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Irongrave 08-12-2011 04:58 PM

Metalcloak fender install
 
I will keep this tread updated over the weekend as I install a set of Metal Cloak overline fenders on my YJ. If you guys have any questions or things you want me to try and answer ask away. I'll be doing a full write up after its all done.


First impressions.

These things are light. they feel very close to the same weight as the stock inner fenders. I did not get flairs with mine so those might add a little weight to them. but over all they are not going to weigh the front of your jeep down.

tmsjeep 08-13-2011 01:11 PM

Sounds good. I can't wait to see how they turn out. I have a set of the arched on my LJ and I love them. Supper easy to install and easy to remove the flares and repaint after a good weekend of wheeling in the rocks.

Why did you opt out of the flares at this point? The one trip I left mine in camp I clipped my rear corner on a rock. I use the flares to keep my body off the rocks and out of trees. They make a nice rub rail and I have not had any issues with damage or clearance on them.

1995yj318 08-13-2011 03:35 PM

Alright were have had enough suspense you can post some more now.

CT93YJ 08-13-2011 06:05 PM

I love my metalcloak fenders on my yj which fenders did you get? They are very well built and they are nice to keep the body away from trees on the trails

Irongrave 08-13-2011 07:03 PM

Sorry spend most of the day working on it. half the day was spend on the fenders about 5 hours for the install by myself including a lunch break and a few other projects up front. the rest was spent prepping the tub to get its cage next weekend.

I chose not to get the flairs because i dont need them. I like being able to see my tire when wheeling plus mine sees next to no street use so dont need them for the local LEOs.

I got mine in raw metal because I like quick touch ups from a rattle can and they were cheaper and shipped faster.


Step 1 was get them primed and test fit. I used a high build filler primer to make it a nice surface to work from. after a test fit I coated them in black hammered finish spray.

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I didnt take many pics during the install because I was working alone and forgot

Starting point before; big ugly stock fenders with 6in wide Zenon TJ style flairs (I hated the way the looked)
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As you can see the stock fenders and Zenons were very well abused so off they came

Irongrave 08-13-2011 07:15 PM

http://stillwater-photoworks.smugmug.../IMG6032-M.jpg

Tear down was simple just take your time and it all comes apart quickly, be sue to save all the bolts during tear down as you reused all the fender bolts and its nice to have the extras for other projects down the road.

I did need to make a few alterations to my rig to get the fenders to fit. My warn sliders are full lenght wheel well to wheel well. the Metalcloaks make the wheel wells bigger and come to a point at the tub. So out came the saw to cut off the extra part of the slider that would no longer work
http://stillwater-photoworks.smugmug.../IMG6026-M.jpg

Here is the finished product
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In the side shot you can really see how much room there is above the 33s and the fact that my wheel base is a little longer than stock :whistling:
http://stillwater-photoworks.smugmug...0/M/YJ-5-M.jpg


Over all these are some damn nice fenders and well worth the money. I gained about 4 inches of clearance over the stock fenders. Compared to the cost of a Highline kit these are a good value. The fit and finish was second to none. I've been build cars trucks and wheeling rigs seince high school and these were the best parts I've ever installed. Every thing fit like it should their directions were perfect when I needed them. Customer service has been outstanding from day one. If your on the fence about them I strongly urge you to get them.

IndyJeepMan 08-13-2011 07:31 PM

Night and day difference! Nice man, you have some room to extend those front shock towers ;)

Look into a few companies full corners with a flare to finish it off, Rokmen, Savvy, PSC, GenRight.

Or no flare :thumb:

Irongrave 08-13-2011 07:36 PM

Not sure what I'm doing out back yet. I need to set the wheel base and tires then I'll make that decision. I need a trailer and the girlfriend wants a ring so might need to take care of those before I do the rear

IndyJeepMan 08-13-2011 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Irongrave (Post 1467579)
Not sure what I'm doing out back yet. I need to set the wheel base and tires then I'll make that decision. I need a trailer and the girlfriend wants a ring so might need to take care of those before I do the rear

True, a rear stretch is always a good option but you'll want to get extended corners to make it look nice.

Irongrave 08-13-2011 08:01 PM

well its do I go with comp cuts or gen rights stretch kit with their gas tank. Its all reay got a 2in rear stretch in it now thinking about going to a 5in to get it closer to 100 (96 now)

2ManyHobbies 08-13-2011 11:52 PM

Wow, Im grabbing a pair of those for my YJ! They look great.

tmsjeep 08-14-2011 10:49 PM

Nice Job. They turned out very nice for sure. And 5hrs alone is a great time for the first install. Congrats on the upgrade. The Ring and Trailer sound like good things to do next. I have been married for 11yrs now and its a good thing. I bought a trailer after a jeep accident on the freeway returning from a jeep trip. I lost a track bar bolt and lost all control. 2 weeks later we trailered the jeep to the next trip. Enjoy the fenders.:thumb:


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