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Old 07-27-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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Metal Cloak 3.5" lift 'game changer' 6 pak edition

Finally decide to starts saving for a lift for my '08 JKU. I've been looking around and I really like the Metal Cloak 3.5". Before spending $4,000 I want to know what everyone's opinions are. Let me know the pros and cons of the system. Thanks!

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Old 07-28-2014, 02:22 PM   #2
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I am really happy with mine, you need to go with different fenders if you are going to utilize all of the up travel you get with the 6-pak shocks
Ride is great on and off road.
No cons so far with mine

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Metal cloak is top notch. You won't find many complaints.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:51 PM   #4
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Have the 3.5 ARB version and love it also.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:04 PM   #5
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The lift kit is a great choice but get the one with out the shocks. They are unnecessarily complex with a lot of moving parts that can fail and don't provide better performance than high end shocks from Fox or King.

For $4K you are entering the price range of coilovers.
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The lift kit is a great choice but get the one with out the shocks. They are unnecessarily complex with a lot of moving parts that can fail and don't provide better performance than high end shocks from Fox or King. For $4K you are entering the price range of coilovers.
The 6pacs are not the only option. He can save a great deal of money going with the OME shocks.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:53 PM   #7
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I have that lift minus the shocks, went with Rancho 9000's and I am very happy with it. Excellent driving manners and a high quality suspension.
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The lift kit is a great choice but get the one with out the shocks. They are unnecessarily complex with a lot of moving parts that can fail and don't provide better performance than high end shocks from Fox or King.

For $4K you are entering the price range of coilovers.
6Pak shocks provide ALL the travel of a coil-over however they mount in the factory locations so there is no cutting or fabricating weld on brackets... they are also already tuned to the MetalCloak dual rate coil springs (love these springs!). The extra parts and pieces of the shocks are only because each location is 4 (mini sized) resi shocks on each corner. The travel these shocks give for both up and down is amazing! I have had these shocks installed on my Jeep Comanche for 3 years now and have 0 issues. Just wanted to post my experience and give my .02
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:37 AM   #9
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P.S. OME would be my choice if looking for the affordable option
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:12 PM   #10
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6Pak shocks provide ALL the travel of a coil-over however they mount in the factory locations so there is no cutting or fabricating weld on brackets... they are also already tuned to the MetalCloak dual rate coil springs (love these springs!). The extra parts and pieces of the shocks are only because each location is 4 (mini sized) resi shocks on each corner. The travel these shocks give for both up and down is amazing! I have had these shocks installed on my Jeep Comanche for 3 years now and have 0 issues. Just wanted to post my experience and give my .02
Somewhere I read that the 6 pak shocks require periodic maintenance. Can you tell us what is required and how often? Thanks.
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The 6pacs are not the only option. He can save a great deal of money going with the OME shocks.
I agree 100% but the title of the thread says 6-pak. IMO, lift like that (price range) deserves better shocks than OME.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:21 PM   #12
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We have this lift on out 2012 2 door and it work very well. Expensive, maybe but trust me, you CAN't get coil overs for $4000!!!!! We run only 2" bump-stops front and back with 35" tires and Bushwacker flat fenders. The shocks can do 1" of bump-stop, but that will require some cutting and grinding.

You will need to do some cutting and grinding to install the lift. Even though the shocks mount in the stock locations, you need to cut off the bottom of the rear shock mounts and do some cutting in the front to make the shocks work. Look at their installation video.

I am happy with it and so far it works well, They do recommend that you check the pressure in the shocks every 6 months. No big deal.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:54 AM   #13
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I run the 3.5" lift with OME shocks - but I chose to keep my stock flares. I ended up needing a 1.25" body lift and adding 1" spring spacers all around to make that work without having my tires pop the flares out when off-roading.

Regardless, I do love the lift and it rides really smoothly.
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I run the 3.5" lift with OME shocks - but I chose to keep my stock flares. I ended up needing a 1.25" body lift and adding 1" spring spacers all around to make that work without having my tires pop the flares out when off-roading.

Regardless, I do love the lift and it rides really smoothly.
How much bump stop are you running, and what size tires?
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:12 PM   #15
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You need to get the shocks rebuilt every 25k miles but it is only $75 a shock
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:53 AM   #16
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You need to get the shocks rebuilt every 25k miles but it is only $75 a shock
Who told you they need to be rebuilt every 25000 miles??? MetalCloak told me to check the pressure every 6 months and that a rebuilt is only due if the fail or start to leak.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #17
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I was told by metalcloak that at 25k miles I would need to send them in and to the tune of $75 a pice, they would recharge it, put new oil in, new gaskets and possibly do any updates on them.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:16 PM   #18
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Interesting, I got my lift 2 months ago and they said nothing like that. I guess time will tell.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:09 PM   #19
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Hopefully they are around in 25,50,100+k miles to do a rebuild. This is one area where simplicity is nice!
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:51 PM   #20
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I am at 11k miles on them now and they still seem great. I think MC will still be around when I hit 25k and I don't think that they are the only people who can rebuild shocks
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I went with M/C lift, less the 6 packs, went with the OME shocks...1.5 years and lots of trails..every 6 months or so ck the controls for proper torque specs..no complaints on this end.
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I was told by metalcloak that at 25k miles I would need to send them in and to the tune of $75 a pice, they would recharge it, put new oil in, new gaskets and possibly do any updates on them.
I'm a 6 Pak owner. There is not a maintenance plan determined by mileage for these shocks.

