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Unread 05-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Metalcloak LCAs are awesome. So are Duraflex bushings!

I plan to install Metalcloak LCAs that use Metalcloak's Duraflex joints at both ends.

These things are amazing. Duraflex rubber bushings flex as good as Johnny Joints, and ride smoother-softer than stock rubber bushings.

They are marketed for TJ, LJ, and JK.

They are awesome for XJs and ZJs too!

So I want to spread the word to XJ guys. Check out Metalcloak LCAs with their Duraflex bushings. Also check out the Duraflex bushings, which can replace JJ in any brand LCA.

See this thread about the Duraflex bushings (which can replace JJ in Currie, Rokmen, RE, and other brands of arms).

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ho...ks-up-1482467/

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Unread 05-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Unread 05-16-2013, 02:35 AM   #3
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I ran across them a few months back (probably due to some post here!)
I don't see anything special about the arms (didn't look that close) but the bushings do look interesting.
If/when I need to replace the joints in my arms I'll use them.
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Agreed.

The special thing (to me) about the arms is they come with their Duraflex bushings already installed and the arms are (IMO) among the best arms available. Currie, Rokmen, and RE are also among the best arms available and can have their JJ replaced with Duraflex bushings.

The Duraflex bushings are the best bushings available, IMO.

Since I don't own any brand of aftermarket arms (yet), I am going to get Metalcloal arms since the Duraflex bushings are already in them.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 05:29 AM   #5
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I was thinking of doing the lower and uppers in the bushings on mine, get a bit more flex.
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I was thinking of doing the lower and uppers in the bushings on mine, get a bit more flex.
Swapping those bushings in won't make your shocks longer.
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Swapping those bushings in won't make your shocks longer.
True, but it'll ride a lot smoother on and off road, which is why I'm doing my lowers.
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Nice choice, I'm curious as to how they will ride in a unibody. I've driven Connors(Imped) jeep with JJs all the way around, with partial JJ/DF, and finally rode in it with all the joints swapped out for DF joints, and there was a big drop in RNV. I'll be building the long arms for my prerunner with them that's for damned sure.
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Nice choice, I'm curious as to how they will ride in a unibody. I've driven Connors(Imped) jeep with JJs all the way around, with partial JJ/DF, and finally rode in it with all the joints swapped out for DF joints, and there was a big drop in RNV. I'll be building the long arms for my prerunner with them that's for damned sure.
I almost bought these joints based in Connor's reviews on them. My bud is putting them in his TJ (my old TJ). I will be sure to drive it and try them out.
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Swapping those bushings in won't make your shocks longer.
Longer shocks will though

And they will move a hell of a lot better than the RC bushings.
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Longer shocks will though

And they will move a hell of a lot better than the RC bushings.
I also intend to put on (slightly) longer shocks. Nothing exotic. Just Old Man Emu shocks, but that will articulate more than stock length shocks.
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Nice choice, I'm curious as to how they will ride in a unibody.
One of the Metalcloak fellows told me they've have several XJ guys use their TJ LCAs on their XJs and they work great and have great ride quality. Softens ride a lot, and helps articulation as much as shock length allows.

Metalcloak will be (in future) offering an XJ kit-system that includes the same LCAs they offer for TJs, and the kit will also include new springs front and rear. Might include shocks (I'm not sure).

That's all he told me. I don't know if it will include MC UCAs. Might not need them. I don't know how hight the MC lift kit for XJs will be. I suspect it will be higher than an OME lift, but offer same ride quality.

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Even so, I prefer OME springs because I don't want to lift front higher than 1" to 2". OME front lift springs for XJ raise front 1.5" to 1.75", which is good height for me. I will be using OME TJ 2" springs (softer spring rate than OME XJ springs). On an XJ with my skidplates, I estimate the TJ springs will give me approx 1.25" lift (perfect height for me) and a very nice ride.
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I just ordered Metalcloak LCAs and UCAs for my 99 XJ.

Cost $200 less than JKS arms would have!

Metalcloak, good price, better product!
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Unread 05-26-2013, 12:13 AM   #14
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I'm going to have the Metalcloak LCAs and UCAs installed as soon as they arrive.

They will be on my otherwise stock XJ for 6 weeks before I have my OME springs installed.

This will allow me to see how much ride quality improvement comes from the Duraflex bushings before I add softer springs.
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