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Old 12-11-2016, 03:47 PM
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Installing Metalcloak Gold Standard, Help Plz?

My friend and I started installing the Metalcloak Gold Standard 2.5" lift kit on my '16 JKU. We have been able to wing a bit of it since there doesn't seem to be an explicit set of instructions for this particular kit on their site.

We've been going a bit off videos of other Metalcloak installs and from the JK Duroflex Suspension instructions. We've also been consulting some write-ups from Project-JK, specifically how to align suspension.

Here's what we've done so far:
Jacked up onto 3ton stands and removed wheels
Disconnected drag link at axle
Unclipped brake line
Removed stock trackbar
Removed stock springs
Removed stock shocks
Removed stock swaybar links
Removed stock front upper control arms

Installed new front upper control arms @ 18.75"
Installed new springs and 4" bump stops
Installed new track bar

We're looking at the axle and it seems off-center. At what point should this be of concern (because I'm concerned now) and how do I re-center it? Do I wait until I've got the whole kit on front & back, then try to follow the write-ups on Project JK? It seems about a 1 inch towards the driver side.

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Old 12-11-2016, 03:53 PM   #2
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Front axle? Is your track bar adjustable, may need to lengthen shorten to center axle.

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Old 12-11-2016, 03:55 PM
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It's adjustable, but we're unsure exactly how to move the axle. From what we've been trying, it seems all we can do is adjust the trackbar to the length that it'll fit since the axle feels fixed in position. Are we doing something wrong? We've got the upper control arms installed at the moment.
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There's nothing to it, get the wheels back on and get it back on the ground if not already done. Just unbolt the trackbar from the axle and have a friend start the jeep and steer it left or right. The whole body will move. Adjust the trackbar and bolt it back on.
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when i put my track bar in, the axle was off to the passenger side a bit. i took a 2x4 and put it between the front of the passenger spindle and axle and had my dad turn the wheel to the left to pull the axle to the left so i could line up the track bar.
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What I did was take a rachet strap attached to the body and axle. Tighten it up until centered then adjusted and installed the trackbar.
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use the MC instructions for the game changer just omit the steps for the parts not in the gold standard kit.

http://www.armoredworks.com/metalclo...rt-Edition.pdf
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Once the coils are in everything else needs to be installed at ride height. Be sure to loosen all CA bolts and tighter after the jeep is back on the ground.
The front uppers will prob need to be installed less then 18.75 for proper caster.
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Thanks all! This has been taking me a while because I don't know what I'm doing and everytime I get to something that looks somewhat iffy, I pause and google. This helps a ton. Thanks!
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Haha, after this lift, my 3ton jack stands won't be so useful. My friend and I are so slow at this, but it's very fun Ó
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Haha, after this lift, my 3ton jack stands won't be so useful. My friend and I are so slow at this, but it's very fun
That's it! Keep it fun, take your time, and enjoy it. I did my Metalcloak lift alone and it took me 33.5 hours of work over a full week. There were no frustrations, just fun little challenges, clever solutions, and some great help from the experts on this forum. Most amazingly, I didn't even draw blood, smash, or bruise myself.
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That's it! Keep it fun, take your time, and enjoy it. I did my Metalcloak lift alone and it took me 33.5 hours of work over a full week. There were no frustrations, just fun little challenges, clever solutions, and some great help from the experts on this forum. Most amazingly, I didn't even draw blood, smash, or bruise myself.
It's been a blast. We aimed to start at 7am on Saturday, but only got the Jeep up on 4 stands by 3pm. On Sunday, we were fed, caffeinated, and started at a much better 10:30am.

We broke a torque wrench last night. I was using a 3/8" drive but I think I'll change to a 1/2" drive since that's the part that broke. We'll finish torquing the front later.

We began on the rear and suddenly realized that we have front lower control arms, not rear uppers. We were trying to figure out why our new "rear uppers" were almost double the length of the old rear uppers. After freaking out for 5 minutes, we checked the label on the box and discovered our error. So we're not as done with the front as we thought.

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