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Title: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: RikRong on May 06, 2015, 05:36:23 AM
Joined SCCX: May 2015
Username: RikRong
Real Name:  Rick Long
Xterra's Nickname: BluX
Make: Nissan
Year: 2015
Model: Xterra
Trim: Pro-4X
Color: Metallic Blue
 
MODS
 
Suspension:
-  SPC Titan UCAs
-  OEM Titan LCAs
-  Radflo 2.5 coilovers
-  Titan tie rods
-  Deaver rear leaves
-  PRG/Nisstec/Nissan hybrid u-bolt flip
-  Radflo 2.0 in rear
-  Nisstec rear bump stop extensions
-  PRG adjustable shackles
-  Nisstec extended rear brake lines
-  PRG extended front brake lines
-  SPC camber bolts

Engine:
- Bully Dog tune
- XTP IMS
- AFE Hi-tuck exhaust
- 350Z thermostat
 
Footwork:
- 285/75-16 BFG T/A KO2's
 
Exterior:
- LED reverse bulbs
- Bucksnort rear bumper
- White Knuckle sliders
- Hefty full skid set/aluminum fuel tank skid
- Hep's Designs roof basket
- LEDs in roof lights
- Nissan window visors
- MaxGear Armor ditch lights
- Rear LED pods / custom dust lights

Drivetrain:
- M205 front diff/OEM Titan half-shafts
- PRG diff cover
- diff breather extension
- PRG aluminum front diff bushing inserts
- PRG delrin steering rack bushings

Interior:
- CoverKing tactical seat covers
- ScanGauge
- LED dome lights
- Hep's Designs MOLLE panels
- Raingler interior roof net
- Paracord headrest handles
- McMaster-Carr 175# hatch struts
- 5% tint back windows/15% tint front windows
- Yaesu FT-7900R dual band radio w/Tram NMO antenna
- Uniden 520XL CB, with RoadPro RP-550 antenna
 
PHOTOS
As she sits now
(https://i.imgur.com/aBVcIEA.jpg)
When she was brand new and just after installing the mild lift from the Frontier I traded in
(https://i.imgur.com/vTEjn73.jpg)
Titan Swap
(https://i.imgur.com/3mqh4xb.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0Ivr5J9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8wVZu6W.jpg)
Yes, I was caught by SpeedHunters at Nissfest
(https://i.imgur.com/D9fRuzc.jpg)

Now, for the random pics...

In the El Paso Mountain range and Last Chance Canyon.  Thanks to JFanaselle for the TOTM photo!
(https://i.imgur.com/Qpqq1cY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/il2M3ce.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NebUhjP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/f7JAfKg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/HDQ8os9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/P6TUhvp.jpg)
Getting muddy in Hollister with BCBrian, JeniorNV, and the rest of the NorCal/NV crew
(https://i.imgur.com/Klww1NQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6nays5v.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1Yzg1t0.jpg)
Flexy in Big Bear
(https://i.imgur.com/sufkk1u.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Vt2UDx1.jpg)
Holcomb Creek in Big Bear with SoCalXTerry & Celt
(https://i.imgur.com/sWQPC0S.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0pJBkHw.jpg)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Ghost65 on May 06, 2015, 08:27:07 AM
BEFORE:
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh170/wolfie34/images-1-1.jpg) (http://media.photobucket.com/user/wolfie34/media/images-1-1.jpg.html)

AFTER:
(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h82/paun05/Funny/54bb938c.jpg) (http://media.photobucket.com/user/paun05/media/Funny/54bb938c.jpg.html)

 :D :D :D


Great looking Xterra...keep the mods coming!  :)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 06, 2015, 09:31:54 AM
^^^Isn't that the truth.  :o
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on July 29, 2015, 08:55:10 PM
Received my Vigg's blackout and installed it today.

Soon to come, Bucksnort rear bumper and P&P front bumper..

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: fourxfunk on July 29, 2015, 09:25:40 PM
How'd the install go?  Any pics?
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Post by: fourxfunk on July 29, 2015, 09:34:43 PM
Never mind,  just saw it.  Looks great!  Who makes the molle racks?
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on July 29, 2015, 09:40:51 PM
Never mind,  just saw it.  Looks great!  Who makes the molle racks?
Yeah sorry, I'm trying to keep the format of the other forums and keep the pics in the first post.

The install wasn't bad, prep is key. Patience when you're squeegeeing is important, too. There are a few small bubbles, but I'll have to take a look at it in the daylight tomorrow.

I ordered the MOLLE panels from Xterra Performance.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on July 29, 2015, 11:28:46 PM
What about all the desert mods that get applied on each run?
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: PainRoller on July 30, 2015, 02:26:48 AM
Rig looks great!  Especially like that hood blackout  ;)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on July 30, 2015, 08:11:46 AM
What about all the desert mods that get applied on each run?
Oh, there are desert mods down both sides of the truck.;)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Ghost65 on July 30, 2015, 08:26:06 AM
Yeah sorry, I'm trying to keep the format of the other forums and keep the pics in the first post.


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Wait...you visit other fourms???
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on July 30, 2015, 08:44:40 AM
Wait...you visit other fourms???
Noooo...::)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on August 10, 2015, 08:57:50 PM
So, I added a Bucksnort rear bumper last week, and just finished my CB install tonight. I am using a Uniden 520XL in my center armrest. I went a little different approach with the antenna and mounted it in the hood channel.  The antenna is a RoadPro RP-550.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on August 11, 2015, 03:04:15 AM
Bumper looks great! I noticed you got your hood black-out on too. Looks nice. :)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on August 11, 2015, 05:45:39 AM
Bumper looks great! I noticed you got your hood black-out on too. Looks nice. :)
Thanks, I'm happy with both. I'm not really sure how functional the hood black out is, but it looks good anyway.;)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on August 11, 2015, 01:35:04 PM
Mine is VERY functional! I'm so happy I got one. I notice a huge difference just driving around in the daytime, and an even bigger difference when my light bar is on at night. I guess it's probably a bigger issue with white Xterras because the light reflects so badly off of a glossy white surface.   :-\
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on August 11, 2015, 02:18:13 PM
Mine is VERY functional! I'm so happy I got one. I notice a huge difference just driving around in the daytime, and an even bigger difference when my light bar is on at night. I guess it's probably a bigger issue with white Xterras because the light reflects so badly off of a glossy white surface.   :-\
It does actually cut down on the sun glare quite a bit, though probably not as much as on your white truck.  I noticed this because I drive straight east into the sun in the morning and then drive straight west into the sun coming home from work in the evening.  I haven't used it with the roof lights yet.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: GreenGoon on August 11, 2015, 02:32:42 PM
Looks good Rick!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on August 11, 2015, 03:18:26 PM
Looks good Rick!
Thanks Tom, it's getting there.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Toro on August 12, 2015, 06:56:39 AM
The black out does look good against the blue.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 07, 2015, 03:12:58 PM
Installed White Knuckle sliders, Hep's designs roof basket, The Retrofit Source projector headlights, and HIDs in the roof lights this weekend. Check OP for pics.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on October 07, 2015, 03:54:58 PM
Looking really good! You'll love that roof basket. :)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 07, 2015, 03:57:26 PM
Looking really good! You'll love that roof basket. :)
I like it already, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it even more when I actually start heading out on long trips with you all and utilizing it for storage.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on October 07, 2015, 05:16:43 PM
I like it already, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it even more when I actually start heading out on long trips with you all and utilizing it for storage.

