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    Wow thats fugly!
  2. That's a light bike! But because the weight is rearward of where the normal "tongue weight" is, you are supposed to cut the tongue weight limit in half. That means the 300lb tongue weight limit is reduced to about 150lbs. I hauled a 300lb old school 4 stroke around behind my 4Runner with 750lb tongue capacity and could barely notice it, but much bigger, heavier vehicle. That's a pretty good load way back there for a light duty vehicle. be careful. JMO!
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    gen2 in winter

    Hows that ignorant bliss feel when you pay the rent, electric and water bills?
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    leather seat covers

    I hate the velcro like nature of the fabric on my seats relative to my dogs hair. i want to add a seat heater and thinking I'll go all out and get a leather seatcovers for easier cleaning. Anyone replaced with anything they'd recommend or know of a good supplier for reasonable prices?
  5. I'd have done it for $325. $500 is just enough to make he say "eh".
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    leather seat covers

    I like these. https://www.precisionfit.com/us/en/product/genuine-leather-custom-seat-covers.GT-GTGL 1/2 the price of Katzkins and the cut seems contemporary at least.
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    leather seat covers

    Their leather looks really "cludgy" in the pics. Live old full sized van seats. Scared me off.
  8. Remembering discussions from prior years: the panels are glued in and the usual ways (heat, solvents) are used to release the glue. Clean up the surface and glue the glass in. Basically. Where did you source the glass and adhesive? Safelite wants $500 to replace 1.
  9. Well my real world experience jibes exactly with the "Pro ethanol" sites (whatever that means). I consistantly got around 20mpg when I get 25-27 normally. That's not even close to twice as much and I've never seen anyone else claim 1/2 the mpg. Simply not the case. (E85)
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    Fusion Wheels

    I also have Fusion wheels waiting for summer tires for next spring. Do you need to change anything to use them on a TC? Different lug nuts or spacers or anything? Hub centric or lug centric the same?
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    Tie Down ?

    It's might be for tying the car down to the cargo ship that brought it over.
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    Do 15" steel wheels fit?

    You only need to worry about the weight rating if you plan to haul near the 1600 lb weight limit. For most that never approach that, it's a needless concern.
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    Battery Jump Starter?

    If you let any lithium ion battery sit too long and get too low on charge you damage it forever. The only way to keep those kinds of things alive is to charge them (and not up to 100% ideally) every other month or 3 months at most. it's a PITA and next to nobody remembers to do it, so they often don't work when needed.
  14. BS - It's about a 20% hit on mpg's for equivalent cost reduction. It is stupid to make it from corn, that's for sure.
  15. Double DIN installed and got it back with time and date correct but after the battery died I lost the setup and the double din install loses the buttons to set the time/date. There are no steering wheel controls. Any other way to access the settings or should I find a nice picture to mount there as I planned?
  16. SafeLite will put the same one as oem for about $450
  17. Maximum tongue weight is 200lbs and you reduce that for bike haulers because the weight is further back. Recommendation from the maker was 1/2 the rated tongue weight. You can see from the fender/tire gap that the back is sagging heavily. I wouldn't be happy driving that. JMO I've used a hauler on a heavier XR (300lbs) with a Toyota 4Runner with 750lb tongue weight capacity and you couldn't tell it was there but that was on a very hd vehicle. Does't the back end bottom on any bump?
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    2.5 breaks in

    at 6700 miles my TC is suddenly much smoother and peppier than it used to be! I noticed the idle seemed smoother and then i chirped the tires coming off stops a few time and I don't floor it. The top end performance is noticably better as well. Will see if the mpg change, currently avg 26.4mpg long term (math done, not the stupid inaccurate computer reading). Have liked the car a lot for a stripped cargo van, now I like it even more.
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    Heated Seats

    Iv'e replaced seats in quite a few vehicles and it's usually the bracket bolted to the seat that is the individual part, and that bracket can often (not always) be used with other seats. FWIW
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    leather seat covers

    Decent leather holds up way better than any fabric and is much easier to deal with dog hair. I guess if your dog claws things up you might have a problem. I never have with multiple dogs over multiple vehicles. Yes Katskins or similar is what I'll do. I've also done them in a Miata, small world. Prices are similar.
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    Cargo Mat for Van Models

    They are about 2-3,000 less and it's not hard to see the content difference and feel the driving difference. Tons of TC's driving around our city and almost everyone compared to the Chevy (nissan) because we have a GM truck plant in our city. Most test drove both and then bought the TC, like me. Much cheaper feeling vehicle with much smaller engine and a rubber band transmission. (cvt) There's more there than there is about customs.
  22. Yeh, that's the sole reason for me to buy this versus a comparable earlier disk playing model for $150 less. I make deliveries and looking forward to having a 7" display with maps and voice control. No rear glass so I need a backup camera and the dash cams are just good idea these days for commercial vehicles. I'm hoping the back up cam gives me enough visability to skip getting a window installed in the right side door. If so I'll have paid for 1/2 the system in savings there.
  23. under the passenger seat? I"ve seen a couple of very thin (3" or less) small woofers in plastic housings with amplifier that look like they'd fit under the seat. Anyone tried one? They are small diameter (6-8") so not going for THUMP, just some actual bass noise. Like this: http://www.jbl.com/car-subwoofers/ https://www.shop.com/KENWOOD+KSC+SW11+Kenwood+Compact+Powered+Subwoofer+Enclosure+150W+Max+power+Wired+Remote+Control-1583085226-p+.xhtml?sourceid=298&CAWELAID=120179650037056799&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=22435473779&CATCI=pla-65399634571&CATARGETID=120179650035805681&cadevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwmK3OBRBKEiwAOL6t1BW59QJCgBdHqOQOOT3Pzc7YZmZaQRiiiKKqrRuqeosQXXTcCZd4lBoCYGEQAvD_BwE