Metalcloak build up 2002 TJ

TJDon

TJ Enthusiast
Nov 2, 2018
124
Galt, CA
As some of you might remember, back in December I entered a Metalcloak 5k parts giveaway and won. Weeks went by trying to decide long arm or short arm and opinions were all over the place on what to go with and why. I finally decided what I wanted with what I do with the Jeep a majority of the time. Decided to go short arm because.....
  1. I still want to fit in my garage
  2. when I am out wheelin/back country exploring. I’ll have my RTT on and still want to be able to reach it from the ground
  3. when I do rock crawl, it’ll do just fine
  4. their long arm kits start at 4.5” lift and I don’t plan on going to 37’s anytime soon. My 35’s would look lost in the wheel wells
So the laundry list of items....
3.5” short arm rock sport edition
https://metalcloak.com/jeep-tj-lj-wrangler-parts-accessories/tj-wrangler-suspension/tj-lj-wrangler-long-travel-short-arm-suspension-3-5-rocksport-edition.html

  1. front Overline fenders 4” flair
    full rear corner guards and 4” flair
    gas tank skid
    oil pan skid
    steering box skid
    steering stabilizer kit
    front bumper light bar bracket
And couple other misc things

I plan on taking lots of pics throughout the build and excited to get it going.

Huge thanks to Metalcloak.
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73Carlow

Long time Toyota guy turned TJ Owner
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Feb 12, 2019
28
Woodland Park Colorado
Really looking forward to seeing this come together. Metalcloak 3.5” Short arm lift and 35” tires is one ofthe directions I am considering going.
 
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TJDon

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Nov 2, 2018
124
Galt, CA
Slowly making the pile of parts smaller

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Rear suspension all installed and tightened up
Front suspension mostly together. Gotta buy a 5/8’s still bit for the frame side track bar
Get it back on its wheels then turn it around in the garage and install the passenger side fenders (so I can still see the tv )
Then tackle the skid plates


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Alex01

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Mar 23, 2018
1,475
Martinez, CA, USA
Your jeep is starting to look very familiar to me :p. Did you get the mod fit rear fenders or the ones that require no cutting?

It's looking really good. Was the oem driver side fender a pita to get out for you also? I felt like the passenger side was easy.
 
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TJDon

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Nov 2, 2018
124
Galt, CA
Your jeep is starting to look very familiar to me :p. Did you get the mod fit rear fenders or the ones that require no cutting?

It's looking really good. Was the oem driver side fender a pita to get out for you also? I felt like the passenger side was easy.
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i did cut the little bit off the back.
And pulling the fender was pretty easy. So far everything has gone really smooth and easy with simple garage tools.
I did have to buy a 5/8’s drill bit for the frame side track bar.



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TJDon

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Nov 2, 2018
124
Galt, CA
Got front and rear suspension done for the most part. Still have to replace front brake lines and replace LCA bolts at the diff.

I measured the height of the Jeep before I did anything. I’m curious once I drive it and get things settled in what the height difference will be from the old procomp 4” lift that was on it to the Metalcloak 3.5”
My 35’s are starting to look a little lost in the wheel wells now. 37’s would be sweet and I have the gears already done. Hmmmmm???
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Now to turn her around and replace the other fenders.
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b0xcar

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Oct 28, 2017
605
Central, TX, United States
Got front and rear suspension done for the most part. Still have to replace front brake lines and replace LCA bolts at the diff.

I measured the height of the Jeep before I did anything. I’m curious once I drive it and get things settled in what the height difference will be from the old procomp 4” lift that was on it to the Metalcloak 3.5”
My 35’s are starting to look a little lost in the wheel wells now. 37’s would be sweet and I have the gears already done. Hmmmmm???
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Now to turn her around and replace the other fenders.
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Amazing! This is good to see for my build. I'm headed in the same direction. I only have 33s, will definitely need to get on 35s once I get MC fenders.

Looking good
 
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TJDon

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Nov 2, 2018
124
Galt, CA
Once you have the other side installed, please take a photo from the front. I'd like to see how the 4" flares look. I think the 6" flares are just too much.
I will for sure. The coverage is probably gonna be even less than what the stock flare has. I hated how I was flinging mud before. Now I’ll have to take bypasses to avoid mud.

I’m with you on the 6” wide ones, I’m just not a fan of a wide flat fender. Looks like you could serve drinks off them


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IPerkWVU

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Feb 11, 2018
629
Indianapolis, IN, USA
I don’t think the 35’s are getting lost, they look good as is.

Thanks for posting a pic of what the mod-cut looks like. If I ever went to 35s it may be the MC route since I only have 2.5” SL & 1.25BL and would need to trim that area. I’m weird about MC fenders, I like the fronts but it is the rear fender I’m not a huge fan of. Jeep looks good.