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Toyota Sienna Accessories & Modifications

We have a 2001 LE that we really like so far - about 3K miles on it , no problems. Here is my question - What aftermarket parts or upgrades has anybody made to their van? What have you been happy or not so happy with? Such as heavy duty rubber floor mats, bug deflectors, K&N filter, window deflectors, seat covers, hitches, lights, etc. I have also heard that custom fit (color matching) mud flaps are available at some internet Toyota Parts sites.
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  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    A MUST if you have messy kids. I bought mats for both front seats and middle row. They work great, clean up easy, and are of the best material for all weather conditions.
  • I recently purchased a 2001 LE. Does anyone have experience with installing a fog light in the bumper cut-out like the stock XLE?
  • tinker3tinker3 Posts: 8
    I have 2001 LE and would like to know if I can put fog lights in the bumper . It seems I read somewhere..the XLE fog lights are NOT available to install in a LE (due to internal wiring ) I'd like to know if anyone has tried toyota parts or aftermarket lights ????
  • loyolaloyola Posts: 26
    Anyone installed one or know where to get one.
    Thanks
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    See Texas Toyota comments on Sienna Discussion.
    $71 for rear painted, $17 for gray plastic rear.
    INKY
  • tinker3tinker3 Posts: 8
    loyola....Check ... toyota-parts.com ... for mudguards and other toyota parts. I ordered mudguards (grey) for my 2001 LE..perfect color match and fit.($17.00/ pair for front and rear) I also ordered rear bumper guard ($38.00). Shipping charges from Texas to upstate NY..$8.00. No problems with installation. Very satisfied with products and with the folks at Toyota-Parts. Tinker3
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    We have a 00 sienna CE. I put in After market Fog lamps which was a whole lot cheaper. I know that the 01 have fogs but they are a whole lot more.
  • jelhz43njelhz43n Posts: 44
    Tinker3, how is the installation part - is it easy or complex ? What tools I will need for installation? Can you please give details of installation process.
    Thanks in advance.
  • I simply love my 2K LE. I wished I had purchased it with the running boards. I'm thinking of purchasing and installing them. Has anyone installed them? Was it difficult or were the instructions simple? How much drilling, if any is involved.

    Thanks much!
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    Anyone have any experience with loading cargo on their roof rack? Did you use the hard sided 'shell' type or the folding canvas type?

    Recommendations? Brands?
    Horror stories?
  • jle3jle3 Posts: 3
    I need a hitch for a bike rack, and I've seen some earlier messages saying there wasn't yet one available for the 2001. My local U-Haul claims they have one, and another business (Trick Trucks) says they can order one for the 2001. Does anyone know if these are OK for the 2001 -- has anyone had one installed on the 2001? Thanks.
  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    We use the Sears hard plastic kind. Goes on easy with the adjustable cross rails and holds a lot of junk securly and it's completely weather proof. At christmas time, a life saver!!
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    If you the $$$ to spend, there are parts out there for you! You can install MSD with your ignition to save gas and perhaps gain some horsepower, not much though. For fog lights, after market would be cheaper than OEM. I have bought a set made by Hella (Optilux) and will be installing it soon. K&N sells filter for Sienna's. TRD (Toyota Racing Development) have a supercharger that will bolt on to the Sienna for a small fee of approx. US$3800 plus installation!!! This will boost your power to over 240 horses!

    I have a Canadian version Sienna with mags, MSD, free flow exhaust (one muffler only), hitch, Cool Blue H4 bulbs, fog lights (soon t/b installed), alarm with back-up, hidden bug screen, bra and some other minor cosmetic upgrade! Upgrading is never ending! :)
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    Links for Toyota upgrades of different vehicles:

    http://www.teamsc3.com/

    http://www.trdusa.com/
  • ted9ted9 Posts: 2
    I installed my own hitch (U-Haul-$175) on my 2000 without troubles. Toyota has a wiring harness that is worth the $75 instead of after market which requires splicing in. Beware, the rear springs and struts are junk. If you are doing the big load might want to step up the back end.
  • thewolverinethewolverine Posts: 111
    Thanks for the info and Links!

    What's MSD?

    Also, is it true Sienna mud guards are a genuine Toyota part in Canada?

    Lastly, your Cool Blue H4 bulbs are Sylvania right? I've got 'em - like 'em but was thinking of PIAAs (assuming I win the lottery - LOL). Your thoughts?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    For more information about aftermarket halogen bulbs, please have a look at the existing Aftermarket halogen bulbs discussion topic in the Aftermarket & Accessories message board.

    You may be interested in these bulb tests:
    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/michaelab/carcare-newsection/print_carcare.php3?id=84

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/michaelab/carcare-newsection/print_carcare.php3

    It does show you that whiter is not necessarily brighter or better. FYI, the Phillips VisionPlus bulbs are available in H4 style.


    Drew
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  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    Yes, Cool Blue are from Sylvania. Big improvement from OEM bulbs. PIAA are not worth it in my opinion. They sell all these Super Whites, etc., blah, blah... garbage! Dont waste your money on PIAA's. Read the article about these Super Whites here: http://lighting.mbz.org I've tried those Super White 60/55 watts = 100/110 watts or something to that effect. Complete garbage! I can see better at night with my Cool Blue compared to those Super Whites.


