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  2. 5 points
    Whilst at Lexus Cheltenham yesterday got chatting with another customer who is a long term serial Ls buyer. All his cars are adapted for him by Lexus as he’s disabled, and they are going to do the same for him with a new GsF. So once the last 2 are gone presumably that’s it, i saw that the 66 Black Gsf on the forecourt has sold and finally someone has put a deposit on my old IsF. Big Rat
  3. 5 points
    Surprised to find a largely favourable review on the TG website which I assumed would be the usual understeer, oversteer, power tosh. And I quote: Should I buy one? This is a moment for you to consider what driving you really do, rather than what you would like to do, but don’t. While TG will go to its grave defending your right to having a drift-worthy V8 that consumes tyres and petrol in equal measure, there are some of us who just want or need to get somewhere in the least stressful way possible. Often with luggage and passengers. For those people, cars like the Volvo S90 and now the new Lexus ES are not just a sensible choice, but the correct one. The new Peugeot 508 also treads its own path by all accounts, wilfully different form the usual (Germanic) suspects. Perhaps there's finally the start of seismic shift in the motoring press, from baseball cap to cardigan? I won't hold my breath though!
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    Had a little play this morning... fitted the separate gearbox oil cooler to eliminate the chance of the dreaded cooler failure wrecking the gearbox, as I've said elsewhere this is the preventative measure I am happy with, there are several ways to preempt this problem and deal with it, whichever way you chose is the best way for you... It's a simple process... remove this panel, there are about 6,534 10mm fixings.... You can then see this at the bottom of the rad the two pipes coming out are from the internal cooler They go into two metal pipes and are held on with those constant torque clips, remove the pipes from the metal pipes, cut them short, shove a bolt in the shortened pipe and secure with a jubilee clip, this ensures that should the rad fail internally then you won't lose coolant through the oil cooler... I forgot to take pictures of the next bit so adapted this one, I drilled four holes in the panel below the aluminium crash bar, two for the pipes (Red)and two outside ones (Yellow) for the purpose of fixing the rad. The pipe holes line up directly with the strengthening ribs... Then dressed up the rad with the hose tails, went under the bonnet, plenty of room to get the rad in position, I used a piece of wood to wedge it in position then used these self drilling and tapping screws, they are designed for roofing sheets but are handy for loads of things... Fixed the cooler in place with four of them using a 10mm socket on a 1/4 drive extension bar in a cordless drill... Cooler now fitted very solid and in good airflow under the front number plate.. Then just a case of cutting the pipes to length and fixing them on, then replacing the undertray. The old cooler only had about a quarter of a cupful of oil in it and as I plan to change the gearbox fluid soon I didn't bother topping it up... Job done... I then sorted out the electrical socket for the tow bar, the old one was hanging below the bar and got broken when I reversed out of our drive and up the neighbour opposites drive, there was a van in the way to stop me turning up the road as I usually do, this meant the front was going uphill as the rear was going down hill.. a nasty scrape and the socket was toast... it looked awful anyway.. Here it is before showing the extra reversing LED's I removed earlier... I bought a black one and a stainless steel plate to secure it, the type that sits behind a normal tow hook, as mine is a removable one I cut down and bent the bracket to fit the socket flush with the bottom of the tow bar, i had to remove a semicircle of the bumper edge to get it in, I have mounted it sideways as this meant I didn't have to remove any more bumper as it would start to show... That looks better if I do say so myself..!! I'll probably paint the stainless bracket but I didn't take any paint to the garage.... It's getting closer to where I want it...... Went to visit the IS250 we have just bought for my good lady. It is in the paintshop, ready for primer, it's having a full front end repaint and the rear bumper, it will then be mint body wise... The bonnet looked like it had been cleaned with a brillo pad and acid, the bumper and front wings had a few stone chips and the rear bumper had a scuff on one corner and a ding in the middle.... (Don't people use the PDC...!!) It's difficult to photograph but it looks awful in the flesh ( We got a lot of money off because of this ) You can see it's a different colour, the headlights are very faded as well, I polished them before it went in, came up like new.... It has to look worse before it gets better.... The back half of the front wings will be flatted with very fine grade paper and the area will be used to blend the new colour into the original, this should make the repaint virtually imperceptible... The bumper had a lot of stone chips.... Old wheely bin makes a great bumper stand...!!! Should be finished Wednesday....
