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Update in my main car journal, but Sept is 5 year anniversary since I bought the Trek.
First 2.5 years (Sept 2017 - March 2020) I put on 41,8XX miles. Driving a minimum of 66 miles round trip to/from work a day. Averaging ~16,7XX miles a year
2nd 2.5 years (March 2020- Sept 2022) I put on 12,0XX miles. WFH and averaging going into the office once a month. Averaging ~ 4,800 miles a year
Trek is sitting at 53,8XX right now

Saved A LOT of $$$ in gas and maintenance (especially when gas was crazy expensive).
 

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A while back I installed a Warn 4500S winch on my '14 Trek. I used a mounting bumper from Primitive Racing. The problem was that I couldn't reach the clutch release because of the grill/bumper cover. Since it's not good for your winch to power our the line I looked for a solution. I found one in replacing the standard grille with a sport mesh grill, cut a big hole in it and used some magnets. The pics show the results.
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The access point is on the driver's side of the grill. I used 4 pairs of high strength magnets to hold the grill section I cut out in place. I epoxied the magnets to the grill. They haven't moved even at 70mph. I also put a plastic handle on so it was easier to take off and replace the access panel. The item on the passenger side is where I plug in the remote for the winch.

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A closer look. Not pretty perhaps but I can easily reach in to turn the clutch release. The grill mesh is actually metal wire so it's pretty stiff. You can't see it in these pics but I also put a d-shackle on the frame on the passenger side front to use as a recovery point. This would allow me to use a snatch ring and double the winch's pulling power. Don't use the screw in tow hook.

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I also installed a front facing camera that connects to my Jensen head unit. It worked great for a time and now it's not. I just don't feel like taking the head unit out again to fix it.. If anyone has done that you understand the PITA that is. Someday when it's not 100 degrees out.

I was out on a weekend overlanding trip when it and my idler pulley failed. That might be a whole other post as trying to get a new pulley and serpentine belt replaced in the middle of central PA on a weekend is grist for a tale of woe and intrigue. It useful that I had installed a recovery point on my hitch receiver, made it easy for the tow truck guy to winch the car onto the rollback.

Still haven't wired up the Hella horns. Anybody got a hack for that?
 

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A while back I installed a Warn 4500S winch on my '14 Trek. I used a mounting bumper from Primitive Racing. The problem was that I couldn't reach the clutch release because of the grill/bumper cover. Since it's not good for your winch to power our the line I looked for a solution. I found one in replacing the standard grille with a sport mesh grill, cut a big hole in it and used some magnets. The pics show the results.
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The access point is on the driver's side of the grill. I used 4 pairs of high strength magnets to hold the grill section I cut out in place. I epoxied the magnets to the grill. They haven't moved even at 70mph. I also put a plastic handle on so it was easier to take off and replace the access panel. The item on the passenger side is where I plug in the remote for the winch.

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A closer look. Not pretty perhaps but I can easily reach in to turn the clutch release. The grill mesh is actually metal wire so it's pretty stiff. You can't see it in these pics but I also put a d-shackle on the frame on the passenger side front to use as a recovery point. This would allow me to use a snatch ring and double the winch's pulling power. Don't use the screw in tow hook.

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I also installed a front facing camera that connects to my Jensen head unit. It worked great for a time and now it's not. I just don't feel like taking the head unit out again to fix it.. If anyone has done that you understand the PITA that is. Someday when it's not 100 degrees out.

I was out on a weekend overlanding trip when it and my idler pulley failed. That might be a whole other post as trying to get a new pulley and serpentine belt replaced in the middle of central PA on a weekend is grist for a tale of woe and intrigue. It useful that I had installed a recovery point on my hitch receiver, made it easy for the tow truck guy to winch the car onto the rollback.

Still haven't wired up the Hella horns. Anybody got a hack for that?
I’ve done this installing horns on motorcyles. It works the same. Remove the wires from the stock horn and plug one onto the 85 pin of a 4-pin relay and the other to the 86 pin. I suggest 12 guage wire with an inline 20 amp fuse from the 30 pin to the battery positive terminal. Split the wire from the 87 pin to one pin on each horn. Run a local ground from the other horn pin to the body. I think it’s safer to wire with a relay and fuse rather than risking the stock horn circuitry.

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Surely there must be some rental DIY service bays near to you? Here in Calgary, I've found DIY service bays one can rent by the hour (8 bays with 2-post lifts, 2 flat bays, 1 detailing bay plus air and hand tools in each bay).
I'll have to look into that. I'm not aware of any. That said... I've often thought that would be a great business to have. A half dozen detailing bays that a person can rent by the hour and actually hand wash their car, etc. And if it just broke even that would be fine by me.
 

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I'll have to look into that. I'm not aware of any. That said... I've often thought that would be a great business to have. A half dozen detailing bays that a person can rent by the hour and actually hand wash their car, etc. And if it just broke even that would be fine by me.
Living here in NYC...I know a lot of guys would love that or even if they had one of those "rent a garage bay" to work on your car since space is always limited around here.
 

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I'll have to look into that. I'm not aware of any. That said... I've often thought that would be a great business to have. A half dozen detailing bays that a person can rent by the hour and actually hand wash their car, etc. And if it just broke even that would be fine by me.
Living here in NYC...I know a lot of guys would love that or even if they had one of those "rent a garage bay" to work on your car since space is always limited around here.
So round up your car buddies, partner up and make it happen! It's an entrepreneurial opportunity that isn't at the mercy of the ICE vs EV cultism. You will satisfy the wants and needs of both groups of worshipers.;)
 

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Installed my Awning today, and wanted to see how it was with it out. This thing is pretty easy but does require some coordination. Only when unrolling it yourself because of getting the legs and horizontal supports out, but is still easy. The first time is awkward, and the second time you have a system. Hopefully, I get to use it this weekend, if the work thing works out. By the time I actually get to go camping, I'll have the room attachment by then, so easy tent set up.

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Wrapped spoiler.
Welcome another snow camo Trek :)
Never thought about doing the spoiler. I did do the side trims along the back window like you did. Also did the rear hatch center section with the hatch release button, gas door, and roof rack fairing and mirror caps.
 

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Installed my Awning today, and wanted to see how it was with it out. This thing is pretty easy but does require some coordination. Only when unrolling it yourself because of getting the legs and horizontal supports out, but is still easy. The first time is awkward, and the second time you have a system. Hopefully, I get to use it this weekend, if the work thing works out. By the time I actually get to go camping, I'll have the room attachment by then, so easy tent set up.

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Looks great! Just put the exact same awning on mine a few days ago. Post pics when you get the room installed, I was thinking about getting one too.
 

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Was going to place license plate..found out about this. What are the factory holes for? They were empty on the back.
 

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What brand / model is that awning?
I have a 6.5 foot Ironman 4x4 Awning. They're 25% off right now but I just got mine on Labor Day and I got a 20% discount so honestly maybe wait for Black Friday. I'll leave a link just in case.

 
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