Meet Natasha Adams and Her Lifted 1990 Lexus LS400

Adams desires to stimulate a lot more girls to join her off-road and has an Instagram account, @hardlineladies, to help like-minded adventurers obtain one particular one more.

Michael DormanAuto and Driver

From the May well 2021 difficulty of Automobile and Driver.

Natasha Adams’s working day position is advertising new automobile components. Her hobby is breaking (and repairing) them, which she does on an strange daily driver, a desert-jogging Lexus LS400.

Adams, a 25-yr-aged product sales rep at an O’Reilly Auto Sections in Southern California, enjoys off-roading in uncommon automobiles. Prior to the LS400, she constructed a lifted Volvo wagon and took it to a car or truck present, in which she first noticed a Lexus on large wheels. “I imagined it appeared excellent like that, but it could be much more.” She acquired her LS400 from a cousin and set to figuring out how to make it what she imagined. “It’s not like I could just get a kit for it,” she suggests. “I had to consider different areas till I uncovered types that labored.”

1990 lexus ls400 and natasha adams

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Escalating up, Adams would enjoy her father push, copying what he was executing with an imaginary steering wheel and pedals. He observed the household Suburban as just a implies to get to the campsite, but as Adams acquired more mature, he supported her interest in off-roading with a perception of bemusement. “I experienced to beg him to train me how to improve my tire,” Adams claims. “I was like, ‘Dad, if I’m likely to understand how to drive, I want to know how to correct things.’ ”

The studying by no means stops, as the Lexus is in consistent growth. After discovering that Jeep and Lexus share a bolt sample, Adams acquired Wrangler YJ wheels, which she wrapped in 31-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2s. When we spoke, she had the Lexus on a combo of generally stock suspension and a single-off spacers to give it a two-inch raise, and by the time we shot photographs, it experienced been upgraded with personalized coil-overs from Flatout Suspension.

1990 lexus ls400 and natasha adams

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Trying items and wrenching the car again into service is aspect of the enjoyment. “There are simpler methods to go off-road,” Adams suggests, but few get as considerably interest as a mud-spattered 31-yr-outdated luxurious sedan dressed in the livery of an Ivan Stewart trophy truck.