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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
 
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

Wheels/Tires:

- Enkei RFP1: 17x8 front, 17x9.5 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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Sounds awesome! Have any recent pics of the car?

 

Here is one from the ad. I'm hoping to take some of my own today.

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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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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.

Cool, I trust you will make the right decision. 

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Very nice build. Should be a run car and a great highway cruiser. Just make sure you shoulders are strong those doors are very large and heavy.

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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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Looks like it is a great car with some well thought out mods. It will be interesting to hear how it runs and drives relative to your other rides.

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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:

 

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Interesting ride. I wonder how much power that 1UZ puts out with the mild mods?

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Interesting ride. I wonder how much power that 1UZ puts out with the mild mods?

 

Me, too! I plan to go get it dynoed at some point.

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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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You're living the constant car swapping dream!

 

Haha, my wife would point out that I haven't actually swapped anything yet! Except the Miata, of course!

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Haha, my wife would point out that I haven't actually swapped anything yet! Except the Miata, of course!

Most of us would be less worried about the wife and more worried about the repo man!

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