Cressida Lower Control Arm Polyurethane Bushes – Same as IS300?

Regarding front lower control arm inner bushes, this site has the part listed as fitting both MX83 Cressida and JCE10 IS300:

As the superpro catalogue doesn’t list a MX83 lower control arm inner bush, it would be nice to confirm that it fits. Here’s the superpro info page for that part:

Superpro SPF3039K page

Note it doesn’t list MX83 on the application list.

Having both XE10 bushes and MX83 arms, I can confirm this WILL NOT fit. Measurements are taken off a new set of XE10 TRD bushes, and a set of used oem MX83 lower arms. Note the superpro part doesn’t include an outer shell, so measurements are taken on the inside of the existing shell.

XE10 on the left, Cressida on the right:

Inner tube length


Inner tube ID


Outer tube length


Outer tube ID



MX83 Toyota strut top bearings

This is regarding Toyota P/N 48609-22070 (factory Toyota only) strut mounts.

The bearings are a Nachi 6302 without seals. Nachi also make a sealed version


I have no idea if they have a retaining compound on them, but if you know what you’re doing they should be replaceable. If yours are knocking or creaking replacing the bearings would be an economical alternative to getting new mounts.

MX83 Ignition switch contacts and starter relay mod

After identifying and replacing the starter solenoid contacts in my mx83 I still had intermittent starting problems.

Voltage drop at the starter solenoid, but not other circuits, indicates a fault in the starter solenoid circuit. When powering the starter solenoid directly from the battery with a test wire it pulled in hard without a problem.

Older Toyotas don’t run a starter relay, Instead they run all the starter solenoid power through the ignition and neutral switches. Over time the copper contacts degrade, the grease dries out, and the wiring goes high resistance. Once this occurs the circuit can’t deliver the 10-15A required to pull the solenoid in.

There are fixes for this:

  • Replace or clean the ignition switch
  • Replace or clean the neutral switch
  • Test all the wiring
  • Install a starter relay

All the detailed information for these is available elsewhere, I’ll post links and list some pointers:

Replace or clean the ignition switch

Unless yours is totally ruined (cracked case or worn through contacts) don’t replace it.

This section is now updated with my own photos and more instruction. Older Toyota forums are sadly disappearing, this is relevant for old Celicas, Corollas, Camrys, Supras, Taragos, Previas, etc.

  1. Take the ignition switch out
  2. Pry each leg of the white case up very gently, it’s brittle.
  3. Note: Be careful when disassembling, the black plastic carrier is loaded with springs and balls for the detent of the switch. It shoots apart. You don’t need to take it out of the housing.
  4. Take the contacts off the carrier
  5. Wipe the contacts (including the posts) clean with brake cleaner or similar
  6. Lightly sand the contacts and apply fresh dielectric grease
  7. Clip back together and reinstall


  • Don’t worry about putting match marks on the case – it can only clip together one way – that’s why all the clips/legs of the case are different sizes.
  • Don’t worry about the orientation of the contact discs – between the square and round locating tabs they can only go in one way.

This helped a lot, but didn’t 100% solve my problem.

Replace or clean the neutral switch

When they go bad jiggle the shifter in park or neutral and see if it starts. It can be cleaned like the ignition switch, but it’s under the car and will need the shift linkage removed to get it out. Refer to TSRM for lining up the switch when reinstalling.

Although I could not find a specified resistance in the TSRM, my resistance was low and the problem persisted with the switch bypassed.

Test all the wiring

Make sure you’re getting power at the solenoid. Visually inspect the starter and gearbox wiring harness for damage. The next step would be to pull out your dash. Unless you have no power at the solenoid, don’t hunt wiring.

Edit: US spec cars have an immobilizer and a starter relay. The immobilizer switches signal ground on the relay. The wiring diagram (TEWD) is available online (Link updated Aug ’18).

Install a starter relay

The mx83 is conventional, but it will need to pass a small amount of current through the relay coil, as the ECU’s neutral switch sense circuit normally grounds through the starter coil. I used a normal automotive relay and it was fine.

Image from linked article

  • I like how short the wiring is and the grounding of the relay.
  • I recommend a fused relay. I used a 30A rated relay with an inbuilt fuse holder, swapped down to a 20A fuse.
  • Put it in a position where it’s not going to get wet, oily, or dirty
  • Observe the high current feed into the relay is unfused, make sure the connector isn’t going to slip off or shake loose.
  • Use fully insulated spade connectors which fit super snug on the relay and solenoid terminal.

MX83 Cressida starter solenoid contacts

My starter solenoid contacts wore out. Here is info for a Cressida/Crown/Supra with a denso starter.


Although the denso starter solenoids are fairly common, I wanted to make sure I was ordering the right parts. Many rebuild kits on ebay and amazon are vague in their application list, and vague is never good.

I checked my part number of my starter solenoid as 28150-41060 as used on 5M, 6M, 7M, RZ engines. As I couldn’t find a rebuild kit listing exactly that part number, I took it apart and here are the dimensions I measured:

  • ~20.65mm Plunger body diameter
  • ~36.8mm Plunger ring contact diameter
  • ~96.65mm Overall rod length including top hat
  • 8mm diameter terminal posts outside the body of the solenoid
  • Extended wing (‘C’ shape) contacts – ~21.5 mm wide. Type 1 on the photo below:


This is valid for 28150-41060 only. If yours is a different P/N I encourage you to measure it – you need to take it apart anyway. When getting a kit, make sure to get one that includes a plunger, as the ring on it is a wearing contact too.