beasthead

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  • Lexus Model*
    SC430, RX400h
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    Victoria

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  1. TOPIC: Auto Door Lock TYPE: Question Hi Guys, I have been having a look at Lexus SC430 Owner's Clubs in the U.S. and the U.K. to try and find out about this but no definitive answers as of yet. For those who have other Lexus models and have auto door lock functions after reaching a certain speed, I am trying to see if this function is available for my '05 SC430. According to Lexus Personalised Settings for the North American variant this feature is not standard and can be enabled. It says that once the vehicle's speed has reached 13mph (~21kph) it will automatically lock the doors. This is part of the anti-carjacking features available in this car. I have this feature enabled as stock on my RX400h and would really like this feature on my SC430. There was a guy in the U.S. who did it on is own using the following instructions: 1. Close all doors 2. Turn key to the ON position 3. Within 10 seconds, shift the gear to 'N' 4. Press and Hold either door lock or unlock on the driver's side for 5 seconds then release 5. The car will then automatically lock then unlock to inform you that the auto lock function is now enabled Others who tried this method didn't have much luck though. If anyone here in our beautiful Straya has got this to work I'd love to know. Do I really have to deal with the boneheads at the dealership or can I do this myself? I have also attached the Lexus Personalised Settings for the SC430 that I found on the corresponding U.S. forum for the SC430. Thanks, Beasthead Lexus_Personalised_Settings_SC430.pdf
  2. G'Day Kathy, Here's some information that might help. The following link has the wheel and tyre specs for every variant of the 1992 Toyota Soarer including the Lexus variants too: https://www.wheel-size.com/size/toyota/soarer/1992/ The attachment has information from VicRoads regarding wheel and tyre specifications. Hopefully this info helps you ūüôā Cheers, Sid Vic Roads Tyre Info.pdf
  3. Ah Cheers Bazzle! Much appreciated. The heartache we go through for these beautiful machines haha.
  4. Thanks 2bling, much appreciated. HAHA, yes the tennis racquet handle, is actually the sweat band that I use for playing badminton. I used it to protect the wiper lever from damage while doing the installation.
  5. SUBJECT: Successful Double DIN Stereo Upgrade for MY05 Lexus SC430 TOPIC TYPE: Informative Ramble Hi Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. Sorry, if the format is incorrect. I love my SC to death and it *BLEEP*s me up the wall when I press the button to open the head unit door to see a boring tape, CD player and two dials. Something needed to change, so I watched a crap load of YouTube videos on plug and play interfaces to setup a Double DIN system with a custom head unit. I saw the 'Axxess TYTO' kit for the SC430. I Ended up buying that and the Kenwood DDX9019DABS ($900ish) from Automotive Superstore in Parramatta, NSW. Now this worked but didn't include steering wheel controls unless I bought a separate adapter 'Axess TYTO SWC' kit for $150 bucks or so and then wire that up. It did everything I wanted except it didn't keep my OEM screen. A lot of people told me, "Oh who cares Bro, Do you even use it?". The answer is, No, I don't use it but I like my car being as new as possible and looking as stock as possible. Personally, it's awkward having a big screen with its own automatic retracting door that is now redundant. So, I returned the Axxess kit after researching about the Beatsonic MVA-13L series. By the way speak to Sam (Chilled-out bloke) at Automotive Superstore, he was happy for me to return all the parts I didn't require as long as they were in salable condition. I spoke to 'Advanced ICE' (Authorised Australian Distributors for Beatsonic) in Brissy and they said there were no guarantees from Beatsonic that the part would work for an Australian version of the SC430. They weren't willing to take the chance as Beatsonic wouldn't take the product back once used. Mind you, I was still so keen that I was begging Advanced ICE. I told them that I accept the no return policy but would like to speak directly with Beatsonic's engineers and of course they said, no. Then I thought of the movie, American Gangster. I decided to cut out the middleman and go directly to the supplier. Now, Beatsonic U.S.A. are based in California and are purely for American customers and only had information of the North American variants of this car. I was directed to speak to Beatsonic International based in Aichi, Japan. When you call them, all you hear is "Ohayo Gozaimasu, Welcome to Beatsonic, blah blah blah (Japanese for like 15 seconds, be patient), for English, press '5'." Once you press '5' your world changes forever as you will now be speaking with the toppest of blokes named Jonathan Berge. He went out of his way to try to ensure that the part I would be purchasing off them would be the most appropriate for my car. It turns out that their product was tested and worked for North American, Japanese and European models. So trying to figure out which continental bracket out of the three that my Australian SC430 fit into was intense. At first, he sent me the incorrect part (MVA-12L). This part was for the North American models which was a punt as my hardware was closely related but the problem being my model has two OEM connectors and some have three. The American model has three OEM connectors. Jon had mentioned that even though you have two connectors just disregard the 12-pin female connector on the MVA-12L and it should still work. As it turned out, The American version of the MVA series requires all three connectors to be plugged in or else the unit won't work. Unfortunately, Jon found this out after he shipped the product to me. He had sales records showing that that MVA-12L worked for MY05 SC430s. After he bugged the crap out of Toyota in Japan he found out that there was a minor wiring modification for models made after FEB '05 which would affect the functionality of the MVA-12L. Realising that my model was made in MAY '05; he didn't ask me to send the incorrect product back to him, he just said, "I'm very sorry and I will send you the MVA-13L, free of charge". After that he did some further digging around and found that the [MVA-13LE (for European models) This is a deleted line that he managed to scrounge up for me and ship it over] did not require there to be three OEM connectors (two would suffice). This worked flawlessly on my car and there were no issues at all. I could even display the DVD or other selected outputs from my new head unit onto my OEM screen with full steering wheel controls barring the 'End Call' button behind the volume buttons. I was super stoked with how great it all looked and worked. Now, for the price, it was originally going to be $700 from Advanced ICE, Jon said he would give to me at around $266 (after conversion using PayPal from JPY (Yen)) including shipping (saved just over 60%). He even upgraded my shipment to DHL Express because he's a legend. Now after my ridiculous ramble of a story if you were able to make it down here, well done, you deserve a medal. As a reward, I have attached a couple of images and I'm trying to upload a video demonstration of the finished installation. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. No question is a stupid question, ask away people. Hopefully I can help you if not I'll try and point you in the right direction. Cheers, Beasthead SC430_Beatsonic_MVA-13LE_Australia.mp4