Plenty of space for firewood!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Alex on October 07, 2015, 05:39:57 PM
You'll love the dephep roof rack: low profile, very sturdy, and lots of mounting options/room for other accessories.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 06, 2015, 07:13:50 PM
Installed the P&P bumper and Hefty skids today. Pics in OP.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: PainRoller on December 06, 2015, 09:54:37 PM
WOW!!!!  That's a sharp looking rig! Super clean look.  Really like the look of that bumper.  And I love our Hefty Skid Plates - cheap insurance and great protection.   ::) ::)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: fourxfunk on December 06, 2015, 10:03:35 PM
Wow, I'm loving the look of that bumper!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 07, 2015, 05:38:26 AM
WOW!!!!  That's a sharp looking rig! Super clean look.  Really like the look of that bumper.  And I love our Hefty Skid Plates - cheap insurance and great protection.   ::) ::)

Wow, I'm loving the look of that bumper!
Thanks. I wasn't sure how such a minimalist bumper would look, but it turned out well.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Kjswa on December 31, 2015, 08:22:48 AM
Did you go with the steel skids or aluminum?
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 31, 2015, 08:52:43 AM
Did you go with the steel skids or aluminum?
They're steel.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on February 23, 2016, 06:53:28 AM
Just made some minor changes, added some new pics to the OP and some minor mods updated...
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on February 23, 2016, 10:49:38 AM
Man O man, your rig just keeps getting better and better.

I really like the cockpit layout and the matching M/C in the backround lol
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on February 23, 2016, 12:37:29 PM
Man O man, your rig just keeps getting better and better.

I really like the cockpit layout and the matching M/C in the backround lol
Ohh, you mean this guy?  It was originally meant to match my Frontier, which was silver, but I guess it does match the Xterra pretty well too.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on February 23, 2016, 04:44:53 PM
Only really fast guys have front wheel stands 8)
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Post by: RikRong on February 23, 2016, 05:20:01 PM
Only really fast guys have front wheel stands 8)
Ha-ha Six months of storage when I lived in ND pushed me to get a full set.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: nworker on February 23, 2016, 05:29:52 PM
Wow that is some nice PRO-4X.

I love the pictures. I'm working on building out my 2015 PRO-4X overland style and hope to have some pictures up soon. Right now I am recovering from a rather unfortunate holiday injury (dislocated ankle)

In looking through your build there are the following:

Drivetrain:
- PRG aluminum front diff bushing inserts
- PRG poly steering rack bushings

I can't seem to find the poly steering rack bushings on PRG site. How do you like them and what are they called on the site? Thanks!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on February 23, 2016, 06:08:34 PM


Wow that is some nice PRO-4X.

I love the pictures. I'm working on building out my 2015 PRO-4X overland style and hope to have some pictures up soon. Right now I am recovering from a rather unfortunate holiday injury (dislocated ankle)

In looking through your build there are the following:

Drivetrain:
- PRG aluminum front diff bushing inserts
- PRG poly steering rack bushings

I can't seem to find the poly steering rack bushings on PRG site. How do you like them and what are they called on the site? Thanks!

Thanks and can't wait to see your build. The bushings did make some difference, but not huge because they're only inserts. I think they were worth it, though.
http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/delrin-rack-bushing-kit/

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: PainRoller on February 23, 2016, 06:37:51 PM
Damn!  Your rig is looking mighty fine..   O0
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: GreenGoon on February 23, 2016, 06:45:59 PM
Looking good Rick! She's come a long way from the first time you hit the trail with Randy and I. I also like the picture of your bike in front of those turbines. I'll have to give you a call if I'm working out there.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on February 23, 2016, 06:57:21 PM
Damn!  Your rig is looking mighty fine..   O0
Thanks, that's what she said. Oh, wait.
Looking good Rick! She's come a long way from the first time you hit the trail with Randy and I. I also like the picture of your bike in front of those turbines. I'll have to give you a call if I'm working out there.
Yeah, definitely give me a call when you're up here. Do any of the turbines you work on use LM blades? They're made in North Dakota and my wife was wondering if they are used down here.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: GreenGoon on February 23, 2016, 07:45:28 PM
Yes, so far I've only worked on GE turbines and they use LM blades and Tecsis blades.
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Post by: RikRong on February 23, 2016, 08:17:50 PM
Yes, so far I've only worked on GE turbines and they use LM blades and Tecsis blades.
Oh nice, she'll get a kick out of that.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: GreenGoon on February 23, 2016, 09:05:24 PM
You can also tell her that the LM blades are better quality.  O0
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: nworker on February 24, 2016, 08:30:01 AM
Rick,

Are these what you describe as - PRG aluminum front diff bushing inserts - on your build?


http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/diff-bushing-kit/ (http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/diff-bushing-kit/)

One more question (definitely not my last), did you get the Ubolt flip kit or gather the parts separately?

http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/xterra-ubolt-flip-kit/ (http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/xterra-ubolt-flip-kit/) I purchased and have yet to install the OME Dakar setup which includes new ubolts. If the kit is the right way to go, I'll give Greg a call and see what it would cost w/o the ubolts.

Thanks,

Hank
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on February 24, 2016, 09:10:04 AM
Rick,

Are these what you describe as - PRG aluminum front diff bushing inserts - on your build?


http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/diff-bushing-kit/ (http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/diff-bushing-kit/)

One more question (definitely not my last), did you get the Ubolt flip kit or gather the parts separately?

http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/xterra-ubolt-flip-kit/ (http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/xterra-ubolt-flip-kit/) I purchased and have yet to install the OME Dakar setup which includes new ubolts. If the kit is the right way to go, I'll give Greg a call and see what it would cost w/o the ubolts.

Thanks,

Hank
Hank, I don't mind answering questions. 

Yes, that is the correct bushing insert set that I have.  Also, you'll notice I changed the description of the steering rack bushings to say "delrin" instead of poly. 

Are you ordering the springs through Greg?  If that's the case, just have him nix the round u-bolts and see if he'll knock some cost off the springs.  I ordered my springs from Nisstec and I had them include the square u-bolts, instead of the round ones.  I ordered the bottom bash plate from PRG and the Titan u-bolt plates from Nissan separately.  Had I ordered the springs from PRG, I would've just purchased the entire kit and had him remove the round u-bolts from the cost of the springs.  I'm not sure procuring the parts separately would save you money.
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Post by: nworker on February 24, 2016, 04:13:39 PM
Rick,

Thanks for the response. I'll order the kit from Greg and ask him to delete the ubolts.

Keep on rolling...
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Post by: RikRong on February 24, 2016, 08:38:28 PM
Rick,

Thanks for the response. I'll order the kit from Greg and ask him to delete the ubolts.

Keep on rolling...
No problem, looking forward to the build.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 20, 2016, 01:02:22 PM
Thanks to billy610, I was able to swap to 285/75-16 Terragapplers.


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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on March 20, 2016, 02:05:45 PM
Looks good on there, I'm interested to see it on the Mojave Road!
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Post by: RikRong on March 20, 2016, 07:43:38 PM
Looks good on there, I'm interested to see it on the Mojave Road!
Thanks, and I'm definitely looking forward to meeting quite a few people I haven't met yet.

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Post by: JFanaselle on March 21, 2016, 08:23:38 AM
Looks good Rick
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Post by: Ghost65 on March 21, 2016, 10:51:57 AM
I smell a Titan Swap coming... 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 21, 2016, 11:24:53 AM
I smell a Titan Swap coming... 8) 8) 8)
Possibly, in the future, but not the immediate future. ;)
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 28, 2016, 12:31:45 PM
Modded the AFE Hi-tuck exhaust from the Frontier to make it fit the Xterra.  it wasn't as simple as AFE made it sound.  There was quite a bit of cutting and I think some minor bending, but it's on.   O0
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Post by: beedee on March 28, 2016, 04:05:14 PM
Nice man, how does it sound?
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Post by: RikRong on March 28, 2016, 06:01:44 PM
Nice man, how does it sound?
It sounds pretty good, a little raspy and it does drone on the freeway. I like it, though.

