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Old 10-31-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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2012 2.5" MetalCloak Lift

Hi,

Recieved my lift today. The MetalCloak 2.5" Dual Rate Lift with OME shocks. I still have quite a few things to still purchase to flesh out this initial build, however this is a good first step.

I am very impressed with my first look at the parts. Everything was well packaged and seems very sturdy. The Dual Rate coils are very slick looking and the all the hard parts seem very tough. I will be measuring and documenting this install so we can have a base line for this Lift on a stock JKU sport.

Thanks everyone, pretty excited.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:02 AM   #2
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Looks great, luv to know how much lift you net out of this?

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Can't wait to see pics.

I like their new setup
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:53 AM   #4
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Those are true dual rate springs. Your overall ride quality should be very nice and not harsh. Looks like a nice kit.
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Looks great.

What is that at the bottom of the coils? Is that a rear trackbar relocation bracket?
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:16 AM   #6
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Kramer,

yeah, thats their rear trackbar relocation bracket or tower
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Please let us know what you think. We always like to hear feedback on our kits.
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Only thing I don't like .. Is the gold color

Need to change that MC

Welcome here BTW. I would seriously consider the MC kit if I was starting off.
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i personally like that gold color.

so :finger:
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:18 AM   #10
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What's the cost on one of those lifts?
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This version of the Kit is $1499.
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The gold is a zinc coating so that they don't rust. They can be painted over if you really wanted to but everyone love Gold.
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I would paint them red so peeps think I have a Rancho or skyjacker lift lol
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I'm new and still waiting for another month for my Jeep. After lots of research online I ordered the gamechanger 3.5" from Metalcloak. I wanted bigger tires then realized I needed to get this and that to compensate for everything. I seen the bent joints on some brands of lifts. Liked the on road and high speed capabilities of this MC lift according to all the YouTube videos. I watched them all like the Terraflex guy is good. But I ended up going for a full package that included everything upper and lower adjustable control arms etc. along with those special looking shocks! HeHe I like the way thy look in the videos. So far I have a set of lights and 36" tires on black rims. They were only 5" back space so I ordered .75" hubcentric spacers to fit tires with lift. Sleeves gussets balljoints warn 9.0RC MC stubby. HiD's +LED back up light. Now I'm wondering about fitting the spare and the correct bump stops for the stock fenders. Jeep won't be here for another 4.5 weeks they estimate. I've been ordering stuff for 6 weeks. I can't afford to wait any longer. haha
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^ Sounds like you're going to have a badass setup. Looking forward to seeing it.
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I'm new and still waiting for another month for my Jeep. After lots of research online I ordered the gamechanger 3.5" from Metalcloak. I wanted bigger tires then realized I needed to get this and that to compensate for everything. I seen the bent joints on some brands of lifts. Liked the on road and high speed capabilities of this MC lift according to all the YouTube videos. I watched them all like the Terraflex guy is good. But I ended up going for a full package that included everything upper and lower adjustable control arms etc. along with those special looking shocks! HeHe I like the way thy look in the videos. So far I have a set of lights and 36" tires on black rims. They were only 5" back space so I ordered .75" hubcentric spacers to fit tires with lift. Sleeves gussets balljoints warn 9.0RC MC stubby. HiD's +LED back up light. Now I'm wondering about fitting the spare and the correct bump stops for the stock fenders. Jeep won't be here for another 4.5 weeks they estimate. I've been ordering stuff for 6 weeks. I can't afford to wait any longer. haha

You are going to have your kit way before your jeep. You might just have to drive that car some more.
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Hi everyone,

I will take a lot of pics as I install the lift and the results. Still need a few little things like a Procal, and an exhaust spacer, Bolt kit etc. Decided on machined rugged Ridge rims with the black rim protectors and Toyo 295/70/17 Toyo MT's.

Thanks Will, I will let you guys know how it all goes. Thank you for being so prompt with the email replies too. I will probably have more questions as I flesh out my build.

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I too installed a MetalCloak lift, I went with the 2.5" Game Changer lite. The instructions were crap (and incomplete) but the hardware is great and it rides really nice. I have a few pictures in my build thread if you'd like to reference them.

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Looking forward to the pics as well. Starting to do some research on lift kits. I will keep this one in mind.
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I too installed a MetalCloak lift, I went with the 2.5" Game Changer lite. The instructions were crap (and incomplete) but the hardware is great and it rides really nice. I have a few pictures in my build thread if you'd like to reference them.

