April 10, 2018

Just as important as engine oil, your differential and transfer case fluids are there to keep those gears grinding smoothly(no pun intended). Don't be surprised to find metal dust sludge from the magnetic drain plugs, as they truly do grind constantly, which is why this is just as crucial as any other fluid in your vehicle. It's truly a very easy task, just make sure you do it on a level road, and...

April 6, 2018

This was one helluva costly mistake for me. After My SC300 sat for a few months and testing headlights on and off of it, the battery depleted its charge. Naturally, I jump started it with the nearest vehicle I had which was the GX470. While telling myself to be very careful not to touch the positive and negative wires, I did. Next thing I know, the check engine lights up and giving out codes P0418...

March 19, 2018

This was such a relief to get done. If there's one thing I can't stand, it is unnecessary noise. Ever since we bought the ES, there was this creaking noise coming from the rear. I always thought it was just the old suspension and tried to ignore it the best I could. After researching it more, it was just as simple as replacing a single bushing. We've worked on about 3-4 SCs and upgraded every sing...

March 14, 2018

A quick follow up to the rear motor mount install. This was a much quicker and straight forward job. Roughly 2 hours, maybe less if you have proper tools and know exactly what you're doing. Surprisingly, this made the most difference in clunking and hard shifting feel. This job completely rid of the clunking feel when suddenly letting go of the gas pedal at highway speeds. The transmission shifts...

March 13, 2018

Hey OGs, a little bit of backstory here, we have done so many DIYs for the SC300/SC400 and we simply wanted to continue our tradition of helping out the community. We got this ES300 a couple of years back as daily driver, but it was lent to a friend in need for a good year right after doing tune-up on it and fixing the oil leaks. It was pretty neglected but the previous owner maintenance wise, but...

September 24, 2017

One of the most frustrating parts of owning classic cars is outdated technology. Headlights is one of the most important features any car can have especially for night time cruises. Sadly, it is not as simple as replacing bulbs just to keep up with modern technology or totally improve the light output of your vehicle.

Here in Organized Garage Status, not only did we develop a projector retrofit con...

July 28, 2017

If you've acquired a 20 year old Lexus, congratulations! Your plastic door panels are probably cracked in every stress point and breaking apart from the door itself. Some may think that fixing door panels would be as easy us mixing up some resin, and pouring it to the cracks. Nope, resin does not stick to plastic. Even if you rough it up. Resin will simply peel off clean once its dry and cured. So...

October 9, 2015

Like I said in the last couple articles, if you don't flush and bleed your brake fluid system regularly, the brake fluid itself is designed to absorb moisture and in time dirt and grime start to build up within the system. In turn, the seals start to dry up and deteriorate which causes the brake fluid and pressure to leak.

Whenever you pump your brake pedal, your brake master cylinder's job is to p...

October 2, 2015

One of the most sought after modifications in the SC community is swapping the stock brake calipers for either the 98-00 Lexus LS400 front brake calipers or any MKIV Twin Turbo Toyota Supra front and rear brake calipers. There are a number of reasons why it would be a good idea to do either. Both options are made of cast aluminum, which means both are much lighter and is a natural heat sink, and d...

September 26, 2015

After putting some miles of driving on our vehicles, maintenance will always catch up to it. And nothing is more important than the system that stops the car. It is ideal to flush and bleed the brake fluid system every 80-100,000 mile interval. Even though the system is sealed, the fluid is designed to absorb moisture and it accumulates dirt after some time, which leads to the deterioration and fa...

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