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Old 03-28-2016, 09:32 PM
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Hard Rock Helga

Since I am doing this from my iPad, it might be strangely formatted. So, likely with a few hundred thousand other people, I bought a Hard Rock, a black Hard Rock, just like so many others. Being the way I am, I had to modify, change and improve it to my taste, so without further ado.
Since you know what a stock Hard Rock looks like, voila, Method NV's with 35" General Grabbers.

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Old 03-28-2016, 09:39 PM
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Of course, it was sitting a bit low, so it was time to get a little lift. I chose a 3.5" Metal Cloak game changer. I had a local shop install it, along with full Metal cloak skids.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:42 PM
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It is sitting pretty nice, at this point, but I wanted a little more. I wanted the Metal cloak fender flares, but I also had reasons to want fenders on a bit sooner. I also needed to test out the suspension. So I made a quick desert run. You will also notice a few other things, like the spare tire delete, with a block off plate, and the CB installation.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:46 PM
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It was a nice little run. Got a little dirty, and may or may not have added a few scratches.this was all in preparation for EJS, because if you got it, why not use it? Am I right?
Incidentally, if you look at the passenger side on the bumper, there is a white spot. I had to climb a shelf, and needed to stuff my bumper into the rock to get up the shelf. "Nothing but a flesh wound"
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:47 PM
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What goes up, must come down, especially since this was an in and out trail. Though first I went down, then I went up.
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since I was at EJS, and Metal cloak had their CTI trailer there, I just had to get a flex testing going on. This is what I got just stopping in. For a short arm kit, I was pretty happy
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:52 PM
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I am sure there are other things coming, but so far, I am thrilled with the ride on the Metal Cloak suspension, I am really happy with all the other things going on. There are a few more things that I have planned, I will just need to remember to post them.
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And I took the front and rear ends off the Hard Rock bumpers. A simple, free thing to do that I think improved the appearance of the front. The jury is still out on the rear bumper. I wish there was someone that made a premanufactured end cap for the rear.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:51 PM
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I mentioned earlier that I had installed Metal Cloak skids. These things are beautiful. Clear coat zinc coating, and they looked fantastic. It sure gives a lot of confidence when you don't have to worry about destroying the vital bits underneath.
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What goes up, must come down, especially since this was an in and out trail. Though first I went down, then I went up.
Pretty steep drop there. Hit anything?
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Rear Tow hook scraped a bit. If that's the worst, i think I am going to be okay.
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My wife calls it the stupid money build. I am trying to keep it from becoming a hundred grand jeep.
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The first horrible picture is of a poison spyder diff cover. I put them on front and back, because I have no desire to have a peeled back diff cover in the middle of nowhere.

The second picture is where I mounted my shovel and Jack. It cost me about $8.00 for everything to mount both, and it is out of the way, doesn't rattle, and I think it looks pretty good.

The final picture is my license plate mount. I used a Poison spyder LED third brake light and license plate light, I tapped into the wires for the original honking huge brake light, and drilled a small hole to go through to attach to the tail lights for the license plate. I wrapped the wire going through the hole with plenty of electrical tape, so that it protects the insulation. I think I like it because it is pretty unobtrusive.
I like subtle.
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Looking good man! It's crazy how that all adds up so quickly! I just converted my Hard Rock bumpers to Metalcloak and am doing MC fenders and the 3.5" Gamechanger as well, I can't wait. I'll be following along. And my wife completely agrees about it being the stupid money build!
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Just a picture to show that it isn't just a mall crawler.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:09 AM
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So I took a friend and his sons out the other day, and came across this. Yes, I did crawl up it, yes, it seemed effortless, and yes, I was pretty stoked on how everything performed. and sorry it is sideways. That is not how it showed up on my computer.
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Very nice. I really like. How long did you wait for the MC fenders?
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Great job @AzScooter ! Love those skids!
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Very nice. I really like. How long did you wait for the MC fenders?

I wanted them, but the wait was too long. I used the Poison Spyder crusher fenders because I am not a patient person, and I knew I was going to Moab in a couple of days, and I wanted that part done.
I do like the Poison Spuder fenders better than I thought I would, though.
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Great job @AzScooter ! Love those skids!
I love them, and the piece of mind that they give. Nothing like dragging off of something, and knowing that nothing is going to be damaged
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I wanted them, but the wait was too long. I used the Poison Spyder crusher fenders because I am not a patient person, and I knew I was going to Moab in a couple of days, and I wanted that part done.
I do like the Poison Spuder fenders better than I thought I would, though.
LMAO... My jeep is currently at the shop for collision repairs and i'm adding fenders as well. They told me that they could get any fenders but it might take some time depending on manufacturer.

I had the MC, Crawler Conceptz, JCR, and all 3 variants of PS crusher flares (alum, steel, and spydercoat).

I chose PS aluminum's today since there would be a wait on the others (besides PS steel). I'm impatient.
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PS aluminum is what I have.
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So here are the latest up dates. Of course, I have a few more things in the works, and some that are already installed on my jeep, or are in process. sorry for the rotated pics. fell free to put your monitor on its side, because I don't know how to get them rotated.
The first and last are the Raptor Worx grab handles. I like them. The are well made, and seem sturdy. The fit and finish on them are excellent. As a word of caution, there are two spacers that are used with the grab handles. If somehow you accidentally switch them, it will likely take you a lot longer to install them, until you stop, look at them again, and swap them. Then, easy peasy.

The picture in the middle is the Spod. I got the full electronic one, because nothing is too good for Helga. There are eight position switches, and part of the reason I bought it was for the flash mode, because my business does a lot of right of way work, so I need flashing lights,and I didn't want to put an LED light bar up top.
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Helga is looking great, nice build! What's next?


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Banks system is already installed. I just need to get pictures, also a compressor and air tank. I have some other things I need to do, but might need to wait a bit, because I went over my monthly upgrade budget, besides, three weeks at the beach starts tomorrow.
I just noticed that my rear vault has not been listed yet. I gotta get a picture of that. I like it, a lot.
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Helga looks very nice! Keep it up man!

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Nice Jeep. That's one intense looking shovel @AzScooter .

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