEM MKIV Supra Twin-Turbo calipers
  • 4 piston calipers in front
  • 2 piston calipers in rear
  • Supra TT rotors
  • OEM brake master cylinder 

Suspension:

  • Bilstein HD coilovers, with custom spring rates (950F/600R 1100F/700R) and shock valving
  • Titan Motorsports Supra front and rear sway bars
  • OEM Supra TT front, lower control arms
  • OEM SC400 rear lower control arms
  • Polyurethane bushings in front upper control arms, rear lower control arms, and rear lower shock mounts
  • New wheel bearings, front/rear
  • Power House Racing solid steering rack bushings

Wheels/Tires:

  • Enkei RFP1: 17x8 front, 17x9.5 rear; 235/45/17 front, 255/40/17 rear
  • Hankook R-S4: 235/45/17 front, 255/40/17 rear
  • Bridgestone RE-71R: 235/45/17 front, 255/40/17 rear

Seats/Safety:

  • Sparco Evo drivers seat
  • Schroth ASM drivers harness
  • Roll Bar by Mayco Performance

 
I found the original build thread here. Looks like good, clean work to me: https://www.superhawkforum.com/forums/everything-else-31/my-lexus-sc400-project-28537/
 
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Build thread is pretty amazing, it bordered on a restoration.

 

Yeah. I was really conflicted about taking a chance with it until I found the build thread. Then it was a pretty easy decision. I still figure I may find it isn't the car for me, but at least I'm fairly sure it isn't a total turd build.

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I owned a 1992 SC400 long ago.  It was fabulous as I rode it about 233K miles.  The only service (rather than routine oil changes/tires/etc.) was an a/c compressor, and a control arm.  Literally- no other repairs.  I sold it in 2004 and still see it from time to time around town.

 

Congrats and have fun with it!  Yours is a bit different from my bone stock one (I did put in an aftermarket 6 cd player at some point- hahahaha)...;0

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Congrats!  Are you selling the S?

 

Well, that's the agreement that I have with Ju. I also told her I want to keep it at least a few months to see if I really like this thing or not better than it.

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Is that code for "keep the S2000"? :)

Well you seem to have a thing for red cars... you should keep them going.   I have a red 240SX and a Maxima that need a new home too.  (I'll trade you both for the S2000!)

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So far it looks pretty okay under the car. This is the sort of thing I'm seeing that makes me happy -- Zerk fitting on the swaybar bushing, complete with plastic cap:

 

 

 

It's the small things in life.....

 

Funny what a $.01 part can reveal about a car.

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So far it looks pretty okay under the car. This is the sort of thing I'm seeing that makes me happy -- Zerk fitting on the swaybar bushing, complete with plastic cap:

 

It's the small things in life.....

 

Funny what a $.01 part can reveal about a car.

 

None of this is apparently applicable to a 350Z though. #butthurt.

 

I am super excited about this car btw. 

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