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Old 03-30-2016, 08:52 PM   #301
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Thanks for naming your build thread after me!

Great build, by the way
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Lol...I was wondering if I was going to hear from you about that! Thanks for the compliment. Did you get your MC lift installed on Rube yet?



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Lol...I was wondering if I was going to hear from you about that! Thanks for the compliment. Did you get your MC lift installed on Rube yet?



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Steven,

I'm absolutely loving your build, and the fact that I've found yet another avid shutterbug on this forum. I'm a little disappointed that I sold off my Canon 7D and all of my Canon equipment (I really wasn't that heavily invested... a flash, 3 lenses and some other goodies) about 6 months before I bought Rube. It was obsolete, I wasn't using it that much anymore, and I have never, ever been impressed by the resolution out of the APS-C sensors. Sure, it works for certain applications, like photojournalism (I used to shoot for the Red & Black during my days at UGA), where print resolution isn't all that great anyway, not to mention the benefit of a faster frame rate at your disposal when shooting action. However, it just can't stack up to that full-frame deliciousness. I had plans to buy a D810 shortly after selling the 7D, because I think Nikon (or Sony, rather) is just kicking Canon's but in terms of the dynamic range able to be gotten out of their sensors, and my dad's been a Nikon shooter for many years, has an NPS membership and has quite the treasure trove of equipment (he was confused as to why I went the Canon route to begin with, but I don't regret it; I enjoyed the 40D, and later the 7D, and they have excellent glass as well, as does Nikon... It's not the camera that matters anyway, it's the guy behind the lens). I'd also been lusting after the Sony A7R mainly because the it used nearly the same sensor as the D810 in a mirrorless setup, and I'm really digging the updates in the A7RII, and the ability to use Sony, Nikon, Canon, or Leica glass...

So, it's either the D810 or the A7RII for me at this point. If Rube would quit asking for handouts like Chrysler during a recession, I could finally buy that new lightbox and get some better looking photos into my build thread. All in due time, I suppose.

Oh. You asked about the lift, and I rambled on about cameras.

So, currently, I have 5 AEV Pintlers (Argent), a Warn 9.5CTI-S, the old Mopar winch mounting kit for our bumpers, a Factor55 fairlead (1.0) and ProLink, Synergy C gussets, the adjustable part of my TeraFlex rear carrier, and the Magnaflow Y-Pipe exhaust all sitting in my living room, the MetalCloak 3.5" Game-Changer RockSport edition sitting in my storage unit, and Synergy front and rear lower control arm skids incoming. I am almost over the biggest hump in the build.

Current order of operations is to drop the Jeep off on Friday (or perhaps Monday) to the shop to get the C gussets and the lower control arm skids welded to the axles and have the y-pipe installed (hopefully WITHOUT the loop delete piece) to create clearance for the driveshaft once the lift is installed. I want to install the lift myself, however I'm growing more impatient by the day, as I have been doing research for the last 6+ months on Jeep parts, and now that most of them are in, I'm ready to be over this hump, so I'm thinking of just bringing the lift kit to the shop that's doing the other work and having them do it as well. Hopefully Rube will be growing up in the next few weeks!

I have enjoyed reading through your build, and it has reminded me that I need to order a Maximus-3 stinger hoop.

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Thanks AZ! I grew up in Arizona and still have a place out past Walker(Prescott). Where are you in Arizona?


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Steven,

I'm absolutely loving your build, and the fact that I've found yet another avid shutterbug on this forum. I'm a little disappointed that I sold off my Canon 7D and all of my Canon equipment (I really wasn't that heavily invested... a flash, 3 lenses and some other goodies) about 6 months before I bought Rube. It was obsolete, I wasn't using it that much anymore, and I have never, ever been impressed by the resolution out of the APS-C sensors. Sure, it works for certain applications, like photojournalism (I used to shoot for the Red & Black during my days at UGA), where print resolution isn't all that great anyway, not to mention the benefit of a faster frame rate at your disposal when shooting action. However, it just can't stack up to that full-frame deliciousness. I had plans to buy a D810 shortly after selling the 7D, because I think Nikon (or Sony, rather) is just kicking Canon's but in terms of the dynamic range able to be gotten out of their sensors, and my dad's been a Nikon shooter for many years, has an NPS membership and has quite the treasure trove of equipment (he was confused as to why I went the Canon route to begin with, but I don't regret it; I enjoyed the 40D, and later the 7D, and they have excellent glass as well, as does Nikon... It's not the camera that matters anyway, it's the guy behind the lens). I'd also been lusting after the Sony A7R mainly because the it used nearly the same sensor as the D810 in a mirrorless setup, and I'm really digging the updates in the A7RII, and the ability to use Sony, Nikon, Canon, or Leica glass...

