Steve41337 wrote:I will put a meter on it to check for voltage (I am expecting I won't measure any power at the lamp socket since the new LED bulb I bought did not work after I installed it).
ehoff121 wrote:LED bulbs have polarity. If you are getting 12V at the contacts for the dome light, did you try switching the bulb around in the socket?
vibenvy wrote:Welcome to GenVibe Steve! That's a mighty fine looking two-tone Frosty you've got there ! Thanks for posting pictures right away!
tpollauf wrote:Welcome to GenVibe SteevO Where did this Vibe come from and where is it's home now? (update your profile for us) Looks good and I'm sure you'll put it to very good use.
vibrologist wrote:Nice looking Vibe!
Steve: I put an inexpensive runner from Lowe's in my cargo area. It's kept in place with plastic fasteners. For your application you may consider putting the carpet in upside down. The backside is easier to clean and your equipment will be cushioned as much. Click on the link in my signature and scroll down.
You may be inclined to get a rubber mat from a farm supply store. Be careful though: some rubber products from the land of lo mein stink like hell.
Steve41337 wrote:So is a white vibe with white shrouds and bumper just called a Frosty? Or is there some other adjective added?
Steve41337 wrote:LOL I had not heard the term "two-tone Frosty" before (I'm new to the world of Vibe) . . . or if I had heard it I didn't realize it applied to my Vibe!
So is a white vibe with white shrouds and bumper just called a Frosty? Or is there some other adjective added?
Thank you for the warm welcome.zbyers wrote:The two-tone applies due to the fact you have the gray cladding. As seen in my signature picture, the black, silver, and neptune blue vibes are all "monotone" and the funky blue (stealth gray metallic) vibe is a two-tone. The cladding on that one was the same faded gray, but after a few cans of Krylon Fusion Plastic Paint, it is now black and looks 10 times better.
vibrologist wrote:Here is a link that takes you straight to my description on how I used the plastic fasteners. They don't show well in the pictures. I circled them red.
zbyers wrote:Steve41337 wrote:So is a white vibe with white shrouds and bumper just called a Frosty? Or is there some other adjective added?
The two-tone applies due to the fact you have the gray cladding. As seen in my signature picture, the black, silver, and neptune blue vibes are all "monotone" and the funky blue (stealth gray metallic) vibe is a two-tone. The cladding on that one was the same faded gray, but after a few cans of Krylon Fusion Plastic Paint, it is now black and looks 10 times better.
Btw, welcome and glad to see you got a nice vibe for a pretty good price! If you're on Facebook don't forget to join us on there too: [url]facebook.com/groups/Genvibe[/url]
Steve41337 wrote:vibrologist wrote:Here is a link that takes you straight to my description on how I used the plastic fasteners. They don't show well in the pictures. I circled them red.
Many Many Thanks for the link. It took me right to your discussion and pictures installing your mat. I see I can order the fasteners on amazon at a low price with two day delivery so will probably go that way. Currently I am looking for a 4'x6' mat either similar to what you used (rubber on back fabric on top) or all rubber. Thank you for your warning about some of the off-shore products smelling bad.
My idea at this point is to use 4 fasteners in approx the same locations you used but leave the portion of mat that covers the "folded-down backseats" free floating without any fasteners (so when the backseats are uprighted the mat can easily be folded back). Your comments appreciated of course.
vibrologist wrote:That makes perfectly sense to me. If you like you could fasten the carpeting to the upper edge of the backs and cut a slit where the where the bench is slit. With the backs up that part of the rug would hang loose.
vibrologist wrote:Yes, the rails are for the fasteners. If you use the fasteners they stick out, which may not be what you want when you put your ladders and boxes in the trunk. Have a look at the fasteners and see if you can find bolts with flat tops to use instead of the original loops.
Steve41337 wrote:I've been busy researching aftermarket stereos for my Vibe. The main criteria has been to accommodate a backup cam and also find a touch screen unit that supports Apple Car Play. My research is now complete and I have ordered everything I need for the install (a few things still arriving via UPS early this coming week). Nothing has been installed as of now.
I finally ended up with a Pioneer AVH-4200NEX at a great price.
After manufacturer rebate my net cost for the unit itself is $448.38 (current retail price from Pioneer is $700). BTW if anyone is interested the $100 cash-card rebate from Pioneer is valid for purchases made from any authorized Pioneer dealer on or before July 31, 2016.
I spent more time finding my rear cam than I did choosing the Pioneer head unit. MacGyver did an impressive job installing an inexpensive backup cam on his 2009; and if my 2006 had the same deep well for the license plate in the hatchback I would have copied his approach. But the 2006 uses a single trim piece to house the latch for the hatchback and two license plate lamps (and only protrudes 2" beyond the hatchback face). So a different approach was required to satisfy my aesthetic preferences.
Here is what I finally ended up with:
There are many similar style cameras by Boyo and others but this is the slimmest I could find and I think will be the least conspicuous of everything I was able ti find and consider. I wanted at least a 160 degree viewing range (this has 175). It is water proof with water-resistance rating of IP67, low-light sensitivity 0.3 LUX at F2.0 which means it will provide a relatively good image in very low light. And it is a HD camera. Online reviews were very good and some claiming it was better than OEM equipment on other vehicles they owned with backup cameras.
I have also purchased a flush mount double USB outlet to install where the current cigarette lighter is located in the vibe ($12.95 Amazon Prime). The double USB port means I can equip my vibe to accommodate either an iPhone or Android phone. The only remaining question is whether I will install all this gear myself or have one of the local shops do it for me. I have visited our 3 local stereo install shops and install price ranges from $300 to $600. At $300 from a reputable local shop there is good chance I WILL NOT install myself.
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