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Old 03-18-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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MetalCloak 3.5 lift, 37" tires, and stock fenders on.

So, I finally got this done over the weekend with the help of the Warner Robins Jeep Club. The lift took a day, and the tweaking took another day and a half as I drove around feeling it out. Overall, very pleased with the outcome - the look anyway. Now I need to figure out if I want to sacrifice looks for flex.

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Almost finished on 35s.


Trimming the pinch seam.


37s mounted. They're as heavy as boulders so it was a bit hard to put on the Jeep.


Wheel comparison. 35s vs. 37s


Done.


Front shot


Flex test.


Oops.


Finished on day 3 and after a night wheeling.

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damn that thing is a beast what are you going to do about the flex and did you do sye and all that

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Looks badass!! I love to see a sawzall out when an installation happens.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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damn that thing is a beast what are you going to do about the flex and did you do sye and all that
Thanks. We haven't touched the drive shaft yet. I'm still trying to get used to the feel of it on the road.

We did add some exhaust extensions for now. Trying to decide between Tom Woods and Krawl Off-road's new DS options.
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So, I finally got this done over the weekend with the help of the Warner Robins Jeep Club. The lift took a day, and the tweaking took another day and a half as I drove around feeling it out. Overall, very pleased with the outcome - the look anyway. Now I need to figure out if I want to sacrifice looks for flex.

Pics from day one.

Almost finished on 35s.

Trimming the pinch seam.

37s mounted. They're as heavy as boulders so it was a bit hard to put on the Jeep.

Wheel comparison. 35s vs. 37s

Done.

Front shot

Flex test.

Oops.

Finished on day 3 and after a night wheeling.
Looks good !!
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:18 PM   #6
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Damn! Those wheel wells are stuffed. Did you get bump stop extensions?
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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Now I need to figure out if I want to sacrifice looks for flex.
No no no, need to figure out most aesthetic way to gain flex. Must have flex.

Jeep looks awesome. If we don't ride soon, need to meet up for lunch. Need to check this out in person. Cool that you got the help to do this yourself.

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Nice. Who's that jerk taking a sawzall to your jeep
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Nice. Who's that jerk taking a sawzall to your jeep
I was gonna ask that too but he looks kinda mean, and like he is taking out some frustration or something.
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Nice. Who's that jerk taking a sawzall to your jeep
It's always a party when there's one Involved. There one thing I didn't see was any beer laying around so it probably stayed tame.
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Heh. We kept those in the garage and out of the Sun. No beer = no fuel for these guys.
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Damn! Those wheel wells are stuffed. Did you get bump stop extensions?
Yeah, the kit came with some... In the rear are 4" bump stops and the front were choices of 1 through 4" with hockey pucks. 4 was too many, 1 apparently is just shy of enough. I'm trying to find the will to put in another one but it's a lot of heavy lifting/torquing.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #13
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No no no, need to figure out most aesthetic way to gain flex. Must have flex.

Jeep looks awesome. If we don't ride soon, need to meet up for lunch. Need to check this out in person. Cool that you got the help to do this yourself.

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Yeah, definitely on lunch, coffee or whatever. Need to figure out the rubs before I hit the hard trails.

I would say I was extremely lucky to get help on this. Very few shops around here are familiar with MC stuff.
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Every good suspension mod should include a sawzall.....
Pichwelds, seams, old control arm mounts and eventually 3/4 link set ups and coilovers.


Wanna avoid the sawzall then budget lift and stay on road.....

Looks good btw like the lift....
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Wow that thing is a beast man.....outstanding!
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Looks good. Hows hiway handling?
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I was gonna ask that too but he looks kinda mean, and like he is taking out some frustration or something.
Good call I'd just finished chopping the other side and while I was doing that the blade caught and the sawzall spartan kicked me in the chest..... I was frustrated. Those were easy the damn rear shock mounts were the pain
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Every good suspension mod should include a sawzall.....
Pichwelds, seams, old control arm mounts and eventually 3/4 link set ups and coilovers.

Wanna avoid the sawzall then budget lift and stay on road.....

Looks good btw like the lift....
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Looks good. Hows hiway handling?
Heh. Highway handling is decent... it seems like I have to fight it a tad bit and I'm dragging balls and chains behind me. Going to get it aligned this weekend to see if a part of that improves. I love the look but it does feel like I'm riding a fat/lazy hog now.
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One word, it's plural though..........gears............or wait was it money ........same same I guess......... Never ending........
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and thanks!

Thanks!

Heh. Highway handling is decent... it seems like I have to fight it a tad bit and I'm dragging balls and chains behind me. Going to get it aligned this weekend to see if a part of that improves. I love the look but it does feel like I'm riding a fat/lazy hog now.
The alignment will help tremendously.
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Here's 12+ hours of work compressed into a few minutes.

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Looks good can't wait to see it.
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Looks great!!! I too, cannot wait to see it in person.
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Ted - serious question: How'd you get the spare tire onto the carrier? I could barely lift mine a couple of inches to go onto the axles. I feel pretty small (and exhausted) right now.
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You should check into one of those electric lifts people use to lift their little electric carts into their truck or on to the carrier on the back of their car!

Actually, maybe not that funny .
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Heh. Maybe I'll setup a winch pulley system in the garage w/ snatch blocks.

Wish I was kidding...
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Did you put the 37's on stock wheels?
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No, I don't think stock rims are wide enough for 37's.

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Especially when they are 13.5" wide .
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No, I don't think stock rims are wide enough for 37's.
Okay. Did you sell stockers? I'm thinking about doing 17" rims with 33' instead of my 15"' with 35's. trying to avoid regear right away.

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