So, it's either the D810 or the A7RII for me at this point. If Rube would quit asking for handouts like Chrysler during a recession, I could finally buy that new lightbox and get some better looking photos into my build thread. All in due time, I suppose.

Oh. You asked about the lift, and I rambled on about cameras.

So, currently, I have 5 AEV Pintlers (Argent), a Warn 9.5CTI-S, the old Mopar winch mounting kit for our bumpers, a Factor55 fairlead (1.0) and ProLink, Synergy C gussets, the adjustable part of my TeraFlex rear carrier, and the Magnaflow Y-Pipe exhaust all sitting in my living room, the MetalCloak 3.5" Game-Changer RockSport edition sitting in my storage unit, and Synergy front and rear lower control arm skids incoming. I am almost over the biggest hump in the build.

Current order of operations is to drop the Jeep off on Friday (or perhaps Monday) to the shop to get the C gussets and the lower control arm skids welded to the axles and have the y-pipe installed (hopefully WITHOUT the loop delete piece) to create clearance for the driveshaft once the lift is installed. I want to install the lift myself, however I'm growing more impatient by the day, as I have been doing research for the last 6+ months on Jeep parts, and now that most of them are in, I'm ready to be over this hump, so I'm thinking of just bringing the lift kit to the shop that's doing the other work and having them do it as well. Hopefully Rube will be growing up in the next few weeks!

I have enjoyed reading through your build, and it has reminded me that I need to order a Maximus-3 stinger hoop.

- Jason
Hey Jason,

Thanks for the great reply! Your assessment of the sensors is spot on. For the money, the Sony A7rII is a great sensor. My two boys are in Iceland on a trip right now, and they just sent me an incredible shot of the Borealis taken with the Sony. That's a trip I need to take one day. You remind me of a copy writer...very capable with words

From the sounds of things, you've got all the bases covered on your build. Well done! Research is the key right? Looking forward to your updates as you proceed. You're right, getting the lift, tires/wheels on is getting over a big hump. I certainly felt that way. Apologies for my rabble.

P.S. I'll make you a good deal on my Maximus-3 stinger if you are interested.



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I'm really digging the updates in the A7RII, and the ability to use Sony, Nikon, Canon, or Leica glass...
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Another vote for the A7RII. If was buying now, i'd go that route. I'm a canon guy, but my 5DIII has been collecting dust, a lot actually due to the DxO One iPhone camera... Amazing what they've done. Samples here. and sorry for the hijack.



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Hey Jason, Thanks for the great reply! Your assessment of the sensors is spot on. For the money, the Sony A7rII is a great sensor. My two boys are in Iceland on a trip right now, and they just sent me an incredible shot of the Borealis taken with the Sony. That's a trip I need to take one day. You remind me of a copy writer...very capable with words From the sounds of things, you've got all the bases covered on your build. Well done! Research is the key right? Looking forward to your updates as you proceed. You're right, getting the lift, tires/wheels on is getting over a big hump. I certainly felt that way. Apologies for my rabble. P.S. I'll make you a good deal on my Maximus-3 stinger if you are interested. -Steven
Steven,

Thanks for the kind words about... my words. I studied abroad one summer at the University of Oxford and took a course in Medieval History from a University Don that was very particular about the written word; it was a rough six weeks for me, that course, but I came away from it a better writer.

Thanks for the offer on the stinger, but I actually have some vendor credit that I'll be using along with a few gift cards to pickup the stinger; otherwise, I might take you up on the offer!

Are you wanting to go a different direction with the bumper hoop? Part of me is still undecided. I'm leaning toward the stinger, but might go with the Mopar hoop instead.

I will be an avid reader of your build; I very much enjoy your writing, photography, and attention to detail!

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Hey Jason,

Thanks for the great reply! Your assessment of the sensors is spot on. For the money, the Sony A7rII is a great sensor. My two boys are in Iceland on a trip right now, and they just sent me an incredible shot of the Borealis taken with the Sony. That's a trip I need to take one day. You remind me of a copy writer...very capable with words

From the sounds of things, you've got all the bases covered on your build. Well done! Research is the key right? Looking forward to your updates as you proceed. You're right, getting the lift, tires/wheels on is getting over a big hump. I certainly felt that way. Apologies for my rabble.

P.S. I'll make you a good deal on my Maximus-3 stinger if you are interested.



