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  • Birthday 02/21/1983

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  1. Happy Birthday jason_l!

  2. Hi All, I know a few people are interested in seeing what is involved to fit the stainless steel dial kit so here is the instructions, any further questions then just ask. Stainless Steel Dial Kit Please Note: Care must be taken when fitting this kit, follow the instructions provided taking care not to damage your Speedo assembly or dash trim. I am not held responsible for any damage that may occur if you choose to fit this kit yourself. If you do not feel confident in fitting the kit yourself then I can do it for you, however this will involve you sending your Speedo assembly to me and I will send it back when the kit is installed. Tools needed to fit Stainless Dials: • Medium size cross point screwdriver • Small size cross point screwdriver • Clean Lint Free Cloth • Small amount of Lighter Fluid • Small piece of scrap paper 1. Begin by removing the screw at the top in the piece of plastic trim under the steering column (as shown in picture). When this has been removed the trim piece can be carefully pulled forward, this will unclip it at the top from the dash. 2. Remove the two screws that hold the Speedo trim in place (located on the underside of the top, as shown in picture). When these have been removed carefully pull the trim towards you to release the clips. 3. Unclip the wiring to the dimmer switch to the left of the Speedo trim. When this is unclipped the Speedo can be pulled up and removed completely from the dash. 4. Now remove the three screws that hold the Speedo assembly in place and slide forward. You should now be able to unclip the Speedo assembly from the wires on left side of the unit. The Speedo assembly can now be removed from the car. 5. Now its time to dismantle the Speedo unit and fit the new dials! It is best to fit the dials in a dust free clean environment so that no dust/dirt can get on the inside of the assembly. This will save cleaning time later. Begin with removing the small screw at the top of the Speedo unit. When this is removed work around the unit removing the clips that hold it together, its best to start at the top and when this side is done the bottom should just unclip. 6. Now you will have access to the dial faces. Begin with cleaning the dial faces with a lint free cloth and a small amount of lighter fluid. This will ensure that they are clean and free from any grease. Leave it for about two or three minutes for the excess lighter fluid to evaporate and then its time to begin. 7. The centre dial is probably the easiest of the three pieces to fit so it makes sense to start with this one. It's very easy to scratch off the red coating on the underside of the needles so car must be taken when fitting the new stainless dials. Get a small piece of scrap paper roughly 2cm square, fold it in half and then in half again so you end up with something that looks similar to the picture below. This will be used to prevent the needles from getting damaged. 8. Holding the centre dial at the edges, carefully remove the backing from the small pieces of adhesive tape. Do NOT remove the large tab yet; this will be done when the dials have been placed over the needle. Now place the small piece of paper over the central hole as shown in the picture below. 9. Carefully turn the needle so that it is pointing upwards (around the 80mph mark) and feed the stainless dial over the end of the needle. Make sure that the stainless dial is turned 90 degrees clockwise from where it will finally sit. This will make it easier to slide over the needle. 10. Now extreme care must be taken as you slide the new stainless dials over the needles. The small piece of paper will protect the red underside of the needle but the silver line along the top can still scratch off easily unless you are careful. As you slide the stainless dial over the needle make sure that you bend it slightly so that the stainless part does not scrape along the top and damage the finish at the same time making sure that the adhesive part does not touch any part of the dial. 11. When you have placed the stainless dial over the needle and into the centre you can turn it 90 degrees anticlockwise to align with the original face of the dial underneath. Now carefully remove the small piece of paper and slowly lower the piece over the needle rest. 12. Now carefully pull the tab out so that all the adhesive backing is exposed and ready to stick down. Carefully lower into place, this piece should be a near on perfect fit so should easily line up with the dial face. When loosely placed in position use a soft cloth to press down firmly in place, this will ensure no finger prints are left on the dials. 