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Old 01-20-2011, 10:11 PM   #1
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metalcloak products

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any pros and cons about their products? thanks

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(my personal opinions; I own their arched 6" tube fenders)

Pro's:
You get an absurd amount of clearance without more suspension lift
You get an absolute bada$$ looking front end
bragging rights

Con's:
Expensive!!!
They're hard to get past inspection (from my experiences in PA)
I had some trouble with my hood hitting the tube too soon so I had to grind away a 1/4" on the hood
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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They're hard to get past inspection (from my experiences in PA)
What is it they complain about?
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:34 PM   #4
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Fugly. But that's just my opinion.

Not saying your Jeep is fugly, Vaultzz. Just don't like the Metalcloaks.
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I like the look but it looks like you could weld that tube onto there..
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:45 PM   #6
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Love this build...lots of MetalCloak stuff on there:



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Old 01-20-2011, 11:38 PM   #7
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Metalcloak products look like parts of an Erector set to me. They're too "bolt-on" for me. Their products don't look like an extension of the Jeep, they look like someone with a wrench just bolted them on to the Jeep. They don't "flow". I'm sure they're a great company and I'm sure their products are fine, they're just not for me. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but there you go. I'm all about form following function, but these products just look funky to me.
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I feel like I could make these with a tube bender, a wire welder, and less than $100 of materials...just a thought...
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I feel like I could make these with a tube bender, a wire welder, and less than $100 of materials...just a thought...
That applies to a heck of a lot of Jeep body parts. Most of them are extremely simple in construction.

But it should be noted that those fenders are full bolt in fenders...not just the tubes.
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That applies to a heck of a lot of Jeep body parts. Most of them are extremely simple in construction.
See: My bumpers (Less than 100 for front and back, and enough metal left over to build a new front bumper once I get bored with this one)

Instead of buying all your stuff from big name brands, if everybody just spent there money taking a class on welding or fabrication, they could save hundreds..and get EXACTLY what they want.
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See: My bumpers (Less than 100 for front and back, and enough metal left over to build a new front bumper once I get bored with this one)

Instead of buying all your stuff from big name brands, if everybody just spent there money taking a class on welding or fabrication, they could save hundreds..and get EXACTLY what they want.
i wish i could do that right now but i don't have the time and all i wanted to get is make my tj as light as possible by using aluminum preferably titanium in body parts stronger than steel and a whole lot lighter
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:16 AM   #12
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I understand. I have had the urge to just buy stuff for my Jeep to avoid the big headache of dealing with making it..but I have decided to just put off making anything because I avoid headaches and I save money- win-win.
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(my personal opinions; I own their arched 6" tube fenders)

Pro's:
You get an absurd amount of clearance without more suspension lift
You get an absolute bada$$ looking front end
bragging rights

Con's:
Expensive!!!
They're hard to get past inspection (from my experiences in PA)
I had some trouble with my hood hitting the tube too soon so I had to grind away a 1/4" on the hood
Nice looking rig!

As an FYI for others, hoods obviously vary from Jeep to Jeep so some might hit, but all you need to do is take the palm of your hand and push in on the hood at that point. The sheet metal will curl in just enough to clear that hit point.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:56 PM   #14
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Metalcloak products look like parts of an Erector set to me. They're too "bolt-on" for me. Their products don't look like an extension of the Jeep, they look like someone with a wrench just bolted them on to the Jeep. They don't "flow". I'm sure they're a great company and I'm sure their products are fine, they're just not for me. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but there you go. I'm all about form following function, but these products just look funky to me.
You're not the only one who feels that way.
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Metalcloak products look like parts of an Erector set to me. They're too "bolt-on" for me. Their products don't look like an extension of the Jeep, they look like someone with a wrench just bolted them on to the Jeep. They don't "flow". I'm sure they're a great company and I'm sure their products are fine, they're just not for me. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but there you go. I'm all about form following function, but these products just look funky to me.

I to have mixed feelings about these fenders, just not sure
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i would love to take welding class and do more myself, but also the cost of good welder is much more than the $200 i dpent on my wire feed.
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I feel like I could make these with a tube bender, a wire welder, and less than $100 of materials...just a thought...
The tubes aren't metalcloaks main selling point. The inner fenders are significantly more spacious and allow higher flex then regular tube fenders
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my buddie is running the overline in my oppinion they look better but he can run 37inch tires on a 4" lift thats crazy. i am also lookin to buy these fenders because of that reason.
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:46 PM   #19
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IMO I like the looks of these a lot. I'd get em if they werent so pricey. But definitely on the list is the money falls in my lap. But to answer your question i've heard nothing but good things about these compared to other brands of tube fenders.
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I feel like I could make these with a tube bender, a wire welder, and less than $100 of materials...just a thought...
You could make something that looks similar, but it wouldn't provide the same increases in clearance. The inner fender is replaced with their tube fenders. Also, they have removable flares.

One other pro for them is that you can resell your stock inner and outer fenders to offset some of the cost.

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