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Unread 08-25-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Thor's MetalCloak XJ Build

So today I come home from work to find these beautiful boxes waiting for me. So this coming weekend it will all be going on

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Unread 08-26-2014, 06:48 AM   #2
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That lift is going to look sick in your Xj
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Unread 09-02-2014, 01:50 AM   #3
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WOW WOW WOW .... Now that was a build well worth doing , kicked my *** a little bit but most definitely worth in the end . Pictures will come asap I will have to write up my build sheet and submit it but I will post a picture in the afternoon of the final product : wolverine:. Huge Huge Thank you to MetalCloak for the opportunity to enter the contest and all who voted for me & Second again to MetalCloak to giving me to absolute pleasure to run and try out one of the 1st lifts ever made for the Jeep Cherokee XJ by MetalCloak . Thank you & Thank You Matson from MetalCloak
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Unread 09-17-2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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So day 1 of my install . Easier said then done lol . Well started with the rear leafs since it will be the easiest way to go . Now obv ran into some problems pulling out the bolts for the rear leaf springs since they were factory . So had to cut the ends and pull them out and replace with new grade 8 which was well worth it .Once having the bolts out became easier for the other side.
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Unread 09-17-2014, 06:47 PM   #5
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Unread 09-17-2014, 07:02 PM   #6
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Good Luck! its been a lot of work... Have you followed the other two builds?

Mine:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...hread-2570042/

97xjproject's:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/b...ermit-2603930/
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Unread 09-17-2014, 07:14 PM   #7
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At this point in time with the rear leafs off I jumped in to install the rear shocks , It makes it a lot easier with the leafs out to get under and install them . After the rear shocks were in i started with the install of the beautiful new leafs. I also took the time to grind away any surface rust I had in any spot I saw and primed & painted it .
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Unread 09-17-2014, 07:19 PM   #8
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ya gotta give me a little lol i have to resize over 200 pixs and choose which ones to upload lol . I had my install done about a week and half ago but ive been so busy at work haven't had the chance to upload or start my write up well i did a power point wrote up for Matson, But haven't been able to do my detailed forum write up until now =) minus my pcm going on my jeep 2 days after the install and i've been waiting for the part & jeep will be back on the road tomorrow =)
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Unread 09-17-2014, 07:24 PM   #9
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circles : Ive been following yours Ive watched some of your youtube vids and just saw your write up when metalcloak put it up on their facebook page . I feel you pain man with the build it isn't easy when this is the 1st time a lift is going in . I've had 90% of my factory bolts off before with other lifts , Only rear problems i ran into were the rear leaf bolts and the one king bolt for the trackbar that was a PITA to get out lol
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Unread 09-17-2014, 07:30 PM   #10
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Now once I got the new leafs set into place things were starting to form =) . New u bolts in and cut down to size and look great , working in the street isn't the easiest but you do what ya have to do for your jeep lol . So new leafs are in sitting nicely and a big grin popped on my face after seeing how the jeep sat with them in. Once i had the new leafs in I put in the new provided rear bump stops & those are a huge difference then the factory stock ones well made
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Unread 09-17-2014, 07:37 PM   #11
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Now once new leafs were in time to tackle the new rear brake lines , These lines are amazing nicely designed and beefy .Pulling the old lines off were a breeze and putting new one's in were 1,2,3 . Make sure everything was in place and tightened . new c clips were provided with the lines and re-location brackets as well .
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Unread 09-17-2014, 10:43 PM   #12
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Once the rear was all complete , Time to start with the front again any surface rust I found i cleaned up primed & painted , 1st i started with the coils & coil compressors are a must for this job or any new lift install makes things a lot easier to take off and to put on. Granted it still is a pita but well worth it to have
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Unread 09-17-2014, 11:07 PM   #13
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Finally have one side of the coils off the 2nd was a little more easier esp having the compressors . Now just hope putting in the new coils is easier but then again doing a lift before nothing is ever easy lol. Now both coils are off and everything is cleaned up ready for the new coils to go on . but before having the new coils on i took the time to pre prep my new upper and lower control arms since it makes it easier with the free space .
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Unread 09-17-2014, 11:24 PM   #14
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with the front end down coils off i jumped a little ahead after taking my upper & lower control arms off and pre prepped the new 1s on here is the removal of the upper & lower arms . The upper bolts inside the bay were a tight squeeze with the deep sockets so had to break them with the breaker bar 1st with a smaller socket then work them with an open end wrench , made is a lot easier to work the bolts then pull them free. once again any surface rust that was found was primed & painted good thing my arms areas were pretty good so they just got cleaned up .
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Unread 09-17-2014, 11:31 PM   #15
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As you can also see in some of the pix from previous post i pre -started my holes for the pucks as well . easiest way to punch threw is with a corded drill more power and rpm then battery one. As i pre set the new upper and lower arms in i made sure i pre-set the measurements of my control arms , but you will be re-adjusting them once u set everything into place. Since the kit comes with a MIGHTY trackbar i also started to take one side off. here you can see my new uppers & lowers on waiting as i put my new coils in .
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