13. When this is fully pressed down the needle should be able to move fully round the dial without coming into contact with the new dial face. Now its time to fit the other two side dials. Begin with removing the two needle rests, these should just be able to be pulled off, they may require a bit of force but should come off ok. If you are having trouble getting them to come off then use a pair of long nosed pliers. Leave these to the side to refit later. 14. The fuel gauge dial is fitted in the same manner as before, using a small piece of paper in the centre hole to protect the underside of the needle. This time however none of the adhesive backing paper is removed first. Begin by moving the needle to around the quarter way mark on the fuel gauge. Carefully slide the new stainless piece over the top making sure not to scratch the top silver surface. 15. When the new piece has been placed over the needle remove the small piece of paper and line up the dial as best possible, you will have to slide the new stainless piece under the centre dial by lifting the edge slightly to create a bit more room. 16. When the dial is lined up as best possible carefully lift the edges up and pull the adhesive backing tabs out one by one. Carefully lower the dial into place and when loosely in the correct position place the dial rest back in its hole, making sure the needle is the correct side of the rest. 17. As the dial has not been pressed down fully you will be able to move it very slightly to get a perfect alignment. When happy press down firmly with a soft clean cloth, and that's two done! Now for the third and final one, again use a small piece of paper placed in the central hole to protect the underside of the needle. Place the needle around the 3000 rpm mark and carefully slide the stainless piece over without scratching the top surface of the needle. 18. As you slide the stainless piece remember to be careful not to scratch off the silver line on the top. As you get to the centre part of the needle you may need to push the needle slightly to the left to allow the stainless part to fit over. Now remove the small piece of paper and align with the standard dial face. 19. As with the previous dial you will need to lift up the centre part slightly to slide the new stainless piece slightly under it. When you are happy with the alignment then remove the adhesive backing tabs one by one and replace the needle rest making sure the needle is on the correct side. Then press down firmly using a soft cloth to fix the stainless dials in place. 20. Now all three pieces have been fitted have one final check to ensure the needles can move smoothly across the range of each gauge. If there are any fingerprints, dust or marks on the dials then now is the time to clean them off. Use a small bit of lighter fluid on a clean cloth and rub gently to remove the marks. Also have a quick clean on the inside of the cover, this will remove any dust or marks. Now clip the cover back on, be sure to line up the trip button (long thin button on front) in the hole then make sure all the clips are secured and replace the small screw in the top. Now you are ready to refit into the car. 21. Refit the dials into the car by first attaching the wire clips together, and screwing in the three screws to hold the Speedo assembly in place. Now add the Speedo trim back on, connect the wire clip on the left and push gently into place so the clips attach to the dash. Refit the two screws at the top of the Speedo trim and tighten these up. Finally push the lower trim piece into place and refit the final screw. That's it, Job done! There you go peeps Jason
  3. This post is more for other peoples benefit who are thinking of upgrading their interior of their 's/altezza'. Now if they conduct a search they will find this topic with the relative information in! As some of you know i recently bought the oakham sport half leather interior and had a few questions about wiring the drivers seat in, some of you had already done this modification but couldn't remember how you wired them in. I tried several search's but had no luck so it came down to trial and error. What follows is how i have wired them in: The passengers seat is a simple swap. Once the original is removed you will notice that there is a spare connection block coming from the wiring loom that was not connected to anything on the original seat. This, as far as i can tell, is for the heated seat element in the passenger seat. When you come to fit the seat you will notice that all the connection blocks will fit exactly (airbag, seatbelt sensor and heated seat). Thats it, passenger seat done.........now for the drivers Once you have removed the drivers seat you will notive that on the loom from the car you will have only two wires in one connection block (green/pink and