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Old 02-09-2014, 09:53 PM   #31
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subscribed! this is basically what i am planning: mc lift, mc fenders, mc bumpers ... once you find that brand, stick with em!

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Old 02-10-2014, 08:43 AM   #32
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subscribed! this is basically what i am planning: mc lift, mc fenders, mc bumpers ... once you find that brand, stick with em!
Feel free to share any ideas/solutions or link to existing solutions others may have come up with (e.g. LED light for corner marker). I hope to post some info soon on how I went about prep and painting the fenders.

Also I'm going with the full Metalcloak Game-Changer 3.5 inch lift! Hope to get some pics and info up when that happens! Terribly excited to get that going.

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are you planning on doing any sliders? a 2 door with 37s and 3.5" lift may not need them hah! jk
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are you planning on doing any sliders? a 2 door with 37s and 3.5" lift may not need them hah! jk
Good question and I really don't know. I feel many of the sliders available are downright garish and like you mention, maybe not AS necessary on a 2 door with 37s? I welcome opinions on this.

I have the OEM Rubicon rails and they aren't bad looking and are functional. I've sat my jeep down on them a couple times and they held up, but then again, I didn't fall far.

If I do get something aftermarket, I need to insure they will integrate functionally and aesthetically with the Metalcloak Overline tube fenders and flares. With the way the exoskin mounts in the rear and tube fender mounts in the front, I have to consider how a slider would mount. It probably means I can't get something high profile as the fender lines are close to the body at the mounts, front and rear.

I plan to first finish the tube fender install when they come back from paint/finishing. I will then modify the stock rails as necessary to re-install, get them on, then start searching for the right product. I plan to do some forum searching for pics and opinions before deciding as WF members have tried/used a ton of products.
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well, MC makes some great sliders too that will carry your fender lines all the way through. and since you are comfortable doing rivets, they have the body armor as well.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:25 AM   #36
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The turn signals are in the front grill. I haven't relocated the marker lamps ias of yet, but I have seen a few ingenious solutions like using an LED light behind the Metalcloak "M" in the grill, or using a small LED on the side of the body.

There is also this hole that exists to access a bolt that could potentially be used for a small LED marker?
Sorry Terminology. Thanks for the info.
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well, MC makes some great sliders too that will carry your fender lines all the way through. and since you are comfortable doing rivets, they have the body armor as well.
Yeah, Metalcloak sliders are pretty bad@ss and they integrate perfectly with the fenders. But..I'm still not 100% convinced I need them yet. I have already decided to go with the metalcloak exoskin armor in the rear.

I hope to upgrade to their rear Exocorners with LED tail lighting as they integrate into the rear exoskin and continue the protection around the rear. Just need to move my project along a bit first. Its hard not to let a build snowball out of control!
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great build. Are you sure you want to go with a 3.5" lift? When i talked to them and another high-end lift company they both suggested the 2.5" lift for 37s with flat fenders (whether metalcloaks or not). And this is also for a 4 door, which makes me think that the 2.5 would really work great for your two door.
Your jeep looks great, and definitely a good direction for the build. Cant wait to see more! MC makes some truly bada** stuff.
The more i see those fenders the more I like them. I think if cutting the stock fenders doesnt come out good on my rubi, ill probably go with those as they seem to provide a lot more support than the ACE fenders. I'm still leery of body damage from any steel/metal fender
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great build. Are you sure you want to go with a 3.5" lift? When i talked to them and another high-end lift company they both suggested the 2.5" lift for 37s with flat fenders (whether metalcloaks or not). And this is also for a 4 door, which makes me think that the 2.5 would really work great for your two door.
Your jeep looks great, and definitely a good direction for the build. Cant wait to see more! MC makes some truly bada** stuff.
The more i see those fenders the more I like them. I think if cutting the stock fenders doesnt come out good on my rubi, ill probably go with those as they seem to provide a lot more support than the ACE fenders. I'm still leery of body damage from any steel/metal fender
Well I'm a bit committed to the 3.5 lift now, but yes, I'm fairly sure I want to. Pieface (who has been doing the supercharger testing) has a RK 2.5 lift and the down travel is ridiculous. So I have no doubt you're correct about the 2.5 Gamechanger being a viable option.

