DIY: Headlight/Fog light Restoration (Part Deux)

So the original quick fix I’ve done lasted short of 2.5-3 weeks, so when I found free time (which happens to be today) I told myself that I’d work on it again– but for a longer period this time around.

If only I can find the lens sealant wipes sold seperately.. I wouldn’t have to keep buying the whole kit itself.. Anyway, I spent about an hour or so to revive four lenses (2 headlights & 2 fogs) and results are better than the first time! Using the expression “amazing” to describe it is an understatement.

I uhh.. I bought a thing, guys.

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This is MY first car that’s actually in all rights mine, bought and owned by me. My “first” car was a hand me down ‘89 Toyota Corolla that was never in my name but was mine by default because no one else wanted or needed it. It wasn’t a bad car - it was just old and ugly. To be fair though, it got me where I needed to go for almost all of college and lasted me the better part of six years after both my mom and my brother drove it. And I loved driving a small car because I felt like I could do anything (minus the limitations with acceleration lol) and get anywhere.

After that car died, I was allowed to drive my dad’s 2000 Toyota Tacoma starting in January of this year. I didn’t want to be driving it for a long time but I did get pretty used to it and after my parents bought my late grandma’s 2008 4Runner (can you tell we’re a Toyota family?), the truck became essentially mine in the same way the Corolla had. 

Around graduation time my dad said I could sell it if I wanted and try to find another car more suitable for me so we spent the rest of the year getting things taken care of and signing it over to me at which point it became technically mine but it still never felt like MY vehicle. 

After several months of finding new things to fix and trying to find buyers, I sold the truck to a guy from San Diego right before Christmas for more than I thought I would get and I was thrilled. Next stop: car lots! I’d been searching for cars online for months already and had used Carfax accounts twice already so now it was time to hope that the third time would be the charm.

I had my sights set on Camrys and Corollas for the most part but somehow magically ended up with a freaking Lexus. I still can’t get over the fact that my broke ass, part-time retail job working self ended up with a Lexus and money to spare. That’s going to take some getting used to.

Anyway. Long story short: I lucked out and it’s not exactly what I was looking for, but I’m pretty fucking happy with this car already. Life is good.


**Notice the horrible, not-much-time consumed (key is to absolutely NOT click to check out the flaws lol) photoshop skills I whipped up in this photo as a mere rough draft of what it’ll look like after I get them done.

In the mean time, this will be what I’m aiming for, just for viewing pleasure.

Scared of Fremont.

As I have been picking up my sister from in/around Irvington these past few days since she has started school, all the memories of terrible Fremont drivers are coming back to me and I’ve really been scared for my car. Last night as I was exiting the Safeway in traversing into the parking lot on the way to my car I was struck by a vehicle. This makes for the second time this year, but this time it was totally not my fault. Given that I was in a bit of a rush I simply expected this nice golden Lexus ES300 with an Oriental female at the wheel to stop at a STOP sign. I gave Fremont drivers too much credit. This lady, whether just a terrible driver or distracted by the lightning that was ravaging the bay last night, simply rolled right through the STOP sign without even slowing down. And struck me right below the knee. I mean really? I think Fremont police needs to loosen up on speeding tickets and give people tickets for bad driving. I was pretty close to calling the police if she was gonna try to pull anything on me. Either that or give everyone a new driving test every year. 


DIY: Headlight/Fog light Restoration

Before I start blabbering, I saw this easy-to-do, cheap (without replacing the unit itself), do it yourself fix on CL & YouTube.

The photos are edited to ENHANCE the difference since it’s quite impossible to get it how it looks in real life. Took me about an hour or less to jump start it back to life.

I recommend this to ANYBODY who wants to get that shine back… it makes a significant change to the appearance of your car. I bought the kit for only $9.21 at Walmart, and I think it’s the best DIY I’ve done so far to this car. Definitely worth looking into, in my opinion.

I’ll let the photos speak for it self, check ‘em!

Tanabe TDF084 DF210 Lowering Spring with Lowering Height 1.8/1.0 for 1997-2001 Lexus ES300 MCV20L

Tanabe TDF084 DF210 Lowering Spring with Lowering Height 1.8/1.0 for 1997-2001 Lexus ES300 MCV20L
The DF210 coil spring offers a large drop, while retaining superb ride quality characteristics. The spring rate is raised 10-15 per cent to compensate for the shortened amount of suspension travel, without over stiffening the spring rate and affecting ride quality and shock span. The DF210 is unique in that it provides an excellent range of benefits, from it’s extremely low stance, to performance and comfort. Overall, the DF210 is extremely well balanced for those looking to lower their car, increase handling potential, and maintain comfort.


As a birthday present to myself, I went over to Sunnyvale to get my sound system fully installed; replacing all the stock products. More than satisfied with the results– the trunk doesn’t rattle and it has the deep/dense sound I always longed for.

Time to break the subs in! Only 85% complete, with the 4-ch amp not being installed (didn’t have enough time for rewiring). Besides minor imperfections that aren’t bothering me a tiny bit, I’m one happy camper.

NEXT UP: installing the amp/tints!

I’ve been obsessed with my car lately.

Latest feature I added was hyper yellow fog bulbs that you see in the photo above (work done 2-3 weeks ago). My first attempt into changing the bulbs making access from the hood ended up with in a failure. Take 2, I went to Mr. Fransua’s house and used a lift, which was 100x easier than going from the hood. All in all, the DIY project for the fog bulb install is 85% complete; remaining 15% for the incomplete passenger side with the bulb not correctly intact (aimed low).

I’m satisfied with the results. I had to add photoshop flavor into the mix since photos do not do justice for portraying the true to life hyper yellow color in person.

More upgrades coming soon…