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Old 08-07-2012, 11:17 PM
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metalcloak bumpers or?

I was looking at the metalcloak bumpers, had anyone used them? I want a new bumper without spending a lot of money, any thoughts? I was thinking about Building one

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Metal cloak is pretty nice cinsidering you can slowly get pieces, and you can use it from piece 1.

If you are going to build one, go to the metal yard and check prices, and for tools, unless you have one. A welder that will be good enough to build a bumper will cost you as much as your metalcloak bumper will. There is a guy I go to school with who has a metal cloak bumper, and it looks good, and he has used it to pull people and it holds up.

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I say go for it. THe nice thing about the frame built bumpers is you can customize them how you want. This is the bumper I have in mind for my Jeep:

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Do you they they would hold up well in a collision?
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You will not find a better quality than the products from MetalCloak. I have the front bumper w/ stinger, arched-tube fenders, rocker rails, and corner guards. They are a little pricier but it's so worth the extra money, you wont regret it.
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Do you they they would hold up well in a collision?
No, you build a Jeep to drive it, not crash it

In a collision, the LEAST of your worries should be a $300 bumper setup.
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Do you they they would hold up well in a collision?
I'll see if I can find some testimonials for you, but yes, unfortunately we have had customers involved with accidents that have "tested" our bumpers.

One for one, each customer raved that the other vehicle was damaged, and their bumper was barely scratched.

In one case, our friend Tim Carlson in SoCal lost his steering and veered of the Freeway at Speed hitting a 4x6 sign post with his bumper/stinger/grill guard combination. Barely a nick. The sign post was destroyed.

But, like I said, its not about taking my word for it, I'll see if any of the customers are on Wranglerforum to tell their own story.
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I just wanted to make sure it doesn't give, that's My only concern
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This is Tim from So Cal. I love my bumper.

I never though I would use the grill guard because I never planned on rolling over my jeep. I think I had the bumper on for about 2 weeks when I lost my steering and crashed into the street sign. The sign broke in 1/2 on the front stinger and folded into the grill guard hoop. The only damage I got on the jeep was a small scratch in the hood and a line where the metal part of the sign touched it. With my old bumper I think the sign would of broken in 1/2 on the stinger then the sign would of ended up in my radiator or windshield.

The bumper has seen places like the So Cal freeways, Hammers in Johnson Valley, Truck Haven in Salton Sea, Rubicon trail, Big Bear and lots more. It has lots of scratches but no major damage. I love the fact that I was able to custom make the bumper to fit my wheeling style. I have the 43" Crawler Caps and that combo with the arched fenders are perfect for my turning radius. If i just scratch the edge of the bumper on a rock or wall I know the fender will just clear also. I can not say enough about it and having it frame built style the winch is lower than most other bumpers for better air flow over the radiator.

I recommend this to any one. It is well worth the money.
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I have a Metalcloak front bumper, it is only the base with no add ons. I love it for a few reasons. The first one is the specs on it are very accurate. Second it is very stout and would most likely destroy anything that gets in it was. Third it will work as a winch plate for the front. 4th it has many options if you want to add your own stuff, I made a push bar for midget racecars that I can add or remove at anytime. Last but not least it has better clearence for wheeling.
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when you go to install it, make sure you give yourself lots of time....
helped a bud put one on his JK. biggest pain in nthe ass ever. at the time, the only instructions we could get was a sub par video on youtube. half the holes did not line up just right and took a little fighting. once it was on, it looked great and that thing is beefy as hell. it just took far to much work to install. I would imagine this could be the case with any modular bumper.

other than the install, it seems like a top notch product. metal cloak has some nice stuff out there(i personally look forward to getting to look at their new suspension kits)
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I'd get a suspension kit but they don't have them for the YJ so i'm gonna go with zone, but I think I will go with metal cloak, thanks y'all!
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I don't have their bumpers, but I have their fenders, flares and armor and let me tell you, they make a QUALITY product. If I didn't have such an amazing fabricator right here at home, I'd have a set of those for my TJ in a red hot second

Like the guys said above, one of the really cool things about Metalcloak products is that you can change it up when you want to. I always said my Jeep is mike a Transformer for big kids.. and the 'Cloaks really make that happen.
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How are their fenders? I wasthinking about getting them to, how do they work? Cause I noticed there's a few $500 pairs, then it jumps down to $200, what's the difference, besides from the design
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How are their fenders? I wasthinking about getting them to, how do they work? Cause I noticed there's a few $500 pairs, then it jumps down to $200, what's the difference, besides from the design
Our Fenders are a two part system.

First you have the Fender itself, Overline or Arched, ranging in price from $529 to $599 depending on the rig, for YJ its $529.

Then you have the flare options, Overline or Arched, 1.5" Rub Rail, 4" or 6". They run from $179 to $249.



This animation shows the 6" Overline Flare (red) mounting on the Overline Fender (in grey).
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Thank you so much that makes so much sense now, so I'd be spending roughly $800 on the whole setup?
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when you go to install it, make sure you give yourself lots of time....
helped a bud put one on his JK. biggest pain in nthe ass ever. at the time, the only instructions we could get was a sub par video on youtube. half the holes did not line up just right and took a little fighting. once it was on, it looked great and that thing is beefy as hell. it just took far to much work to install. I would imagine this could be the case with any modular bumper.

other than the install, it seems like a top notch product. metal cloak has some nice stuff out there(i personally look forward to getting to look at their new suspension kits)
They seem to have pretty concise JK instructions on their website. I may spring for one of these very soon as it seems well made and adaptable.
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They seem to have pretty concise JK instructions on their website. I may spring for one of these very soon as it seems well made and adaptable.
at the time of install, those instructions were not avalible. we looked
i went back and looked at them when i found out, and they seem like a pretty good set of instructions.
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at the time of install, those instructions were not avalible. we looked
i went back and looked at them when i found out, and they seem like a pretty good set of instructions.
Yes, originally we focused on creating video instructions for some of our products like the JK bumper but soon realized that video was cool, but a comprehensive printed set is much more practical.

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