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Haven't had the car a month yet and have done the following:

Xenon Depot HID upgrade
3M clear film over headlight lens assemblies.
Curt 1 1/4" trailer hitch
Center console storage tray

On the way:

Quiksnap side window shades

Future:

Mud flaps
Factory fog lamp kit
Whenever someone releases a vehicle in motion bypass/external video input kit or an aftermarket head unit for the 2019 housing form factor
 

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Those are some great choices you've made to the CH-R.

How much have you figured that cost you so far out the door installed with taxes?
 

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Thanks.

The HID kit was about $140 shipped.
The 3M clear film on the headlights was about $53 done by a local shop.
The Curt trailer hitch was about $135 shipped.
The center console tray was about $13 shipped.
The Quiksnap shades is about $60 shipped.

All of the above is total cost. Installation, I did it all myself so saved on that cost with the exception of the 3M clear film. I guess I should throw in a few dollars for supplies used when I installed the HID kit; which were wire ties and double sided adhesive pads.
 

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Glad to see that you are already doing some modifications to make the C-HR your own. Do you plan on doing much towing with the car? I know it hasn't been rated for much. I think there is a thread up on here with a guide on installing that factory fog light kit.
 

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The main purpose is to augment cargo capacity by having a tow hitch carrier. I know the tongue weight limit is 200lbs. But I don't expect to carry a lot of heavy stuff. That said, the heavy stuff is probably pretty valuable and I wouldn't want it sitting out exposed like that either. So that stuff will most likely be in the car while other less valuable stuff would be strapped down to the carrier. But probably the first thing I'll get is a bike rack carrier. Still trying to decide on which one to get that provides enough versatility, light weight, and convenience.

Talking to eTrailer, they said I can tow 2000lbs easily without putting any strain on the chassis or the engine/trans. With this in mind, I've thought about getting a motorcycle trailer so I can tow one of my motorcycles with me to the beach.

Yes, I saw the guide on doing the factory fog light install. Waiting on eBay to have another of their 10/15% off coupon days. Also, need to get together with my dealer's parts department as there are now two different factory fog light kits. One which is what I've seen installed and most pervasive is the halogen H11 bulb unit. The other is the newer LED fog light. I got a part number for it but apparently there are a number of different part numbers tied to it. From what I remember, the list price for the LED kit is about $399. Can't seem to find much info online about this newer kit.

Doing some more research, it looks as if I might be able to get an aftermarket head unit to get rid of the crap Entune 3.0 system. Joying has an Android head unit with a 8" screen where the screen can be adjusted up and down on how it mounts to the main body. After much research on the 2019 MY cars, we need to get a single DIN unit but with a 8" screen to fit into the stock opening. And the single DIN body has to be at the bottom of the 8" screen. I might end up paying the place which did the 3M film install to do the install of this unit. Because the unit Joying has which fits my car is a universal unit and not Toyota specific. I don't know what will happen with trying to get the stock back up camera to work with the Joying head unit. I guess I could just replace the stock back camera all together. But would like to keep things as stock as possible.

Also, looking into replacing the auto dimming rear view mirror with a Gentex auto dimming rear view mirror with Homelink. My BMW has Homelink in the rear view mirror and frankly, I've gotten spoiled. Rather not have the two garage remotes I have not pinned to the sun visor. I'm hoping the stock harness that powers the factory auto dimming mirror will be a direct connect to the Gentex.

ETA: On the topic of towing. For some reason, the European models for the C-HR do have an official tow rating from Toyota. Toyota officially states they can do 1500lbs. Why this is different for the US market, I don't know. Found this out reading through the UK C-HR forum. And Toyota offers a factory tow hitch kit which can be installed by a dealer. I seem to recall one of the posters in the UK forum saying they had this done.
 

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I think that difference in tow rating among other differences we see come down to market regulations. Toyota might be under requirements in the U.S. that take longer to produce those numbers in a way that's legally sound compared to other markets without as many barriers.
 

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Safety standards are much different between NA and the UK. We also know that there are some region specific changes to the powertrain and optional equipment. If you do end up getting a small trailer, I'd be interested to hear how you find the dynamics of the C-HR with a load. Hoping in the future Toyota moves to a global platform for this car.
 

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The standards difference can account for the difference in stated tow capability. But as far as the different power plants go, we have the 3ZR-FAE 2.0 liter engine which puts out 144 HP and 138 ft lbs. The two other power plants for Europe are the 8NR-FTS which puts out 114HP/136 ft lbs and the 2ZR-FXE which puts out 134HP/153 ft lbs. And we all have the same CVT transmission except they get an option of a manual. So to me, there's not much difference there either.
 

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Update.

Just ordered the mud flaps. Weird thing is my dealer said the mud flaps were pulled from the parts catalog with a stop sale order or something to that effect. I found a Toyota dealership online which had it for the cheapest price I could find even after paying for shipping. They processed my order and have the parts on order. So I don't know what the deal is with my dealer. I'll let everyone know who this Toyota dealer is I ordered online from if the order is fulfilled satisfactorily. If the buying experience is good, I plan on ordering the OEM fog light kit from them as they also have the cheapest price around even with being charged for shipping.