white/black) this is the connection block for the seatbelt sensor. If you look on the bottom of the new 'sport' type front drivers seat you will notice that there is a larger connection block with four wires! Trace the wires on the seat to the seatbelt and you will notice another connection block for the seatbelt sensor unplug this and compare this connection block to the one on the cars loom. If they are different, which mine where, cut the connection block from the cars loom and discard this. now cut the connection block from the seat and solder this to the cars loom. The wire colours are exactly the same so connect pink/green to pink/green and white/black to white/black. Thats the seatbelt sensor done. Now cut the larger connection block off the seat and you will have four bare wires. The pink/green one can just be insulation taped up as you have already connected this elsware. The thicker white wire is the possative so will need to be connected to the battery/possative supply. I connected mine to the battery with an inline fuse also connected. The white and black wire is the earth so needs to be connected to the car body/negative. I pealed back the carpet and connected the earth to an existing earth point that is just under where the seat should be. This leaves you with just one wire, the red one, this i assume will be for the heated seat element. i have not connected this up yet as i need the heated seat switch's but will post up results when complete. I hope that people will find this usefull if they are intending to do the same mod.........sorry for the long essay. Jason
  4. Hi Everyone, Im really really sorry for my lack of sorting this out. I know some people have mentioned that i am moving house but thats far from it. I have recently bought a house in need of a LOT of work. It currently has no roof, no floors, no ceilings or electrics and im currently living with my parents until the house is liveable. Im currently spending all my free time trying to get the house done and in a state where i can move in. However i am still keen to get this moving as the list is now HUGE. I have been in contact with the company that makes the etchings and they have informed me that their prices have gone up slightly. Its been nearly a year since i last ordered some stuff from them so its been a while. Im not sure of the exact price but now i have a rough idea of numbers i can go back to them and try and negotiate a discount. There are a few things to note on the list though. I never actually managed to get hold of a set of altezza dials when i was making these so J3NKO im really sorry but i can't actually make you any dials as i have never done a set im afraid. :( ONEloveFTP, as you have a US is300 i will need to double check the layout. I have done about 4 other US dials so a template does exist but i may need to see some pics of your dials just to confirm the fitment 100% 1. Dinho- IS200, Manual, XE_03, Sport Style 2. Roger007uk- IS200, Manual, XE_03A, Sport Style 3. D6NGR- IS200, XE01 , Manual , Lexus/TRD Style 4. SpectraBlueMica- IS200, Auto, XE_02, Sport Style (yes i can ship finland mate ) 5. Kerja- IS200, Manual,XE01 ,Sport Style 6. Kerja- IS200, Manual, Xe01, Rising Sun (Yes I'll have two) 7. George - IS200, Manual, XE01, Lexus/TRD style 8. bigsteve200 - IS200,XE 03A Auto, lexus/trd style 9. thalystgv - IS200,XE01, Manual Sport style 10. Spiffy - IS200 Manual XE-01, Rising Sun 11. Fugu - IS200 Manual XE-01, Rising Sun (pref) or Sport 12. jacobshep - IS200, XE 03, Manual, Rising Sun 13. Bebby90 - IS200, XE-01, Manual Lexus/TRD style 14. Slimshady - IS200, XE03, Auto, Lexus/TRD style 15. DUB15///IS200,Manual,XE-01,Sport Style 16. is200_chi - IS200 Manual - XE-03A - Lexus/TRD style 17. Rich OB - IS200 XE-01 Auto - #2 Lexus Style 18. Alex Kay - Manual, Sport Style, IS200, XE-01 19. red-lex - XE-03 is200 auto #1 'sport' version 20. ONEloveFTP - IS300, Auto, Rising Sun style 21. buzzard2009 =is200 s Manual XE-01 22. Metaphizix - IS200, XE-01, Manual, #1 Sport Style I understand this groupbuy has been dragging but i really have been so busy with everything, and my mx5 has also decided to die so i have been dealing with that. Those that are on the list WILL get a set of dials if you still want them. If you no longer want a set then please let me know so i don't get mixed up. Many thanks all, Jason :D
  5. 1. Dinho- IS200, Manual, XE_03, Sport Style 2. Roger007uk- IS200, Manual, XE_03A, Sport Style 3. D6NGR- IS200, XE01 , Manual , Lexus/TRD Style 4. SpectraBlueMica- IS200, Auto, XE_02, Sport Style (yes i can ship finland mate ) 5. IS200Scott- IS200, Manual,XE_03 ,Sport Style 6. Kerja- IS200, Manual, Xe01, Rising Sun 7. George - IS200, Manual, XE01, Lexus/TRD style 8. bigsteve200 - IS200,XE 03A Auto, lexus/trd style 9. thalystgv - IS200,XE01, Manual Sport style 10. Spiffy - IS200 Manual XE-01, Rising Sun 11. Fugu - IS200 Manual XE-01, Rising Sun (pref) or Sport 12. jacobshep - IS200, XE 03, Manual, Rising Sun 13. Bebby90 - IS200, XE-01, Manual Lexus/TRD style