I'm hoping since I'm hardtopped and plan to stick a 37 on the back as a spare (lose .5 inch or so), have a winch bumper, steel fenders, exoskin, etc, that I"ll settle down to a good height. If that somehow didn't work out, I'd just get the necessary parts to make the switch. BUT..I think i'll be ok. We'll see how it goes and I plan on posting most everything here.
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Well I'm a bit committed to the 3.5 lift now, but yes, I'm fairly sure I want to. Pieface (who has been doing the supercharger testing) has a RK 2.5 lift and the down travel is ridiculous. So I have no doubt you're correct about the 2.5 Gamechanger being a viable option.

I'm hoping since I'm hardtopped and plan to stick a 37 on the back as a spare (lose .5 inch or so), have a winch bumper, steel fenders, exoskin, etc, that I"ll settle down to a good height. If that somehow didn't work out, I'd just get the necessary parts to make the switch. BUT..I think i'll be ok. We'll see how it goes and I plan on posting most everything here.
Jesse's Girl is lighter than Black Betty to start with,

But here is the overall on weight, -

Betty's Flares are lighter, and she has no exterior steel armor, (like Jesse's Girl's rear quarter panels)

I think Jesse's Girl and Betty are about a wash on the front bumper, Yours is light, but larger, mine is heavier, but smaller, both have winches.

Rear bumpers should be about a wash also, and I have the teraflex carrier, JG will also have that...eventually.

I think the weight will be very close to even as i have either the same or lighter components, on the heavier base truck.

LIFT - I pretty sure JG will be the taller truck when its all over. HOWEVER Metalcloack hangs their hat on up travel more than any other manufacturer, so where my Coiled over RK 2.5 xfactor will probably droop further, the gamechanger will probably have more up travel with their shocks and flares installed.

3.5 is plenty of lift for a 2 door with those flares to fit 37s........we may have to put 40s in there......

A 2.5 Gamchanger will surely fit 37s with metal cloak flares

and...we'll have to find some forklifts and twist them out side by side to see who's the champ with flex. Although, they are really not apples to apples, it will still be fun.
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Good deal, looks like yall both have done more than enough research. I just thought i'd ask just in case. You see too many threads about people asking if they need 4-6" for 35s. And admittedly it took me a while to believe that only 2.5" with flats would allow for 37s.
Pieface, ive seen a lot of your videos on the RK lift. I went with the 2.5 flex and will build my way up to the x-factor. If money were no object, or at least less of one, i would have gone with MC but i think the RK will fit my needs more than adequately.
But back on track, i look forward to seeing your build all the way through, great start so far. Do you have a picture, at a distance, of the front fenders without the flare attached? I am thinking about ordering these but may not have the $ for the extended flare part from the start. (legal in Texas, no fender laws from what ive read)
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Do you have a picture, at a distance, of the front fenders without the flare attached? I am thinking about ordering these but may not have the $ for the extended flare part from the start. (legal in Texas, no fender laws from what ive read)
I don't really have a "distance" picture yet. Here is a pic of the flare that gives some perspective of tire coverage with stock 32s. I'll 100% get a pic up when the painted fenders go on.





Versus with flare on:



You can see it in the second picture that the tube fender doesn't parallel the body.There is a bit of front tire area coverage with the tube fender and very little as the tube fender heads towards the driver door. The tube stays close to the body there.

Also, its safe to say that the flare provides more coverage towards the rear of the vehicle than it does at the very front..which makes sense. You won't be throwing mud forward as often as backwards.
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overline WITH the flair is pretty expensive IMO when the overland is almost the same thing minus a bit of clearance. your going for the gold and doing it right though with 6 pack shocks, overline, and 37s. ill be curious to see if that extra clearance really comes into play or would the overland been plenty.
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overline WITH the flair is pretty expensive IMO when the overland is almost the same thing minus a bit of clearance. your going for the gold and doing it right though with 6 pack shocks, overline, and 37s. ill be curious to see if that extra clearance really comes into play or would the overland been plenty.
I would tend to agree with you with this caveat. Do note that Metalcloak's gamechanger offers uptravel beyond any other lift system. Thats why they had to design the 6 pack shock they way they went about it.