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Hi Combatchuk, had a quick look at your thread, it looks awesome. Did the kit ship with the LT or the Mid travel front shocks. Either way, it looks like you have a heap of bump stop up front, that you may not need for shocks alone, as both have a pretty short compressed length compared to other shocks.
Can you throw a tape measure over it, centre or bottom lip of rim of rim to flare or something, so we get an idea of the actual height.

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/com...ad-182132.html
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Here are some pics of me wheeling in Uwharrie. The first few pics are before and afters. I had MetalCloak control arms with stock springs and shocks (Rubicon) with a TF BB. The after pics are with MetalCloak 2.5 in springs (I gained 3 inches of lift) paired with Bilstein 5100s 16" / 27" front, 15" / 25" in back.

This set up improved my ride drastically, on and off road. On road the suspension absorbs impacts smoothly, while keeping the Jeep well centered. I can actually take 35 MPH curves at about 50MPH now. Off road the Jeep flexes smoothly, out to 2-3 inches more than my previous setup. The Jeep also stays nice and level when off camber, without that "tipsy" feeling I used to get. I could also drive over the terrain at a faster pace, as the suspension kept the bump stops from bottoming out no matter what I threw at them.

Mat, I tried tagging y'all on FB to no avail, so here they are on the forum. Awesome product! I'm very satisfied.

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Here are some pics of me wheeling in Uwharrie. The first few pics are before and afters. I had MetalCloak control arms with stock springs and shocks (Rubicon) with a TF BB. The after pics are with MetalCloak 2.5 in springs (I gained 3 inches of lift) paired with Bilstein 5100s 16" / 27" front, 15" / 25" in back.

This set up improved my ride drastically, on and off road. On road the suspension absorbs impacts smoothly, while keeping the Jeep well centered. I can actually take 35 MPH curves at about 50MPH now. Off road the Jeep flexes smoothly, out to 2-3 inches more than my previous setup. The Jeep also stays nice and level when off camber, without that "tipsy" feeling I used to get. I could also drive over the terrain at a faster pace, as the suspension kept the bump stops from bottoming out no matter what I threw at them.

Mat, I tried tagging y'all on FB to no avail, so here they are on the forum. Awesome product! I'm very satisfied.
Well they posted out of order. Just compare front and rear flex by noting the sway bar links in front and the brake lines in back. Don't worry, that rear brake line is not taught, although it looks really bad!
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Here are some pics of me wheeling in Uwharrie. The first few pics are before and afters. I had MetalCloak control arms with stock springs and shocks (Rubicon) with a TF BB. The after pics are with MetalCloak 2.5 in springs (I gained 3 inches of lift) paired with Bilstein 5100s 16" / 27" front, 15" / 25" in back.
Do you have any pictures on flat ground from the side?
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Driveway slants slightly toward rear. Also that's with Trail Mods removable flares-removed.

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Hi Combatchuk, had a quick look at your thread, it looks awesome. Did the kit ship with the LT or the Mid travel front shocks. Either way, it looks like you have a heap of bump stop up front, that you may not need for shocks alone, as both have a pretty short compressed length compared to other shocks.
Can you throw a tape measure over it, centre or bottom lip of rim of rim to flare or something, so we get an idea of the actual height.

The bump stops are adjustable from 1-4" depending on the shocks and the tire to fender clearance. We do you the long travel OME shocks in our kit.
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We do have the long travel OME shocks in our kit.
I absolutely love these shocks. Had to go through 2 different coil mfg's just to have them properly set up/used.
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Hi Combatchuk, had a quick look at your thread, it looks awesome. Did the kit ship with the LT or the Mid travel front shocks. Either way, it looks like you have a heap of bump stop up front, that you may not need for shocks alone, as both have a pretty short compressed length compared to other shocks.
Can you throw a tape measure over it, centre or bottom lip of rim of rim to flare or something, so we get an idea of the actual height.
They were the long travel OME shocks, they ride great. I've been impressed by the driveability of this lift kit. A buddy of mine has a 2012 Sport and says my Jeep rides better than his stock one. Flexes great and no squeaks or issues since installation!

I ended up taking out the rear bumps tops and going with two hockey pucks up front, and so far so good.

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