ajchetcuti

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About ajchetcuti

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  • First Name
    Alexander
  • Gender
    Male
  • Lexus Model
    LS400
  • Year of Lexus
    1993
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Cheshire

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  1. I've looked into them before with Dension and have used one in a BMW which worked well, tempted to try one for the LS as it looks like a really neat solution! Price isn't bad either is it? Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  2. Evening fellow LS'ers! Some time ago I posted about keys for the LS and if I could get a replacement remote key somehow and it's been a bit of a saga but I DID IT!! I thought you'd be interested to know and tell me I went too far to get there... lol My car came with 2 keys, the valet key and the skeleton key in the card. Unfortunately the master and remote were lost along with the service book when the last owner passed away (the car was laid up in a garage for 7 years). I initially tried local locksmiths and even the AA to try source a remote key to link up and of course they couldn't. I didn't know at this point about the receiver in the boot and the paired chip but neither did they. I managed to get a blank Lexus master key from the USA and brought it back and had it cut at a local auto locksmith. I was slightly happier at this point being able to get into the boot without the interior button. A donor car arrived for some bits and bobs I needed for my car and I was amazed that it came with a remote key and all was working; so I reached out and got some advice from (steve2006 - what a guy). I looked into if I could swap the key blade as it would leave me with one complete key. This isn't possible as the blade is set into the plastic and it would mean absolutely destroying it to even start. Coding the chip in the car to the key is also not possible and swapping all the locks etc didn't seem wise as they were iffy and worn on the donor. I tracked down the part numbers with Steve's help for the remote key sets and found both 1, 2 & 3 key sets with transponder. Lexus Chester point blank said it was very doubtful I'd get one but there was confusion about pre-cut/blank sets with a suffix to the part number and also and if the receiving chip was definitely part of the set. The dealer prices didn't seem too horrific as Amayama were looking to be several hundred before shipping and import duty. Lexus Stoke seemed to be able to supply it and at a cheaper price to Chester, so I ordered. I called 3 weeks later as I had heard nothing. They looked into it and nobody placed an order, they shouldn't have without prepayment anyway and actually they couldn't get the part (poor service). At this point I was giving up... In the end I swapped over the donor car chip into my boot and then used 2 keys for unlocking and then starting the car. I know the remote distance is pants but I wanted the car to have all it's features working and be complete! I left it for a bit longer and used the 2 keys until I went back searching on eBay. I was always searching for LS but one of the similar items was a key for a GS300 95-96 which there was a decent stock of. I compared the photo in detail and it looked identical, the dealer was kind enough to open it up and send photos and the inside also looked identical so I ordered at £130 delivered. The key arrived and I took it apart, yes it was going to work!! Started by pulling out the cover plate with brute force as it's glued in, removing the circuit board after breaking the solder link to the key blade. Mock fitted the circuit board from the donor car and everything lined up, took the blade to Timpson's for cutting which was a big mistake. Timpson's don't guarantee their work if they don't provide the key. I stressed to the guy to make sure he thought he could do it and he said he could, he couldn't and he cut straight through the blade... £130 down the drain. I remembered that when I had the master key cut the shop had a proper laser guided machine and they didn't have an issue with me supplying the key or cutting it. So I ordered another key from the USA and waited another few weeks. The local locksmith had no issue cutting the blade, the machine even read back the code from the key card after it had measured up from the key; which I find fascinating. I should have gone back here initially and have now lost trust in Timpson's antiquated machinery now. It was also half the price. Bought myself a soldering Iron and had a practice, soldered the wire connection to the key blade and put everything back together. Patted myself on the back for the fact it worked on first press!!! I have gone from a valet key and the card to a remote master, master, valet, skeleton and two generic keys I had cut from the master as emergency spares. I'm glad I kept persevering with it, some things for the LS400 are difficult to get hold of but it proves if you keep at it, you can find a solution!
  3. I do, if you search via the car selector tool it'll do the hard work for you. They support most makes and models [emoji3526]. Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  4. Oh no, I have 16 pages when I search on there! Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  5. How did you get on? Any styles take your fancy on Wheelbase? Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  6. I've gone up to 18" and the car still feels comfortable and quiet, they don't catch anywhere and they fill the arches better. The extra width has improved grip also. What have you been looking at? Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  7. They fit well? Share some pics! [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  8. Looks good! Nice find of a low mileage engine! Best the rest of the car was knackered eh? Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  9. I've looked at this exact site but at £4k fitted I wondered if it was worth it. Deffo a fun project I'd be following closely! Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  10. That'll sound fun! I think in my case as deleting 2 still left 2 mufflers on the car the garage were happy there wouldn't be any issues. Good luck! The V8 sounds amazing when it's not being gagged. Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  11. This is something I keep thinking about [emoji23]. Are you going to do the exhaust? I had a muffler delete recently and it sounds great. If you're staying original but need new tips I got a new set from Lexus in the US on eBay. Great site many people use for genuine parts is called Amayama. Non genuine Rock Auto is highly rated on here. Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  12. Also, welcome to the club! You'll probably get all the info you need from here. I've found everybody very helpful and friendly. Looking forward to seeing the car! Alex. Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  13. The screen you need is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/253064035218 I bought one from them for my 1993 and Steve on here kindly fitted it for me and it's like new now. Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk