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Unread 05-02-2010, 11:57 PM   #151
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Well, it looks like i'll be getting the 52" for now, and if you guys decide to come out with something new, or I feel that my bumper needs to be significantly shorter, I'll just get a different set of caps and swap them out! (Still hoping for a 48" set though)

As for the roller fairlead, my bad, I guess I didn't read the post right.

At any rate, it looks like MetalCloak is a go on my jeep, now it's just making one that fits my taste and budget!

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Unread 05-06-2010, 07:50 PM   #152
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Can anyone post pictures of the 20" mid stinger compared to the 26" full stinger? I'd love to see a straight side shot, and a straight head on shot.

Debating between both options and not sure what to go with.
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Unread 05-07-2010, 11:42 AM   #153
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I have the mid length 20" stinger with hoop combo...so just imagine it without the hoop


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Unread 05-07-2010, 01:26 PM   #154
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I think that is perfect actually! It still goes to the top of the hood and it's not overkill.

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Unread 05-07-2010, 04:28 PM   #155
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You're welcome. I didn't want an "overkill" stinger either and I honestly didnt see it coming into use until my trip to the dunes over the weekend...I actually went down a dune (stupid choice on my part) at a steep enough angle to scrape that bumper so yeah, I really give this item a huge for possibly saving my stupid ***
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Unread 05-11-2010, 10:40 AM   #156
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You're welcome. I didn't want an "overkill" stinger either and I honestly didnt see it coming into use until my trip to the dunes over the weekend...I actually went down a dune (stupid choice on my part) at a steep enough angle to scrape that bumper so yeah, I really give this item a huge for possibly saving my stupid ***
Definitely the quote of the month!!!!
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Unread 05-13-2010, 02:42 PM   #157
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Well, it looks like i'll be getting the 52" for now, and if you guys decide to come out with something new, or I feel that my bumper needs to be significantly shorter, I'll just get a different set of caps and swap them out! (Still hoping for a 48" set though)

As for the roller fairlead, my bad, I guess I didn't read the post right.

At any rate, it looks like MetalCloak is a go on my jeep, now it's just making one that fits my taste and budget!
I got the 52" High Slider caps with the winch guard and black roller fair lead bracket. Got mine installed today and my friend already wants one. Got mine for $400 on sale, as far as I'm concerned it's the best deal in town.

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Unread 05-27-2010, 06:09 PM   #159
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Always striving to add new parts and meet your needs, we just released our Steering Skid Kit for the TJ & LJ.



Made of 3/16" Hot Rolled Steel and finished with our Premium 3-Stage Black Textured Powdercoat, it is another product from MetalCloak we hope will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

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Unread 05-27-2010, 10:40 PM   #160
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woot got mine ordered
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Unread 06-07-2010, 06:53 PM   #161
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The website has over 40 Frame Built Bumper Configurations now posted! (Only 700 more to go!)

MetalCloak TJ/LJ/YJ Frame Built(TM) Modular Bumpers Configurations

For those of you who have named configurations, we are re-doing that section of the site and will be putting it back up soon.

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Unread 06-07-2010, 07:06 PM   #162
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Hey, did the skid plate get sent in a different box?
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Unread 06-08-2010, 07:14 PM   #163
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Sooo... My bumper came in a few days ago. I couldn't wait so I laid out all the parts to look at what I would be working with.

brkeep: This might look familiar... I thought I was going to be the only one with this set-up. I did go for the alum base and upper shackle points, but everything seems the same to me.



Then I refused to wait any longer, and decided to remove my front bumper. The bottom two bolts were stock and came out in the normal way (a good tug to break it free and then smooth sailing). Trying to take the top bolts out was a different story. On the first page I think I mentioned that I got some tow hooks from Tractor Supply Company, I needed hardware to instal the hooks too, and they came with bolts, so I figured "sweet".... CHEAP BOLTS! every one of them broke! I do not have the skills, tools, or patience necessary, to get them out without destroying the threading in the frame (needed in order to mount the bumper). So for three days my jeep sat like this:








I talked to my old man, and he said he would help/teach me how to get the bolts out, but not much more (my dad is of the mindset of "Teach a man to fish" vs. "Give a man a fish"). So, many hours later, we got the front two bolts out through the heat/cool/heat/extractor bit/cool/twist method.... but we ended up needing to chisel the other two out while red hot. They were welded with rust so much that there was no way to separate them, even after we chisled them out with the nutserts still attached. We ended up welding two nuts together and using those in place of the nutserts we had to remove.
We then needed to remove the winch from the steel plate that came of the XJ (Warn M8000). Not too much of a problem, the previous owner welded one of the bolts to the plate on the underside. Not a problem, we just used a surface grinder and ground the bolt off, then got a replacement bolt.

Just a pic of the winch still on the plate:


The rest of the assembly and fitment of the bumper was perfect. If it weren't for my use of cheap bolts for my first tow hooks, this job would have been from box to completely installed in under two and a half hours, and I'm not mechanically inclined at all!
The bumper lined up with everything, and the instructions were easy enough that my wife understood them (she generally doesn't understand much about vehicular maintenance). All said and done, with eight bolts holding directly on to the frame, and everything tight and snug, this bumper is not going anywhere!

The finished product:



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Unread 06-08-2010, 07:24 PM   #164
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Excellent job on the install!!! You picked a great build for your jeep...it looks great!
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Unread 06-08-2010, 07:36 PM   #165
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brkeep: This might look familiar... I thought I was going to be the only one with this set-up. I did go for the alum base and upper shackle points, but everything seems the same to me.
It looks identical. You have very good taste. Breaking a couple of my bolts loose took me several hours, luckily I didn't run into the problem you had with them. It looks great on your Jeep. I put a Warn Powerplant on mine today.

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