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Haha, Jason's posts remind me of how I talk to my wife about Jeep parts, long winded (and I mean that in a good way). I find the more I throw at her the less interested she becomes, and eventually tells me to just do what I want so I will stop talking. If she ever found my Jeep expense excel spreadsheet I'd be in big trouble.

Jason might be the most thorough person on this thread, he's a huge asset to the Hard Rock community.
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Well, shucks. Thanks John. I think the word "loquacious" could be substituted for "thorough."
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nice build man and nice choice on the lift. i had the AEV sc 3.5 lift im in process of switching over to the 3.5 MC so far i have switched over the springs and shocks. fox 2.0's the ride is night and day better.
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Another vote for the A7RII. If was buying now, i'd go that route. I'm a canon guy, but my 5DIII has been collecting dust, a lot actually due to the DxO One iPhone camera... Amazing what they've done. Samples here. and sorry for the hijack.



Thanks for the nice examples, it's relevant to the discussion.


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Steven,

Thanks for the kind words about... my words. I studied abroad one summer at the University of Oxford and took a course in Medieval History from a University Don that was very particular about the written word; it was a rough six weeks for me, that course, but I came away from it a better writer.

Thanks for the offer on the stinger, but I actually have some vendor credit that I'll be using along with a few gift cards to pickup the stinger; otherwise, I might take you up on the offer!

Are you wanting to go a different direction with the bumper hoop? Part of me is still undecided. I'm leaning toward the stinger, but might go with the Mopar hoop instead.

I will be an avid reader of your build; I very much enjoy your writing, photography, and attention to detail!

- Jason
Oxford, how nice! That's a really nice skill set to have. I've found most of the time when we are challenged like that we grow/progress. Although, at the time we may not like it. I had a few of those experiences in college, and if I could, I'd go back and thank the professor.

I just switched my M-3 Stinger for the M-3 Classic Hoop. I was looking for a more "pulled together" look. I like the results. I have to get some pics posted, but work has me pretty busy at the moment.


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Haha, Jason's posts remind me of how I talk to my wife about Jeep parts, long winded (and I mean that in a good way). I find the more I throw at her the less interested she becomes, and eventually tells me to just do what I want so I will stop talking. If she ever found my Jeep expense excel spreadsheet I'd be in big trouble.

Jason might be the most thorough person on this thread, he's a huge asset to the Hard Rock community.
That's a really good strategy with regards to your spouse! I find I will over talk some mod I'm considering, and she gets how "into it" I am and eventually gives me the green light.....eventually.....sometimes


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nice build man and nice choice on the lift. i had the AEV sc 3.5 lift im in process of switching over to the 3.5 MC so far i have switched over the springs and shocks. fox 2.0's the ride is night and day better.
Thanks allrsdup! Which shocks did you select with your 3.5 MC? Or are you running the Fox 2.0 with the MC?



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Well, shucks. Thanks John. I think the word "loquacious" could be substituted for "thorough."
Yup, certainly a better word. I actually meant to say most thorough on the forum not thread. That's what I get for typing while being so tired.

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That's a really good strategy with regards to your spouse! I find I will over talk some mod I'm considering, and she gets how "into it" I am and eventually gives me the green light.....eventually.....sometimes


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I've found it effective, I pulled it with the factor 55 hitchlink this time around when she asked about it. I simply explained I needed it to make sure I had a proper rear recovery point since I was losing my current recovery options for the new bumper. She rolled her eyes and said whatever! One of these days she will kick me out, but today is not that day!
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Oxford, how nice! That's a really nice skill set to have. I've found most of the time when we are challenged like that we grow/progress. Although, at the time we may not like it. I had a few of those experiences in college, and if I could, I'd go back and thank the professor. I just switched my M-3 Stinger for the M-3 Classic Hoop. I was looking for a more "pulled together" look. I like the results. I have to get some pics posted, but work has me pretty busy at the moment. -Steven
I agree. I hugged her after the course was over because I had seen what a dramatic change had occurred in my writing.

Ah, the Classic Hoop. One of my favorites. That's the other one I've been considering as well. The only gripe I seem to find from folks with that one is that you can't really remove the grille if needed, without pulling the bumper or disassembling the hoop. Though, I suppose once headlights, winch and grille inserts are in, there is not much need to remove the grille, save for a repair. I agree though, the look is very pleasing.
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Thanks allrsdup! Which shocks did you select with your 3.5 MC? Or are you running the Fox 2.0 with the MC?



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yes i have the bds tuned fox 2.0. the ride is way better in my opinion then the aev setup.
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I agree. I hugged her after the course was over because I had seen what a dramatic change had occurred in my writing.


