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  1. I need the advice of experts and enthusiasts, in doing something which seems to swim against the tide. I have a 2002 IS300 Sportcross. It comes with 17" wheels as standard, with fairly low-profile tyres: 215/45 R17 on the front, 225/45 R17 on the rear. The alloy wheels are scabby and corroded, and the current Michelin Premacy tyres are due for replacement. So now is the moment! Most people who change wheels and tyres seem to want bigger wheels and even lower profile tyres. Fair enough - for appearance and perhaps hard cornering. I want to go the other way. I want to fit 16" wheels (I have a set) and deeper profile tyres. The reason is mainly to improve the ride and reduce vulnerability to bad road surfaces, potholes, and the thumping of cats-eyes..... So this is where it gets complicated. What tyres do I fit? I want to change the rolling-radius as little as possible in order not to affect the speedo and odometer. I also want decent quality tyres that aren't noisy, wear reasonably well and are good in the wet (I have Falkens on my 4WD and they are horrible when it's slippery). I plan to put the same size tyres on all four wheels (I don't carry heavy loads in the Sportcross so can't see the justification for slightly wider wheels on the back). The brilliant guidance on the http://www.carbibles.com website includes a calculator for tyre-size options. That appears to suggest that I could fit either 50-profile tyres: 215/50 R16 or 225/50 R16, or if I wanted taller 55-profile ones, 205/55 R16 or 215/55 R16. So.... first question - what size/profile should I go for? My instinct was to choose 215/55 R16 all round, but that's a really rare size (I can only find Kumho KH31 in that size). The manufacturer alternative spec (and standard on the IS200 Sportcross) seems to be 205/55 R16. What do others think? Second question..... what brand? My shortlist is Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance, Dunlop Sport Blu Response, or maybe Hankook or Kumho. I think Michelins are too costly (I'm not a high mileage driver), and Yokohamas and Bridgestones too soft and wear out quickly. I have no knowledge of Uniroyal and little experience of Contis (except on an older Merc where they were OEM). Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated, especially from those in the trade!
  2. Custom Intake IS300

    Ok, so didnt want to hijack Simons Thread Si_is200 so heres my custom intake. first pics are of a MaF adapter i knocked up. this isnt finished yet but will do for now to test how well she runs. My only concern is the Maf is too far from the filter but im not sure if it matters as long as its reading the Flow of air i also may reduce the thickness of the MaF adapter, at the moment the centre of the round end sits in the middle of the pipe but it means the small outer wire is close to the top of the pipe. will see how it fairs. still got to tidy up the support and make a heat shield but this is what i have so far. any opinions/suggestions are welcomed
  3. Hi all my first post, hopefully not the last I am looking at a 2004 IS 200 sportcross, with geniuine 62000 km, but not driven for the last 2 years. Car seems solid, but I am very afraid of the fact that is has been in the shop for more than 2 years, pretty much not being moved. I bought a similar car like that 5 years ago, Fiat croma, and honest dealer warned me about: - changing the tires (of course) - changing the wheels, especially the alloy ones, can become, well, not perfectly round anymore - changing break pads (material gets destroyed) - changing battery (sure) - changing springs - changing belt and connected stuff this is the one I am looking at: http://www.avto.net/_AVTO/ad.asp?ID=2309540&show=2 slovenian language, beware. any comments on the imminent issues? best.
  4. Hi I'm new to Lexus ownership and only picked up my '03 IS300 SportCross yesterday. I know I'm going to have a few questions but I guess it's best to post each question separately. Looking forward to chatting with you all over the coming months. First issue - can't get the SatNav switched on and don't have a manual to go with it. It's the type that flips up on the top of the dash and says "GPS Voice Navigation System" on it. I can't even get it to flip up pressing the open/close button. Can anyone help me with a link to a user manual so i can at least read what it should do?! Thanks. William
  5. Hi Does anyone have a IS300 Sportcross Luggage Load Cover I could buy? Ideally to match the beige trim of my car, but black would be fine too. Is there a Lexus specialist breaker? I've tried Breakeryard.com but nothing's come up yet. Thanks William
  6. Is200/is300 Sportcross Tail Lights

    Hi folks, I damaged my Drivers side (right) tail light on my 2003 Sport cross the other day. I bought a replacement used off ebay only to realise the replacement was slightly tinted which was a feature of post 2004 models. Does anyone have Either an ordinary chrome (pre 2004) Drivers side light I can buy off them (for no more than £40) or swap for the tinted one, OR a Passenger side tinted one to be bought or swapped etc etc. Thanks Matt
  7. Hi I have one master key that seems to do everything it should - but no spare. Where's the best palce to get a spare key? Thanks William
  8. Nokian Zline Tyres

    Good day, I'm the owner of an IS300 Sportcross with staggered wheels, 215 and 225/45 r17. I'm looking for a complete set of tyres for all-year round use in Southern Scotland and came across the Nokian zLine tyres. They have very good reviews but aren't well known here (Swedish company, they are one of the best winter tyre manufacturers and have been around for a very long time). Anyone have any experience with these tyres?