  6. 4 points
    Noby76, I'd love to know how a 15Kg wheel, directly linked and held to solid chassis with the moment of inertia within the driving diameter could provide any push on a vehicle? There are only 2 ways this could happen, the moment of inertia is outside of the driving diameter (google / you tube how a flywheel works), Or the the wheel is spinning faster than the car is going, as this can't happen as the wheel is mechanically linked to the car and fictionally held to the ground so the only possible way would be with a kinetic energy storage flywheel and clutch system (which I am sure Volvo have actually designed for rear axle mounting). Any 'Push' from interia without a flywheel would only be giving during speed reduction, and even then on a car with say 30Kg of rotating mass vs 1600kg total mass would be insignificant. I really hope this makes sense. Ps, I'm a mechanical engineer, and have worked in Aerospace and automotive design engineering my entire career.
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    Perhaps we could discuss this vehicle next...........it could take a while..... Big Rat
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    Think this is one of those threads where one person digs there heels in, bit like defending an indefensible position.......so all I can say further is........ Big Rat
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    @noby76 John I'm happy to prove you wrong and it's based on the following experience of driving and qualifications so the experience I have is based on the following......... Driving licences held - Car - Motorcyle- LGV1 -PSV- Tracked Vehicle all for 43 years. My driving history is that I was a class 1 advanced level police driver and instructor and pursuit specialist as well as in a civilian capacity taught vehicle escape and evasion for HM Forces and personal protection agencies. I have driven a huge array of all types of cars not just performance vehicles whether they be RWD/FWD/ALWD, prior to returning to the building trade I worked for Michelin in tyre development as a test driver. So from all this im hoping you will agree I probably know what I'm talking about, and have others have said it's the principles that you have are wrong pretty much all vehicles will squat at the rear to a lesser or greater degree when moving forward depending on the amount of accelerative force being applied but if you are suggesting that any amount of drive is being applied by a FWD vehicle during this is time is hopelessly off the mark. I hope this clarifies the matter. Big Rat
  10. 4 points
    I would agree that seats are an area where the GS (in Premier spec) reigns supreme. Will the ES Premier have 18-way adjustable seats? Will they be clad in lovely soft leather? Will there be a passenger seat electric ottoman? Surely these are far more important questions than mere trifles like engine size and performance! As an aside, I tried a new Prius Plug In yesterday. The ride quality was notably better than my GS - proper magic carpet stuff, without any of the roly-poly that blighted Priuses of old. If Lexus took that car, Lexusised the body but left it on 15" wheels, stuffed it full of soundproofing and gave it the full Premier luxury interior treatment to the quality of the current GS, I'd buy one in an instant. Of course, I'd be the only one - at least, perhaps, until others actually drove it and discovered the joy of abandoning stupid oversized wheels whilst relaxing into a driving style that doesn't involve thrashing as quickly as possible to the end of the next tailback.
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    My wife’s RX450 had a slight leak on a rear damper a few years back. This was only known to us when, upon collecting the car from a normal service, we were told that both rear dampers had been replaced free of charge. It’s that level of service that means she’ll buy another RX from the same dealer when she fancies a different colour one! She’s not interested in even sampling any other manufacturers. On an RCF as new as yours, I shouldn’t imagine you’ll have any trouble getting it sorted.
  12. 4 points
    A stolen recovered car could be a long term nightmare. My last stolen car was professionally fixed, but only six months later, valves met pistons and bang. I have no doubt that the car (which was immaculate prior to being stolen) was abused to within an inch of its life. I standby the fact - stolen - I don’t want it back. Now, if you could have a concealed camera that pinged back images of the scum stealing it..... now that would be great!
  13. 3 points
    Hi some of you maybe aware last year in had my IS paint work fully corrected as it had swirls and marks all over it. Since then I've been on some 1-2-1 course and purchased alot of the kit myself. I've now done a few cars but today decided to go over my 13 plate IS again This didn't take long at all because my washing technique is very strict so very minor scratching to the laqer that's all. Lexus paint is very soft so it's always gonna happen however that makes it nice to work with when correcting. Here are some pictures from today, if any of you would like your paintwork correcting drop me a pm and we can discuss further.