Ah, the Classic Hoop. One of my favorites. That's the other one I've been considering as well. The only gripe I seem to find from folks with that one is that you can't really remove the grille if needed, without pulling the bumper or disassembling the hoop. Though, I suppose once headlights, winch and grille inserts are in, there is not much need to remove the grille, save for a repair. I agree though, the look is very pleasing.
Yup, sometimes we just need to be pushed a bit. I hope she hugged you back

Good to know about the grill clearance. I installed it after headlight, aux. lights/wiring, etc.. It will definitely not be a quick removal. I chose it because I have always loved the look of the AEV Premium bumper, and the Classic hoop looks like a close cousin. If I ever justify a front bumper replacement, that would be the one.


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I chose it because I have always loved the look of the AEV Premium bumper, and the Classic hoop looks like a close cousin. If I ever justify a front bumper replacement, that would be the one. -Steven
I feel the *exact* same way. Not surprising, since we've chosen some of the exact same mods.
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sorry to butt in however I may be interested in the stinger for my 10A bumper.

Oh Ya nice build as well. found it my searching for the Fox front stabilizer.
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sorry to butt in however I may be interested in the stinger for my 10A bumper.

Oh Ya nice build as well. found it my searching for the Fox front stabilizer.
You are not butting in at all! I'll send you a PM.


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Details

I love details, and when shops care enough to sweat the details. I had CPS in Chicago install my MetalCloak lift. MetaCloak recommends re-torquing everything on the new lift after 500 miles. So, after I put 500 mi. on it, I scheduled an appointment to get Rubi back on the lift. This is how they went through and checked all bolts, hardware.





Every fastener checked and marked, totally impressed


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Bushwacker Trail Armor

I just installed some Bushwacker Trail Armor on Rubi. This is a hood protector and tailgate lip cover. The hood protector has a wind deflector built into it. It attaches with adhesive strips that are pre-attached to the back. Because I have the Hard Rock hood, this has to cross a raised section of the hood. I did a pre fit test and then used a heat gun to soften it up so I could follow the contour of the hood. I was able to get it to match the hood perfectly.

Here's a look...




in this one you can see how it sits on the contour of the Hard Rock hood. You also can see how the Maximus-3 Classic hoop sits...


this is the rear...





I'm happy with the new look. We'll see if it helps keep the bugs off the windshield...




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I just installed some Bushwacker Trail Armor on Rubi. This is a hood protector and tailgate lip cover. The hood protector has a wind deflector built into it. It attaches with adhesive strips that are pre-attached to the back. Because I have the Hard Rock hood, this has to cross a raised section of the hood. I did a pre fit test and then used a heat gun to soften it up so I could follow the contour of the hood. I was able to get it to match the hood perfectly. Here's a look... in this one you can see how it sits on the contour of the Hard Rock hood. You also can see how the Maximus-3 Classic hoop sits... this is the rear... I'm happy with the new look. We'll see if it helps keep the bugs off the windshield... -Steven
Very nice, Steven! Looks tasteful and fantastic as usual!

I'm liking the hoop. I'm thinking of going with the Maximus-3 "X" hoop now... Still hemming and hawing. I've been looking for something like that tailgate lip for a while, but didn't even think to check Bushwacker for a solution!

Let us know how that deflector performs. I doubt it would deflect a larger rock (well, to that end, I doubt any deflector would), but might do just enough for insects and small stones.

Always a pleasure reading your updates!
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Very nice, Steven! Looks tasteful and fantastic as usual!

I'm liking the hoop. I'm thinking of going with the Maximus-3 "X" hoop now... Still hemming and hawing. I've been looking for something like that tailgate lip for a while, but didn't even think to check Bushwacker for a solution!

Let us know how that deflector performs. I doubt it would deflect a larger rock (well, to that end, I doubt any deflector would), but might do just enough for insects and small stones.

Always a pleasure reading your updates!
Thanks Jason! Let me put some miles on it, and I'll post back. I'm really happy with the results using the Classic hoop.



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G2 Differential Covers

I recently installed a set of G2 Hammer differential covers. These are made of heat-treated aluminum and designed to dissipate heat. They also come with drain and fill plugs. They're not too bad looking either



After talking with Mopar techs, I went with 75w-140 and Mopar limited slip additive in both axles at their recommendation.

Here's a look at the install...


cleaning off old sealant...


all buttoned up...




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Thanks Steven!!!!

Now you added more to my list of things to get for my Jeep. LOL

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Thanks Steven!!!!

Now you added more to my list of things to get for my Jeep. LOL

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