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ARE Z2 Series Topper

So for my Ram Rebel, I decided to try out the newest ARE offering; the Z2 Series topper. The Z2 comes with same rear door features such as the heavy-duty C-spring hinges and slam latch system as the regular Z-Series which is more stout than that of the Leer’s or Snugtop’s standard hinges and latch system. I also liked the trimless edges and the contour strip at the bottom of the door that matches up nicely with the tailgate; very sleek looking. But my favorite feature are the frameless side windows (inside and out) with the optional frameless pop out vent widows with screens. I also had ordered it with the Yakima roof rails, sliding front window that also folds down for cleaning, a 12V 3-plug power source for the bed, and a 12V LED dome light.















 

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ARE Z2 Series Topper

So for my Ram Rebel, I decided to try out the newest ARE offering; the Z2 Series topper. The Z2 comes with same rear door features such as the heavy-duty C-spring hinges and slam latch system as the regular Z-Series which is more stout than that of the Leer’s or Snugtop’s standard hinges and latch system. I also liked the trimless edges and the contour strip at the bottom of the door that matches up nicely with the tailgate; very sleek looking. But my favorite feature are the frameless side windows (inside and out) with the optional frameless pop out vent widows with screens. I also had ordered it with the Yakima roof rails, sliding front window that also folds down for cleaning, a 12V 3-plug power source for the bed, and a 12V LED dome light.















I’ve never been a camper shell guy but as I get older I see all of the benefits. I’ve thought about a shell on my Rebel but I’d wasn’t something easy to remove and install. There are definitely a ton of benefits to a shell.
 

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I’ve never been a camper shell guy but as I get older I see all of the benefits. I’ve thought about a shell on my Rebel but I’d wasn’t something easy to remove and install. There are definitely a ton of benefits to a shell.
Yeah, they are definitely not for everyone especially if you need to haul loads higher than the cab, but I really dig them since I don't have motorcycles anymore to haul around. But for day to day convenience and weekend adventures, they certainly have more benefits for me. Plus, I just like the looks...lol.
 

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Wheels and Tires Mounted

Spent a couple of hours at Discount Tire to mount my Black Rhino Dugger 18x8.5 +0MM offset wheels on the new Yokohama Geolander MT G003 LT295/70R18 tires (34.4 inches tall x 12 inches wide). I also went with Gorilla black locking lug nuts to complete the package. The tires balanced very nicely and are incredibly smooth at [highway] speed...amazing for such an aggressive tire. Road noise is noticeably louder but not overly intrusive at all (for now) so time will tell on how much noisier they will get. But based on the numerous reviews, I should have excellent all-season performance on- and off-road.

Based on all the comments I got from both the Discount Tire shop techs and customers alike, and my neighbors...lol...I think I did pretty good with this combo selection.



At first, the techs were worried about the wheels (with balancing weights) clearing the brake calipers; it was close! Then they didn’t think the tires would clear without rubbing but the Falcon suspension I am currently running provides an additional 1+ inches over the factory Rebel ride height and allowed the taller/wider tires on the slightly more aggressive offset wheels to clear at full lock side to side, but barely! When I get the Dirt Logic coil-overs installed in another week or so, I will net another 1+ inches of ride height over the Falcon system (so 2-2 ¼ inches over the factory Rebel ride height) and therefore no clearance issues when four wheeling.

<a href="Photo by Paul Fensterer" target="_blank"><img src="https://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c156/pjf505/1_2020 Ram Rebel/Blog Photos/Yokohama Geolanders MT G003_LT295.70.R18_Black Rhino Dugger_18x85 0MM Offset_2_cw_zpsf051asht.png" border="0" alt=" photo Yokohama Geolanders MT G003_LT295.70.R18_Black Rhino Dugger_18x85 0MM Offset_2_cw_zpsf051asht.png"/></a>



Also, my constant measuring of varying tire/wheel combos paid off too. As you know, I really didn’t want the wider tires’ tread extending too far past the fenders in order to prevent throwing road debris, gravel, or rocks up at the truck. I happy to report that the tires are almost flush with the outside edge of the fenders, so perfect set up for me.



I am extremely excited about the final look; clean but with a custom tough look.




Hopefully I will have my new Fabtech Dirt Logic 3-inch Coil-over/UCA system installed within another week or so as that should finalize the overall look and performance I was striving for! Soon after, I will be testing everything out at the desert dunes and trails in the Rio Puerco.
 

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Yeah, they are definitely not for everyone especially if you need to haul loads higher than the cab, but I really dig them since I don't have motorcycles anymore to haul around. But for day to day convenience and weekend adventures, they certainly have more benefits for me. Plus, I just like the looks...lol.
Anymore I’m in the same boat. I think modern day shells look really good.
 

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Anymore I’m in the same boat. I think modern day shells look really good.
Another option if price was not a big factor is the RSI SmartCap EVO! It has a modular design with integrated roof rails that can support a lot more weight. The modular component allows you take off the sides and/or the whole unit if needed. It is also made of SS. At almost $4K U.S. for the base unit, it can easily approach +$6K with paint, options, and shipping. But you can build it with a side min-kitchen, side storage bins, drawers, racks, etc. Pretty cool! If price was not a factor, I would have considered this more as there is actually a dealer here in Albuquerque.

This Rebel rendering looks really cool but is at least a 6-inch lift with massively large wheels and tires; kind of ironic considering they are advertising for overland adventures...lol. But great look for the topper!

 

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Well, after almost 2 months of waiting on parts, finally have the Dawg at Desert Rat for installation of the Fabtech 3-inch Dirt Logic suspension.