  14. 3 points
    I’ve owned my 2014 300h for about a month now, celestial black SE with 16” wheels, premium nav and black interior. Whilst it’s almost poverty spec it was exactly what I wanted. Bought it with 58,000 on it, ex fleet car so it comes with its own host of ex fleet war wounds, many of which I’ve already taken car of. The car First thing when I got it home was a good wash and polish, that’s when I discovered it was metallic rather than normal black, that was a pleasant bonus. The Prius was the 300h’s predecessor, and from a reliability pilot of view a very difficult car to replace, 130,000 miles in 26 months and not one mechanical failure. Now I wanted 16” wheels because of ride comfort, free road tax and cheaper tyres, this will be used as a taxi so like the Prius will be doing serious mileage, as it stands I’ve done just shy of 4000 miles in 5 weeks so far and have been very impressed. First job, mats, something just to set the interior off a little Then I have to take car of some marks on the interior, these panels were badly scratched so out came the piano black vinyl. Next it was the two way radio and data head. I hate having things on the windscreen, and I wanted this to be as discreet as possible The data head is my meter but also all my job info comes through this. After that, wind deflectors, I’ve had to grind down one of the faces of the deflector on the drivers side as it was causing the window to drag too much. The only other thing fitted was a nextbase cctv camera, I decided to use the hardware kit that was supplied, it was dead easy to fit, took about 30 mins to fit. That was all within a few days of getting the car, the plan was to run the car, find out what needs doing mechanically and set about adding my own touches along the way. First job this week was mudflaps. The Lexus has soft paint and I knew that in a short space of time the mudflaps would rub the paint away in those areas where contact takes place, so I made up some paintwork protectors out of clear vinyl I had in the garage You can’t see the protector very well but it runs parallel with the profile of the mudflaps. Still have the rears to do, that will be the weekend. So jobs to do very soon 60k service Transmission oil Rear axle oil Discs and pads all round Egr cooler cleaned tinted rear windows And then there’s the modification I would like to do....but those I’m still investigating Updates to follow Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 3 points
    Thanks to Mr Funex for his recent contribution to the "Silver Lexus ISF Carbon" project! Sale agreed, paid for, delivered, clear coated and fitted within 4 days. Thanks mate! P.S. what looks like scratches at the near edge is just reflections and a shi##y blackberry camera.... It's mint! #Keepitinthecommunity
  16. 3 points
    As soon as you lift of the throttle everything starts decelerating, including the wheels. To push (as is your claim), the un-driven wheel would need to accelerate. The total force would need to be forwards, but it isn't, the net force is to drag the car backwards. So assuming my car has a mass of 1800kg at 60mph that gives us a momentum of 48240 kg m/s - still not enough to "push" the car when you lift off the throttle. A 5kg wheel tyre will have a fwd momentum of about 134 kg m/s - you see the problem? If you wouldn't mind working out the rotation forces for us? Too hard for me and you've already said you understand physics better than everyone here, we are just lay people after all. I think this is the formula you need, but feel free to correct me. KE (rolling) = 1/2 mv2cm + 1/2 I cm w2
  17. 3 points
    I do like a good scientific debate. If nothing else this thread proves that parallel universes DO exist!
  18. 3 points
    Just looking though my book collection and found these. No mention of nobby's theory of undriven driving wheels. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
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    Your inability to find this silly button does not make you blind or stupid. It's very hard to access. You might want to put the seat all the way back so you can get properly inverted with your head right in the footwell. If you can manage to look up from there, it's on the underside of the dash.
  20. 3 points
    You'd probably be convicted for secret filming and causing them distress and abusing their human rights or something. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  21. 3 points
    I agree fully with both @DAW and @Flytvr you’ve only got to watch any of the tv cop chase type programs to see how much abuse the cars get not worth getting it back, better they torch it after IMO. In fact there is an isF come on sale very recently on Autotrader that is a stolen recovered ....... Big Rat
  22. 3 points
    Have to say I feel exactly the same. Its bad enough having your pride & joy taken in the first place. Wouldn’t want the added issues of having a car on record as being stolen from a resale & devaluation perspective. Still if you do want it recovered it’s certainly good value in comparison with the usual alternatives. A friend suggested something potentially even cheaper if you happen to have an old iPhone. Buy a pay as u go SIM card & use find the iPhone App - just need to hide it under a seat & conceal the power supply.
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    No, they could invest a few quid in one of these Kespon rollers that obliterates text with one swipe. I got one a couple of weeks ago and it works brilliantly. Quick and simple, it would fulfil the requirements of GDPR while still keeping service records intact.
  24. 3 points
    Yes, but those articles won't have your unique translation of the principles.
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    With all my daily driver cars I have worked out the mpg! My Summer toy is a BMW Z4 3.0i and I'm not bothered what mpg I get out of it but I still check it after every fill up, it can also sometimes warn you of an issue with the car.

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