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Unread 12-30-2009, 09:13 PM   #91
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Ahhh, yes... the not so secret rumor mill has been busy... but here it is... the New Aluminum Base for our Frame-Built Bumper System!



But wait, you say... that looks just like your Hot Rolled Steel base! And you would be right... the same 2.0 mil black textured powdercoat protects this incredible and rugged aluminum bumper base.

Made of 5052-H38 Aluminum, this bumper has, in some respects, greater strength then our own Steel base. How? As our own engineer, Jeepineer, specifies:
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Jeepineer: Hot rolled steel plate A36 has a yield strength of 34,000-36,000psi dependent upon vendor. Aluminum 5052-H38 has a yield strength of 38,000-40,000psi dependent upon vendor.
When we started the Frame-Built concept, we knew Aluminum was in the future which is why we started with aluminum shackle mounts and fairleads.

Our first Aluminum bumper to hit the market... Dendrophobe's build which you can see here and follow in this thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/me...alcloak+bumper



How much lighter is it? Comparing these two builds...



The Hot Rolled Steel version comes in at 40 lbs and the Aluminum is only 23! Which is which? You tell me!

Try your hand at an aluminum build... BYOB! MetalCloak, home of the Arched Jeep TJ / LJ / YJ Tube Fender.



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Unread 12-31-2009, 12:35 AM   #92
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nice to shed some weight off the front end...
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Unread 12-31-2009, 10:35 AM   #93
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Ahhh, yes... the not so secret rumor mill has been busy... but here it is... the New Aluminum Base for our Frame-Built Bumper System!



But wait, you say... that looks just like your Hot Rolled Steel base! And you would be right... the same 2.0 mil black textured powdercoat protects this incredible and rugged aluminum bumper base.

Made of 5052-H38 Aluminum, this bumper has, in some respects, greater strength then our own Steel base. How? As our own engineer, Jeepineer, specifies:

When we started the Frame-Built concept, we knew Aluminum was in the future which is why we started with aluminum shackle mounts and fairleads.

Our first Aluminum bumper to hit the market... Dendrophobe's build which you can see here and follow in this thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/me...alcloak+bumper



How much lighter is it? Comparing these two builds...



The Hot Rolled Steel version comes in at 40 lbs and the Aluminum is only 23! Which is which? You tell me!

Try your hand at an aluminum build... BYOB! MetalCloak, home of the Arched Jeep TJ / LJ / YJ Tube Fender.

I want one ! Anybody wanna buy a stupid Tube bumper ? Cheap !!
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Unread 01-01-2010, 04:22 PM   #94
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Where does one put lights on that sexy bumper?
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Unread 01-01-2010, 04:40 PM   #95
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they are supposed to be adding an option for that but for the time being you can drill out the end caps if you want
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Unread 01-01-2010, 06:41 PM   #96
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Where does one put lights on that sexy bumper?
UltimateCC is right in that you can easily drill holes in the end caps for mounting lights, but we are developing several options including brackets that will allow for light mounting at several points.

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Unread 01-03-2010, 11:24 AM   #97
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I love everything you are doing Metalcloak!! I have been looking for months at what I should do next to my Jeep and I have gone from lift to bumpers to fenders and so on. One day your fenders just showed up and I have never felt so certain on a product before! Your overline tube fenders for the TJ's are my next buy for sure!

But now that I see the bumpers, I like you guys even more! I love the chance to have options on something I'm buying and your options are amazing! I also like how you can keep changing the bumper to fit your needs..

I agree with what people are saying, there needs to be some other grill guard or stinger option.. Maybe some kinda of stinger that isn't coming too far forward but at the same time not going backwards like the winch protector?

Ex:http://www.truckaddons.com/images02/...ateway_pic.jpg

http://jeep.off-road.com/jeep/data/a.../366984/D1.jpg

http://jeep.off-road.com/jeep/data/a.../366984/F1.jpg

Last thing.. I think the best thing I could see is some sort of skid plate option that comes with the bumper like some of these guys:

http://www.oramagazine.com/images/04...2article01.jpg

http://www.truckcandy.com/TC/FourRea...65/KJ70006.jpg

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...0008_large.jpg



All in all, I think you guys have made some great products and I'm excited to see the new things you come up with!
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Unread 01-04-2010, 03:15 PM   #98
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license plate plate attachment?

for those of us in states that require a front license plate, are the front bolts in the middle meant for a plate or are they just cosmetic? It would be a shame to drill my own holes in a custom bumper for my dumb license plate.

...what say you Metalcloak?

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Unread 01-04-2010, 03:21 PM   #99
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for those of us in states that require a front license plate, are the front bolts in the middle meant for a plate or are they just cosmetic? It would be a shame to drill my own holes in a custom bumper for my dumb license plate.

...what say you Metalcloak?

jim
The two bolts holes on the center of the under angle of the front of the bumper are for a quick release license plate holder that should be out by the end of January.

If you buy the roller fairlead bracket and use a roller fairlead there are many companies (Kilby) that offer a snap on/off license plate system for a roller fairlead.

I hope this information is helpful.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 03:34 PM   #100
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front plate saga...

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The two bolts holes on the center of the under angle of the front of the bumper are for a quick release license plate holder that should be out by the end of January.

If you buy the roller fairlead bracket and use a roller fairlead there are many companies (Kilby) that offer a snap on/off license plate system for a roller fairlead.

I hope this information is helpful.
Totally. I'm assuming that the bolts are the exact distance for a plate? How 'quick release' is it? I live in DC and plate stealing is a real possibility.

As far as a winch cover/plate thingy; I plan on synthetic line with a safety thimble so that won't work for me.

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Unread 01-04-2010, 03:49 PM   #101
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Totally. I'm assuming that the bolts are the exact distance for a plate? How 'quick release' is it? I live in DC and plate stealing is a real possibility.

As far as a winch cover/plate thingy; I plan on synthetic line with a safety thimble so that won't work for me.

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The holes are 7" on center which is standard for most license plates. The quick release will be very quick release. In other words, easy to steal.

We can make a simple more permanent bracket kit for you, but if the license plate is left in place while wheeling it will reduce the approach angle clearance of the front bumper.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 05:21 PM   #102
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let me know when you guys get the lp brackets, ill be needing one of those to replace my ziptie job right now haha
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Unread 01-04-2010, 09:06 PM   #103
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let me know when you guys get the lp brackets, ill be needing one of those to replace my ziptie job right now haha
x2 on the brackets!!! I'm assuming the holes have threaded nutserts now?
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Unread 01-09-2010, 10:13 PM   #104
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so how much for the fenders i mean everything all hardware for the arched fenders with a 4" fender flare. would that be enough to be legal in states where fender flares are a law. I run 33x10.50 and wonder would 4" cover them and be enough? what do i have to change up under the hood? If there is alot of changing and remounting?
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Unread 01-09-2010, 10:27 PM   #105
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4 should cover 10.5s depending on your offset, my 6in cover my 12.5s with 4in bs on 15x8s perfect....they come with everything you need and what it doesn't come with you reuse your stock hardware...under the hood you have to bend some mounting brackets a tiny bit but nothing major. its all pretty straight forward.
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