I also put in an inquiry to Gentex on if they have a plug and play option to have an auto dimming mirror with Homelink. Will update here too when I get an answer.
 

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Another update.

I chose to go ahead and order the OEM fog light kit with the mud flaps from that Toyota dealer. I did some more research and again this Toyota dealer had the cheapest price for the fog light kit and combining the order with the mud flaps saves me on paying for shipping again. I expected a slight shipping cost increase with the additional parts but they kept the shipping the same. If all goes well, I will definitely recommend this place for people to purchase from.

One difference with the OEM fog light kit I'm purchasing is it is the newer LED units that have been factory installed on the Limited trim level. So far, it seems I'm the first one to do this upgrade.
 

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Does anyone here plan to go with a custom fog light setup?

So many options these days if that's the route you want to go due to the years aftermarket companies had to grow and eventually offer cheaper versions. Not to mention all the used sets we can find online for even cheaper, you'd be surprised at how many good sets are out and hardly used.
 

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I like simple if I can get away with it. So the fact the factory kit is more or less plug and play, I like that a lot. That's why I'm willing to pay a bit more for the factory parts. I only go aftermarket when there is really no choice in the matter. And even then, I try to find kits which more or less "act" factory. I did this with my BMW. Found an aftermarket system which allowed me to have a back up camera, dynamic steering lines adjusting to my steering wheel angle, and full integration with the factory iDrive system. While the parts did plug and play into the factory harnesses, it was a real pain in the butt to physically install. I had a good chunk of the car torn apart. Part of it is my anal retentiveness of having everything look factory. So I ran the new wiring along existing wiring so no one would know the difference. With the physical size of the box I had to install, I had to improvise.

As to any used sets out there, I didn't see anything on eBay. Plus anyone selling "used" would most likely decide for what ever reason not to install the kit, or they took the time to rip all the components necessary to install the fog lights in another car. Also, the LED fog lights just came out this model year so I doubt there would be any used ones out there unless the car got into a wreck and is being parted out.
 

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BTW. I got the factory LED fog light kit for $220. I guess I can say it's either $5 or $10 for shipping. Saying $5 since I'm dividing in half the shipping charge because I have the mud flaps as part of the order. Or $10 for the full shipping if I didn't combine it with the mud flaps.
 

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Wanted to report back that I received all the parts today. The communication with the parts department was first rate and they were very responsive. Not sure if it's against the rules but I want to give a shout out to Roman at Toyota of Cool Springs. Lowest pricing I could find online without raping you on shipping.

I'll start installing the mud flaps tomorrow or Saturday. I'll also start installing the interior wiring for the fog lights when I get a chance. I want to get the lamp assemblies clear vinyl wrapped to protect the lenses from road debris.
 

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Installed mud flaps today. Wanted to say the directions/instruction sheet floating around on the Internet (currently hosted on the UK C-HR forum site) is not even close to what I got. Don't know if there are differences in body work between the US/North American C-HRs and the rest of the world. Once I dry fitted the flaps onto the car and looked at the hardware included, it was obvious how to install them. Compared to the instruction sheet that is out there, the flaps I got had more mounting points and required more drilling.

I'll post pics either in this thread or a new one when I get a chance. I didn't take too many pics but I think they'll be enough for people looking to do this themselves to get an idea what is involved.

Next up....fog lights.
 

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Just finished installing the LED fog lights. Haven't started on the internal/dashboard wiring yet. Managed to get the fog lights installed without pulling off the bumper cover. Glad I didn't have to pull the bumper cover but not sure which way would have been easier. I have to say there were lots of moments of expletives and working by total feel.
 

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Update.

I also put in an inquiry to Gentex on if they have a plug and play option to have an auto dimming mirror with Homelink. Will update here too when I get an answer.
Did you ever hear back from Gentex on a Homelink mirror? I'm interested in this, too.
 

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Did you ever hear back from Gentex on a Homelink mirror? I'm interested in this, too.
I did not. I've been tied up with things and was going to call them. I've also been pondering other options to make this work. The option I'm thinking of going with is to cut off the factory harness from the factory mirror and splicing it into the generic harness kit that comes with the mirror. From all I've read, you only really need to supply power which is just two wires. I have a feeling this is probably the way I'll have to go.
 

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I did not. I've been tied up with things and was going to call them. I've also been pondering other options to make this work. The option I'm thinking of going with is to cut off the factory harness from the factory mirror and splicing it into the generic harness kit that comes with the mirror. From all I've read, you only really need to supply power which is just two wires. I have a feeling this is probably the way I'll have to go.
I have a 2019 model with the auto-dimming mirror, no Homelink. (Why Toyota doesn't even offer the Homelink option on the C-HR when they already have auto-dimming is beyond me.) My wife has a 2017 Prius with a Homelink mirror and the mount looks identical to my C-HR's mirror. I'm thinking about getting a Prius Homelink mirror, which I suspect would be pretty much plug-and-play.
 
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