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Thread: Seanz0rz's 2005 Lexus LX470

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    Seanz0rz's 2005 Lexus LX470

    Since rolling the 4Runner in September, 2014, we have been looking into replacing it with something newer and more comfortable. We pretty quickly decided on a 100 series Land Cruiser or its Lexus sibling.

    2005 Lexus LX470 purchased with 169,000 Miles

    Blizzard Pearl (070) w/ Ivory leather
    Engine was replaced at 168,xxx due to a blown heater tee causing catastrophic overheating. It is said to have 110k miles.

    Lots of cool gizmos including the Night View system which I haven't found very useful yet.

    Here are the pictures, since that's what everyone is waiting for anyway.

    Full album can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxUAJWi

    The fleet:


    The source of the previous engine's demise. A three dollar part:


    I love that third row!



    Plan is right now to get her cleaned up, current on maintenance and then on to the mods!

    I never did one of these threads for the 4Runner, I always just based it on project. Hopefully I can keep this up!
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    Congrats Sean, looks like a nice rig!

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    Very nice! I came thiiiis close to buying a 100 series, before I found my 80. You'll love that V8!
    Adam

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    Ooooo purrty. Nice lookin rig man!

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    98 3rz 4x4 5spd- Monstalined, 99 Talls, 4.30 E-locker, Extra Lights
    In Progress:
    Tundra/Rear Disc Brakes w/parking brake
    Roof Rack/Rear Ladder
    Sliders
    1st Gen Rollbar Shelf

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    sexy!
    Lance
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    What are your current thoughts modification-wise?

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    Usual suspects.

    Lift will probably be OME. Or AHC override from Slee.
    Tires I'm thinking 275/70R18 BFG AT KO2.
    Bumpers, sliders I'm undecided on.
    TJM Airtec snorkel
    Gamiviti rack
    Nav delete (this should be fun...)
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    I must admit, I am jealous of your tailgate.

    I googled AHC to find out how it worked but all I saw were threads on it not working. Is it an airbag system for the rear only?

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    AHC - Auto Height Control, lets you raise and lower the vehicle front and rear hydraulically. Sounds great, BUT, there are some caveats to that. You can go to Low (~-1") or High (~+2") only up to 19 mph. After that, it will go back to normal. Slee sells an override kit so you can keep it in High. I think keeping it in low on the freeway might help with the mpg a bit. The reliability is likely pretty closely tied to the amount of service it saw in its life. Mine had quite a bit of dealer service and the system seems to work. It will also auto level as you load the truck. Pretty neat in concept, although I don't think this generation really hit the mark. Maybe it is better in the new ones?

    The adaptive suspension works pretty well. It was in #2 when I test drove it and it was floaty and comfortable. I now have it in sport (4) so it feels more like a truck and generally more grounded to the ground.

    I suspect I will end up going to a standard suspension with new torsion bars, rear springs, and shocks with some airbags to supplement in the rear. I think that would be much more reliable and ultimately cheaper.

    Surprisingly, there isn't much out there suspension wise. Might come up with some home brew solutions.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    Doing more research online last night and it looks more like WHEN than IF it will fail. Chasing the system can be a pain and requires techstream. I will probably pull it sooner than later so I can still sell working components.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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