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Toyota Highlander Accessories and Modifications



  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    I also just got an '07, and traded in an '02. It's a little different scenario for me. My '07 came with a new cargo net, and had the two upper snap-in hooks already installed in the trim panel.

    So now I have two cargo nets. I'm hoping to find a someone who can use the old one - i think it fits all 2001-2005's. I'll tell you this, though - the nets themselves are the same. All you'd need to get is the snap in hooks, and gall to drill the two small holes in your new HL. If you're lucky, the Dealer will sell you just the hooks, and let you peek at the kit's instructions that tell you how big the holes should be, and exactly where they go.
  • silverltdsilverltd Posts: 18
    Thanks for the information about the cargo net. I'm disappointed, but at least I know that I didn't miss something obvious. I'm not sure that I have the nerve to drill holes in my brand new Highlander, maybe I'll talk to the service department when I bring it in for its first oil change.

    Thanks again!
  • prnd350prnd350 Posts: 10
    How much to install the AVIC unit?

    I could do the Garmin, however I can't leave it out in the car when parked hence my desire for an in-dash unit, even with the much higher price.
  • my001my001 Posts: 17
    The unit costs about $800 (Internet) and have it and a real-view camera installed together by Car Toy for a total installation fee of $600. I guess the In-dash-Navi itself is about $300 - 350.

    Eclipse (cheaper installation)
  • Hi,

    The one and only thing I would like to change about my Highlander is the Stereo system (I got the cheap standard system). Does anyone have any recommendations about good head units that would fit as well as new speakers?

    Thanks in advance
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    I just put in a Sony CDX-GT610Ui. It has a great tuner, lots of power, an iPod cable, a jack for other MP3's AND a USB port. It'll play MP3's and WMA's off a USB drive!

    I put it in myself, and am using the factory speakers. Pretty happy about what I got for the $170.
  • joconnorjoconnor Posts: 26

    please, how does the FrontRunner install? I cannot get an answer from Waag. Did you have to unbolt the radiator from the bottom?
    Thank you!
  • roho1roho1 Posts: 318
    I did a search and read about 50 messages but didn't find a definitive answer to my question.

    Will a tow hitch that fits on an '03 HL non 3rd row fit on an '07 HL w/3rd row seat?

    I'm assuming not because of the underside spare tire mount.

    Can someone confirm this or not?
  • gasman1gasman1 Posts: 321
    Will a tow hitch that fits on an '03 HL non 3rd row fit on an '07 HL w/3rd row seat? I'm assuming not because of the underside spare tire mount.

    You're correct in your assumption. I installed a tow hitch on my '02 and one on my '06. They're completely different. Both of them were Toyota brand hitches. I don't recall which Toyota dealerships sold them to me over the internet. My local dealer couldn't/wouldn't come close to the price. I checked out non-Toyota brands, but liked the additional support/mounting these hitches have.
  • roho1roho1 Posts: 318
    Thanks for the reply. I was afraid that was the case. I know the dealer prices are way out of line, I bought my old one online also.

    Dam 3rd row seat. Worst feature ever forced on the buyer. I know I will never use it. I was shocked to find out Toyota even provides a heat duct and controls to it. Sorry for the rant.
  • bob02hlbob02hl Posts: 3
    First time poster. Proud new driver of an 02 HL (wife's hand-me-down).

    I can *almost* get the low-end that I want (mainly from recent Satriani cds) but some of the old lp-ripped stuff really needs some help. So I want to add a Kenwood powered sub to the factory JBL system just to "round out" the bottom end. The sub has both line level and speaker level inputs. (I want to keep the factory HU).

    Reading back through the posts on the board (many thanks to Landdriver!), it looks like I have access to both types of outputs under the front passenger kickplate, line-level and speaker-level.

    QUESTION: can I splice into the RR/RL line-level wires to run a cable with RCA plugs to the line-level inputs on the amp? Or is one of the speaker-to-line-out adapters a better choice.

    QUESTION#2: Since I plan on leaving the factory amp intact. Would this "before-the-amp" splicing be detrimental.

    Thanks in advance for any information.

  • bob02hlbob02hl Posts: 3
    Talked to the fine folk at Crutchfield and wanted to pass it along.

    They show that the amp is a Harmon Becker (?) and has RCA line level intputs plugged into it. He advised that if I can get to the amp, I could use a "Y" to split off the signal to the powered sub. The only caveat is if the amp requires a specific "power" and that splitting might disrupt that.

    As for splicing in to the wires, since the amp is hard to get to, his advice was to try would either work or not.