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Post by: nworker on March 30, 2016, 09:10:04 AM
Those look so sweet. I love the way they tuck up in there!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: PitSnipe on April 03, 2016, 09:21:33 PM
Nice rig. Love the front bumper and Chive On!
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Post by: RikRong on April 03, 2016, 09:33:11 PM
Nice rig. Love the front bumper and Chive On!
Thanks and right back at you.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: knightrider on April 05, 2016, 01:49:07 PM
just fyi, having your front plate on the dash is about the same as not having it on the front at all.  also since you have out of state plates, no cop will give you shit for not having one at all as they have no clue if  ND requires them or not.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on April 05, 2016, 02:12:11 PM
just fyi, having your front plate on the dash is about the same as not having it on the front at all.  also since you have out of state plates, no cop will give you shit for not having one at all as they have no clue if  ND requires them or not.
Yeah, honestly I just set it up there and forgot about it. I haven't taken it down completely because I'm pretty sure the security forces gate guards on base would give me grief about it. If it weren't for that, it would be gone.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: GreenGoon on April 05, 2016, 08:09:10 PM
Love the exhaust! I need something like that for my X. The tailpipe on the Goon is in horrible shape. I'll probably need to get something custom made for the Gen 1.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on April 05, 2016, 10:02:26 PM
Love the exhaust! I need something like that for my X. The tailpipe on the Goon is in horrible shape. I'll probably need to get something custom made for the Gen 1.
If you have a bender at the shop, it should be pretty easy to fab up.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 02, 2016, 12:44:37 PM
Went a little higher this weekend.  Cranked the coilovers up in the front and added PRG adjustable shackles out back (also added extended Bilsteins from PRG and Nisstec extended brake lines).  I think the front feels a lot better.  I was expecting a harsher ride, but I think the added pre-load seems to help smooth out the ride a little bit.

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Post by: RikRong on May 09, 2016, 02:47:57 PM
Got some awesome shots this weekend at Rowher Flat OHV area.  Pics added to OP.
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Post by: fourxfunk on May 09, 2016, 03:01:25 PM
Wow,  killer photos man.  The BluX is looking good!
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Post by: RikRong on May 09, 2016, 03:11:35 PM
Wow,  killer photos man.  The BluX is looking good!
Thanks!  Hank is an awesome photographer, he made the X look good.  O0
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Post by: fiercextreme on May 12, 2016, 06:01:45 PM
Looks "toit"! Just wait for my latest mod! He He He! I'll show u in a few days!
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Post by: RikRong on May 12, 2016, 06:22:03 PM
Looks "toit"! Just wait for my latest mod! He He He! I'll show u in a few days!

Ohhh, can't wait to see this.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on July 15, 2016, 02:33:02 PM
Well, it's official, TS sourcing has begun.  Already have used Radflos on the way, UCAs and LCAs are sitting on my wish list at Amazon.  I'm just waiting for a reply about used extended CVs.
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Post by: Kjswa on July 15, 2016, 08:16:08 PM
Right on! Looking forward to seeing how it goes.
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Post by: Celt on July 15, 2016, 09:34:16 PM
Rik, you have one nice rig there that's for sure!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on July 16, 2016, 05:51:25 AM
Rik, you have one nice rig there that's for sure!
Thank you! The thing is never done. I thought I was done, but the Titan swap was sitting in the back of my mind.  I finally conceded and decided to do it. Plus, after actually using my truck, I think it needs the extra travel that comes from the swap. Not necessarily for high speed stuff, I think it currently handles that well, but for climbing. I'd like to be able to climb things, without getting three wheel action on every single obstacle.

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Post by: Ghost65 on July 16, 2016, 08:25:59 AM
Titan swaps are fun...right Hennie?

(http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae195/DzrtX/Titan%20Swap%20Day%20-%20GhostX/DSC_0004.jpg) (http://s971.photobucket.com/user/DzrtX/media/Titan%20Swap%20Day%20-%20GhostX/DSC_0004.jpg.html)

(http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae195/DzrtX/Titan%20Swap%20Day%20-%20GhostX/DSC_0003.jpg) (http://s971.photobucket.com/user/DzrtX/media/Titan%20Swap%20Day%20-%20GhostX/DSC_0003.jpg.html)

(the debut of the blue gloves  ;) )
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Post by: CAWoody on July 16, 2016, 09:46:11 AM
You're going to love it.   If you buy the PRG uppers be prepared to have to force the UCA in.  Mine were about a 1/4" off.  Greg said to muscle it in which made me nervous, but haven't had one problem.  Beyond that it was cake. 
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Post by: occupantX on July 16, 2016, 02:04:59 PM
Congrats, its a big upgrade...not that I have it on my rig yet, but th evidence off-road is clear.

Blue gloves are still available if you need help, I don't mind helping and learning on other guys rigs while plotting my own upgrades :) Those pics was one of the first 'mod days' I attended and working with Ghost on the Ghost was a blast. Working with you on the Smurf will be just as much fun, color coded to the gloves
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Post by: RikRong on July 16, 2016, 10:37:54 PM
You're going to love it.   If you buy the PRG uppers be prepared to have to force the UCA in.  Mine were about a 1/4" off.  Greg said to muscle it in which made me nervous, but haven't had one problem.  Beyond that it was cake.
Yeah, I hope so. After Last Chance Canyon today, I see that I can definitely use it.  I ordered the new SPC UCAs, hopefully they'll go right in.
Congrats, its a big upgrade...not that I have it on my rig yet, but th evidence off-road is clear.

Blue gloves are still available if you need help, I don't mind helping and learning on other guys rigs while plotting my own upgrades :) Those pics was one of the first 'mod days' I attended and working with Ghost on the Ghost was a blast. Working with you on the Smurf will be just as much fun, color coded to the gloves
We'll definitely need to work a mod day when I get everything, and you're invited.

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Post by: RikRong on July 17, 2016, 05:58:07 PM
Swapped in a 350Z t-stat today. My operating temps are now about 10 degrees cooler, 183 to 190, as opposed to 195 to 200.

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Post by: JFanaselle on July 17, 2016, 11:10:34 PM
Super cool mod (pun intended :D)
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Post by: RikRong on August 13, 2016, 03:32:54 PM
Moved the OEM top hats and modified OEM isolators over to the Tundra 5100s, in preparation for the swap. This a pretty good shot to compare the two struts.
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Post by: RikRong on August 24, 2016, 03:13:25 PM
Just putting this here for my SA.

Current suspension measurements:
Front - 22.5" hub to fender
           37" fender to ground
Rear - 22.75" hub to fender
          37.5" fender to ground
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Post by: RikRong on August 28, 2016, 03:37:52 PM
Picked this little guy up today.
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Post by: EJsarus on August 28, 2016, 04:45:58 PM
save me your old parts!!!!
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Post by: RikRong on August 28, 2016, 04:51:33 PM
Will do. We'll talk more when I get everything out.

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Post by: RikRong on September 01, 2016, 08:58:26 PM
Well, that's a good sign, correct ratio.. Everything inside looks good too.
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Post by: RikRong on September 04, 2016, 09:44:43 AM
Titan swap complete in a little over 4 hours, with the help of Toro, Woody, add occupantX. It went off without a hitch. I think Danny stated that the worse thing that happened was trying to make room in the fridge for beer.
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Yep, that's a little bit of grease coming out of the inner boot. I got three boots in time for the swap, but the fourth didn't come in time, so I reused the old one. It leaked pretty good, I have grease all over the bottom of the truck. I'll be ducting and zip tying it to hold me over until I get a chance to replace the boot.
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(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160904/56a7b4b794439c9e79bf8a128e9acf52.jpg)
Full droop.
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Squatting just a little bit right after the install, but it settled nicely after the alignment and the drive.
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Post by: Ghost65 on September 04, 2016, 10:51:22 AM
Looks great Rick!


