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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Metalcloaks and 37's, 04 - TJ

Whats up fellas, Ive had my rig since spring of 2008. I bought it with 30,000 on the clock and just passed 91,000 as of today (12/29/13). Shes been nothing but good to me and Ive documented most of my build along the way here. Ive got a ton more pictures and info than I have posted here so if anything draws your attention and you wanna see/know more just ask! Started out bone stock and stayed like that for about 3 years and then well Ill let you see for yourself lol.

This is it as of 4/15/14



Front Axle
G2 D44 w/ARB air locker, 30 spline Chromoly shafts, 4.88 gears

Rear Axle
D44 w/ARB air locker, 35 spline shafts, 4.88 gears

Transfer Case
NP231 w/Advanced Adapters SYE
Novak Cable Shifter
39 tooth speedometer gear

Suspension
Front

3 BDS springs
1.75" Coil Spacer (stock isolator removed)
Fox Shocks
Currie Anti-Rock Sway Bar
Currie/Savvy Aluminum JJ Arms
Currie JJ Adjustable Track Bar
Rear
3 BDS Springs
1.75" coil spacer (stock isolator removed)
Fox Shocks
Currie/Savvy Aluminum JJ Arms
Currie JJ Adjustable Track Bar w/rear track bar bracket

Tires
Goodyear MTR/Ks in the 37x12.5R17 flavor
17X9.5 Raceline Monster 233 Beadlocks

Armor
MetalCloak Overline Front Fenders w/6" Front Flare
MetalCloak Extended Corners w/6 Rear Flare
Savvy Modular under Armor
Rokmen Mercenary Front Bumper with Winch Hoop
Smittybilt Rockers w/tube step
Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper with Swing Out
Homemade Steering Box Skid
Front Control Arm Miniskids


Accessories
Savvy Motor Mount Lift
Genright Crawler EXT gas tank
Tom Woods F/R Shafts
Currie Currectlync HD Steering
1.25" Daystar Body Lift
Warn VR8000 Winch with Wireless Controller
LED 3rd brake light mod
Alpine Type-R 10" in custom built box
Rockford Fosgate P300-1 Amp with bass control
KC Fog Lights
ARB High Output Compressor
ARB Tire Inflation Kit


Here is a pic of the Heep when I first got it



And here it is before she went under the knife.




The metalcloak boxes arrived on Tuesday and worked all week in my spare time after work to get them prepped and painted. Had a friend of mine come over and help me work on it all day Saturday by tempting him with free food We started at 9:30am Saturday and got the whole thing wrapped up around 1am Sunday morning only stopping for about an hour or so when the tires got mounted.

The goods



Hers everything after cleaning em up with mineral spirits and hitting em with 400 grit to give the primer something to bite to.



Got em primed



Coated em with Rustoleum Textured Black. I really like how the finish came out. It is by no means a heavy texture and it is a semi-gloss appearance that will be much easier to touch up than a high gloss coat.







Jeep, meet your new friends



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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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We started with the back. Removed the tail lights, license plate holder, spare tire carrier, rear flares, and inner fenders. Also took the windows off to make the install easier. Then we removed the rockers as it was apparent that they would also need a slight rear trim to fit the extended corners.




Got the corner clamped on and all the holes marked/punched. Took off the corner and drilled all the holes. Also broke out the cutoff wheel and cut the tub at the back of the wheel well to accommodate the bigger meats.




Finished the corners and moved on to the Overline front fenders. Started by removing all of the under hood components that mounted to the fender and then the fenders and battery trays themselves.






After removing all the components we installed the new inner fenders and battery trays followed by the fender itself. Took a lil time to make sure the hood lined up well and didn’t rub. Took a little rolling in of the hood but nothing to worry about.



I also got the LED markers/blinkers all wired up and functioning. Had to extend the fog light harness but that was simple as well.



Got all those on with 10 minutes to spare to get to the tire place as it was getting dark and I know they wanted to go home.




Got the tires mounted! Still had to take her home and get the rockers trimmed up front and rear to go back on so after some good food we headed back. Took the rockers and trimmed them similar to the way MetalCloak rockers are cut in the front. Also got the license plate mounted up and the 29 tooth speedo gear installed to get everything working right. There was no time for pictures as we had been dying all day to take it out and play. So we headed down the road to my buddies property and put her through her paces. Found pretty quickly that a lil bit of bending on the inner fender was necessary for the sway bar to clear but that took all of 30 seconds a side. Also found a tab inside the rear wheel well that rubbed just a hair under full flex so when I got off work today I took the cutoff wheel out and trimmed those up and hit the bare metal with a fresh coat of paint.

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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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Drumroll please.............................










Overall I am very happy with her as she is right now. Regearing to 4.88's is in the plan for the near future (next 3 months) as 5th gear is pretty much useless under 75. It’s not bad though as I'm running the same rpm in 4th gear as I was in 5th with the 31's at 60mph. My commute to work is 8 miles highway each way so it’s definitely livable for now. I really like the stance it has and I do not currently have plans to lift it (as we all know that will probably change in the near future )
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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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nice start! I was always more a fan of the overlies rather the arched.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:16 PM   #5
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Thanks, me too. I feel like the arched are love or hate items
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Your profile shows that you have a 44 rear axle, did the Jeep come with it? Looks good
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Unread 01-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #7
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Very nice, I wish I could've gotten Metal cloaks with no lift
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Unread 01-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #8
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Your profile shows that you have a 44 rear axle, did the Jeep come with it? Looks good
yes sir! Factory option.
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subscribed for the metal cloak install, nice work toberste
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Unread 01-10-2012, 04:30 AM   #10
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subscribed for the metal cloak install, nice work toberste
Thanks, I have to say that everything was excellent quality. Their stuff is pure beef and everything lined up and fit perfect. I'm a person who pays attention to detail and when these things showed up raw steel I couldn't find a weld on em that I wasn't drooling over.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 05:22 AM   #11
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I only wish I could have that much MC in my garage at once.
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Nice job. It looks great.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #13
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Nice job! I'm a fan of the MC's.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #14
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Very nice man, I dig it. I might just have to go the same route.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 04:48 PM   #15
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i got her cleaned up today, the paint held up great through the dirt and the pressure washing. And if ya'll were wondering. Yes the 35's fit in the rear at full bump








Thats thanks to the light trimming I did on the front of the wheelwell

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