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  1. They're the standard wheels for that age still. The other version was an option. No difference in size either.
  2. Original Bridgestones changed at 26,000. These had a little life left, but had bad wear to inner edge on front tyres and were starting to crack. Swapped for Michelin PS4S and fitted USRS bushes at the same time. Showing even wear after 16,000 miles. Front are about 1/2 worn, rears 2/3. I would estimate 20K+ on rears, with 30K possible on fronts.
  3. I'd be a little hesitant to put CF on my wheel. Finish would need to be excellent as you'll be touching it all the time. These parts will be lacquered to provide the gloss finish, I'm not certain how well that will hold up being handled all the time. Essentially it's a painted finish and subject to wear. Additionally depending on the resin system used, they can yellow over time from sunlight. I don't think the silver "alu-fibre" would look very good next to traditional carbon twill, if you're going to change some I'd think you'd want to change it all. Maybe look at wrapping console / door trims instead. A lot cheaper and easy to revert.
  4. In industry they're called exhaust "collectors". The reason they exist is to allow for a much tighter fit between the exhaust trim and the rest of the body. Disconnecting them from the exhaust system means they don't need a massive clearance around them, and can therefore be styled a lot better for visual... in most cases.
  5. That's an unusual shade of red 😉 Excellent news, enjoy! Where did you purchase from?
  6. If you pay to become a gold member, I believe Lexus dealerships will fix punctures for free. Never had to use it yet, thankfully.
  7. Can try holding brake with left foot, and build some revs with accelerator as the christmas tree goes through its sequence. No delay for switching pedals, compared to if you were holing brake with right foot. Plus you've built some pressure up in the torque converter to launch quicker. In theory.
  8. Take a snap of the bit about Lexus and their conclusions. I'm cheap and don't want to buy a copy 😉
  9. Looks like a lot of rust, more than dust from the pads. Car might have been stood a while. What do people use on their wheels to make this easier to clean. I've tried poorboys wheel sealant, but doesnt seem to really help. Also very difficult to get the stuck on dust off. It likes to build into hard scabs that wont budge.
  10. Nothing different reliability wise between all the F's. Servicing is mostly the same cost too. RC-F might be a touch more but nothing significant. I think the later ISFs are holding their value slightly better than the equivalent RC-F due to their practicality, and being the very last always holds a little premium. IS-F is easier to live with if you have children for example. Interesting to see what other people's opinion on this is. I'd go for a GS-F if you need the extra space or want the presence of a larger car. If not, get an RC-F if in budget and suitable for your needs, or an earlier IS-F.
  11. You might need to send your current V5 off with the application. I can't remember. It will all be very clear on the paperwork theyre sending you. Unfortunately I believe you will need to order your own plates. Lots of cars have different sized plates, wouldn't be viable for the DVLA to supply them.
  12. When you get that letter, that will be the certificate showing you own the plate. Fill you car details in and send it off. You'll get a new V5C amended with your new reg. In the mean time you can get your physical plates ordered ready to swap over when the new V5C comes through.
  13. Coincidentally, my IS-F was in for a service at Coventry at exactly the same time. Dropped it off at 8am Tuesday. It was possibly in the workshop by the time you got there. Agree the customer service is excellent. Tom is a great bloke, the team really go the extra mile. When they do make mistakes they are always quick to rectify them and generously reimburse their customers in anyway they can. I got a tin of Lexus sweets left on my passenger seat this time! My family and I have been buying and servicing cars for over 10 years with them now, and quite happy to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Luckily I work right around the corner from them, so very convenient for me too.
  14. Yes, it's supposed to have a BS number and the details of the plate manufacturer. Or something like that. Technically the plates are incorrect if they don't have this. I ordered mine from eBay and was able to find sellers which don't put this info on. Looks much cleaner without.
  15. No change to insurance for me either. I'd advise looking directly at the dvla website to purchase, was the cheapest for me. Unless you find something you like at auction (including ebay). Update on the spacing, had mine incorrect for 18 months now and not been pulled for it, yet.