  6. 1. Dinho- IS200, Manual, XE_03, Sport Style 2. Roger007uk- IS200, Manual, XE_03A, Sport Style 3. D6NGR- IS200, XE01 , Manual , Lexus/TRD Style 4. SpectraBlueMica- IS200, Auto, XE_02, Sport Style (yes i can ship finland mate ) 5. IS200Scott- IS200, Manual, ? ,Sport Style 6. Kerja- IS200, Manual, Xe01, Rising Sun 7. George - IS200, Manual, XE01, Lexus/TRD style 8. bigsteve200 - IS200,XE 03A Auto, lexus/trd style 9. thalystgv - IS200,XE01, Manual Sport style 10. Spiffy - IS200 Manual XE-01, Rising Sun 11. Fugu - IS200 Manual XE-01, Rising Sun (pref) or Sport 12. jacobshep - IS200, XE 03, Manual, Rising Sun
  7. Hi Everyone, Really sorry about the delay with these. As Dave Edin has said im currently in the process of buying a house and things are a bit hectic at the moment. None the less im keen to get this sorted before i move house as i just won't have the time once we move as the house nedds a HUGE amount of work. I will get the details on who wants what dials and get a quote from the etching company as to what its going to cost and then i can work out what the dials will be and can look at getting things underway. Thanks for your patience, Jason :D
  8. Guess i should add a list.......... 1. Dinho- IS200, Manual, XE_03, Sport Style 2. Roger007uk- IS200, Manual, XE_03A, Sport Style 3. D6NGR- IS200, ? , ? , Lexus/TRD Style 4. SpectraBlueMica- IS200, Auto, XE_02, Sport Style (yes i can ship finland mate :D ) 5. IS200Scott- IS200, Manual, ? ,Sport Style 6. Kerja- IS200, Manual, ? ,Sport Style 7. 8. 9. 10.
  9. Yours will more than likely be a XE-03(A) as its a 2003 :D
  10. Yes price was £35 before but i will need double check with the company that etch's them as need to confirm they still have the phototool templates. If they do then price should be similar. Although it may have gone up very slightly due to the VAT increase but i will confirm price when i have numbers. Also just to add the Stainless Steel clock surround piece is again included for free with every kit! :D Jason :D
  11. Roger, if you like i can even fit yours for you, as im in Southampton also
  12. Thanks Ormi :D Really means a lot to me when people are happy with my work :D
  13. Stainless steel dial group buy now underway. :D

  14. Well i aint been on here for a while (about 9 months or so!!!) but have been informed about this by Dave Edin :D Its true i have not got my lexus anymore, well i still have some of it as its currently being broken for parts. Im now driving a Tidy Eunos Roadster :D Anyway more to the point and the news you all wanted to hear. I WILL happily run another group buy for these if people want them, and its clear that people do want them. Now i can't garantee i can do them quickly as i am so busy with alot of things. People that know me will tell you how much work i have on! Anyway, if you add your name to the list you WILL get a set, simple as that. Now can those that are interested please start making a list. I need the below information from each person and when we have numbers i can try and get a discount on price. IS200 or IS300, Dial code (this will be written on the dials eg XE-01), auto or manual, chosen design. I think thats everything i need to know?!?!? Price should hopefully be similar to before although they may have gone up slightly becasue of the vat rise but will confirm before payment is taken :D Let the madness begin............. Jason :D #1: The 'Sport' version, which has the Lexus logo in the centre dial and the sport logo on the right under the odometer display #2: The 'Lexus' version, has the lexus logo in the centre and lexus text under the odometer display #3: The 'Rising Sun' version, this has the rising sun design over all the dials and lines up so that they are all tied together #4: The 'Lexus/TRD' version has the Lexus text on the centre dial and TRD racing Development written under the odometer display Fitting Instructions for the Dials Any questions about the dials or the group buy please feel free to ask here and they will be answered as soon as humanly possible :D Note from moderators Please do not pm or contact Jason regarding the dials as he is unable to answer pm's/mails on the subject due to trading terms & conditions.... All questions are to come through this thread. Thankyou
  15. Stainless Steel Dial Conversion Kits - Is200

    Deckie77 and lexuslegend, your dials where dropped off at the post office after work today :D Should be sent out tomorrow morning and you should have them on friday! Thats everyone i think so thats it for this group buy! Thankyou all and i hope you like your nice shiney dials Jason :D