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    2010 XLT Slammed

    LOL, had a Auris rental one time, always wondered what flavor of Toyota it was! I wasn't bothered enough to look it up though. Last year I had a C-Max Grand rental which as near I could tell was a C-Max with two jump seats in the back. Don't think it was the hybrid version so maybe they got the space from where the battery was. Interesting stuff. I remember back in the 70's and 80's the european cars were very different from US cars. For a while seemed like they were more similar but now they seem very different. Of course there is the BMW Supra that can be serviced at a Toyota dealership ......
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    center caps for a 2012

    Looks great. What polishing product did you use?
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    Here are some photos of the dog platform and some slight modifications to the sleeping platform to add rigidity without the third-row seats. First, some modifications to the rear platform to add rigidity and to prevent it from sliding when braking. The straps hold the platform on the child seat anchors. The crosspiece is attached to the folding legs with four locking cotter pins, two on each side. The angle brackets are screwed into the crosspiece. There's also a vertical leg at the front of the platform that's held in place with three t-nuts and hex-socket bolts (like the legs on the front platform). That way, it can be removed when the third-row seats are installed since there's no room for it and the third-row seats supply the same rigidity as the leg. You can see the dog platform instead of the second-row seats. Here's a side-view with the bed platform collapsed: It's all just scrap wood and a $20 rubber-backed rug from Target. The rug is held in place with bolts at each corner and staples across the sides. The dog platform is tied to the sleeping platform by rope and a ratcheting pulley to prevent it from sliding forward in the event of heavy breaking. Here's how the sleeping platform extends over the dog platform: There's a hole front and center to allow the front leg of the sleeping platform to slot into place. That way I didn't have to have a different front leg for when we travel with dogs. The platform gives us some storage underneath for their accessories (mostly food and bowls/backpacks) and it gives them a nice flat place to travel that protects their paws from the second-row seat bolts. Needless to say, they loved traveling on it. There was plenty of room to stand, sit, lay, and sleep. It also doubled as a place to store some things while we slept. One dog slept in the front seat, one on the platform with us. There was plenty of space. We also have a travel water dish that we attach to the legs of the rear platform with bungee cords so they have some water while we travel: That's the primary reason for the rubber-backed mat. It also protects the particle board (remember, it's built with scrap wood) from wet, muddy paws and sloppy drinkers. The dog platform, during storage, sits over the platforms. The legs on the dog platform don't fold and are cut to size to make the platform level. There are three short legs on the back of the platform, near the sleeping platform's legs that let it sit over the oddly shaped attachments for the second-row seats. I still haven't had a chance to get some photos of the platform folded and stored; it's not been out of the van long enough.
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    Toaster? Nah, couldn't be!

    He has been wreaking havoc in various Jeep forums after leaving here so no wonder.
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    With what I have seen, with most cars that allegedly have weak transmissions like Honda's, is that most transmissions that fail also have contaminated fluid. A lot of those trannies could have had a fighting chance, if the fluid was exchanged. For the 6F35, the number I keep seeing is 30,000 miles.
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    Upgraded side mirrors to OEM Large

    Thanks for the pics. The large mirror looks better and is more useful.
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    If you can find the space for them, the biggest bang for your buck in 'house' batteries is a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries wired in series for 12 volts. They will provide about 200 amp hours and conservatively discharging them to 50% gives you 100 amp hours of 'usable' power - That would power your ice maker for several hours and would probably run your ventilation fan for a week or more. They do make AGM golf cart batteries which contain no liquid acid and are not vented, but they are expensive. You can mount them anywhere you can find a suitable nook though because you never have to check the water level in them. I've used golf cart batteries and other 6 volt batteries (primarily L-16's, which are 'double' golf cart sized) in sailboats for many years and they are an excellent power source for inverters when the engine isn't running. I have a 750 watt inverter in my TC which is powered off the engine battery, but I did replace the small starting battery with a larger AGM battery Don