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#1075 of 1440 Re: Replace OEM radio with JBL amp in 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid [landdr
Nov 16, 2005 (8:02 pm)
I am not familiar with the newer JBL system in the Highlander, but I just got finished changing the HU in my 2001 limited. I bypassed the amp and I am driving the speakers with the HU only. I think the HU has more power than the factory amp did. The amp is physically very small and I dont think it is pushing very much wattage at all. You probably have 8 speakers so hopefully your amp is a little but better. I was planning on getting an amp eventually but right now I am very pleased with the JVC hu and the factory speakers. Better speakers would have a lower sensitivity and would probably need more power however.
Here is a link to some pictures I took during the install. I just dumped all the pictures so some of them are reduntant.
Highlander Head unit install
#1076 of 1440 Re: Replace OEM radio with JBL amp in 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid [landdr [chrisb74]
Nov 17, 2005 (7:52 pm)
Didn't realize the XR4 is a level converter; can't say I remember anyone in the HL boards saying they drove the OEM amp with an aftermarket HU, and you'd expect soundgate would know what they're talking about, so it may indeed be the case.
Since chrisb74's 15W per channel estimate of the factory amp's output power agrees with mine made a while back (see post 289), and since the Pioneer DEH-3700MP is rated at 22W per channel, you're probably better off powering the speakers with your HU (although the installation will require running speaker wires from the HU to the speakers). You might first try temporarily running speaker wires to verify the sound indeed sounds good enough for you; if not consider adding an aftermarket amplifier...
Wasn't able to see the photos; just saw the faces.com logo and a small box; may have something to do with the "MemberID" term in the URL. But judging from the photo at crutchfield.com I imagine it looks pretty slick!
#1077 of 1440 Dealer Installed Leather
Nov 22, 2005 (10:53 am)
I am buying a new Highlander, want leather but don't want to pay for the Limited. Therefore, I am considering having the dealer install the leather. Some dealers claim they get their leather from the same supplier as Toyota and it comes with a 3 yr/36,000 mile warranty while another dealer claims they are lying and can't possibly be using the same supplier. Does anybody have any knowledge about this and any advice? I live in the Chicago area. Thanks.
#1078 of 1440 Re: Dealer Installed Leather [packisbak1]
Nov 23, 2005 (9:18 am)
I also live in Chicago area and I have 2004 HL without leather, light gray interior. I have not missed leather.
On same similar subject, my back seats are looking dirty with teenagers spilling food on it. Any products to clean the seats out there someone would recommend.
#1079 of 1440 Re: Dealer Installed Leather [packisbak1]
Nov 23, 2005 (11:54 am)
Do not even consider unless they will show the car with leather installed by them. I was persuaded by the dealer that the leather they install is the same as the factory. Nether the leather not the installation come close to the factory. Never do that again.
#1080 of 1440 Re: Dealer Installed Leather [middleageguy]
Nov 23, 2005 (4:36 pm)
For stains, before you use any other cleaners on them, use "TECH" Stain Remover. Works GREAT!
#1081 of 1440 2006 Highlander Seat Covers
Nov 27, 2005 (8:43 am)
I would like to get seat covers for my wife's 2006 Highlander. Beside the dealer I would like to learn if anyone could recommend another source for a quality seat cover that fits well. Thank you, Bill
#1082 of 1440 Brand of wind deflectors
Nov 28, 2005 (7:51 pm)
I see 100's of post with people saying I have them and I dont but no mention of brand's, ease of instal, damage to paint and a good source to purchase them.
I want the bug deflector for the hood, wind deflector for the moon roof and maybe the little visors for the windows
thanks in advance
#1083 of 1440 Re: Brand of wind deflectors [cino72]
Nov 28, 2005 (9:08 pm)
You're right -- a lot of people say that their wind deflector was easy to install but fail to mention which brand it was!
I have the Toyota brand hood bug deflector and it was quite easy to install -- no drilling; just affixing adhesive-backed sheet plastic strips to protect the paint and tightening some set screws. The Toyota brand is shaped a bit differently than the aftermarket ones, so you should look at both to see if you have a preference.
The sunroof wind deflector I installed was a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) Toyota brand, meaning it's the one sold in Japan for HLs there, and is different from the one sold here in the U.S. interestingly enough; available from www.myautofashion.com and also quite easy to install; only reason I bought this one is the U.S. Toyota version wasn't available yet at the time.
#1084 of 1440 Re: Brand of wind deflectors [landdriver]
Nov 29, 2005 (6:32 am)
I went with Toyota brand hood and sunroof deflector. They look good and install was a breeze.