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Hey all, I just got a new sunroof put in in Hungtington Beach. I thought some might be interested. I know a new sunroof isn't the first mod most of you would do. But I gots to have my sun! Really brightens up the inside.

I'm pretty happy with it, and the company. I wish it were a little bigger. But you can't have everything.

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-Matt


Oh also if anyone's interested here's the main reason I got my FJ. I love hiking around and taking pictures in the deserts around here:

Desert Trip
 

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"Round Rock Path" looks like an excellent place to take the FJ!! Great clarity in the shots. What photo gear are you using?
 

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They did a really great job and looks sharp. Was the addition of the dome light part of this installation?
 

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Thanks! The desert pics are with Sony point and shoot DSC-W1, which finally died (probably from sand and dust exposure - Doh!).

The FJ pics are with a Nikon D80 I got to replace the Sony. I've never had a serious camera like that before so I'm taking a class to learn the basics of real photography and all the settings, etc. I'm pretty excited about getting out there and taking some real shots with the D80.
 

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They did a really great job and looks sharp. Was the addition of the dome light part of this installation?
I asked him if they could put in a maplight. He said he would if he had one in stock. They ended up putting one in and not charging me anything extra. I thought that was pretty sweet.

Oh btw - the sunroof was $1050 with tax and everything.
 

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The FJ pics are with a Nikon D80 I got to replace it. I've never had a serious camera like that before so I'm taking a class to learn the basics of real photography and all the settings, etc. I'm pretty excited about getting out there and taking some real shots with the D80.
I love my Nikon D50. Even though you didn't ask - a forewarning: avoid changing lenses outside of a controlled environment. The sensor is extremely sensitive. While you can send it off for cleaning that means missed photos. I tried to warn a friend with her Canon D2D, but she had to learn the hard way - $100 and two weeks later she decided to listen. ;) Good luck with the D80, it is an amazing tool in the hands of an educated photographer. One thing I despirately need (which all Nikon SLRs do too), an external flash. The built-in flash sucks major apples and ruins shots with shadowing and focal glare. Are you taking the Nikon classes or something at a local college?
 

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Thanks Baldman, right now I only have one lens, so not a problem. But your warning is well noted.

The photo class is through the city of Redondo Beach. Here's the class description. I really like the instructor. It's been a fun class so far (3 weeks in).

PHOTO SAVVY – MOVING PAST
AUTOMATIC FEE: $57, 8 WEEKS
This class is for those that want more out of taking photos. Designed
for people that have adjustable digital or film cameras and wish to
take control of their photography. This class will allow you to use all
of the advanced controls on your camera that you have read about in
the manual but don’t understand. Topics will cover light and color,
film and digital arrays, metering for better exposure, using apertures
to control sharpness, brightness range and contrast and using good
composition for better images. Taught by a professional photographer,
money saving tips and techniques will be emphasized. A field trip will
be arranged to practice all that you have learned. It is preferred that
the student have a camera that can be used in M, P, A(Av) or S(Tv). If
you are unsure, call the instructor at (310) 787-8785. A $5 material fee
will be collected at the first class meeting. Instructor: Rich Ostrowski.
Location: Franklin Community Center, Room 10.
14335 Sat. start date: April 21
 

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Looks good. I'd like to have one someday. What kind of warranty did you get as far as water leakage??
That's a good question. The sunroof itself comes with a warranty, but it looks like that might be about it. If I went through the dealership, these guys would have still been the ones to do it, but I probably would have gotten some kind of leak-warranty. But from what I understand it would have been around a grand more.
 

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looks like a great install. im just a bit worried about the long term reliability of the weather seal with all the grooves on the roof. looks really nice from the inside as well. professionally finished.
 

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im just a bit worried about the long term reliability of the weather seal with all the grooves on the roof
Yeah, I tend to learn those things the hard way. :slant: But I know these guys do plenty of jobs for dealers, so they should be solid. I guess we'll just have to see if the FJ has some unique problems because of those grooves. I could see the So Cal sun drying out that sealer after a while (I park on the street). But I wouldn't think it's too much trouble to get new rubber in there.
 

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I just got lost in your photo albums. Very neat. Sunroof is way cool also.. I appreciate the amount of work you put into those photo sites. Sheesh.
 

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Looks sweet. I think its a must for HB. I wouldnt getting one. I have a gobi rack so thhats going to require a tweak or two.

How much did you pay?
 

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I just got lost in your photo albums. Very neat. Sunroof is way cool also.. I appreciate the amount of work you put into those photo sites. Sheesh.
Thanks a lot. To be honest I used to have to put a ton more work into the online albims - like the desert one I linked to. But now I use Picassa, and it automates a ton of that stuff. The only major tasks now are 1) picking out the good pictures, 2) cropping or adjusting them and 3) putting captions on them.
 

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Looks sweet. I think its a must for HB. I wouldnt getting one. I have a gobi rack so thhats going to require a tweak or two.

How much did you pay?

$1050 with tax and all.

Btw how much is that chrome license plate cover gonna set you back? I've been eyeing me one of those.
 

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great photo album and the sun roof looks good, too. how's wind-noise when you drive with roof open?
If both windows are rolled up and the sunroof open, you get this weird concussive noise thing at about 30-40 mph. Like it's not really a noise but a pressure vibration. But then if you speed up it dies down (I think - I'll have to confirm tomorrow). If you crack a window a couple inches it goes away.

Also I've started driving around town with my back window up. Does anyone know any problem with that as long as I don't go over 45 or so?
 

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the sun roof looks great . now you got me thinking about one. i like to keep the back window open too it really helps out with the wind noise problem with the front windows down. i use a dog chain clip (you know, the ones with the spring loaded thumb depress release) to keep it cracked just a bit.
 

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Suzzer,

Looks great! I agree with your assessment that it could have a deeper opening. Overall, nice mod. It's on my list of mods (someday). But I do have one question...What brand moon roof is it?
 

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Suzzer,

Looks great! I agree with your assessment that it could have a deeper opening. Overall, nice mod. It's on my list of mods (someday). But I do have one question...What brand moon roof is it?

If I am reading the manual right - I believe it is a Hollandia 700 by Webasto.
 
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