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  1. aftermarket radio

    It's not too bad. The bottom of the rear seats lift up and out. The back of the rear is secured with 4 13 or 14mm bolts and then lifts up and out. The rear shelf then just slides out. And you then have 4 10mm bolts holding the rear speakers in. Can all be dismantled within 15 minutes. Maybe 30 minutes if first time doing it.
  2. aftermarket radio

    No worries. Always happy to help if I can. Yes I am referring to the bass as it is now with the Lexus standard head unit. The rear speakers have a built in 2 ohm sub which I think gets lost as it no longer gets the 2 ohm feed from the amp as it would take 4 ohms from the new head unit. The only way to get back the bass would be to fit a new set of 6x9's that have more bass and operate on 4 ohms which normal 6x9's do. Or fit a sub in the boot. Please bear in mind if you replace the speakers you will need spacer rings to mount the new speakers on to. Unfortunately AutoLeads do not make them for the IS200, or at least they didn't 3 years ago when i fitted mine. I had to make mine out of MDF and mount the new speakers to them. The same goes for the rear speakers.
  3. aftermarket radio

    Yes you are correct. The standard head unit uses a separate amplifier and you will be using your new head units built in amplifier. As for quality I cannot comment on whether it would be the same as this is down to your head unit. I removed the amplifier and run all new speakers and cabling into both doors with 2.5mm core vann damme cable, new DLS performance 6.5" components and DLS 6x9's in the back running off a 5 channel Genesis amplifier in the boot. You might lack some bass as the standard amplifier and speakers are run at 2 ohms and normal car speakers run at 4 ohms. And I think by using the bypass lead you lose the 2 ohm subs which are built into the rear speakers. This is why I decided to install a whole new sound system. I'm sure if any info I have provided is incorrect someone on here can clarify this.
  4. aftermarket radio

    Hiya, Yes when fitting an after market stereo to the IS200, the factory amp becomes purplus to requirements. This only applies to I think the SE, LE and Sport models. The base S model has no amplified stereo. You can either remove the amp completely or leave it there and just leave it unplugged. If I remember correctly there are two plugs that go into the amp, one of which is connected to the bypass lead, the other if left unconnected. The other end of the bypass lead runs behind the glove box to the headunit. Dean
  5. aftermarket radio

    Hi, that is bad advice from halfords, you need this stereo facia: which comes with the amplified bypass adapter. Remove the glove box and there will be an amplifier to the left of the glove box, if i remember correctly its 3x 10mm bolts to remove and then unplug both leads into the amp, connect the larger cable to the bypass lead and run this to the headunit and connect it all up. Hope you get it all working soon. Dean
  6. Autochanger wiring...

    Hi mate there is no auto changer in the boot of the IS200, the standard stereo has a 6 CD auto changer built in the head unit. The wiring that may be in the boot would be for the sat nav DVD unit. This is located to the right of the boot floor next to the spare wheel and storage compartment
  7. Coolant Sensor

    Hi Ratt, That's perfect, thank you. I hope changing this sensor fixes my coolant temp going to cold and back up to normal temp issue. Hope you sort out the problem you was having with coolant temp. Dean
  8. Coolant Sensor

    Actually Britprius is correct, I was referring to the fan sensor switch, I stand corrected my mistake. i would also be interested in where this is, my temp gauge has been playing up since my car over heated, temp gauge gets up to normal temp, but after long drives 50 ish miles, the gauge goes right back to cold again, and then goes back to normal/middle again, I have bled and bled the system and cannot find any bubbles/ air locks in the system. Really hope its not head gasket. As stated above I replaced the thermostat, fan switch, and rad at the same time.
  9. Coolant Sensor

    Only thing I cant remember is what size bolt the temperature sensor is, think it might be a 18 or 19mm but dont quote me on that.
  10. Coolant Sensor

    Hi Ratt, Back in June I had the same issue with my lex, the car started to overheat, the cause of it was a blown radiator, I had to change out the radiator, the temperature switch and the thermostat at the same time. It is definitely at the bottom drivers side of the radiator, you can unbolt it, plug the hole with you thumb and screw the new one in, top up the coolant and plug in the connector. job done :)
  11. Coolant Sensor

    Hi ratt, The temperature coolant sensor is located on the drivers side of the radiator, at the bottom of the rad, it has a white plug and is clearly visible if you were to look down behind the radiator.
  12. Hi Mate, The wing mirror wont be useless, this is just going to be very time consuming. Remove the existing mirror from the car (3 bolts under the tweeter) unplug the connector and remove from car. Now the fun starts, you need to GENTLY prise the glass from the mirror, now I cant remember if it is top or bottom of the glass first that you have to prise it from, you the glass will pop out of the casing. Remove the wire to the demisting glass and remove the glass. Now you need to remove all screws that hold in the motor and remove the motor. Do the same to the new mirror and transfer from old mirror to new mirror, and put all back together, It is a pain, but unless you send the mirror back (if bought brand new) and order one for the year of your car (which is personally what I would do) then that is your only choice. I have done it before when I bought another mirror for my IS, but this was over 2 years ago now. I couldn't tell you every step. Dean
  13. help with cooling system

    Hi mate, I've recently had issues with my cooling system too, the rad went and needed replacing. I also replaced the temp sensor, this was £15 from SC Motor Factors and works like a charm. The fans are supposed to cut in at 98 degrees C. You can bypass the fans by putting a piece of wire in the connector, bridging the connections, this will bring the fan on all the time to test if the fans are working. Although this should not be a fix for a faulty sensor. Watch out as SC's sold me one listed for my car and was too small, there are two sizes for the rad and you want the larger size sensor. Not sure which colours are which but this can be identified with a multimeter once the sensor has been bypassed. My radiator i just replaced had done 147,000 miles. If your replacing the sensor and rad, you might as well replace the thermostat too at the same time, two 10mm bolts and just pops out.
  14. HID Bulb Info