Without the gamechanger, I'd probably go with the overlands, but I want all of that advertised up travel. How about once I get the lift on, I'll take a picture showing where the tire WOULD have hit the fender support had I not used the overlines?

As part of the install I cut mine off, but I can mock something up with the old parts.
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Pieface, ive seen a lot of your videos on the RK lift. I went with the 2.5 flex and will build my way up to the x-factor. If money were no object, or at least less of one, i would have gone with MC but i think the RK will fit my needs more than adequately.
I dont think any of us will get to the limits of either kit. Eitherway, there is nowhere you cant go.
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I spent some time conversing with the paint shop about how I wanted to finish my fenders color-matched to my Jeep and that wasn't a problem. Apparently there are a couple ways to finish the same paint code on my vehicle. I took off the cover for the windshield gap and gave it to them as a reference, no biggie.

The shop then suggested that, because these may get scratched up in every day use, that I should consider a light powdercoat against the raw metal, then prep for painting and then the normal base/clear process.

The concept is first, that it evens out an imperfections quickly and second, that if i get a scratch, it won't be down to primer/base or metal (think corrosion). Instead, a scratch of the painted surface would yield a much more durable powdercoated surface and less susceptibility. Also, the powder would serve as a semi textured finish for the fenders.

Why not!

Bare metal prepped and powder coat finished.



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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Nice work!!
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Prepped the powder coat for paint, base coat sprayed and drying.





All parts ready for clear coat.

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Prepped the powder coat for paint, base coat sprayed and drying.





All parts ready for clear coat.

Very cool to watch this build, thanks for sharing in such detail!
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Very cool to watch this build, thanks for sharing in such detail!
Thanks for the support and letting me know. I've been reading Peterson's and other 4wd magazines since I was 10 years old and starting from age 14, my first three vehicles were old CJs. I'm finally doing my dream build 20 years later and want to share it in hope that some piece or part of the thread gets someone motivated or excited to do their own build.

Also maybe by sharing things in detail, I can answer some questions, generate some good conversation, and give back to the community that I have enjoyed for a long time!

I'm working on step-by-step videos for installing these parts as I go along. They'll get slapped up on youtube. Maybe those will help folks as well.
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I've been working to get ready for the second portion of my overline fender install. While the stock plastic fender liner can be trimmed and reused, Metalcloak offers replacement fender liners in aluminum. As far as I know they are the only folks doing/offering this, making it a pretty unique product.

Metalcloak has the best picture showing where the three piece set installs.



I got mine in raw aluminum, but i think i'd order them powder coated if I did it again. The fit finish is on par with all the other Metalcloak products.





I basically ended up powdering them a matte black much like the texture of the OEM bumpers.

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Prepped the powder coat for paint, base coat sprayed and drying.





All parts ready for clear coat.

It would look pretty cool if you kept the MC a matte finish which would look killer contrasting with the cleared body...
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It would look pretty cool if you kept the MC a matte finish which would look killer contrasting with the cleared body...
You know..it probably would look good. I was actually first hoping to simply powder coat the fenders the same color as the body..but the color matching was too hard. Ended up with the two step process of powder then paint.
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I can't wait to see how it turns out! I'm in love with your Jeep =)
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Clearcoat sprayed and everything together.



Cell phone pictures at night with bad lighting don't do them justice, but had to try to snap a picture. The finish is probably better than OEM. You would never even know they were powder coated first; they look phenomenal.

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Love it, lets get this thing together.
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Love it, lets get this thing together.
rzncain is sick of all the foreplay. LOL
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Those are gonna look sweet.

I know that Extreme Trailers in Cali does the same powdercoat first, then paint to their boat trailers. I own one that is 8 yrs old & it looks great.
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rzncain is sick of all the foreplay. LOL
Yeah, just put it in already.

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