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Toyota Corolla Accessories and Modifications

xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
If anyone hears of a roof rack for a Matrix...let me know about it. I need to haul my Kayak and 2 mountain bikes as I do now on my Corolla (Thule roof rack which attaches to the rain gutter).
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  • according to the Matrix accessory brocure I have there is a yakima roof rack available. I don't know how much it is though. Also I'm in the US so I don't know if it's available in Canada.
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    Excellent...that is the best news I heard in a long time...Could you tell me is this a Factory accessory brochure from Toyota? I think my Thule components will fit a Yakima...thanks again
  • joee1joee1 Posts: 16
    Yes, I called Yakima.
    They said that it's just one of their removable std. racks.
    Their telephone number is 888-925-0703.
    Too bad we can't find one that would compliment the design of the Matrix.
    Toyota really dropped the ball here.
  • but it does look like a regular roof rack. It doesn't look like the included one from the Vibe.
  • I'd like to get the XRS fog lights put in my XR. Does anyone know if all the wiring is there? I noticed on the grill it has the two spots for the fog lights, has anyone done this yet or have a guess on the price and installation?
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    I noticed the knock outs too and I am thinking the same way as you...I will ask my dealer parts department at some point and will post here if I get an answer. Maybe an XRS owner can answer a couple of questions for me/us. Where is the toggle switch for the driving lights...are they in the centre console under the air conditioning controls? Do they shut off with the high beams and come back on with the low beams as most factory vehicles do? (as an aside I never understood this...Do you not need the most lights on 'high beam' when you are travelling fast and alone on the highway and less when you are on 'low beam' around the streets? I don't understand the logic of having them shut off on high beam)

    The front lower peices which form the complete ground effects package from the XRS would be available as a part # too if you really wanted to mimimic an XRS. As you know these are missing on the XR...you can have a body shop paint them to match and bolt them on. The only difference in exterior view of the XR vs an XRS then would the 16" vs 17" wheels and some of you americans may have ordered those as well...
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    Thanks Joee1 and just_some_guy for the info, the standard removable rack is the one I want anyhow!

    A rack for me needs to sit forward more on the vehicle than the non-removable rack on the Vibe. The Vibe rack may look good but it is practically useless...sitting at the back of the car like that. I have a 17' sea kayak that is strapped on to the car near the cockpit...if I tried this on the Vibe rack I would have 8 feet of boat out the rear while the front would barely reach the windshield. The removable racks are great because you can centre them properly...the boat is about the same length as the car and it is really nice to have it directly over the car. They are also nice in that you can remove and store them when you are not using them as all racks add noise and wind resistance to a car decreasing fuel mileage.
  • I don't know if this is the right place to mention this or not but I've seen some neat stearing wheel shaped keyrings on Ebay with a toyota symbol in the middle. They're not quite the same shape as the Matrix wheels but they're still cool looking. I got one myself. A bunch of different people have them but they all look to be the same thing.
  • deagleddeagled Posts: 20
    The toggle for the fog lights are on the factory headlight stem, and yes they turn off when you turn on the high beams.
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    Oh...so you turn the fog lights on and off on the signal light stem...well I guess that answers that question doesn't it leafguy2727. You would need a different signal light stem so it looks like the wiring is not included (from the firewall back at least) to allow a slick factory type setup of your fog lights...
  • joee1joee1 Posts: 16
    just_some_guy and xr_matrix:

    Can you tell me how the removable rack works.

    Is there something that is permanently mounted on the roof that you attach the bars to when you need to set it up, or does the whole thing detach from the roof?

    I agree, it's nice not to have the wind noise and drag and also that rack on the Vibe is almost useless.
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    Yes...I can at least in a Thule rack setup...I have a Thule rack now on my Corolla. The Corolla is quite different because it has rain drip rails and the Matrix does not. On the Matrix, the rack consists of 2 horizontal bars which sit on 4 rubber feet. There is metal plate which slips under the door opening and holds the rack to the car. There is no drilling and the rack is locked on until you need it off. The entire rack is removed in about 2 minutes and you never know you ever had one on. They don't scratch (as long as you handle them carefully during the install/removal process) and they are very sturdy. There are a lot of different attachments for them for whatever you are into. I recommend the windjammer (a long black plastic air dam) which forces air up and over the rack to remove wind noise. You can see the racks in detail at http://www.thule.com or http://www.yakima.com
  • I'll have to go with XR on this. All I have is one picture in a brocure of the roof rack and it "looks" removable to me.
  • potroastpotroast Posts: 13
    Anyone know what trailer hitches will fit ? Is the frame and rear bumper about the same as 2002 corolla ? Is trailer wiring prep. prewired ?
    Are the Matrix's clearcoated ?What size is the block-heater?
    you can check Yakima roofracks online.
    Also ,have you Matrix drivers noticed when you release your emergency brake the front lights go on ,I think dim and rear lites don't ?
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    potroast

    Here are a few answers for you...

    Not sure in aftermarket who makes trailer hitches for the Matrix yet...but Toyota make a mini-receiver as a dealer installed option. I think it is 1 1/4" receiver the same as a Rav4. Frame may be similiar to a Corolla but I doubt the rear bumper is even close. Trailer would not be pre-wired but again available as an accessory. There are some really neat do it yourself kits out now that pop into the rear tail light assembly. Matrix's are base coat clear coat paint. Block heater...not sure of the size but should always get the block heater from and installed by the dealer. You don't want a $50 part failing and taking out an engine! Yakima make a rack to fit...Thule does not (YET!)

    Daytime running lights by design are designed to shut on and off with the emergency brake. Unless things have changed (My Matrix is still on order) it should work that starting the vehicle with the parking brake on will not enable the daytime running lights. Releasing the brake will enable them.

    hope this helps
  • If,like me, you don't normally use the parking brake (automatic drivers usually use Park,) they also turn on when you shift out of park.
  • potroastpotroast Posts: 13
    Thanks 4 the reply.I'm driving a base with "b" pac.5 sp.Platinum-beautiful
    On our previous 4runner(auto) all lites came on after starting. Now I have 2 turn tail lites on .
    I was concerned with the wattage of blockheater,can't hear it ,could here one in the 4runner.Who handles the wiring kit U mentioned ,2 fit toyota's ? I've heard of them 2 but had 2 wire my 4runner myself.the wiring on left side rear looks like it may have a connector. Several hitches fit 2002 corola but matrix is 2003.
  • Has anyone seen seatcovers for the active,(outdoors), Matrix owner?
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    Canadian Tire offers the wiring kits through Reese, the famous trailer hitch company
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    From sar4 -> "For XR_Matrix: Good idea to get 15" steel rims for winter (especially in salty N.S.). What size of tire are you going to put on them?"

    I have not yet decided on the tire size for the wheels...I will likely not buy the tires until next winter as I am not taking delivery till June. The trick is to get the combination of 15" wheels and tires which is exactly the same height as the P205/55R16 and alloy combo. I am not exactly sure how to do this math but I had a tire dealer do it for me on another vehicle and the heights were within millimeters. You need to have the heights identical in order to keep the speedo the same...

    When I get the right combination, I will post it in this forum...
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