This Lexus came to us in great shape. The owner takes
very good care of the vehicle. He has outfitted the
vehicle with tons of engine bling. Custom carbon fiber
pieces are the norm. We were tasked with building an
audio/video system on par with the rest of the vehicle.
The first thing when we do when
a car like this comes in for a major build is to tear it down
and using some very large rolls of masking tape we mask off the
After preparing the vehicle we
start with Dynamat Xtreme. Contrary to popular belief,
Dynamat's Xtreme brand is not related to ours.
In the trunk we started with spare tire
well and worked out from there.
The audio build includes the
AVH-P4200BT with Bluetooth and XM
Two Hertz Audio 10" High Energy HX 250
Audison Lrx 5.1k
Audison Bit One
Lots of dynamat, fiberglass, mdf and carbon fiber
We are installing the Digital
Remote Control (DRC) for the bit one in the cup holder. This was
made out of plastic which will be flocked in black to match rest of the
Each of the 10" High Energy's will sit
in back in the rear quarter of the trunk. To stay with the
vehicle theme we used carbon fiber and laminated the sub box baffle.
Here the baffles get a layer of resin and carbon
We then put together the amp rack with
The trunk is really starting to come
together. Here are some work in progress pics with the sub
mounted and amp rack in.
The large wheel well is utilized for a
cooler and detailing supplies. The cooler was built with an mdf
frame lined with waterproof bathroom material and a drain handles
melting ice. We have heard a few times, "why do you need a
cooler?" The answer is twofold, first of all, because we can and
two because all day or all weekend car shows would be better with cold
Underneath the brushes is large space
for detailing product etc.
The trunk finish pieces are starting to
come together. Here are the amp trim panel and the sub trim
The shield cutout over the amp will have
a lighted plexi insert. Here it is cutout with the leds
As the trunk is built out we
continuously test fit trim pieces etc. Here we are getting
The base trim is in and the next step is
to fiberglass the joints so that everything flows nicely.
Alright, the trunk trim is getting
closer. The fiberglass is done on each side and a layer of bondo
put down to get the exact shape we want.
With everything mocked up and fitted we
pulled everything out. As luck would have it, the owner decided
to switch out his Focals for Hertz Audio speakers. We are
installing Milles in front and High Energy Coax in the rear.
Here Brandon is working
on the Hertz Audio Mille crossovers. When he isn't installing
massive crossovers, Brandon likes long walks on the beach and rainy
days so he can snuggle up with a good book and some hot
The head unit is a AVH-P4300DVD which we
installed using a custom built and painted trim piece. I need to finish this build log but
don't have all the build process images at my finger tips but I wanted
to share images from the recent World of Wheels show.
Some additional images from World of
This Lexus looks really good and
has some great audio equipment in it but if it isn't tuned
right then it isn't going to sound good. When it comes to
tuning we use our ears and a high end RTA to help pinpoint any
Here is our "custom" mic stand in the
Lexus. And the RTA display.
Update: The Hertz Mille MLK 165
components in the front were a last minute add on before world of
wheels. Now that things have calmed down a bit we tuned
everything using our oscilloscope and RTA. Then we
moved the crossovers to the front doors and built custom trim panels
finished in suede.
It has been a while since we did much work on the Lexus but we are
back at it with custom sill plates. We used a sheet of aluminum and
machined the Lexus logo. We then used polycarbonate behind the
aluminum. Then a couple triple led strips to light it up when the
doors open. Turned out decent.