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chong

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chong last won the day on December 3 2017

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  1. Awesome build! Reminds me a lot of my build. I need to get moving on siding and making the walls look nice. I don't want to add holes to the van if I can help it though. That's been my hangup for over a year now!
  2. Got my new bike rack installed. This was definitely a worthwhile upgrade! Previously, I was just screwing the fork mounts down to the floor, which worked fine, but if I ever needed to carry different bikes I had to spend a lot of time moving things around to make sure everything would fit. Now I can just slide them around in the channels. Test fitting my Fat Bike rack: Front channel mounted in the van: Rear channel mounted in the van: Test fitting the bike: With the previous location of that mount, my tire would rest up against the rear door. Now I have some clearance: That's my longest bike, so everything else should fit perfectly. I drove about 400 miles round trip yesterday to participate in Global Fatbike Day. The rack was rock solid. This was definitely money well spent.
  3. They are various sizes to fit the various racks (some require smaller bolts). They range from M3 to M6.
  4. Got my custom rails that will make up my bike racks in the mail yesterday. The idea is that the fork mounts will bolt into the channels with T-Nuts allowing me to slide them from side to side depending on the bikes I want to carry. Can't wait to get these installed. We leave for our next road trip in 2.5 weeks!
  5. Winter Tire Thread

    Went down and measured my Blizzaks and found them to only have 3/32" of tread left. They are practically on the wear bars. I'm going to give the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 a go this time. On paper, they look to be quite awesome. Can't wait for the snow!
  6. I did remove the glove box and it was not hard to get out, but I'm pretty sure we had to cut some plastic to be able to pull it off the pegs (I don't think it was designed to be removed with the dash in the vehicle). Doesn't really hurt any functionality, but you should be careful putting it back in as it will weaken it a bit if you aren't careful. For the record, my glove box hasn't fallen out and I keep it pretty loaded up! Take this bit of information with a grain of salt, my memory is pretty fuzzy. Also be careful running the wire through the grommet. There is almost 0 room and if you manage to unseat the grommet, the sheet metal is damn sharp and you'll risk stripping the jacket off either the wire you're running or the wiring that's already there. Good luck!
  7. Just ordered some custom aluminum extrusions with appropriately sized t-nuts to make a much nicer interior bike rack. Parts should be here around the 2nd week of December. Can't wait to get the parts in and install them. Should make switching up the fork mounts a 5 minute operation.
  8. She's 4'11" I'm 6'5". The car side of the awning is probably right around 6'6", but the poles on the other side telescope and we can make that end a bit higher if desired.
  9. The Awning is the Arb Awning 2000 The heated seat kit is this eBay auction
  10. Had the day off Friday so I decided it was time to add heated seats to my Van. This isn't my first rodeo with adding heated seats to a car that didn't come with them from the factory. The first step was to yank the seats: Having an elevated work area makes things go a bit faster: Disassemble, add the heating element, reassemble: We pulled the center console and mounted up the switches: Wired everything up to switched power and we're off to the races: No more cold butts!
  11. It doesn't really do anything of value unless you service your van at the dealer (you used to be able to get coupons, not sure if that's still true). I have it turned off on my van.
  12. I have 2 aux batteries in my setup. I ran the alternator cable through the grommet with the stock wiring on the passenger side of my 2016. There's not a lot of room there, but I wasn't able to find another place to feed it through without requiring the use of a drill and some primer. As far as placement. Depending on the size, they will fit under the floor extension (see my build thread for some photos of this), but in my case, it wasn't a good fit. I did the same thing as Glenn and built a box for them directly behind the front seats.
  13. I have 2 aux batteries in my setup. I ran the alternator cable through the grommet with the stock wiring on the passenger side of my 2016. There's not a lot of room there, but I wasn't able to find another place to feed it through without requiring the use of a drill and some primer. As far as placement. Depending on the size, they will fit under the floor extension (see my build thread for some photos of this), but in my case, it wasn't a good fit. I did the same thing as Glenn and built a box for them directly behind the front seats.
  14. That explains the clutch pedal... Edit: I use Weathertech. Like them a lot.
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