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Old 01-25-2012, 04:57 PM
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another Toyota story...

I'm starting to think about a pro-4x now, but sort of looking for a 1 or 2 year old instead of new.... lower "sales tax"

STUDIO CITY (CBS) ? A SoCal woman says the energyefficient window installed in a neighbor?s condominium is melting the plastic components on cars parked in her carport.
Heather Patron of Studio City was dealing with a mystery regarding her Toyota Prius.
?The side view mirrors were melting,? says Patron. ?Anything that was plastic on the car was melting.?
Toyota told Patron nothing was wrong with the car. After having the mirrors replaced, she noticed the mirrors on the car parked next to hers were also melting.

Patron then observed a powerful beam of light that was reflecting off the window of a next door condominium, casting a concentrated beam over her carport.
CBS2?s Randy Paige placed a thermometer in the pathway of the beam on a partially cloudy day. The temperature registered over 120 degrees in less than five minutes.
?I?m positive that this window is what is causing the damage to my car,? says Patron.
Patron is not alone. Reports across the country have alleged damages brought on by concentrated sunlight reflected off of energy efficient windows. The National Association of Home Builders is now conducting a study on the matter.
?I just don?t feel like it?s fair,? says Patron. ?I feel like it needs to be known that this is happening. And a lot of people probably have damage out there, that they aren?t aware that it?s the windows that are causing this.?
The Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety says even if the window is the source of the damage, there are no code violations involved. The department says it?s not against the law to install a window that reflects sunlight.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:11 AM
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Rob just wanted to update you on my '10 Frontier-- went through the fall/spring/fall without a hiccup! Handles great on the sometime soft LBI sand. Even Coast Road
Just have to make sure when you hose it down after the beach that you open the hood to reach the skid plate under the radiator. First time I did that about a pound of sand came out.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:13 AM
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Sounds great, Don!
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My 07 Frontier NISMO (Pro-4X) will be hitting the market in the next 6 months, but I wouldnt want anyone I know to take ownership of it, they may look alright but I beat them pretty good, I'm pretty lax at rinsing them off, have never done what, Don said to do so their may be 10 lbs of sand in their caked in toxic Meadowlands mud.

Have to say I'll probably get the same truck nock on wood and all that stuff, changed the battery around 85k miles, getting ready to put on my 2nd set of front brake pads, approaching 100k, hoping to get rid of it before the 2nd set of tires but I may not be so lucky, oh and forgot I had to repace all the air sensor valve stems but that was partly my fault.
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R4F, that truck will take another 50k of abuse!
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figured I move the discussion of this from the surf pictures to over here.

Here's my new buggy




There were a number of reasons for selecting this over the small pickups I was originally thinking about (e.g. Nissan Frontier).

Think I won't ramble on about it, but suffice it to say, when I found this color I was pretty sold.

Actually went to my previous dealer up in Monmouth county because I don't trust the local dealer down here... too many Pineys running the place

Got the dual roof for it, but leaving the hardtop on for now.

Looking into a front hitch for a rack/cooler mount... see several options available.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:58 PM
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Best of luck with the new buggy Rob!
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I like that color, too. Good luck with it.
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Thanks... I told the sales guy I didn't want silver, white, black, red or any bright colors

Loaded with a buNch of stuff, rides way better than the liberty or old wranglers I've driven.

Clearance is a more than the liberty as well... Really happy with it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:56 AM
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thinking of getting a front hitch



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don't think I want a bumper mounted rack, thoughts?
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I'd go with the front hitch.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:54 AM
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Yeah think I will... The hidden hitch model ( and probably any ) requires some trimming of the plastic fascia. I don't feel like messing with that so have to find a shop that will do it. Don't trust the uhaul guys that did the rear hitch on my liberty.

I know Monmouth truck in Shrewsbury can likely do this no sweat but would like to find someone local.

The rear is a piece of cake as its four bolts into the frame, I will probably just do that and the wiring myself.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:09 AM
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I would look to avoid cutting any of the fascia, perhaps some kind of drop brackets to get you under the bumper?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:23 AM
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The way it's situated on the Unlimited, don't think I can avoid it... but we'll see.

The trimming is minimal but they are the cutouts needed for the hitch to attach to the frame, and for the receiver to be properly located. It requires removing the fascia and doing a couple of square cutouts. Someone who is *competent* can do it... which is why I'm not the best candidate

I'll search and see if there are other options.

For the liberty, it would have required removing the entire front wind dam / spash guard to install a front hitch, which is why I never did it. In this case, looks to be 2 (or optionally 3, not sure why the center one is optional) square cutouts, a couple of inches each.
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