Basic rule of thumb is if you don't see oil leakage and your ride height and comfort level hasn't changed you are good to go. If you have access to nitrogen maybe check every 4-6 months for peace of mind. I have a nitrogen bottle and zero loss pressure checker so I can do my own pressurization.
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I've been running 6Paks on my JK since Fall 2013. I really like them and they do give a great street, trail, and crawling ride. While the 6Paks haven't been without their challenges Metal Cloak customer support is very good and they stand behind their product. For the value, you could get a less expensive shock and be happy with it but if you have the budget and want to try something different I do recommend them. You are going to get a lot of travel and lose 3" of lower shock mount drag in the rear. Lastly, I do like the redundancy of the 6Pak. You can lose pressure in the one of the chambers and still go out and wheel. I'm speaking from experience on that one. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:35 AM   #24
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I installed the 3.5 ARB w/ OME shocks. On road manners are better than factory and it's a beast offroad.
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I was going to get the OME package but the Dealer made me a package deal with a bunch of other work and I bit the bullet and got the 6 Pack Shocks.

After getting it back I took it on trails I had been on before to check the ride and handling. It became a whole different Jeep, held the line in the corners where it would try to wash out before, smooth as silk over the brake chattered road surface.
And "Flexy" very Flexy...I'm very glad I went with the Six Pack.
Don't get them if you don't like showing your jeep out, they are people magnets, everyone wants to look at them and tell you how cool they look...

And BTW...I'm running 37's with stock fenders right now, I have a set of MC's but I haven't put them on yet. I kind of like being a sleeper

AND...I have never heard anything about rebuilding after 25k miles and i was constantly calling Will and Eric to bother them with more questions..That sounds like an internet rumor started by some competition to cast doubt to me.
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I was going to get the OME package but the Dealer made me a package deal with a bunch of other work and I bit the bullet and got the 6 Pack Shocks. After getting it back I took it on trails I had been on before to check the ride and handling. It became a whole different Jeep, held the line in the corners where it would try to wash out before, smooth as silk over the brake chattered road surface. And "Flexy" very Flexy...I'm very glad I went with the Six Pack. Don't get them if you don't like showing your jeep out, they are people magnets, everyone wants to look at them and tell you how cool they look... And BTW...I'm running 37's with stock fenders right now, I have a set of MC's but I haven't put them on yet. I kind of like being a sleeper AND...I have never heard anything about rebuilding after 25k miles and i was constantly calling Will and Eric to bother them with more questions..That sounds like an internet rumor started by some competition to cast doubt to me.
That was no rumor. That is what I was told by will when I bought them. Granted I bought them well over a year ago
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I am at 11k miles on them now and they still seem great. I think MC will still be around when I hit 25k and I don't think that they are the only people who can rebuild shocks
I'd say for the 6Pacs they are the only ones I'd trust to rebuild. MC has made some seal improvements to the 6Pacs. Those are installed during a shock rebuild.
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I'm a 6 Pak owner. There is not a maintenance plan determined by mileage for these shocks.

Basic rule of thumb is if you don't see oil leakage and your ride height and comfort level hasn't changed you are good to go. If you have access to nitrogen maybe check every 4-6 months for peace of mind. I have a nitrogen bottle and zero loss pressure checker so I can do my own pressurization.
What fill kit and pressure checker do you have? I'm looking to get something reliable as I pulled the shocks off last time to get them filled. My understanding is I can fill them on the jeep if it is jacked up with shocks fully extended. I didn't PM you as I thought this info would contribute to the OPs question.
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What fill kit and pressure checker do you have? I'm looking to get something reliable as I pulled the shocks off last time to get them filled. My understanding is I can fill them on the jeep if it is jacked up with shocks fully extended. I didn't PM you as I thought this info would contribute to the OPs question.
I was a mountain biker before I got into wheeling so I had a Prestacycle nitrogen tank that I used for my bike stuff gathering dust. I use a Buzzy's Pollinator Shock Pump to check the pressure. I forget what MC said they use. Just know that even with zero loss gauges they will cause the loss of some nitrogen in order to pressurize the gauge. In my case, 1.5 psi. I have a Kobalt clip-on style air gauge attached to my bottle that I use to fill with. It loses maybe 5 psi. I factor that in when topping off. Desired pressure is 150 psi top and bottom last time I spoke to MC. The 6Paks are not designed to be performance tunable by playing with pressures, BTW. Lastly, don't feel that you have to run out right away and check pressure. I've sheared the lower Shrader valve off on a rock during a careless backup and wheeled for days before my wife pointed it out.

Correct, you don't have to pull the shocks off to check pressure. Just make sure the shocks are fully extended. If goes without saying but be safe when lifting. You'll have so much travel :-) it takes a lot to get them fully extended. Hope this helps.

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