Last post on Jun 29, 2007 at 5:44 PM
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Toyota FJ Cruiser, Car Safety, SUV
#2 of 21 Re: Blind spot [kristymiss]
Jul 18, 2006 (9:07 am)
There has been quite a bit of discussion about blind spots in the main Toyota FJ Cruiser 4X4 topic. It would be worth a visit there and do a search on the terms "blind spot"
#3 of 21 Re: Blind spot [tidester]
Jul 18, 2006 (10:30 am)
#4 of 21 Blind Spot
Jul 26, 2006 (6:09 pm)
I live in Atlanta too and drive from Decatur to Kennesaw on 75 etc.
Try this: Adjust both outside mirrors so that you have to tilt your head over to the window on the left, before you can see the side of your FJ in the mirror. This places the glass at an angle that shows you things coming up beside you. In fact when adjusted correctly you can see cars in the mirror right up to the point that you can see them out your side window.
Do the same with the right hand mirror..Adjust until you have to tilt your head pretty far to the right to see the side of your truck.
I have been doing this for years in SUV and cars for that matter. It keeps you from changing lanes when there is someone in your blind spot. Actually it seems ackward at the start but you get used to it very quickly and it is way safer. I learned this little trick from the Car Guys on NPR and it really makes a difference. It virtually elimates all blind spots on FJs and other vehicles too.
Give it a try, I bet you like it. You will be shocked at how many times you glance in that mirror to see a car alongside you that you had no idea was there and that you could not see otherwise.
#5 of 21 Re: Blind Spot [gypsyjon]
Jul 26, 2006 (6:30 pm)
Thanks so much! We actually went out last weekend and practiced. I did a lot better after a couple of times. I did go and get some tiny spot mirrors too that have boosted my confidence.
Thanks for the tips=
BTW-we have a yellow FJ from Sandy Springs Toyota!
#6 of 21 Installed a rear view camera
Aug 14, 2006 (7:13 am)
Last week I did a major audio/video overhaul in my FJ Cruiser. The fjammer and stock subwoofer were removed,speakers on the front doors were removed along with the two dash speakers. I had the headunit replaced with a Pioneer P5700DVD with an ipod adapter and had a rear view camera installed inside the rear of the truck at the top of the rear window great angle and view with a Pioneer camera. This eliminated the visual problems or blindspots. It was needed because my son drives the truck. Sure there are rear sensors but nothing is better than visuals. The first rear camera that was used was an Audiovox, DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU REVERSE IMAGES, EXAMPLE WHATEVER IS ON THE RIGHT IS REALLY ON THE LEFT, DANGEROUS. so I purchased the Pioneer camera that is truely compatable to the Pioneer headunit. Also put in Focal speakers in the front doors and Memphis speakers in the dash. A Alpine amp with two 12" subwoofer in caqse in the rear cargo area. Oh also had Pac steering wheel audio control interface installed so I could still use those controls. Put a rear view camera in and that will eliminate the blindspots!
#7 of 21 How Do I upload pictures on this site?
Aug 25, 2006 (4:26 pm)
Can't seem to find out how to upload pictures with my comment.
#8 of 21 Re: How Do I upload pictures on this site? [ron41]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 25, 2006 (5:03 pm)
Hi Ron, the easiest way is to use your CarSpace page to "host" your photos by setting up your album there. Once you upload your photos to the album from your computer, the photos will show URLs in a couple of boxes that you can use to either paste the pic in the discussion or send people to the album.
There's a bit more in the Help link - How do I post a photo in the Forums?
#10 of 21 FJ Blind Spots
Jan 30, 2007 (7:05 am)
I am having an issue with my new Toyota FJ Cruiser. I have had numerous incidents where I have come extremely close to wrecking into others. There are blind spots at the rear, left and right which make lane changing quite a challenge and actually dangerous.I have almost run over children and adults that have been walking up or down roadsides to the front sides of my car. It seems that the blind spots are created by the large column that connects the front windshield, the roof and the doors as well as the configuration of the rear side glass and column design.
Any helpful ideas? ( I am not a bad driver and do use my mirrors)
#11 of 21 Re: FJ Blind Spots [vegasfj]
Jan 31, 2007 (9:45 am)
There are two solutions.
1) Angle your stock mirrors out to pick up traffic on either side that is out of your view when you turn your head slightly and not so far back that they show up in your rear view mirror. As one guy I know said, the inside rear view mirror is for the rear view. The side mirrors are for the blind spots. Now this didn't work for my wife who resets the mirrors every time she drives the FJ after I have driven it. She won't practice driving with the mirrors out; rather she wants to see the side of the FJ in the mirrors when she uses them. You are wasting your time trying to argue the point to my wife, she won't listen; thus this solution did not work for "our" FJ.
2) For about $2.50 each buy two 3 inch round convex mirrors, (sometimes called fisheye mirrors) and stick them in the outer top of the stock mirrors. They even have them now that are adjustable, (modest movement). They won't block your stock mirrors, and will give you a view of what's beside you and not showing up in your other mirrors. They take a little getting used to but they work well once you make the driving adjustment to using them. I practiced by watching traffic in other lanes as I passed it to get a feel for what a close vehicle looks like compared to something farther back.
The second solution was somewhat forced on me by my wife’s attitude but I do think it's the best way to solve the problem.