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Post by: RikRong on September 04, 2016, 11:34:05 AM
Looks great Rick!


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Thanks! I'm extremely happy with the results.

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Post by: ghenderson21 on September 04, 2016, 12:36:11 PM
Looks nice! Glad it all went smoothly as well!
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Post by: lutsie on September 04, 2016, 01:38:21 PM
What are the updated measurements?


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Post by: RikRong on September 04, 2016, 03:11:58 PM
What are the updated measurements?


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I think we measured it at about 39" right after the install, that's about 2" higher than it was before.  However, it has settled quite a bit, so I'm going to measure again when I get back home tomorrow.

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Post by: lutsie on September 04, 2016, 05:18:12 PM
Awesome.


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Post by: GreenAcres on September 04, 2016, 06:06:42 PM
Looks fantastic!  Amazing to see you guys pull of such a significant mod so quickly and with such a good outcome! Well done.
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Post by: SyK0 on September 04, 2016, 08:59:24 PM
Looks great! Hope to see it in person in the next SCC or SCXF meet  8)

What were your fender to ground measurements before the swap??
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Post by: lutsie on September 04, 2016, 09:41:57 PM
Looks great! Hope to see it in person in the next SCC or SCXF meet  8)

What were your fender to ground measurements before the swap??


He listed in post 82. Been following intently I'm thinking of going this route


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Post by: RikRong on September 05, 2016, 08:05:39 AM
Looks great! Hope to see it in person in the next SCC or SCXF meet  8)

What were your fender to ground measurements before the swap??
Yeah, check out that post, I can't remember exactly where I was at. I will post updated specs when I get home.

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Post by: RikRong on September 05, 2016, 07:45:27 PM
Well, here's the good stuff...

First off, deduct .5" off the measurements I posted in post #82. I measured with the tape straight today. With it bent, the measurements were off about .5". Anyway, new height is 38.25" from fender to ground, front and rear. 23.5" from fender to hub, front and rear.


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Post by: Jayrat on September 05, 2016, 08:36:05 PM
Rock "N" Roll Buddy  >:D
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Post by: Toro on September 05, 2016, 09:59:28 PM
Sexy as F!

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Post by: Kjswa on September 08, 2016, 11:15:33 AM
Looks killer!! You've got yourself a great rig! Only 4 hours? I helped a friend replace the ball joints and coil-overs on his '96 Tacoma took three of us 2 days. Haha
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Post by: RikRong on September 08, 2016, 12:01:01 PM
Looks killer!! You've got yourself a great rig! Only 4 hours? I helped a friend replace the ball joints and coil-overs on his '96 Tacoma took three of us 2 days. Haha
Well, it was little over 4, to be fair.  haha  I was on one side, Toro was on the other. Woody and OccupantX plugged away on the skids and then the diff, while we were working on the suspension.  It was a pretty good team. 
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Post by: SyK0 on September 14, 2016, 03:10:31 PM
Looks awesome man! Saw the pics on IG first.

Did you have your front sway bar on before the swap??
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Post by: RikRong on September 14, 2016, 03:16:12 PM
Looks awesome man! Saw the pics on IG first.

Did you have your front sway bar on before the swap??
Thank-you.  The truck is a little bit of an IG whore.   lol

I did have the sway bar installed prior.  At this point, I wish I had removed it a long time ago.
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Post by: SyK0 on September 14, 2016, 05:57:52 PM
Thank-you.  The truck is a little bit of an IG whore.   lol

I did have the sway bar installed prior.  At this point, I wish I had removed it a long time ago.

Haha, mine has taken over my page too.

Ahhh, dang.  I was hoping you had it off before to see how much of a difference it was with your aftermarket suspension vs. titan swap. I was thinking most guys say its a huge difference because most run sway bars and then with a titan swap they don't have one for the first time. No front sway really is a huge difference.
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Post by: knightrider on September 15, 2016, 08:40:14 AM
I ran no sway bar before my titan swap, it really isn't much difference before and after swapping.  the timbrens up front really helped with limiting body roll with 600lb springs, it would roll over pretty hard until the bumpstops kicked in then it was really stable.  Running 700lb springs now, and it handles like a dream on road, little rougher off road but still handles great.
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Post by: RikRong on September 15, 2016, 11:22:22 AM
I ran no sway bar before my titan swap, it really isn't much difference before and after swapping.  the timbrens up front really helped with limiting body roll with 600lb springs, it would roll over pretty hard until the bumpstops kicked in then it was really stable.  Running 700lb springs now, and it handles like a dream on road, little rougher off road but still handles great.
I have SuperBumps in the mail, we'll see how those do.  I'm also going to start shopping around for some heavier springs in the same length as the ones I'm running now.  The truck doesn't handle too bad at all, but I think about 50 more pounds in the spring will be perfect.
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Post by: knightrider on September 16, 2016, 11:04:14 AM
Just a tip for the bumpstops.  The LCA has 2 holes for the stock bumpstops, the outer hole is for the threaded stud and the inner hole is to prevent the bumpstop from spinning.  drill out the inner hole and mount the bumpstop there instead of the outer hole that the stock bumpstop uses, you will get much more engagement on the frame mounted bump plate.
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Post by: RikRong on September 16, 2016, 12:35:49 PM
Just a tip for the bumpstops.  The LCA has 2 holes for the stock bumpstops, the outer hole is for the threaded stud and the inner hole is to prevent the bumpstop from spinning.  drill out the inner hole and mount the bumpstop there instead of the outer hole that the stock bumpstop uses, you will get much more engagement on the frame mounted bump plate.
Thanks, I'll take a look at that.  The stops I have in there right now don't even close to the strike plate.  Luckily, I've only topped the strut once so far.  I've also considered tapping the strike plate and putting the bump stop there.  What is your opinion?  Is it better on the LCA or on the strike plate? 
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Post by: knightrider on September 16, 2016, 04:07:28 PM
Yea I thought about mounting them to the frame instead of the LCA but didn't.  I think there may be some benefit to enlarging the strike plate as well, when squishing the soft timbrens, they will conform around the narrow strike plate, but this may be a good thing, allows a little more compression of the bumpstops.  I am on my second set of timbrens, the first set showed no signs of wear but they were seized to the LCA so I had to rip the rubber from the threaded metal collar to remove them from my old LCA's so timbren sent me a new set because they consider that a failure(great customer service).
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Post by: RikRong on September 20, 2016, 08:05:25 PM
Yea I thought about mounting them to the frame instead of the LCA but didn't.  I think there may be some benefit to enlarging the strike plate as well, when squishing the soft timbrens, they will conform around the narrow strike plate, but this may be a good thing, allows a little more compression of the bumpstops.  I am on my second set of timbrens, the first set showed no signs of wear but they were seized to the LCA so I had to rip the rubber from the threaded metal collar to remove them from my old LCA's so timbren sent me a new set because they consider that a failure(great customer service).

I went ahead and installed the Super Bumps on the LCA. I drilled out and tapped the hole that was further inboard. Comparison shot of the universal stops.(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160921/6c2f1c737bdd9f8e7e0006d4b5cfe294.jpg)

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Post by: Toro on September 22, 2016, 09:59:24 AM
That guy is pretty big, does it interfere with travel?

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Post by: RikRong on September 22, 2016, 01:35:59 PM
That guy is pretty big, does it interfere with travel?

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It feels like it is hitting under compression, but they are pretty soft and compress a lot. I checked flex and rebound by running through the desert on Tuesday. I'm sure it limits travel, but it didn't seem to limit it by much. I need to break out a jack and actually measure travel.

