Does anyone plan on putting on their front plates? I have my plates, but due to the fact that there are no pre-drilled holes (and it looks better without any!!), I haven't stuck the front one on yet. Now I'm thinking I won't....what do you all think?
I haven't put mine on. Originally I thought that the little bumps in the bumper when I got the car were dings from road rocks. Next time you're out on the road in SoCal or San Diego, count the number of cars without front plates, I would guess 20% or so. Also, with the current trend to put cameras on lights to catch people going through stop lights, it is becoming more common for people to take front plates off so they won't get caught. Could lead to more enforcement - probably not. California cops have fewer donut shops than in the east or midwest so they're usually not to be seen, to busy finding the closest shop.
I don't think taking the front plate off will help with the red light cameras. Here in AZ, the cameras take a picture of the front and back of the car. I guess we're just lucky since we don't have front license plates.
Regarding cameras at street lights, it's almost impossible to get away. I went to traffic school and they showed samples of what the camera takes. The high speed camera takes a picture of the intersection the moment the light turns red and a split second afterward. It also takes a picture of the rear of the car. The picture quality is unbelievable too. From the picture, they can zoom in clearly on the license plate as well as the driver. Bad news is you can't get away with it. Good news is if you're not the driver, the picture proves it.
Yeah Stealth Option (SP),
Jake weren't you getting this on your car?
This is a very expensive option though that few buyers install.
The paint has high concentrations of metallic ion dust. The metallic ion concentration does contain mixtures of mercury which we all know is not nature friendly so don't wax you paint too much with this option. What happens is when the cop's speed run rays hit the surface the metallic ions dis-combobulate the ray's signal. The signal bounced back is modulated at varying speeds. Thus the signal back is weaker at points of the sine curve. The signal is thus weaker, dis-combobulated, and ionically distorted. Thus unreliable. What shows up on the speed guns is a bunch of dashes cuz it dosn't understand the return signal.
But remember just like the brochure says...you must have the "flux capacitor" installed. Also your speeds must hit in excess of 88 mph at point of contact.
what's really tricky about getting the stealth option is that you really can't verify that it's on the car. You just gotta hope that Lexus is not lying when they see it has it. I think you have to get the stealth paint option when the car is delivered. Otherwise, you can probably go to some aftermarket tweaker.
Yes I did get the SP option package on my car. The dealer said I was the only person who had asked for it. They just happened to have one car in the back that had it. It was very expensive. There is one downside though, everytime I touch the car, my hair stands up and I piss my pants. I still love the car though.
...of course in addition to the stealth paint, west coast cars are also getting deflection shielding (DS). We don't have to worry about rocks or keys or anything like that. The entire thing is housed in what would have been the arm rest. The two "coin holders" other parts of the country are getting are replaced here with max and min deflection triggers.
BTW, we also get the METH option instead of the LSD.