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Avalon 1st Generation (1995-1999) Specific discussion of the first generation Toyota Avalon

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9T6AvalonXLS - What brand of struts did you put in? I know KYBs ride a bit harsh when new. But they break in nicely after a month or three. A lot of them do that, from what I hear.
I went with the KYB's
I have used KYB shocks on past vehicles and was always happy with them, thought I would give the struts a go.
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Gen1 Avalon cup holder replacement

One of the only things I hate about my '95 Avalon are the factory cup holders that pop out of the center armrest. One was broken when I got the car and the other broke recently. Even when they worked they didn't work correctly.

I used 2 boat/poker table cup holders. These are 3" wide across the bottom and 3" tall. I stuck a piece of Velcro on the bottom, and one around the outside of the cup to hold it to the side. This way I can remove the cups if needed and retract it back in the arm rest. I tried using larger ones but they do not fit well and the car would have to be modified.





The end result turned out well after I painted the inside edge around the holders black which gave it a more clean look.



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Gen1 My Avalon

so far with my 97 avalon that ive had for about year so for i sanded down pulled all the dents out and repainted the car. I took out the stock radio and put in a aftermarket pioneer unit with two 10 inch alpine subs in the trunk. i took the face plate where the radio is and painted that and the grill black. In the middle air vent i put blue led lights, and blue leds under the front seats that shine towards the back with a switch panel in the center console. then red door lights and a red dome light. Finall im going to install two led blue light bar fog lights on the front bumper with a switch next to the steering wheel.
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Sunday I did the second drain and fill on my transmission and power steering. I drained the diff. side of the trans along with the pan, couldn't see any difference in the fluid, all appeared to be the same color. Did a pretty through cleaning of the dash/center console also, I still need to remove the front seats to clean the carpet and the seats while they are out.
So far I have put about 600 miles on the General Altimax HPs, no complaints yet. This thing is great to drive down the highway, I had a 180 mi.+- round trip for work today, all highway, half of that was two lane twisty's...I enjoyed it and pulled 26.5 mpg.

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Finally got around to removing the front seats. Scrubbed the carpet under and along the sides of the seats, scrubbed all sides of the seats also. Sides of the console covered by the seats was funky, got it cleaned up also and while I was at it, I removed the console plastic wood trim around the shifter and used some plastic polish on it, much, much better.

Next up is removing the upper and lower intakes and replacing all of the heater and cooling system hoses, and thermostat. While the intake is off I am replacing the plugs, wires, and valve cover gaskets. That should keep me busy this Friday night and Saturday, as long as Rock Auto comes through this week.
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Tomorrow I am going to a local parts recycler and taking the passenger kick panel to see if it's a match with a center column shell from an 02 Avalon, both tan. If so I will buy a tan leather steering wheel and air bag from a Gen 2 Avalon. Mine is falling apart and I like the tan color better than the dark oakish color. I will post pics when I get this done.

This is what it'll look like.
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Will the airbag connector be compatible from a Gen II to a Gen I?
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I added a pink pony to my Avalon.





Oh, and I also rerouted my main power cables to the trunk, redid all of my rear power distribution (12 ckt dist block, using 8, bus bars, relays, etc.) Am running optical audio to DSPs for my triamped sound system.. But you know, pictures on that later

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Will the airbag connector be compatible from a Gen II to a Gen I?
I believe so, most Toyota and Lexus have the same connectors. If not, I will swap them.

On Thursday I removed the seats and carpet and power washed the carpet and mats. Friday I cleaned the front seats while the carpet was drying out in the sun. I wiped down the floor with 409, gave a nice lemon scent.















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I believe so, most Toyota and Lexus have the same connectors. If not, I will swap them.

On Thursday I removed the seats and carpet and power washed the carpet and mats. Friday I cleaned the front seats while the carpet was drying out in the sun. I wiped down the floor with 409, gave a nice lemon scent.
Nice job on the interior!
Your seats were a bit funkier than mine.
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Today I got back to the remainder of the heating and cooling hose replacement. A few weeks ago I started to replace all hoses thinking I had most of them, within a few minutes I realized I was far from having what I needed. This week I ordered the remainder from Rock Auto, had everything by Friday.
All of the heating/cooling system is done including the 1" hose under the lower intake, the throttle body coolant hoses, and the thermostat and gasket.
While into it, I replaced the plug wires, the plugs looked really good so I decided to wait on their replacement. I replaced all of the small and medium sized vacuum hoses, the fuel return line along with the fuel filter.

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2 weeks ago I started building my fiberglass subwoofer box for the trunk(my first fiberglass project). I've only got it about 1/3 done so far, but hopefully it turns out well.



(Yeah, I'm a bit behind the "what did you do today" thing, but I lose my sense of time on the road)

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Cool, I can't wait to see your progress and finished product, chunkywolf. The idea of fiberglassing a new box for my sub came to mind, but I'm too inexperienced to do so. Two weeks ago I was ready to bite the bullet and build a new sub-box, but i had too many issues with my template which made be back-out like a wuss. Ultimately, if the need arises for the spare tire it turns a 5 minute trunk disassembly into a 45 minute+ disassembly.


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Pulled my wheels off and threw out the 1/32 tires that I have been running on. Going to be sending off the rims to be repaired since the last 2 sets of tires I had leaked air, and they could use some polishing care.

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These were taken last night after a once over before my daughter left this morning for northern Minnesota, approx. 460mi. one way. I received the new centers for my wheels on Wednesday, just in time! Wheels are 99 Platinum Edition Avalon that I refinished.
I have faith in the car, I have put a fair amount of money in it the last couple of months so it could be trusted out on the road, I think it will do me good.

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