    I'm going to give it a whirl. I'm very interested in finding out if the Kenwood sub will give me what I'm looking for.

    Just passing it along.
  • bob02hlbob02hl Posts: 3
    The install went fine. I ended up tapping the speaker-outs at the factory amp plug.

    The sound from the Kenwood KSC-SW1 is exactly what I was looking for. I simply put it in the rear, just behind the 2nd row seats. I'll use velcro to keep it from sliding around. Since I tapped the wiring at the amp (behind the 2nd row seats), all the excess wiring stayed back there under the carpet "flap". I had to run the battery cable, fuse box cable and the remote cable towards the front. I just tucked them under the scuff plates. The remote ran under the front passenger seat to the console.

    If you're looking to enhance the low-end bass of the factory JBL system, I'd recommend this product. I can now run the bass on the HU at 2 or 3, turn down the mid-range a little, and fade to the rear a little for a surprisingly strong sound...especially from CDs.

    Here's the link at Crutchfield if you're interested, although I found it much cheaper at Etronics online:

    See ya...
  • nevinsnevins Posts: 1
    Did you ever move your seat back? How did it work out. I went to a cutom shop that services hiend luxury cars and they said itr was a bad idea. I am intrested in getting a coulple more inches on the drivers side...

  • paul_bpaul_b Posts: 1
    Can anyone provide names of website from where I can buy floor mats. Dealer kept original mats and replaced with cheap-small-tan color ones. Can't believe these cheap tricks are done even today.

    Thanks in advance.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I hope you dinged them on the survey. Wouldn't hurt to write the owner of the dealer and Toyota and tell them your expectations weren't met.

    Weathertech seems to be the most recommended brand on the forum, but I don't have any personal experience with them.
  • joconnorjoconnor Posts: 26
    Weathertec are the best. Have used them on several cars for well over a decade. Hold and catch everything..
  • garygary Posts: 39
    Without going all-out on an audiophile audio system for the HL, I would like to replace my stock system with and aftermarket system without excessive spending. I need personnal reviews on your aftermarket installations for a new head unit and speakers. Trying not to get in to the external amp setup. Just the 4 speakers and HU and leaving the tweeters alone.

    I guess I'm looking for the best sound for the money.

    (There have been numerous postings in the past but most involve external amps, subs, etc.)

    Thanks in advance!!

    2001 HL "Un"Limited (non-JBL edition)
    2WD Millennium Silver
  • slvrvetslvrvet Posts: 1
    Has anyone found seat covers for a 2002 Highlander with power seats and side airbags? How do you keep the seat covers from interfering with the side airbags?
  • lapvnlapvn Posts: 455
    Do they make a cargo cover for the 2007 Highlander w/ 3rd row. I would like to be able to put some things in the back that is out of sight from everyone, but can't seem to find one.
  • Can anyone recommend a aftermarket gps navigation system that they have or does Toyota offer a gps navigaton system for 2005 non Limited Highlanders?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    There's lot of aftermarket suggestions in the Navigation GPS Systems discussion, so check that one out too.
  • nomorebenznomorebenz Posts: 109
    I thought the cover was standard? Check the storage compartment in the back.
  • lapvnlapvn Posts: 455
    Nomo, thank you. I found it this weekend nosing around the car. Another bad thing was that they never gave us the tour of the car, unlike the time when we bought the Ody. They showed us everything.

    GPS, I have the Tom Tom 710 and I am very happy with it. The 910 comes with a 20GB HDD for updates and personalization and for MP3 music. However, I would not want to use it for that, this is why I went with the 710.

    Any lower in pricing and quality, they tend to be the same I think. This goes for the low end TomTom's and Magellan and others. At least this is MHO.
  • lapvnlapvn Posts: 455
    I bought a license plate holder just like mentioned here before. However the screws I bought also has the plastic back cover to be used on the inside of the front bumper. Anyone know if there is a permanent nut that I should be inserting these screws into inside the bumper?
  • a good place to start is Crutchfield. look on the web.
  • I just bought 08 Base HL and am looking to accessorize with following to avoid high dealer cost. Can someone help with online Toyota parts store?

    Floor mats
    Mud guards
    Door edge guards

  • Toyota of Nashua! Fantastic prices
  • avuavu Posts: 6
    Good prices.
  • Has anyone able to get a hold of the Fog Lights kit? I have the 2008 base model and would like to add it to my HL.

    Also anyone installed the Running boards on this bad boy yet? I would live to see how it looks.

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