Project Apex (Black Edition) by Elder1945

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  1. Elder1945

    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I have started a new project!

    As some of you know I was not so impressed with the Apex launch and the overall look of the unit.. Neptune has fixed almost every issue they had at launch and now i am only hearing good things..... This now just leaves the look of the unit.. . . .

    Now the look of the Apex does not effect performance or functionality at all just in my opinion it looks unpleasant. #uncool :p

    This leads me to my new project or should I say set of projects as there might be a cough R2R one soon.. .. . . ..


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    So the idea is to take everything apart and re make the housing from scratch. I plan on going black on black with a hint of orange as I plan on utilizing the Lights in the EB832 and the head unit. I also have quite a few ideas that I am excited about :)

    Follow along and lets make a "Cool" apex together :p

    @Terence ??? you think this voids the warranty LOL j/k (but seriously i know it voids all warranties :p)
     
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  2. Ty Hamatake

    Ty Hamatake Hi, my name is Ty and I'm a Reefer... R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I'm down for this ride! Take me away to a place where the APEX 2016 doesn't look... the way it does :D:p
     
  3. Anirban

    Anirban Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    You are going to redesign the whole casing????? Now that will be great to follow...
     
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    HeulittSalmi Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I've thought about doing stuff like this with hundreds of household items but could never gather up the guts to do it.. But as someone who is saving up for an Apex who also doesnt really care for the housing, I will gladly follow along!
     
  5. Elder1945

    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Yes lol it will be amazing!
    Yes top to bottom... Full Redesign :).
     
  6. jsker

    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    You always do some real nice work, this should be interesting
     
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    I agree with you on the appearance, therefore I will follow to see your transformation.
     
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    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I hope to make somthing "cool" we will see when I crack the apex open.. I think I might be cutting a pcb lol..

    Yes just not my cup of tea.... Is it horrendous no but ugly yes..
     
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    I will follow along... looks like it could be a cool idea.
     
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    Please take detail photo, I am sure the thing would look awesome without the silver!! Following this thread!!!
     
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    Following! :D
     
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    So the idea is to lay out the apex head unit to make it look less like a big block. I will be re utilizing the LED that is in the head unit to do something with.....
    I also broke down the EB832 to start working with that soon.

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    After seeing what you did with your latest Vertex inspired build, and the videos of what you did to make the behemoth power bar on the Cerebra look awesome, I can't wait to see what you have in mind...
    Following for sure!!
     
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    Had to move this jumper the the back of the board.
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    Flat apex lol :p
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    The workstation :)
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  18. Ty Hamatake

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    Dude, this is SO brave! Lol I most definitely would've quit as soon as I pulled the faceplate off of the energy bar... I guess it helps to know what you're doing though. Completely stoked to see what you come up with!
     
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    :p Yea, having the pcb's flat helps to stream line the apex head unit. It was 3 pcb's layered onto of each other. They used 16p connectors so i can get them off the shelf. I did however change the male connectors as I did not need the crazy pins that they use.

    I am happy how they construct the head units but wonder how much interference they get between the readings in the probes with this stack approached.
     
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    Aw yes, black and orange will look so nice. Those are my college colors!
     
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