Well, long first day has come to a close.
Couple of notes
With regular jack stands under the frame and the axle on a rolling jack, it is difficult to get the axle low enough to make getting the springs in easy. In hindsight I would have put the jack stands on something to get it a little higher.
I have an '09 Rubi Unl and I have no knowledge as to what other years/ models this applies to, but I had to drill out the sway bar holes to 1/2 inch. The directions mention that I might have to. My drill bit did not like that hardened steel one bit (no pun intended). I started with my 18 volt cordless and gradually worked my way up to my big impact drill. That probably took the longest out of anything.
How much for the front bumper? I cant find pricing anywhere. Are the light hoop and the D-rings optional?
I am not sure because I got the package deal they mention on the website. However, if you give Mike a call at 303.908.4697 I am sure he will be more than happy to help you out. Mike is a stand up guy and has pretty much answered every single one of my calls on the first ring. I mentioned above that I called him yesterday and left a message. Well, I didn't notice that he called me right back and left a message. So far I am extremely happy with my experience with Aberle Offroad and would not hesitate to do business with them again.
Both the light hoop and the D-rings are optional. You can find the individual prices for those under the JK Products
Can you use regular D-rings on that front bumper instead of the Brass Rings?
The bumpers come predrilled for the brass rings, however I am sure Mike could make an exception if desired. You would have to come up with some way to mount the D-rings, maybe the things that come on the XHD bumpers by Rugged Ridge. Should be simple enough to drill the holes to mount them.
I know there is a lot of noise about using aluminum, but I will tell you that these bumpers are stout. Granted , I haven't put them in a stress tester, but they seem every bit as sturdy as any Steel bumper I have seen. Personally, I am very happy to have the weight savings as a Hemi is not in my future (a diesel may be another story, but that is neither here nor there).
I will continue to update, I don't have access to the camera right now so pics will have to wait until tomorrow. Time for some