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Rear extended length shocks with reservoirs:

 

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That’s looking really good!!!
@rynob79; thanks!

I leave tomorrow for my road trip to Durango, CO, then on to Ouray, CO and maybe Telluride, CO where I get to test everything out. I plan on wheeling it over at least one of the passes there (maybe Ophir pass between Silverton and Telluride) but also plan on taking it up behind Imogene Pass to the bowl where we can get some Milky Way shots at night with my wife. That trail has some light to moderate boulder sections (which I still need to be pretty careful on) and light stream crossings so will be fun without beating it up too much. In any case, I should be taking it to about 11,000-12,000 ft. so will get some good wheeling impressions. Hopefully the photos turn out well so I can share when we get back!
 

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@rynob79; thanks!

I leave tomorrow for my road trip to Durango, CO, then on to Ouray, CO and maybe Telluride, CO where I get to test everything out. I plan on wheeling it over at least one of the passes there (maybe Ophir pass between Silverton and Telluride) but also plan on taking it up behind Imogene Pass to the bowl where we can get some Milky Way shots at night with my wife. That trail has some light to moderate boulder sections (which I still need to be pretty careful on) and light stream crossings so will be fun without beating it up too much. In any case, I should be taking it to about 11,000-12,000 ft. so will get some good wheeling impressions. Hopefully the photos turn out well so I can share when we get back!
So freaking jealous. That is gorgeous country. I love almost everything about Colorado except the politics lol.
 

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So I am falling behind but wanted to give an update on the Rebel's on-road and off-road performance this past week in Colorado. Being only 3-4 hour drive from our front door in Albuquerque, my wife and I typically drive up about 2-4 times a year especially since my wife has really learned to enjoy the off-road adventures I take while there.

This is only the first day of our 4 day trip so all I can really report on is how the new build performed on-road as I have not taken it off-road save for a couple side excursions on some dirt roads to take in some local sights.

For the highway trip, we started from our home which is situated right along the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, NM at an elevation of about 5200 ft and traveled north for 3 hours to Durango, CO at 6600 ft. and then upward from there cresting right at 11,000 ft before coming down to Silverton, CO. at 8730 ft. above sea level. So the trip is all up hill mountain driving and the Ram averaged about 14.5 mpg with speeds varying between +80 mph on the open highway to 15 mph on the mountain switchbacks. I thought this was quite good for a lifted full sized truck with +34-inch tall tires (considering my similarly built Tundra was in the 11-12 mpg range during same route). Despite the aggressive MTs, the tires rode smooth with road noise being nonintrusive at all while the new Fabtech Dirt Logic suspension soaked up everything at speed.

Didn't take any photos while in Durango but managed a few while on the road between Durango and Silverton.

Trekking through the San Juan mountains between Durango and Silverton:











 

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Side trip to Ice Lakes where we did a small 2 mile hike to stretch the legs some before heading down to Silverton:













 

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Nice late breakfast at the COFFEE BEAR in Silverton and some sightseeing along the San Juan Railroad (unfortunately, no shots of the locomotives running due to COVID-19 this year):







 

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My original plan was to go to Yankee Boy Basin which is an alpine basin behind Imogene Pass at the foot of Mount Sneffels as that is my usual go to place when wheeling out of Ouray, CO. But as with all best laid out plans, things change and we found ourselves going to Telluride, CO instead. The weather was actually pretty good with summer showers here and there, but everything was still sort of hazy due to recent nearby forest fires. Combined with the overcast skies that rolled in and out, it was really hard to get clear photos on the fly so apologize if I under exposed or over exposed some of the shots.







 

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Ophir Pass, Colorado

Since we were in Telluride, I decided to take the scenic route back to Ouray by going over Ophir Pass that summits at 11,789 ft. I have done the pass before and it is not that difficult although it can get pretty snowed in and slippery but you do need some clearance and four wheel drive. The last time I did this pass, a family thought they could make it across the loose shale and small boulder trail in their all-wheel drive SUV and got stuck about a 1/3rd of the way up so my brother and I had to turn their SUV around in order to get it back down the trail...not a fun thing to do but everyone got home safe. This time, no such drama although my wife didn't appreciate sitting on the outboard side looking straight down while the loose shale rocks crackled under the weight of the truck...lol.

Beginning of the run:




 

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So I am falling behind but wanted to give an update on the Rebel's on-road and off-road performance this past week in Colorado. Being only 3-4 hour drive from our front door in Albuquerque, my wife and I typically drive up about 2-4 times a year especially since my wife has really learned to enjoy the off-road adventures I take while there.

This is only the first day of our 4 day trip so all I can really report on is how the new build performed on-road as I have not taken it off-road save for a couple side excursions on some dirt roads to take in some local sights.

For the highway trip, we started from our home which is situated right along the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, NM at an elevation of about 5200 ft and traveled north for 3 hours to Durango, CO at 6600 ft. and then upward from there cresting right at 11,000 ft before coming down to Silverton, CO. at 8730 ft. above sea level. So the trip is all up hill mountain driving and the Ram averaged about 14.5 mpg with speeds varying between +80 mph on the open highway to 15 mph on the mountain switchbacks. I thought this was quite good for a lifted full sized truck with +34-inch tall tires (considering my similarly built Tundra was in the 11-12 mpg range during same route). Despite the aggressive MTs, the tires rode smooth with road noise being nonintrusive at all while the new Fabtech Dirt Logic suspension soaked up everything at speed.

Didn't take any photos while in Durango but managed a few while on the road between Durango and Silverton.

Trekking through the San Juan mountains between Durango and Silverton:











That is some of the prettiest country on this earth. I love that area. It’s been over a year since I’ve been to Colorado.
 
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