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Old 07-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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How do-able is the metalcloak gamechanger?

Bought the metalcloak gamechanger recently. I hear others say just to install a lift yourself but they are referring to other lifts.

This one seems very complex with a ton of components. I have never even changed a tire on my jeep let alone jack it up and work on it.

The only thing that is making me consider doing this is the $800-900 price tag for a shop to install it. Did anybody install this lift their selves?

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Old 07-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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Its not different from any other lift kit of the same price tag with same amount of upgraded components.

It is doable, you just need the proper socket sizes, wrenches, a torque wrench, tall jack stands, a floor jack that will reach the axle and lift it enough to then drop the suspension and fit coils.

It all falls down on tools you have available or willing to buy. You also need wrenching strength to torque the control arms and trackbar in an uncomfortable position.

It will probably take you like 8 hours or more, including breaks.

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Old 07-21-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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I did everything besides their six-pack shocks. I did use shock relocation brackets though. I am mechanical minded, but it was the biggest single project I have tackled. I started by removing the front d44 and taking it to a shop to have my artec truss kit welded on. I was then able to slap it all back together myself. Two jacks and 4 good jack stands (you want the extra tall ones 10K maybe?) and the right tools and you can do it. I did buy a dewalt 18v impact gun which made everything ALOT easier. When I ran into hiccups I just consulted the internet. I also did it in a garage and was able to leave it overnight so I didn't feel rushed. I recommend doing it yourself not because of the money you save, but because of what you learn. Replacing everything once gives you some time under the jeep, seeing what is what and how it works... Gave me a lot more confidence that I can fix something when I brake it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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If I do it myself, then should I take it in to a 4x4 shop to be aligned and have it checked over to make sure everything is torqued?
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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definitely, that will give you piece of mind that everything is right. suggestion; check with the shop you want to go to BEFORE do the install so they know what you want to do.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:46 PM   #7
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$800-$900 will buy a lot of tools.


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Old 08-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #8
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$800-$900 will buy a lot of tools.

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Go for it. Run into a snag ... Somebody here can help

Hardest part is going to be setting alignment and pinion angles w/ control arms.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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I didn't get the GameChanger but I have the Duroflex kit. I had every intention of doing it myself but asked for a shop recommendation and got one so I gave them a call. $400 to install and the decision was made for me. I love working on my rig but I just couldn't pass the deal up....best decision I ever made
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I wish you were by me. Cheapest i found was $640. I don't really want to mess with angles and everything else. I would rather have a pro install it so I can go back to them if anything happens. There are seemingly just too many parts for me to do it.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:22 PM   #11
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MC is just waiting on a trackbar and pair of control arms to come in before they ship, then I will have my lift. Can't wait!!!!

Planning on running 35's with cut fenders so pics and a review will be up after install
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:00 AM   #12
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You will absolutely love it!! The ride on road is amazing and the thing just eats stuff up on the trails! I felt the same way because i was nervous about the pinion angles, using a spring compressor, etc..best money i ever spent!
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Planning on running 35's with cut fenders so pics and a review will be up after install
Running this exact setup and it flexes like crazy!!! Hitting the rocks next weekend to really get it twisted!!
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I got my local Jeep club to help me with my install and it took us about a day and a half with the second day being adjustments and such. After 500 miles, we re-torqued everything to make sure everything is on good - and it has been amazing since then.

If you're not too mechanically minded, or have never tackled this before, I suggest you do the same. While the bolt on parts are pretty easy to figure out, it was nice to have someone more experienced tackle the brake lines, sawing (adding clearance to the rear, lower shock mounts) and hole drilling for me.

Here is the timelapse of our work.

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I'm in the same boat, I bought the Rock Krawler X Factor and just dont feel comfortable trying to tackle that in my garage myself. I'd rather pay a shop that is familiar with replacing all the control arms and getting everything done correctly.
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Sorry, I moved the video cause the last one was buggy.



As for finding a shop that knows MetalCloak... they're still relatively new and when I was shopping around not many shops have worked with their kits yet... even though replacing arms and stuff wasn't hard.

All-in-all, I'm glad we tackled it ourselves. I learned a ton that weekend and I'm now very comfortable crawling under the Jeep to check for things if for whatever reason something doesn't feel right.
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Awesome timelapse of a lift install. Love it!!

You know, an ND filter a little shutter drag would've added a little blur to the movement in the video. Sorry, couldn't resist the minor critique.
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I got my local Jeep club to help me with my install and it took us about a day and a half with the second day being adjustments and such. After 500 miles, we re-torqued everything to make sure everything is on good - and it has been amazing since then.

If you're not too mechanically minded, or have never tackled this before, I suggest you do the same. While the bolt on parts are pretty easy to figure out, it was nice to have someone more experienced tackle the brake lines, sawing (adding clearance to the rear, lower shock mounts) and hole drilling for me.

Here is the timelapse of our work.

I am not too mechanically inclined. And I am not a member of my local jeep club soooooo. I will probably be leaving this up to the experts so I can go back to them if anything is wrong but I will probably watch them for the most part.
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I am not too mechanically inclined. And I am not a member of my local jeep club soooooo. I will probably be leaving this up to the experts so I can go back to them if anything is wrong but I will probably watch them for the most part.
Post locally in regional. There's a lot of Florida jeepers.

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