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Post by: Celt on October 26, 2016, 10:44:48 PM
It feels like it is hitting under compression, but they are pretty soft and compress a lot. I checked flex and rebound by running through the desert on Tuesday. I'm sure it limits travel, but it didn't seem to limit it by much. I need to break out a jack and actually measure travel.

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  Does anyone near you have a flex ramp? Maybe you could get on one of those and see what it's doing. Either way your build is looking really nice.
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Post by: RikRong on October 27, 2016, 07:12:37 AM
  Does anyone near you have a flex ramp? Maybe you could get on one of those and see what it's doing. Either way your build is looking really nice.
I'll have to check. I'm sure GreenGoon has one at his shop. However, here's a couple pics from this weekend. The stop IS slightly hurting up travel, I think I need to trim it a little.
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Post by: Celt on October 27, 2016, 07:36:16 AM
I didn't know you were near the Goon. I'm sure you will get everything dialed in with him. He's a good dude with a Bad-A X.
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Post by: RikRong on October 27, 2016, 09:22:56 AM
I didn't know you were near the Goon. I'm sure you will get everything dialed in with him. He's a good dude with a Bad-A X.
Yessir, he's only about 45 minutes away.

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Post by: RikRong on April 14, 2017, 09:20:34 AM
Installed Cover King seat covers from the group buy.  I was able to store everything that I had in the back of my previous seat covers, except my fire extinguisher.  I'll get a few more packs to go on the driver's seat.  As I sat in the seat on the way to work today, I did notice the fabric starting to settle a little bit.  Hopefully, it'll soften up and go into place a little better.

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Post by: Ghost65 on April 14, 2017, 02:07:12 PM
Those look nice Rick!

I'm not sooo happy with my Shittybilt seat cover's that I got last Black Friday....
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Post by: RikRong on April 14, 2017, 06:35:20 PM
Those look nice Rick!

I'm not sooo happy with my Shittybilt seat cover's that I got last Black Friday....
Thanks! Can you see the pics? They're not showing on Tapatalk.

Not impressed with the Smitty's? I had Rugged Ridge Jeep covers prior and they were great.

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Post by: RikRong on May 08, 2017, 11:35:15 AM
Had some fun in Hollister Hills this weekend...

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Post by: Ghost65 on May 08, 2017, 12:40:49 PM
I especially liked the KIA recovery shot over on FB.

Nice looking campground.


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Post by: RikRong on May 08, 2017, 03:05:11 PM
I especially liked the KIA recovery shot over on FB.

Nice looking campground.


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The Kia was turning heads all weekend.
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Post by: RikRong on May 21, 2017, 08:21:57 PM
Installed PRG heimed tie rods yesterday.  The steering feels just slightly tighter, but nothing huge to report. I got the opportunity to perform my own alignment at the auto hobby shop and I'll say it was pretty awesome.
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Post by: ultrapc40 on May 22, 2017, 10:13:58 AM
Did you have to drill through your knuckle? Or did they give you a taper insert?
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Post by: RikRong on May 22, 2017, 10:16:36 AM
Did you have to drill through your knuckle? Or did they give you a taper insert?
No drilling, the pillow is tapered.
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Post by: RikRong on June 10, 2017, 10:58:17 AM
Installed steelies today.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170610/b57df0ab284d33b6df8d3251d1adab5d.jpg)

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Post by: Riz98 on June 11, 2017, 12:29:39 AM
Looks good.  Why the switch from alloy to steel?  Just curious as I will be going the other way around from steel to alloy to try and loose some weight as the 3.3 is slow.
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Post by: Celt on June 11, 2017, 06:59:25 AM
Looks good.  Why the switch from alloy to steel?  Just curious as I will be going the other way around from steel to alloy to try and loose some weight as the 3.3 is slow.

 If you ding up an alloy wheel you can't hammer it back into place to accept the bead. The wheel is essentially ruined. With a steel wheel and a BFH you can reshape them in the field. RikRong may have a different reason though for his decision.
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Post by: RikRong on June 11, 2017, 10:10:22 AM
Looks good.  Why the switch from alloy to steel?  Just curious as I will be going the other way around from steel to alloy to try and loose some weight as the 3.3 is slow.

If you ding up an alloy wheel you can't hammer it back into place to accept the bead. The wheel is essentially ruined. With a steel wheel and a BFH you can reshape them in the field. RikRong may have a different reason though for his decision.
Really, I just wanted to change up the look a little, but Celt does have a good point. The wheels I took off all have dings that would never be repairable.

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Post by: ultrapc40 on June 11, 2017, 10:43:19 AM
You can repair them, they do have professional wheel repair. I had one wheel that had a repair. The PITA thing is getting it balance. They had to use so much weight, rim weight and sticky weight.

Rick black wheels and a blue lock ring would like super clean on your X.
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Post by: EJsarus on June 11, 2017, 11:57:49 AM
Hey rick, have you considered the american racing steel wheel?
http://www.americanracing.com/wheel/8848/ar767


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Post by: RikRong on June 11, 2017, 01:15:38 PM
You can repair them, they do have professional wheel repair. I had one wheel that had a repair. The PITA thing is getting it balance. They had to use so much weight, rim weight and sticky weight.

Rick black wheels and a blue lock ring would like super clean on your X.
I might have to get them repaired so I can sell them.
Hey rick, have you considered the american racing steel wheel?
http://www.americanracing.com/wheel/8848/ar767
I have but it doesn't​ look like they have the right hub spacing. You're in luck for your first gen, though.

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Post by: Riz98 on June 14, 2017, 03:09:58 AM
Yeah wheels are a easy way to change up the look of a vehicle.  They look good on there.  A couple of my steel wheels have a slight bend to them and take a lot of weight to balance out.  Im hoping the alloys will stay nice and straight getting rid of the small vibrations I get on the highway.
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Post by: Ghost65 on June 14, 2017, 10:32:09 AM
Steelies look great Rick.  8)
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Post by: RikRong on June 14, 2017, 12:10:19 PM
Steelies look great Rick.  8)
Jury's still out on what I think, but thanks. lol  I'm hoping the black lugs will help the look.
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Post by: ultrapc40 on June 14, 2017, 12:11:56 PM
Or matching blue lugs
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Post by: RikRong on June 14, 2017, 12:15:48 PM
Or matching blue lugs
Why did you have to throw in that curveball?  :D That sounds looks a good idea...
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Post by: ultrapc40 on June 19, 2017, 03:45:54 PM
Why did you have to throw in that curveball?  :D That sounds looks a good idea...
Since there is no update, I feel like my curve ball didn't hit the strike zone. So I  trying again

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on June 19, 2017, 03:58:24 PM
Since there is no update, I feel like my curve ball didn't hit the strike zone. So I  trying again

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I put the black ones on today, no blue ones yet.   lol
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 14, 2017, 09:40:31 AM
Had some fun with AZXC at CANVAZ 2017. It ended up being a 12 hour day on the trails, but we had a good time. We successfully put trucks through very difficult obstacles, without any breaks. There was some body damage to be handed out, but overall a successful day. I'll start a separate thread and post up the rest when I get on a computer.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 23, 2017, 12:23:11 PM
Changed to my OEM wheels and finally put on some decent tires.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171023/267f4cdd48aaf59691a3aea5908303e5.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on October 23, 2017, 12:47:05 PM
Looks great, I'm thinkin you are gonna be pretty darn happy with those!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: beedee on October 23, 2017, 12:59:26 PM
Looking very nice man. I also have the KO2's and have been very pleased.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 23, 2017, 01:27:03 PM
Looks great, I'm thinkin you are gonna be pretty darn happy with those!
Looking very nice man. I also have the KO2's and have been very pleased.
I'm definitely looking forward to testing them out. 
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on October 23, 2017, 04:42:09 PM
I'm definitely looking forward to testing them out. 

