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To finish updating this, here are the rest of the random things happened in 2019.

Half of the license plate reverse light from V-LEDs wasn't working after the accident






Even though it looks fine




It's still better than nothing for helping see when reversing.


The subwoofer amp came loose from the trunk ceiling and fell, causing one of the RCA cable plug connector pins to break off inside the socket. That was a bummer, but I was able to get the pin out using a pushpin and a lighter to heat up the end of the pushpin hot enough to melt into the broken pin, let it cool, and then pull it out. Worked perfectly:




Soldered on a new RCA connector, and put the amp back, and it was good as new:






I ended up replacing all of the brake pads from Fig's BBK with another brand, hoping to eliminate the horrible squealing noises, be able to stop in the rain, and fix the pull-to-the-right. The new pads didn't help anything





After wrecking both JDM Greddy front lips immediately, and having trouble parking in general, pulling too close to the curb and scrapping the front lip, I decided to install a front-facing camera inside the front bumper so that it would display on the stereo screen inside while moving forward.

Since I liked the Crimestopper camera I installed in the back years ago, I got a similar one for the front that looked like it would work:



After careful aligning, I mounted it directly to the front bumper support so that it would sit neatly inside of the honeycomb mesh:






Fits perfectly!




Very clean and hidden, can't even see it unless you duck down to look underneath:




The wiring runs behind the driver's head light with the mess of other wires there:




Runs into the firewall nicely here (looks like the oil catch can is working nicely lol):




I ran the positive and ground wires to my feed at the switches for convenience, so the camera is powered when the car is on:




Then behind the radio, all I needed was the yellow RCA connection, which goes to the video input on the same channel as my MP3 player aux input wire, so the stereo can play the music and view the camera at the same time while driving:




It ended up working perfectly after aligning the rotation of the camera. Automatic front view, then switch to reverse, and it automatically shows out the back. Now I can see curbs when parking!



When I removed the radiator to swap the timing belt, after reinstalling, the radiator leaked from the drain plug. So I bought another Denso radiator, but it leaked too! I tried some plumbing tape to seal the threads, but it wasn't leaking out of the threads, but the exit itself. So I solved that easily with some RTV lol




No more leaks lol


I ended up getting a set of OEM fog lights in very excellent shape and painted those, because the aftermarket lights had horrible alignment and output.




I installed some yellow LED bulbs from Diode Dynamics, the SLF, and finished them up:

 

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Since the authentic plastic original JDM Greddy lips kept shattering almost immediately when it got cold (they are too tight on the bumper), I tried my luck with a fiberglass replica from Russia on Ebay. It was very nice, but it was pretty thin. I ended up cracking it almost immediately lol.

Patched the crack with fiberglass mat:




Sanded and primered:




Painted and clear coated:




New fog lights and front lip installed on the bumper (lol that's all that was left of the plastic lip):




Everything installed!






This front lip looks better than the original IMO, it curves under on the sides at the wheels better. And the new yellow LED fog lights are perfect. A very clean appearance, very deep yellow, better than LED or halogen. Not as bright as HID, but also not as glaring. Better than LED for the even color, lower power draw, and easy instant on and no ballasts.


I think that's everything!
 

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Looks as beautiful as I remember it (y)
Thanks!

I guess while I'm here, I'll say that I've currently officially "given up" on the car. All that work I did to replace the main front seals, and the car is still leaking oil. So, I'm just gonna ride it out, keep it going, and enjoy it, but probably no more mods or money/work/time invested in what has unfortunately gone past the point of insanity.
 

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almost 10 years! I'm definitely happy to pass it on to someone who can keep it going with the passion and energy I don't have anymore
Good luck with your next car. The mod bug has finally died after 14 years with my IS300. All I do now is maintenance and wash it once a week.
 
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Good luck with your next car. The mod bug has finally died after 14 years with my IS300. All I do now is maintenance and wash it once a week.
I feel ya man. I got to that point a long time ago, and all I wanted was just to have the car be in nice good condition. I just wanted to enjoy my hard work. No more modding for the sake of it. Everything was perfect. But it just wouldn't hold together and it got rear-ended and so it was just time for me to accept it and start fresh with a car that has basically no modding potential lol.
 

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You must not stop modding. It’s fun.
 
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You must not stop modding. It’s fun.
I have found it more fun to enjoy seeing other people do the modding, while I sit back and do nothing for free 🤣 I inspired others for many years, now I get to retire. I'm too old to keep up with all the latest trends and stuff. The mod bug never goes away, but I find it is satisfied knowing other people are carrying on the good work and that I enjoyed having my place in it. Next car will have some minor mods, but these days with the world the way it is, the very last thing I want is attention LOL
 

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I have found it more fun to enjoy seeing other people do the modding, while I sit back and do nothing for free 🤣 I inspired others for many years, now I get to retire. I'm too old to keep up with all the latest trends and stuff. The mod bug never goes away, but I find it is satisfied knowing other people are carrying on the good work and that I enjoyed having my place in it. Next car will have some minor mods, but these days with the world the way it is, the very last thing I want is attention LOL
Funny, my uncle back in the day used to hot up old Model A Fords, dads got photos of him driving around the block with no body and just sitting on a beer crate with a V8 strapped to the front. Now he is all about restoring old Models A's back to factory. I used to think that is weird, but as I've gotten older the noisy exhaust and low hard suspension that used to excite me is slowly driving me nuts these days, every so often i put back on the factory muffler to quieten it up and contemplate returning to stock ride height (I've got the springs but I just cant bring myself to do it . . . yet) :rolleyes: :sneaky:
 

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Which car did you get??
2016 Lexus CT200h F-sport, 29k miles, Ultrasonic Blue Mica with Obsidian Black roof, navigation package

Funny, my uncle back in the day used to hot up old Model A Fords, dads got photos of him driving around the block with no body and just sitting on a beer crate with a V8 strapped to the front. Now he is all about restoring old Models A's back to factory. I used to think that is weird, but as I've gotten older the noisy exhaust and low hard suspension that used to excite me is slowly driving me nuts these days, every so often i put back on the factory muffler to quieten it up and contemplate returning to stock ride height (I've got the springs but I just cant bring myself to do it . . . yet) :rolleyes: :sneaky:
yeah it's just that at a certain point, this car was way more work than fun , and just not worth it. So I gave it to someone who could enjoy and appreciate it with the passion I no longer had. I'm tired of burning through tires for no reason (from -2° of camber), bottoming out and scraping from lowering, rusty rolled fenders, loud exhausts, attention-grabbing everything, etc. These days, the very last thing I want is attention lol

Do you have a goodbye pic? Just one last look at it :(
Yeah I got some pics, we'll see if they turn out since it was dark. I'm way behind on this thread haha
 

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Nice! I’m trying to figure out how much to ask for mine. If I had extra garage space, I’d have no problem keeping it.
 
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