Last post on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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#718 of 727 Airlift 1000 Installation - 2008 Sienna
Oct 19, 2011 (6:18 am)
Adding a Curt hitch earlier this year resulted in frequent 'tail dragging' incidents on some driveway accesses. Rear height went from around 10.5" down to around 8.5", even less when the van is loaded. The reducing departure angle is enough to cause problems.
After some reading, I decided to install Air Lift bladders in the rear springs, with fill valves located in the rear valance panel. So far, they seem to be doing the job. We have some bigger trips planned as we approach the holidays, so I'll let you know how they work when the van is loaded.
#719 of 727 Re: Airlift 1000 Installation - 2008 Sienna [fibber2]
Oct 19, 2011 (10:13 am)
It's a common upgrade and I've heard lots of good experiences with that, so hopefully you benefit as well. Congrats.
#720 of 727 Re: Airlift 1000 Installation - 2008 Sienna [ateixeira]
Oct 19, 2011 (5:50 pm)
If anybody is considering it and is interested in some details, I could post more information about the process. Pictures as well if I can only figure out how to do so! I miss the 'carspace' section of the forums...
#721 of 727 Integrated Aftermarket- Nav Res Camera Bluetooth
Oct 22, 2011 (3:35 am)
I'm planning to buy the basic Sienna LE version and get an after market installation of GPS, RES, Backup camera with sensor, Bluetooth and Ipod interface etc
Can somebody tell me how much will it cost approx and will it void the car warranty?
#722 of 727 Re: Integrated Aftermarket- Nav Res Camera Bluetooth [quizzer]
Oct 22, 2011 (9:16 am)
Go to someplace like Crutchfield an look at the options. Getting the whole pkg including retaining steering wheel controls can top $1200 (your labor), but you get exactly what you want.
You will not automatically void the whole van warranty, but you will get no coverage for anything that can be traced to the aftermarket parts, installation, or interaction damage between the new hardware and the rest of the electronics.
#723 of 727 Driver in a wheelchair
Oct 30, 2011 (2:33 pm)
We plan to purchase a new 2011 Sienna, adapted for disabled driver. It needs 3 factory modifications: a dropped floor; a side-entry power-driven ramp; removable Captain's chair and front passenger chair. All these are Toyota-factory-modifications; then sent to Convert-A-Van types of dealers. We would love to know the price-to-the-dealer, so we can estimate how much profit margin he has. Otherwise, very difficult to negotiate with him. The prices that
3 dealers have quoted, are all approx $ 55,000.
#724 of 727 Re: Driver in a wheelchair [vanshopper2]
Oct 31, 2011 (9:47 am)
Ouch, that's spendy. Dodge also converts Grand Caravans, FWIW.
If you can't find any more info, aim for similar margin discounts, i.e. about 10% off MSRP or so.
#725 of 727 Re: Driver in a wheelchair [vanshopper2]
Oct 31, 2011 (4:48 pm)
I have the similar modification but my modification was by Braun now bought out by IMS?. I afraid they have a monopoly so you really can not negotiate. The one thing I did purchase for my 2008 Sienna Van is extended warranty. When my navigational went out, it did not cost me $2,100 since I had an extended warranty. I check on the warranty for the modifications and it was too costly for what you get. Also I would run synthetic oil to extend the engine life. I would stick with Toyota since you can not afford to replace these Vans for many, many years.
#726 of 727 Is today's flipdown DVD monitor any better?
Jan 27, 2012 (9:38 pm)
I have an '07 XC90 with factory headrest DVD monitors. The picture looks funny if the viewing angle is 'off' a bit. The same problem exists on my 2001 Chrysler TC's aftermarket flipdown roof monitor.
I am now shopping for a flipdown roof monitor for my 2010 Toyota Sienna. I am unable to get my hand on a system to see if they are any better than the ones from the past. Best Buy does not have them on the floor. I plan to buy it from the internet and install it myself.
Any help out there would be greatly appreciated ... especially with the viewing angle.
#727 of 727 Re: Is today's flipdown DVD monitor any better? [eandlcubed]
Jan 30, 2012 (10:11 am)
I installed one in 2007 and the kids have never complained, unless the sun is super bright. Mine's a 12" Clarion, IIRC.
I imagine modern ones are brighter and have better contrast now.