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    Default Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    I've got a SF A2 Aviator that I've used sparingly, and was wondering what all you light maniacs considered the best Mod for this little workhorse?

    I'd like to keep it to around $250 or under and would favor overall brightness over run time. any thoughts or ideas would be most welcome.

    Tanks!

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Strion kit + IMR123's + Avantrix LED mod + Oregonshooter tailcap. All for a lot less than 250 (if you can find people willing to part with their stuff)
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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Lumens factory bulb, wait for a2l mayby a lunasol if an extra bundle of cash come your way...

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    If you want brightness then go with the Strion Kit that FiveMega had available.
    The strion kits uses a specially base made by FM that uses Streamlight (I think) Strion bi-pin bulbs. These bulbs are brighter than the standard MA02 in your light now, however the brightness does come at a runtime cost.
    You will probably need to post a Buy notice on the Marketplace as I don't think FM is currently making these.
    If you search hard enough, you will come up to a review by one of our mods (DM51) that reviews these kits.

    That is about the only thing that is going to give you noticeable brightness IMO. You can get a different LED ring, but that ring is made for close up work and one of the many benefits of using an A2.

    Also, don't use the A2 sparingly. Use it all the time The more you use it, the more you will fall in love with it. If you haven't already, search for the A2 review from JS. His review will go as deep as you want in regards to the A2. No other review comes close.

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Cheapest and best mod (IMO) is to sand the LEDs to smooth out their beam. You will not be disappointed in doing this. Besides the Fivemega Strion Kit, this was the best thing I have done to my A2. And its free.

    The A2 tune up thread:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=100819

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    +1 on the FM strion kit and it looks like it is still available - you can read about it here:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=210254

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    thanks for the ideas, guys. couldn't say I knew about sanding LEDs before this.

    and like the idea about free mods to boot. Wasn't saying I wanted to spend $250, but that was my outside limit. now, more reading...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnjl3 View Post
    +1 on the FM strion kit and it looks like it is still available - you can read about it here:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=210254

    thanks for the link. Just pulled the trigger on one of these. NOW I'll read the A2 reviews and mod links

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    Quote Originally Posted by R@ndom View Post
    Lumens factory bulb, wait for a2l mayby a lunasol if an extra bundle of cash come your way...
    already own a Lunasol and put it up for sale here since I don't use it and want to spend the money on other lights or mods.

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Oy, if I end up with the cash for the last Strion kit (I get $40, instead of $400 from my taxes; the $400 going for a Chimera Mini) they'll have a legitimate case of my following in your footsteps.

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    I am going to have to see about saving up the cash for one of these kits. Those are nice. I haven't done any other mods to my Aviator yet. I just wish Atomic Chicken hadn't dropped off from CPF. I have tried sending him PM's but his box is full. The aviatrix rings are very nice.

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    If you are looking for an LED ring mod for your A2, you want to wait for Koala to complete his onion rings.

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrontius View Post
    Oy, if I end up with the cash for the last Strion kit (I get $40, instead of $400 from my taxes; the $400 going for a Chimera Mini) they'll have a legitimate case of my following in your footsteps.
    Really trying to avoid the chimera mini, but it calls to me

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carpenter View Post
    If you are looking for an LED ring mod for your A2, you want to wait for Koala to complete his onion rings.
    that could be next.... Link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkJr View Post
    that could be next.... Link?
    Onion rings, anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1dash1 View Post
    Onion rings, anyone?

    THANKS! (is there a smilie for cash burning a hole in my pocket )

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Quote Originally Posted by rkJr View Post
    THANKS! (is there a smilie for cash burning a hole in my pocket )
    use this one:

    if it's exaggerated, buy more lights

    I wanna have an A2 too
    happens

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    Default Re: Your Favorite SF A2 Aviator Mod?

    Strion Kit

    Oregon shooter's tailstanding ring

    Solder in different 5mm LED's

    Sand the LED's

    Place a small tritium behind each LED

    Koala's Onion ring (I can only predict it will be a smash hit)

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