    Yes, mudguards are OEM Toyota parts in Canada. I didn't know they make aftermarket mudguards for Sienna. When I say aftermarket, I'm referring to molded ones like the OEM.


    MSD http://www.msdignition.com You can go to this site and read about it. In short, it's basically a ignition control that helps your engine burn up all the fuel, therefore - it gives you better gas mileage and a little bit improvement on performance. Some people think this is garbage, some people think its true. All depends on who you talk to. I personally didnt notice much improvement on performance. Marginal improvement on gas mileage.

  • tclyatttclyatt Posts: 7
    etrailer.com sells a class III hitch made by Hidden Hitch for about $100 plus shipping. Mine arrived the next day. Bolts on very easily, though a floor jack or friend makes the job easier. Dealer parts dept. worthless re wiring harness. All they could tell me was the part numbers and the cost, not what it would accomplish. I therefore spliced in the wires at no small trouble. Beware removing the rear tail lights on the 2001! The flap that bolts to the rear door frame breaks very easily.

    Re what customizing I have done: I built a plywood storage box/ dog gate/ rear floor protector in the space behind the middle seats. Allows for reclining the middle seats and provides some storage for tools/blankets/etc. on long rides.
  • tinker3tinker3 Posts: 8
    jelhz43n...... Sorry it took so long to answer. The front mudguards are very easy to install, using existing holes (holding the plastic wheel well liner). Just need a short handled #1 or #2 phillips screwdriver. Turn the front wheels to access the screws. The rear are just a bit more trouble..but not too difficult. I removed the rear wheels to get easy access. The larger screw and bracket replace the very bottom screw and bracket(now holding the rear wheel well liner). The new screw and bracket are a bit larger. 2 of the other screw fit in existing holes...and I uses a 5/16 drill to drill a hole through the liner and mudguard for the center screw. It sounds kind of trickey...but if you hold the mudguards in place before starting, you will see how they install. I have seen the results this past winter...no snow and ice buildup on the side of the van. I have also been asked about the mudguards from people I've met in parking lots and on the street..they look good and work great. good luck ........... tinker3
  • jelhz43njelhz43n Posts: 44
    I will order it now.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    Does anyone have hood lifts installed on their Sienna? I'm just thinking of doing this instead of using the rod to keep the hood open. I know early models of Camry (1993 style until 1996) uses lifts to keep the hood open.
  • thewolverinethewolverine Posts: 111
    Jeprox, Drew - thanks much for the informative posts and links!!!

    Jeprox - yes, here in the states OEM Mud Guards are not availble - many turn to aftermarket parts (including mudguards) like those sold by Toyota Wholesale part of Grapevine TX (http://www.toyota-parts.com/). They stock both aftermarket and OEM (got the OEM front end mask much cheaper than dealer).

    Happy motoring!
  • My wife really wanted a cargo net. So I went to Toyota-parts.com to order the parts - great service! Halfway thru the install of the cargo net hooks, I lost both well nut attachments. I dropped both behind the sheet metal hole that would secure the hooks. Fortunately, Elgin Toyota was able to order a new hardware set for me for about $7. Word to the wise, keep your magnet handy for this install. Andy
  • Can anyone recommend a TV VCR combo with console for a 2001 LE? I'm looking for something with audio jacks so the kids can plug in without disturbing the driver. Thanks, Andy
  • tnovistnovis Posts: 10
    andy

    check out the memorex unit from target for 399.00 plus tax. console with 9" tv vcp and so far it is a big hit with our 99xle and 2 kids.
  • Do you have a model number on that Memorex TV VCR? I'm in the midwest and I haven't had any luck finding anything.
  • tpmcolotpmcolo Posts: 4
    Andy,

    Looking at the Target web page, I see a Phillips 9" TV/VCR for $250 (includes the DC adapter for the car). Might be worth looking at.

    Does anybody know of good solutions for anchoring any of these TV's in the van? Makes me a bit uncomfortable to have it sitting loose in the event of an accident.
  • jefflaur5jefflaur5 Posts: 1
    Any advice on how to remove the windshield-mounted rear view mirror from its bracket on a 2001 Sienna? I wanted to swap out my rear view mirror for a wider one that I picked up at Kragen. The mounting brackets appear identical, but the factory mirror does not want to slide off the bracket ... it won't budge. Is there a catch, lock, or special trick for removing it? I am reluctant to force it unless that is the proper way to get it off. Thanks.
  • Has anyone installed a bug deflector on their sienna ? (Does toyota make one for the sienna? My dealer said only a bra.)
    I haven't seen one actually on a vehicle so it's hard choose one aesthetically for the sienna.
    I'm toying around with some brands:

    Lund Interceptor: drilling required?
    QTS omniguard: long wait
    Weathertech: quality?
    Bugflector: quality?

    Any information would be appreciated. THANKS IN ADVANCE
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