 I know just the people who can help you out with that....
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 23, 2017, 06:14:19 PM
I know just the people who can help you out with that....
Do you now?

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on October 23, 2017, 10:27:57 PM
That looks way more badasser Rick.  Well done.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: 0317 on October 23, 2017, 11:15:14 PM
Changed to my OEM wheels and finally put on some decent tires.

You won't be disappointed, I have the same tires on my 2nd gen.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 24, 2017, 11:23:12 AM
That looks way more badasser Rick.  Well done.
Thanks Duffman, I just couldn't get used to the steely look. 
You won't be disappointed, I have the same tires on my 2nd gen.
I'm looking forward to actually having decent offoad tires. 
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 24, 2017, 09:18:23 PM
Updated OP with good pictures.  O0
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 08, 2017, 02:53:16 PM
So, this happened today...

I've been trying to fight ordering Radflos and look at other brands, but there's really no good solution out there, besides going custom. My Tundra 5100 setup has worked fine, but I'm limited on my up-travel since I don't have the custom top hats.  Additionally, both front shocks are leaking already, just over a year in.  To get the setup correct, I'd need to order new 5100s and get the custom top hats, but is it worth it if I'm blowing shocks once a year?  The setup is great to get a budget entrance into a Titan swap but I'm not convinced it will work for the driving I do.  Yes, there's some technical off-roading I do (or attempt  lol ) but I also like to get some speed in the desert.  The speed, I think, is what has contributed to a premature death for these shocks.  Oh, did I mention one of the rears is leaking too?  Rear Rads are in the near future, as soon as I get a response back from 4x4 Parts about whether they have 3-5" rear shocks or Greg calls me back, whichever comes first.

Why did I go with 4x4 Parts?  Well, they literally have the shocks sitting on the shelf right now.  I love the other companies out there, but I don't want to wait.  I'd like to try to get these installed ASAP.  The picture is not correct, they are built with the shock body down and spring up.

Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: EJsarus on December 08, 2017, 06:09:15 PM
nice! but why against radflo? i been hearing nothing but good reviews. Curious...
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 08, 2017, 06:13:45 PM
nice! but why against radflo? i been hearing nothing but good reviews. Curious...
It just seems like rebuild rates were kind of high, but after talking to many people, they're not really that bad.

I'm also trying to cancel this order and go with 2.5s. I ordered these for instant gratification, but I think the 2.5s will be better for me.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: ultrapc40 on December 08, 2017, 07:36:42 PM
Find out if the shaft has coating. I had issues with my shock shaft rusting. I know they started doing a better coating later on.

Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Ghost65 on December 09, 2017, 10:00:23 AM
It just seems like rebuild rates were kind of high, but after talking to many people, they're not really that bad.

I'm also trying to cancel this order and go with 2.5s. I ordered these for instant gratification, but I think the 2.5s will be better for me.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 09, 2017, 10:45:20 AM
Find out if the shaft has coating. I had issues with my shock shaft rusting. I know they started doing a better coating later on.
I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
Had my 2.5's rebuilt in 2012 before Moab for $207, 48 hour turn around.
I'm just waiting to confirm that 4x4 parts will cancel, then I'm ordering from PRG. Being in SoCal, I just drive this down whenever it's rebuild time. I'm also going to research rebuilding myself. I've rebuilt aircraft struts, these can't be much different.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: knightrider on December 09, 2017, 12:24:19 PM
Ive talked to greg about rebuilding radflos and it seems pretty easy from what he was saying.  I have rebuilt many a bicycle fork and shock so I guess I have a little experience.  You do have to have a special valve to charge them but Greg said that radflo sells a schrader valve that you can use to charge them with a bicycle shock pump.

I have a spare set of rear shocks that I may practice on.  I had them rebuilt by radflo but the passenger side lasted about a month before starting to leak.  They replaced the shaft on one of the shocks but I have no idea if it was the blown one or the good one.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: ultrapc40 on December 09, 2017, 01:11:09 PM
I have a nitro set up. You really only need to buy a seal set and oil 1-2 hours to rebuild them.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on December 09, 2017, 01:15:27 PM
Do it yourself Rick, then they won't leak in a month, I've done motorcycle and aircraft struts, same same, no big deal.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 18, 2017, 12:30:10 PM
We opened presents this weekend, since we're heading to ND on Thursday. The wife nailed it. Now, you all won't have to wait for me, then fill my other 2 remaining tires when you're done with yours.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on December 18, 2017, 01:04:42 PM
We opened presents this weekend, since we're heading to ND on Thursday. The wife nailed it. Now, you all won't have to wait for me, then fill my other 2 remaining tires when you're done with yours.
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 Nice! Man she's a keeper!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on December 19, 2017, 10:08:04 AM
        "Nice! Man she's a keeper!"

That goes for the wife too :D
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on December 19, 2017, 11:58:16 AM
        "Nice! Man she's a keeper!"

That goes for the wife too :D
Yeah, I guess I'll keep her around.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 02, 2018, 08:16:36 PM
So, I finally got the 2.5's and rears ordered.


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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on January 03, 2018, 09:45:05 AM
Sweet! You're going to love the ride!

I'm looking into getting those same rear shocks. I need to have my Radflo 2.5s rebuilt in the front. They've got 40K or so on them now, with several trips that had miles and miles of hard (and high-speed) washboard. My wife was just commenting that my rig doesn't ride smooth anymore like it used to. I'm sure I've worn out my rear Bil 5125s at this point as well, hence why I'm looking at the Rads now. You'll have to let me know how they do. I think that's the size I'd need also, or maybe I'd need the 0"-3" lift version. I'm probably right on the cusp.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 03, 2018, 03:03:01 PM
Sweet! You're going to love the ride!

I'm looking into getting those same rear shocks. I need to have my Radflo 2.5s rebuilt in the front. They've got 40K or so on them now, with several trips that had miles and miles of hard (and high-speed) washboard. My wife was just commenting that my rig doesn't ride smooth anymore like it used to. I'm sure I've worn out my rear Bil 5125s at this point as well, hence why I'm looking at the Rads now. You'll have to let me know how they do. I think that's the size I'd need also, or maybe I'd need the 0"-3" lift version. I'm probably right on the cusp.
I'm pretty sure three out of my four Bils are leaking a little, not sure how.  My rears are for sure and I think the front passenger is too. I beat them a little, but I think they should have lasted longer then they have. Oh well, I'll let you know how those rears work out.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: ultrapc40 on January 03, 2018, 06:11:21 PM
Baller when will it get here?
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 03, 2018, 08:39:50 PM
Baller when will it get here?
Nisstec quoted a three week turnaround. Hopefully, that holds true.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 02, 2018, 04:08:36 PM
The suspension fairy paid me a visit today.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180303/1b7f6115d885075c302b2bcbbbd61a62.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: EJsarus on March 02, 2018, 05:00:25 PM
BEAST!!!!
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Post by: Jayrat on March 02, 2018, 05:14:16 PM
OOOOOHHHHHHH  :P that sure is a pretty picture
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: ultrapc40 on March 02, 2018, 05:15:05 PM
So where are we testing?


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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 02, 2018, 06:58:21 PM
So where are we testing?


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Mojave whoops? I'll be in the dirt up here within an hour after getting them in.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on March 03, 2018, 01:21:50 PM
Nice Rick, well done.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 03, 2018, 07:18:53 PM
Nice Rick, well done.
Thanks Randy, it's amazing the difference good shocks make. The ride is drastically improved.

Comparison of the Tundra Bilsteins to the Titan swap Radflos. The Bilsteins were longer, but the Radflos netted 1/4" more lift. Bushings on the Bils also showed visible settling, they were off center.

