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Old 05-08-2014, 07:23 AM   #1
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My Metalcloak LJ Installs

I finally had some time this past weekend to work on installing the Metalcloak (MC) front fenders. For my install, I decided to go with body color, Patriot Blue. Although I was second guessing that this weekend, in the end they turned out awesome and I'm glad I did. The process to get to the end state was relatively straight forward and went like this:

- remove stock fenders
- prime MC fenders
- paint MC fenders with Nason PBT
- clear-coat MC Fenders Nason clear
- install fenders
- re-mount all accessories

In the case of the install process I'll give huge accolades to Metalcloak. I've installed lots of aftermarket parts over the years and I have no issues saying that this was the best quality and most complete kit I've ever installed. Everything was included, fit exactly as I expected it should, and I didn't have to hack up or drastically modify anything. In fact, all I really had to do was bend one of of the existing brackets (i.e. cruise control) and break off a tab on the washer reservoir bottle. The only issue I did have was that the instructions tell you to have two people to push in on both sides of the hood simultaneously, so it won't rub on the fender rails. I didn't have someone there to help at the time, but did take care of it later. Other than that, it all turned out great. Enough about the words, here are the pictures:

Fender Removal

Fender Cleanup

Prime and Paint Fenders

Install Drivers Side Fender

Install Passenger Side Fender

Full Side View

Next will come the MC rockers, rear extended corners, and rear fenders sitting in my garage!

I'm pretty close to having turned every nut and bolt on this thing!
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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Recognizing that I needed to upgrade suspension, I did extensive research on where to go next. After looking at multiple possibilities, including long and short arm, I decided on upgrading to a Metalcloak 3.5" short arm kit. Here's the install:

Front Coil and sway bar disconnect

MC Front Coil and Brakeline

MC Front Control Arms 1

MC Front Control Arms 2

MC Left Rear 1

MC Left Rear 2

MC Right Rear

MC Front Track Bar View

Took it out to play and let the suspension settle

After the install, including setting proper bumpstop, the on and offroad ride was waaaaay better all the way round.
-Reduced overall vibration
-No binding or funny "clunks"
-Smooth riding
-Body roll or "wandering" control significantly improved
-Improved articulation (I do still need shock work here)
-Roughly 2" of additional clearance at the fenders

I'm pretty close to having turned every nut and bolt on this thing!
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:21 AM   #3
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Finished the Metalcloak (MC) install this weekend. Now running MC suspension, extended corner armor, front and rear 6" fenders, and rockers.

I'm pretty close to having turned every nut and bolt on this thing!
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
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I have a set of overlines on the way and I have the exact same color jeep. Where did you get the paint from? I want to paint mine the color of the body but can't decide which paint to use or where to get it from.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:18 PM   #5
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This looks fantastic.
Can't wait to fender my LJ.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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Looks great!

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