Challenge LS: A Boot Set up, Inside Refresh & Wheel Work


It’s been such a whirlwind 12 months that it appears like without end since Challenge LS obtained its Air Raise Efficiency air suspension set up. Reality be informed, it’s additionally been some time for the reason that inside re-trim and audio set up I’m about to share with you right now was accomplished, however lastly we’re right here. 

Since having the Air Raise package fitted by the blokes at The Lowdown Co. just a few months in the past, I’ve truly put fairly just a few miles on the Lexus. I’ve to say, it’s been actually satisfying too. The LS now rides means higher than it did on the inventory suspension, and even with its flaky, fading, seen-better-days paintwork, the quantity of consideration the automotive will get is superb. And that’s earlier than I slam it on its stomach once I park up anyplace.

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For this newest spherical of upgrades, I dropped Challenge LS off at Autosound Gezina, the place Abdul and his crew can be caring for a {custom} audio set up and refreshing the inventory inside.

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When it got here to the boot set up, I gave Abdul fully free rein. I knew he already had some concepts in thoughts, and his work is second to none so my automotive was undoubtedly in secure palms.

First up, the unique trim panels and spare wheel needed to be eliminated, then Abdul’s guys started mocking up the enclosure.

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Subsequent, the rear parcel shelf was reduce to create openings for the subwoofers to fireside by. The prefered route would have been by the centre console within the rear seat, however within the LS 400 that is the place the gasoline tank sits.

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Previous to the set up occurring, my VW Caddy had been returned to inventory and offered, that means I may reuse all of its Rockford Fosgate audio gear in Lexus. To this I added an additional subwoofer together with some different small gadgets like sound deadening and new wiring.

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Whereas the audio set up was being completed off, the seats, steering wheel, shift knob and centre console had been faraway from the automotive in order that they might be re-trimmed.

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We determined to go along with real leather-based in the same color to the unique Lexus materials so it will match the remainder of the inside as shut as potential. For a {custom} contact, a diamond sew sample was added to the seat centres.

The automotive stayed at Autosound Gezina for just a few weeks, so once I lastly obtained the decision from Abdul saying that it was all executed, my pleasure ranges had been at an all-time excessive.

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Seeing the set up for the primary time, I used to be completely blown away. By no means did I feel this outdated tank’s large boot may look this glossy.

The setup options twin Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 10-inch subwoofers on present within the rear, whereas the 2 amps that energy the complete system are hidden away for a clear look. The Air Raise Efficiency manifold has turn into the centrepiece of the complete set up.

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Then there’s additionally the twin Viair compressors and FLO 5-gallon tank with some custom-made onerous traces. Abdul wished to maintain the design stylish, therefore going for leather-based throughout and a few silver air vents with black accents.

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To complete it off, the facet panels every maintain an infinity mirror with the Autosound Gezina brand in a ghosted impact, and LED lighting.

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The audio system appears and sounds nice, and having the air suspension system on present is simply the cherry on prime. I don’t for one second remorse leaving the total design course of as much as Abdul, as a result of it got here out so significantly better than I may have ever envisaged.

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Sliding over to the inside, the re-trimmed seats are simply as I hoped they’d be. The color matches all of the untouched inside elements just like the sprint, door panels and roof lining completely, and with the brand new padding fitted they’re so comfy.

The detailed double stitching paired with the diamond sample actually provides the inside a extra modern really feel.

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I made a decision to maintain the OEM steering wheel, however had it re-trimmed together with the shift knob and centre console lid.

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Lastly, the unique head unit was eliminated and changed with a double DIN Sony unit that has way more management together with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Whereas all this was being accomplished, Zahid at The Wheelshop had a chance to finish some work on the Riverside Trafficstar STR 2-piece wheels I bought a short while again.

The 9-inch rears have been fitted to the entrance of the automotive, and the earlier fronts now profit from new barrels which have elevated their width to 10 and a half inches, in order that they’re on the rear. The fitment isn’t good but, because the fronts nonetheless wants a little bit of spacing and the rears may do with a bit of extra unfavourable camber, however we’re undoubtedly getting there.

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I’m unsure if this would be the last color for the wheels both, however I’m undoubtedly feeling them much more now than once I obtained them although. Choices for high quality (learn: non-replica) new and used wheels are very restricted right here in South Africa, so it’s undoubtedly a little bit of a take-what-you-can-get scenario.

At this level I’ve owned Challenge LS for a 12 months, and I’ve to say I’ve loved each little bit of the construct course of up to now. The Lexus has a lot extra character now, and even with its tough exterior it’s my favorite automotive to drive. I thought I might need had it resprayed by now, however as my panel beater and I’ve each been super-busy with work, that simply hasn’t occurred. Each time I point out it to individuals I meet although, virtually all of them say to maintain the paint as-is, which I discover attention-grabbing. I nonetheless assume a respray is required, however I’m eager to listen to what you guys assume – let me know within the feedback.

My largest irritation is that rattling tow bar, although – it has to go.

Stefan Kotzé
Instagram: stefankotzemedia


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