    Hi Dinho, this was 2 years ago I lost that car, they denied liability for causing the accident and tried to blame it on me, yet I had to settle for part blame just because I needed a pay out to get another car, made no difference to my insurance as I protected my no claims, my insurance didn't go up at all so I wasn't bothered about it as long as I got a pay out as I needed a car straight away. Although my IS now is no where near as nice as the one I had but never mind. As for the person texting and driving she got the book thrown at her by the police, prosecuted and then tried to claim personal injury to pay off the huge fine she was hit with for texting and driving. Took a year to be settled by insurers for her claim. I still don't know if she got anything.
  15. HID Bulb Info

    Hi Mate, Yes the blue IS200 in my display picture was my first IS, was on the motorway and someone drifted into my lane while they were texting and driving, I swerved out the way before they hit me and i ended up in the central reservation barrier and a complete write off, the boot was squashed right into the back window, the bonnent and front passenger side wing was pushed back on itself. The car bounced off the barrier a few times. They are fine as long as you don't get water on them, had mine in that place for 2 years now. I've always run HID's in halogen housing, I can understand why they are saying that as the beam pattern will be scattered rather than directed light. But just see how they are when you put them in.
  16. HID Bulb Info

    Hi mate, Mine are just checked in, a rush job after losing my previous IS200, the passenger side ballast I have placed between the ECU box and and I think its the fuse box, where the washer fluid reservoir is. As for the drivers side I have just placed the ballast against the flat body work of the engine bay behind the headlight and tucked it under a wiring harness. I couldnt be bothered with tucking them out the way as it was a rush job to get all parts back on the new IS200 after losing my previous one in a crash.
  17. HID Bulb Info

    Hi Mate, No worries, I'm running the cheap ebay bulbs with the HIDS4U ballasts at the minute and they seem perfectly fine. I'm sure all will be fine mate. Dean
  18. HID Bulb Info

    Hi Martinez, The HID kit you are looking for is 9006 for dipped beam, 9006 for fog light's, and 9005 for main beam.
  19. which sensor is at fault

    Hi, Funny you should post this, I've had the exact same problem Friday night and have just fixed the car yesterday. If the fan is not coming on, pull the connector off the coolant temperature switch which is located at the bottom drivers side of the of the radiator. To prevent over heating as a quick fix get a small piece of wire and strip the ends. Then insert the wire into both pins on the connector, switch the ignition on and the fans will come alive. If they come on then the switch is faulty. £10 from motor factors store. This was not my only problem, I by passed the switch but my car still over heated, I also replaced the thermostat as this was also £12. The main problem was my radiator as I refilled the radiator after replacing the thermostat I noticed water pouring from the bottom, so I had to replace the rad as well.
  20. Aren't the cambelts supposed to be changed every 50/60k? If its only had one cambelt at 80k, it would be overdue a cambelt change by nearly 40k. I would pop the cambelt cover off to inspect the belt to make sure its not about to go and get it booked in for one as soon as you can
  21. Is200 sport

    Hiya, As far as I know the exhaust mountings are the same for the S, SE and Sport. I have had a SE and now a Sport and have had sports exhausts on both models. I fitted the exhaust to my SE which was the HKS Silent Hi-Power, a subtle exhaust that's not too loud. My Sport came with a sports exhaust already on it but when i had to remove the back box to reseal the joint the mountings looked exactly like my old SE IS200.
  22. Lambda sensor - cost of part

    That job should have cost you no more than £60 for a OEM Denso sensor and 20 minutes of your time, I feel for you. I always check this site before committing to take my car to a garage. One classic reason i do not take my car to a garage. I fitted new drilled and grooved brake discs to my old car, I also replaced the caliper as it had a sticky piston at the same time. I done all the hard work, and replaced the lot BUT ran out of time that day. I still had to bleed the brakes as i replaced the caliper, I didn't have the time and took it to my local garage and was charged £90 to pump the brake pedal till it goes hard and release the bleed screw to let any air out. That is just me though, i refuse to pay it when diy is so easy, costs much less and gets it done quicker than waiting for a garage.
  23. Lambda sensor - cost of part

    Oh my god, that is extortionate, I have always been a firm believer in not handing my hard earned money over to garages if i don't have to. I'm truly shocked by that for a lambda sensor. I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'The boss disintegrated. I think you was fed a line with that one. there isn't anything to brake. The lambda sensors screw in, if they are stubborn you may need to heat the metal to get it to expand but then it will release. I replaced mine on my old IS200 couple years back, it took me no longer than 20 minutes. The engine light was showing, i code read it using a £15 ebay code reader and gave code P0420, bank 1 sensor 1. I had a friend of mine cross reference the denso part number and came back with DOX-0205. I didn't have a socket or anything to hand, so used a pair of mole grips on the sensor and it unscrewed, i unplugged it and screwed the new one in and replaced the connector, have to unbolt the heat shield on the exhaust manifold before unscrewing the sensor.
  24. Lambda sensor - cost of part

    Hi, Do not pay silly garage prices, this is a easy diy job and costs about £60, unscrew from manifold and unplug, screw in and plug back in. disconnect battery for 30 mins and this should reset the engine management light or plug in a code reader if you have one.
  25. Alternative Ways To Drain Coolant?

    To remove the under tray there are several 10mm bolts that hold the under tray to the bumper and there are a few that are held on at the back of the tray, remove these bolts and the tray should come off, you can then remove the bottom rad hose and drain the coolant.