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Old 11-16-2019, 07:47 PM
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Metalcloak Rocker Guard Install Question/Problem

Iím in the middle of installing the MC rockers on my 06 TJ, I already have their rear fenders with mounting plate. Thereís two holes on the rocker that are supposed to line up with the rear mouthing plate, mine werenít and I figured it was an error on my part when installing the rear fender plate (too late at this point).



so I mocked it up and started drilling and installed the riv nuts...



then while under the jeep I noticed these tabs..I go back in the instructions and remembered something about the Rubicon having these tabs, my TJ is a sport so I didnít think anything of it Iím wondering if this is my issue? The rocker itself is just slightly Lower than the holes in the rear mounting plate...




And if it is the tabs I think Iím kind of screwed since I already drilled and installed the riv nuts...any thoughts ? I called Mc but they were closed as itís a Saturday, really regretting not waiting now...hoping the tabs donít actually make a difference...

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Sorry that I can't help, since I haven't started installing mine, yet. I have to wait for temps to warm up so I can paint all of it.

I will be watching this thread, and you get a solution soon.

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Old 11-17-2019, 08:02 AM
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Sorry that I can't help, since I haven't started installing mine, yet. I have to wait for temps to warm up so I can paint all of it.

I will be watching this thread, and you get a solution soon.


I would definitely suggest mocking it up and making the pilot holes before you paint it that way you donít have to worry about taping everything and messing up the finish on the rockers.


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I would definitely suggest mocking it up and making the pilot holes before you paint it that way you donít have to worry about taping everything and messing up the finish on the rockers.


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Good point, thanks for the tip. What did you use to paint your stuff?
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:57 PM
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I got mine second hand, they were blue, had a buddy use this textured paint/coating called Tex Coat/Chip Guard. It gives it a nice texture without being gritty like bed liner, he then hit it with black paint and clear (heís a car painter so Iím assuming automotive stuff. Tho if I were to do it again Iíd go with a flat clear mine are a bit glossy.


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Called metalcloak and they told me what I was kind of fearing that thereís no easy solution, going to cut off those stupid tabs and see where I am at alignment wise and go from there.


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For what it's worth, my 99 has the same tabs, so it's not a "Rubicon" thing. Sorry that you've had to go thru this, and I'll be sure and measure twice, so to speak.
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So a little update...unfortunately not good news...ugh...


First off I would NOT suggest using any kind of paint over the Tex Coat as its just peeling off at this point, super frustrating, I think Tex Coat on its own should hold up well or maybe with a clear over it....


Secondly make sure your Nut serts are seated fully! Apparently two of mine werent and now im stuck with the bolts halfway in and the nut serts spinning with the bolts...I've tried various speeds with different tools to no avail, I guess my only other option at this point is to drill out the bolts and hopefully tighten up the nut serts, any other recommendations ?


Oh, and I cut off the tabs and the holes still don't line up lol...I just cant win sometimes.
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Finally finished this nightmare of an install, ended up drilling out the nutserts and buying a tool off Amazon for around $40, seated the nutserts really good no way those things will spin now.


Drivers side was a little easier, decided to mock up where it was going and drilled the holes all the way up to the size before 3/8, took it off finished drilling and went to install the top bolts, found one of the nutserts was angled pretty good...took it back off drilled it out and installed one of the nutserts from the tool kit, which were longer and more stout. also had to ream one of the holes a bit for a better angle into the nutsert but the bigger hole is still covered by the bolt head. I then drilled the bottom holes while it was in place with no issue. Only thing is its almost impossible to get the supplied washers on there with the nut so many of them were left off for now. Also was able to drill out the metal behind where the rocker goes over the rear fender panel so atleast the holes are covered and secured.


A few small gaps between the body and rocker I intend to use some clear silicone to prevent water from getting trapped in there. Glad this project is over !

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