I didn't keep the rears installed because the bodies are too long. I'm going to exchange them.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: EJsarus on March 03, 2018, 08:43:50 PM
Rik was too excited that he forgot to host a mod day for this install. lol
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 03, 2018, 09:21:18 PM
Rik was too excited that he forgot to host a mod day for this install. lol
Haha, when I have a lift 5 minutes away, I forget about a mod day.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: 0317 on March 03, 2018, 09:45:32 PM
Nice work! Glad to hear it was an upgrade and that you have a better ride now!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: knightrider on March 03, 2018, 09:53:29 PM
I wish I still had access to the hobby shop on base, now I just have to crawl around on the ground and pay to have tires mounted :(
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 03, 2018, 10:24:18 PM
Nice work! Glad to hear it was an upgrade and that you have a better ride now!
Upgrade is almost an understatement. Those Bils were shot. The truck hasn't felt this good in a long time.
I wish I still had access to the hobby shop on base, now I just have to crawl around on the ground and pay to have tires mounted :(
It's a long drive, but if you ever have any large project come up, let me know. Heck, I can come to you and go to a base around there.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on June 02, 2018, 11:34:48 AM
Finally installed the rear Radflo shocks. Ride is significantly improved over the Bilsteins.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180602/d5409b15098d11946391cd91ca7a3d38.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RBduffer on June 02, 2018, 08:08:35 PM
Nice rear end fella ???
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Post by: steve c on June 02, 2018, 08:17:29 PM
Nice rear end fella ???

^^^This  :-*
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on June 02, 2018, 08:47:14 PM
  I know a lot of guys like the Radflo's. What made you go with them? What differences are you noticing between them and your older Bilsteins? I have no experience with them but need to start getting some information compiled when my current rear shocks are ready to be replaced.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on June 03, 2018, 06:49:10 AM
Nice rear end fella ???
^^^This  :-*
🤣
  I know a lot of guys like the Radflo's. What made you go with them? What differences are you noticing between them and your older Bilsteins? I have no experience with them but need to start getting some information compiled when my current rear shocks are ready to be replaced.
One of my Bils was leaking and I felt the other was due to go. I like the fact I can send the Rads back for rebuild when I need to. I also feel like the Bils didn't quite provide the correct dampening. It's hard to describe, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, it's like they didn't provide enough dampening to keep you from getting the leaf spring "float" over bumps. Also, of note, any of the longer Bils are actually Titan specific with  Xterra bushing pressed in, if you ordered from PRG or Nisstec. It's nice having a shock in there that's actually designed for the X.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on June 03, 2018, 08:47:18 AM
🤣One of my Bils was leaking and I felt the other was due to go. I like the fact I can send the Rads back for rebuild when I need to. I also feel like the Bils didn't quite provide the correct dampening. It's hard to describe, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, it's like they didn't provide enough dampening to keep you from getting the leaf spring "float" over bumps. Also, of note, any of the longer Bils are actually Titan specific with  Xterra bushing pressed in, if you ordered from PRG or Nisstec. It's nice having a shock in there that's actually designed for the X.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on June 04, 2018, 10:36:30 AM
This is literally my next purchase. I almost got them last month, but had my fronts rebuilt first. Now the rear is riding noticeably bad compared to the front (I'm on Billstein 5125s in the rear with about 30k miles on them). What length did you go with?
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on June 04, 2018, 12:53:54 PM
This is literally my next purchase. I almost got them last month, but had my fronts rebuilt first. Now the rear is riding noticeably bad compared to the front (I'm on Billstein 5125s in the rear with about 30k miles on them). What length did you go with?
I was suprised at the difference.  Even when the Bilsteins were new, I don't feel like they were as good as it is now.  I originally ordered the 3-4" lift shocks, but they were wayyyy too long.  I believe these are the 2-2.5" rear lift shocks.  They are showing the appropriate amount of shock shaft, so that's good.  The original ones I ordered only showed about 2" of shock shaft, definitely too long.   
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on June 09, 2018, 10:55:15 PM
Minor mod day today. Ditch lights with MaxGear Armor brackets and emblem inlays by D4 Graphics.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180610/5034dcc831022907f40c54c39d7e146f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180610/dc792930aa698a156ecbad49da0e35ac.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on August 19, 2018, 02:14:12 PM
Picked up Steve's old Deavers today. They're still in very good shape, little to no rust, just desert dirt. I'll give them a little cleaning and bolt them up in the next few weeks. Thanks for the hook up Steve.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: steve c on August 19, 2018, 03:36:05 PM
You got it buddy. Hope they serve you well.
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Post by: RikRong on September 11, 2018, 07:02:44 PM
A labor of love. They're ready to go in this weekend.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180912/31cf279a0fcc831bf2c8ea6212559006.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on September 11, 2018, 08:02:24 PM
Wow! You really did a great job with those.
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Post by: Jayrat on September 11, 2018, 10:29:39 PM
Good job eliminating Soda Lake
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on September 12, 2018, 08:32:47 AM
Wow! You really did a great job with those.
They're not perfect, but they turned out pretty nice.
Good job eliminating Soda Lake
These were Steve's old Deavers, I'm sure there was some salt from past trips, but I'd be willing to bet my springs will look far worse if I take them apart.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on September 14, 2018, 08:50:39 AM
Looks good!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on September 15, 2018, 01:21:38 PM
Installed Steve 's old Deavers today. Ride height is nearly identical to what I had before, and that's what I was wanting. The ride feels much better now, though. Can't wait to get it into the dirt.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180915/30b7d4336b00e82cb99d5fabbbf1567f.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on October 18, 2018, 11:05:08 AM
So, Rogue Overland posted this on IG and I had to steal it.  It's an incredible shot.
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Post by: RikRong on December 20, 2018, 04:59:02 PM
$50 score off Craigslist, brand new.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181221/e5985a540f134277bfd391566005ee08.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on December 24, 2018, 10:18:05 AM
Nice! Just in time for the winter Mojave run and the local mountain snow season. :)
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Post by: RikRong on January 14, 2019, 05:03:56 PM
Nice! Just in time for the winter Mojave run and the local mountain snow season. :)
They kept all the mud and melted snow in check this weekend.

We had a great run from Apple Valley to Big Bear on Sunday with the SoCal Xterra Owners FB group. There was some snow, some slick packed snow, and a ton of fun.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 14, 2019, 06:49:09 PM
Playing in puddles....(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190115/88ac1bf5308a61b5035c421676ba9342.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190115/8731bcbd869a6c42be6a0c7dd01096b9.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Gunslinger2N on January 14, 2019, 08:48:42 PM
Ha ha ha......

 HASHTAG... MUDMONSTER!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 15, 2019, 09:37:45 AM
Ha ha ha......

 HASHTAG... MUDMONSTER!!!!!!!!!!
So much mud, but it's clean now. The truck sat in the rain, then I hosed it off, and finally took it to the car wash.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 23, 2019, 06:32:55 PM
Picked up this ARB diff cover for a pretty good price. Looking forward to getting it on the X.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190124/ec051a7088796a696bc784e58a2d9510.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: 0317 on January 23, 2019, 08:10:14 PM
Nice, bring on the rocks
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on January 23, 2019, 08:47:59 PM
Nice, bring on the rocks
They've torn up my PRG cover. Lol

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on March 01, 2019, 07:32:57 PM
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: 0317 on March 01, 2019, 08:34:17 PM
Beautiful
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on March 02, 2019, 08:04:25 AM
 That looks like you did a great job! Your X is really coming along, definitely one of the better builds.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Jayrat on March 04, 2019, 05:44:50 PM
It's so shiny , Very nice
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 19, 2019, 08:26:33 PM
Well, this is my first trip to Moab with GONE. Today was registration and the meet-n-greet, but I promise there will be wheeling pics to come.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: x4dblduty on May 19, 2019, 10:57:41 PM
Awesome, Rick, I want and plan to be there next year.  Keep the pics coming, drooling, be safe out there man, and the group!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 20, 2019, 07:57:58 PM
Wheeling pics from day one on Fins and Things.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: JFanaselle on May 21, 2019, 09:21:25 AM
Looks like you're having a great time Rick! Do I spy SoCalXTerry spotting you up that hill?
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 21, 2019, 08:18:15 PM
Looks like you're having a great time Rick! Do I spy SoCalXTerry spotting you up that hill?
Yes, you do. Dani was leading and Terry was running around spotting.

