OK, finally got a chance last night to snap a couple of pics of the new Metalcloaks! Install went very well. All in all, it took about 6-8 hours of actual working time per side to do. I took a little longer as I cleaned up and re-painted all the factory hardware that was re-used in the install. Takes awhile for paint to dry
On the passenger's side, the install was 99% perfect. The only modification I had to make was with the stock battery tray. It wouldn't fit on the new bracket. So, I just "lengthened" the holes on the stock tray to fit the bracket. Not a big deal, just an extra 15 minutes and another coat of paint on the tray.
On the driver's side, the install went well, but I had to do a few little modifications to get all the OEM accessories to fit. First, the accessory tray was similar to the battery tray in that the holes didn't line up on the bracket. Easy fix. Next, the OEM brackets on the fender components weren't made for these fenders.
1. On the horn, just straightened out the little "pin" part of the bracket.
2. For the washer fluid reservoir, Metalcloak includes a "bent" bracket that works great! I trimmed off the plastic tab on the bottom of the reservoir as well so it fits flush.
3. Next was the Transmission Control Module. There was no way this was fitting on the fender. It's not mentioned in the instructions either so my guess is the Jeep they used for the design didn't have the 42RLE. Anyway, I just took a couple of crescent wrenches and bent the bracket to fit against the fender, then drilled a couple of holes for mounting. Of note, Metalcloak includes plenty of extra bolts, washers, & lock nuts in the hardware package. This was much appreciated!
4. Finally, the vacuum center. Same as the TCM, just had to bend the bracket and poke a couple new holes in the inner fender.
I'm extremely happy with the results. As the pics previously showed, plenty of new clearance under there. I used their new "low profile" LED lights and they work great. Also, very easy to install. I still need to loom-up the wires and tuck everything away, but I'll do that later this afternoon.
I would recommend having a buddy help, but this can easily be done by one guy in a home garage.