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I loaded it with (overpriced) wood to spruce up (figuratively, not literally) the rooftop deck, and a new gas grill barbecue. Along with the Honey Do List, I replaced the most needful floorboards, and the rest will have to wait until tomorrow, as will assembling the barbecue. Are they still as stupid and frustrating to assemble as I remember?
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I loaded it with (overpriced) wood to spruce up (figuratively, not literally) the rooftop deck, and a new gas grill barbecue. Along with the Honey Do List, I replaced the most needful floorboards, and the rest will have to wait until tomorrow, as will assembling the barbecue. Are they still as stupid and frustrating to assemble as I remember?

This all helps explain my scant presence on Piloteers these days. Well that and drinks and dinner and drinks on said deck. :)
No picks of the wood in the Pilot?
Lately, I picked up 2x8's and 2x4's - all 8 feet long; and put them in the 08, with the hatch shut no problem.
3rd row down, 2nd row 2/3's down and put the boards thru up into the 1st row and on the center console.
EZ PZ.
On my truck, I'd have to open the back slider and stick them thru, or just leave the gate down.

I can't say enough about drinks and decks LOL!
My grill/smoker has to burn things/wood/charcoal to work. But I've seen BBQ nicely done with gas too.
 
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Good luck getting the BBQ assembled. The last time I put one together was 22 years ago (my el cheapo grill refuses to die so I can’t justify getting a new one) and it took a while. I’m guessing things haven’t changed much. But it’s safer assembling it yourself than trusting that the (fill in store name) got all the bolts and hoses tightened correctly. Must see pics when you’re done.
 
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Thanks!

road2cycle mentioned this above "If your Pilot is an Ohthree it likely has the oil jet placed in the tranny fill port location. That was Honda’s fix for tranny issues on the earlier first gen Pilots."

I'll take another look though today.
Here is the location of the tranny fill port on the 2005 Pilot. The view is from looking down from the driver's side fender. I just took this today after doing a tranny drain and fill as well as changing out the tranny filter.

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As a child, did you ever have an Erector set?
Yes, and then I became a young man. :)

Good luck getting the BBQ assembled. The last time I put one together was 22 years ago (my el cheapo grill refuses to die so I can’t justify getting a new one) and it took a while. I’m guessing things haven’t changed much. But it’s safer assembling it yourself than trusting that the (fill in store name) got all the bolts and hoses tightened correctly. Must see pics when you’re done.
My el cheapo grill is pretty much the same age. I still have PTSD from assembling it. But I'd be willing to bet a perfectly grilled kebab the new one doesn't last as long.
 

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The ever-extending Honey Do List on the deck precluded my doing anything on the Pilot today let alone taking on the BBQ assembly, but dang if we don't have a nice 'n' functional rooftop terrace now, perfect for celebratory and self-congratulatory drinks, homemade pizza, and more drinks.
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Gonna finish up the electrical stuff mañana.
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My el cheapo grill is pretty much the same age. I still have PTSD from assembling it. But I'd be willing to bet a perfectly grilled kebab the new one doesn't last as long.
I won't take you up on that bet because I know you're likely correct. It's sad how things being disposable after a few years has become the norm.
 
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I spent most of the weekend pulling out seats and deep scrubbing the carpet and upholstery on my new old 2006 EX-L. It feels as if I'm finally getting all the old gunk out of the nooks and crannies. I'm also wondering how people can be so gross, lol. Next stop: headliner replacement!
 

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Wife installed the last of the child seats, so the family-carrying aspect of the "new" Pilot is now complete. Started shopping for new tires and wheels. Had my youngest boy throw a fit inside of it when it was time to go eat dinner instead of playing in dad's "new" car. :)
 

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Which kind did you use and how thick did you lay it on?
I use Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Lotion and put it on real thick and let it soak for a couple of hours. I have a fairly stiff brush that I then work it in pretty good and let it soak another couple of hours, then wipe it and let it sit over night.

The back two rows of seats are always folded over in my vehicle so they don't get the UV exposure that the fronts do. 17 years, 8 years of hauling kids, 4 different family drivers at home and at college and the leather is still very good. The foam in the drivers seat collapsed but I had it rebuilt by a seat trimmer for $200 and that is probably the best money I've spent on the car
 

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What tires are on your short list?
Unfortunately no short list yet, because I haven't settled on rim size.

If I keep OEM 16" rim size, I'll run a 215/85R16, and there's a lot of good options. Maybe 7-8lbs heavier per tire over stock, not terrible, and with the proper offset I can retain the proper scrub radius.

If I go +1, because it's easier to find rims with a higher load rating and selection of styles, I'd essentially have to go with a 235/75R17, but at least they're in the same ballpark of extra weight and diameter and impact to geometry as the 16.

Going for something along these lines:



Today I moved the Pilot down to a neighbor's house because we're getting a bunch of big trees felled. Hoping to spend some time diagnosing the whine it's got, I would love for it to just be the alternator.
 

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The new 5-liter jugs are in! The new 5-liter jugs are in!

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And it only involved very light checking,

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The new 5-liter jugs are in! The new 5-liter jugs are in!
It was a highbrow allusion to one of the great moments in modern cinema.

 

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Yes! Welcome to the elite and correct-thinking yellow fog light club. (y)

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