Now, for some flexy shots from Seven Mile Rim today.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: x4dblduty on May 21, 2019, 09:07:45 PM
Yes, you do. Dani was leading and Terry was running around spotting.

Now, for some flexy shots from Seven Mile Rim today.
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Nice! So, would you say 3" lift proper, I mean UCA, AALs or pack, skids, sliders, bumpers are enough for this trip? I'll have a winch by then, too, yeah!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 22, 2019, 04:43:46 AM
Nice! So, would you say 3" lift proper, I mean UCA, AALs or pack, skids, sliders, bumpers are enough for this trip? I'll have a winch by then, too, yeah!
Yes, that'll be good for the blue trails. You might want to consider 285's, but there were a couple people on the trail with 265's.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: x4dblduty on May 22, 2019, 06:35:11 AM
Yes, that'll be good for the blue trails. You might want to consider 285's, but there were a couple people on the trail with 265's.

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Yep I’m on 33” KO2s already, no problems at Sedona, White Mtn W-E, Anza so far, plenty of clearance. Just no Titan swap.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 22, 2019, 09:01:49 PM
Yep I’m on 33” KO2s already, no problems at Sedona, White Mtn W-E, Anza so far, plenty of clearance. Just no Titan swap.
You'll be fine without a T-swap.

I got the opportunity to run a trail today that I thought I'd never run. The pictures speak for themselves.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: x4dblduty on May 22, 2019, 10:26:52 PM
Awesome. Rick! Great group👊 Next year is on my plans. How about Hell’s Gate, hmm?!!
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Post by: EJsarus on May 24, 2019, 08:07:00 PM
super rad pics dude. looks it was fun with all the crazy weather!!
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 24, 2019, 08:10:39 PM
super rad pics dude. looks it was fun with all the crazy weather!!
It was an awesome time.
Awesome. Rick! Great group Next year is on my plans. How about Hell’s Gate, hmm?!!
Maayybbeee...

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 27, 2019, 11:56:53 AM
Might as well add a couple more...

First two are from Fins on Friday, the last three are from Jax Trax on Thursday.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190527/805dfb5aac9f7c354b0f73bd81ff54ce.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190527/efce7f52d0da08277b456b6b94403719.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190527/5b2fe29ebbf447fbde6fe80ebe89ae1f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190527/0e40befa80fabd4a9caca0e14565ab15.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190527/33c41597daf74515cea862898857b5d2.jpg)

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on May 27, 2019, 03:53:53 PM
After Holcomb creek Moab is easy doings. Glad you got out there as it amaxing wheeling with sandpaper traction. I'd love to put together a SCCX Moab run if there is interest.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on May 27, 2019, 05:11:48 PM
After Holcomb creek Moab is easy doings. Glad you got out there as it amaxing wheeling with sandpaper traction. I'd love to put together a SCCX Moab run if there is interest.
The boulders on Holcomb still give me anxiety. Lol I talked to Terry and Dani about the Holcomb run when we were in Moab. As for a trip out to there, I'll bet you could get some people to join. Heck, depending on when it is, I'd come down for it.

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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: Celt on May 27, 2019, 06:13:08 PM
The boulders on Holcomb still give me anxiety. Lol I talked to Terry and Dani about the Holcomb run when we were in Moab. As for a trip out to there, I'll bet you could get some people to join. Heck, depending on when it is, I'd come down for it.

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Holcomb was some serious Bravo Sierra with the mud and heat. Maybe 2020 would be a good year for a SCCX Moab trip.
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...GONE to Moab May 2019
Post by: RikRong on June 17, 2019, 02:18:11 PM
I'm going to swap to Titan outer tie rods, with Titan inner tie rods, so I just ordered Hitachi Titan inners/outers. I'm currently running PRG heimed outers and I'm getting a pop just left or right of center when I turn the wheel. I also was getting really bad popping when turning with aired down tires while in Moab. Hopefully, it's just the inners going bad and I caught it before the rack is toast. FYI, I'm just under 59K miles on the truck.  I read through several posts on FB talking about how heims can kill the the rack pretty quickly, with people like Bill and Zach attesting to the carnage heims can create, I think it's time to get rid of mine before the rack goes. 
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: RikRong on November 18, 2019, 06:43:46 PM
Nothing much has happened on the X in a while,though I do have parts on order to install the Audi R8 coil packs. However, I did head back north in July.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: RBduffer on November 21, 2019, 09:51:15 AM
Your truck goes perfect with the color of the Dakota sky and sign.
Glad to hear that all is well. 
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: Geherro on December 04, 2019, 06:11:14 AM
The truck looks fantastic. Why exactly did you decide to change ti tie rods btw, RikRong?
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Post by: Jayrat on December 04, 2019, 06:56:43 AM
Nothing much has happened on the X in a while,though I do have parts on order to install the Audi R8 coil packs. However, I did head back north in July.
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I want you to take the photo again , BUT lets see it in January . (a side by side). LOL hope the Praires are treating you and  the Family  well
nothing more beautiful than Land meeting Sky
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: RikRong on December 04, 2019, 10:49:52 PM
The truck looks fantastic. Why exactly did you decide to change ti tie rods btw, RikRong?
I felt like the heimed end was putting undue stress on the steering rack. I started reading around a little and a lot of people recommend against the heimed tie rods.
I want you to take the photo again , BUT lets see it in January . (a side by side). LOL hope the Praires are treating you and  the Family  well
nothing more beautiful than Land meeting Sky
Don't tempt me with a good time. Lol I might just have to try to get that picture.
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Post by: xxSVxx on December 05, 2019, 10:28:57 AM
Lol I might just have to try to get that picture.

one catch: same outfit
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Post by: Celt on December 05, 2019, 11:08:07 AM
one catch: same outfit

 Ha! You beat me to the punch. I was just going to post the same thing!!!
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Post by: RikRong on December 05, 2019, 05:05:58 PM
one catch: same outfit
Ha! You beat me to the punch. I was just going to post the same thing!!!
Now, it doesn't sound like such a great idea. lol
Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: Celt on December 06, 2019, 09:24:52 AM
Now, it doesn't sound like such a great idea. lol

 Nobody ever said my ideas were good ones....... At least Christiaan has 75% culpability with this one as he typed it first.
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Post by: xxSVxx on December 06, 2019, 09:44:08 AM
Nobody ever said my ideas were good ones....... At least Christiaan has 75% culpability with this one as he typed it first.

Great minds bud.....great minds
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Post by: RikRong on December 18, 2019, 08:19:31 AM
After a little black ice incident last week, where I ended up with a smashed driver side headlight, I thought it would be time to install black bezel headlights.  They look much better, in my opinion.
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Title: Re: RikRong's BluX build...Went north, November 2019...
Post by: Celt on December 18, 2019, 09:45:01 AM
Glad you didn't get hurt. That black ice can be really gnarly. The lights look good.


  Merry Christmas to you and the family buddy!
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Post by: RikRong on December 19, 2019, 12:18:14 PM
Glad you didn't get hurt. That black ice can be really gnarly. The lights look good.


  Merry Christmas to you and the family buddy!
Yeah, unfortunately, it looked like dry concrete and caught me completely off guard.  Lesson learned for that bridge, though. 

The same Christmas wishes to you and your family!