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#145 of 174 Rear Bumper skid bar and towing harness?
Apr 18, 2008 (9:37 am)
I just got my V6 Ltd Rav4 last month and living in NYC I wanted to get the brush guards for the front and the back to "try" to help minimize scratches. I wanted to get the rear skid bar but does anyone know if I can install that with the tow harness? Someone had told me that I would need to remove the harness to install the bar since it uses the same pre-drilled holes. I wanted to know if this was accurate or not.
#146 of 174 08 Nudge Bar
Apr 22, 2008 (8:04 am)
I see Toyota makes a very nice looking Ft bumper guard ,they call it a nudge bar. unfortunately they only sell it in Australia and New Zealand, with shipping it's over $700. Anyone know how to get one here or a brand that would look good on a 08 Sport? Thanks, JonVet
#147 of 174 Re: 08 Nudge Bar [jonvet]
by steve_ HOST
Apr 22, 2008 (2:55 pm)
Just curious, but Is it polycarbonate?
The Aussies are pretty rigid about bullbar specs since the metal non-energy absorbing ones are a hazard to pedestrians. There's a full EU ban on the sale of rigid ones. That may explain why they aren't too common outside of kangaroo country.
#148 of 174 Nudge Bar
Apr 23, 2008 (6:42 am)
I believe it's metal.....newtoyotaparts.com
#149 of 174 Re: Nudge Bar [jonvet]
by steve_ HOST
Apr 23, 2008 (8:13 am)
Pretty expensive piece of bent pipe to bolt on.
Try the SEMA consumer site and check around the Member Directory. EnjoyTheDrive
#150 of 174 2009 (Nine) RAV-4
Apr 28, 2008 (9:32 am)
Steve & Tidester I am very interested in buying a new 200999999 RAV-4. Any clue when they will become available. Know Toyota has out the 2009 Matrix and Corolla but I need a 7 seater. Have read up on 2009 RAV-4, now the question is the earliest date I can get one. Need it by mid-July. Thanks lots for your insight.
#151 of 174 Seeking SE Toyota email address
Apr 28, 2008 (10:46 am)
Dealers aren't interested in telling me when the 2009 RAV-4 will be available, we all know they only want a quick sale and a 'tough' question like this is way beyond their interest in answering. How can I get ahold of the SE Toyota big boys who can provide me the answer? Thanks, experts.
#152 of 174 Re: Seeking SE Toyota email address [thompkins]
Apr 28, 2008 (11:06 am)
I don't believe that Toyota has announced a ship date yet so it's not surprising that no one is able to tell you when they will be available.
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#153 of 174 Re: 2009 (Nine) RAV-4 [thompkins]
Apr 28, 2008 (3:02 pm)
It's a bit early for the 09 RAV4. I believe a refresh is in the works. I've posted pictures on my CarSpace of what I believe will be the next 09 RAV. The spare tire will be relocated to the bottom of the vehicle. The grille will be re-worked, and also the tail lights. I would expect the 09 Ravs to be in around sep-oct time frame.
p.s. Toyota misread the market and over produced trucks and suv's. Story was out on Automotive News weekly. That would explain why we have so much inventory on ground right now.
#154 of 174 Dealer Installed Leather
Apr 29, 2008 (5:58 am)
We've ordered a Rav4 V6 Limited with leather seats and a tow-prep package. It now looks like such a vehicle may not be available. At least my dealer says the ones listed on the Southeast Toyota website are not his allocation and he'll try to get one from another dealer.
He does have a vehicle with fabric seats and says he'll be able to replace them with leather if he can't get the Rav4 we ordered.
My dealer explains that he does business with a really good upholsterer who does this kind of work. Apparently, it's not simply a case of removing the cloth seats and replacing them with stock Toyota leather seats. He reupholsters the seats in the car !
Has anyone had this dealer replacement of cloth with leather performed ? What were the results ? We're a little leery of this procedure.