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  1. stevenmichael

    New to me 1997 LX450

    When you go to add a backup camera this is a link to show which pin to use . Back-up Light signal source in cab for reverse lights and cameras - https://risingsun4x4club.org/xf/threads/back-up-light-signal-source-in-cab-for-reverse-lights-and-cameras.21200/
  2. stevenmichael

    New to me 1997 LX450

    When you get to the radio . I installed new speakers that fit under the stock grill . Polk audio has front and rear speakers the fit in the space and in the back they fit in the plastic case . Here are a few links . scroll down till you see my name and a photo of the black practice...
  3. stevenmichael

    Kenwood DDX393 - Installation Help for noob

    You don't run a ground wire to every speaker . The speaker wire comes to the back of the radio where you plug it in . Just ground all the ground wires to the ground wire you run to the metal body screw that next to the battery .
  4. stevenmichael

    New to me 1997 LX450

    pics of black paint removed
  5. stevenmichael

    New to me 1997 LX450

    The gears were all wore out on mike so I drilled holes all the way through and add stainless steal wire so the metal bar could grab it better . I used some resin in the holes to hold them in place .
  6. stevenmichael

    New to me 1997 LX450

    The black part that goes around the shifter has the wood grain under black . If you like the wood grain you can wipe off the black paint with brush cleaner . Here are a few photo . Also there are little plastic screws that hold the gear bar in place . when the plastic screw come loose...
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    Kenwood DDX393 - Installation Help for noob

    Don't use a ground loop its like putting a band aid on the problem and they don't last long and you will get the huming again . ground each ground wire from the speaker as its going into the radio to a dedicated ground wire you need to add that you connect to the main body bolt that the...
  8. stevenmichael

    Kenwood DDX393 - Installation Help for noob

    I put a kenwood ddx9903s in mine and I had the hum noise also . I had to solder each ground from the speakers wire going into the radio . I ran a wire straight from the ground bolt next to the battery and into the truck right to the radio . Ground your woofer and all speakers wire at...
  9. stevenmichael

    Is the mobil 1 0w-20 full synthetic oil okay to use in a 1997 lexus lx450 .

    Thanks everyone . I will stick to the 30 to 40 w . I just wasn't sure if things have changed because of the new oil that came out in 2020 . My truck was smoking a little on a cold start but since I changed the oil with just the regular 10w 30 along with a Toyota filter it stopped...
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    Is the mobil 1 0w-20 full synthetic oil okay to use in a 1997 lexus lx450 .

    Is the mobil 1 0w-20 full synthetic oil okay to use in a 1997 lexus lx450 . It has 180,000 miles on it . I have been watching some videos about the 0w-20 oil and it seems to clean out the gummyness around the piston rings and can help it from stop burning oil . Listen to what this guy is...
  11. stevenmichael

    Parking on slight hill is causing hard starting .

    Thanks I will do that . I have 180,000 on the engine . What oil should I be using ?
  12. stevenmichael

    Parking on slight hill is causing hard starting .

    I haven't tried backing in yet . I usually park in the garage but I pulled it out while I work on my mx5 . Its the first time I've had it out since and on the hill in over a year but I remember it did the same thing last year so I part it on the level part of the drive way after it...
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    Parking on slight hill is causing hard starting .

    My drive way has a slight angle up hill . If I leave it set for 2 days without driving and then start it it kind of sounds like Its not getting oil into the pistons . It sounds like its out of time but as soon as I back it up and get level it stops and it runs normal . Is there a pump...
  14. stevenmichael

    80 series reverse wire location

    I connected the backup camera to the slot in this photo and its been working great . Back-up Light signal source in cab for reverse lights and cameras
  15. stevenmichael

    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    That looks like a great tool to have , that should work great .
  16. stevenmichael

    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    You know if you put some paint brush cleaner on a paper towel you can remove the black paint at see wood grain under it . So anyone that has black and wants wood grain its already there .
  17. stevenmichael

    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    When you go to fill it back up with antifreeze what is the best way to get all the air out of the system ? Is there a bleeder valve anywhere ? If there is I can't find mine .
  18. stevenmichael

    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    I really like that bumper and warn . Can you add the 2 things and use the oem shocks and springs ?
  19. stevenmichael

    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    I installed 2 new front shocks on my 1997 lexus lx450 . This was my first ever shock change on any vehicle . I was told by the good people on this forum to spray the nuts and bolts . I crawled under the truck to spray and I couldn't find the nut . I went back and to look at some photos...
  20. stevenmichael

    What shocks should I get ?

    I looked into the shocks a little more on this forum and it seems the lx450 shocks are softer in ride and are shorter . I went ahead ordered the ones jjdeneen 918 post because I didn't like the way the factory shock lexus used rusted and broke off . I took a photo of what the...
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