Friday, May 29, 2015

CTI Tour 2015 - The Road to UOR

CTI TOUR 2015 - the Road to UOR is ON!

Starting this Monday, our suspension and product expert, Corey Osborne will be heading cross country for the second of four trips this year... this time the destination is Unlimited Off Road Expo in Louisville, Kentucky!

UOR runs June 5 - 7 and looks to be an incredible event with all kinds of activities! (Facebook | Website)

Four our part, like we did at Jeep Beach, the CTI Suspension Testing Trailer will be part of the public obstacle course at the Expo! How cool is that?

But, we have lots of other opportunities for you to get your Suspension tested... see below for the schedule!

I will personally be flying in to Louisville Friday morning (not as much fun as going cross country!) and hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Matson


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CTI TOUR 2015 - The Road to UOR

Here are the first three stops on our way to Unlimited Off Road Expo. The Return trip will go south starting with Ft Campbell, Kentucky!

WHERE WILL WE BE?
Here is where you can join us on the road to Unlimited Off Road Expo...
#1 - 4x4 Land, Topeka, Kansas - Monday, June 1
  • LOCATION: 4x4 Land, 5602 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, Kansas
  • TIME: 4 - 6 (or so)
#2 - Hellbent Performance, St Louis, Missouri - Tuesday, June 2
  • LOCATION: Hellbent Performance, 203 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd, Chesterfield, Missouri
  • TIME: 4 - 6 (or so)
#3 - V3 Jeep Shop, Louisville, Kentucky - Wednesday, June 3
  • LOCATION: V3 Jeep Shop, 13015 Middletown Ind Blvd, Louisville, Kentucky
  • TIME: 4 - 6 (or so)


CTI Tour 2015 MapUNLIMITED OFF ROAD EXPO! Be there!

UOR is new to the event scene, but, based on last year's turn out, the industry has embraced this new show and so have the customers.

From their website: "Come and meet with your favorite brand, the top manufacturers, the best fabricators, the most prestigious retailers, see 4×4 vehicles in action, get yourself on the track or just come and have a one-of-a-kind off road experience."

While we will not have a display booth this year, we are going to be there in full force with the Corner Travel Index trailer... and the first 10 get a free Metalcloak Realtree Camo Hat!

So bring your colleagues, friends and family for an unlimited visit in Louisville, June 5 –- 7, 2015. (Tickets)


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PIC OF THE WEEK

If we choose your picture for the Pic of the Week, we will send you a Metalcloak Hat or Tee-Shirt of your choice (you must contact us with shipping information.) How do you enter? You must post your pic on our Facebook Page. We will choose the one we like the best (it helps if you have friends comment and share it ;-). Here is a great article in FourWheeler.com about How to take good pictures of your Jeep. We like them in action, on the trail, having a good time.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jordan Brehony of Farmington, New Mexico, for sharing this great pic of his YJ on some typical night wheeling trip. ;-) Jordan is running the Metalcloak Overline Front Fenders and Rear Fenders. Thanks Jordan!

Metalcloak Pic of the Week
You can see the original Facebook post here.

We'll see you on the rocks!

Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
916-631-8071

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Overland Expo, New Swag and the Pic of the Week!

We expect to have a refreshing, if cold, weekend in Northern Arizona. Refreshing because we will be attending the Overland Expo outside Flagstaff Arizona.

Don't get me wrong, we love Rock Crawling, but we also love living the adventure, exploring, camping out in the middle of the Mojave. Basically, we love Overlanding almost as much as wheeling the Rubicon.

So, through rain and snow, we will be hanging out with our yellow 4 door (Cloak 5) equipped with a Ripp Supercharger, KargoMaster prototype rack, ARB Tent and Canopy, Powertank, Warn Winch and Raceline Wheels. Look for the guys on the road as they land in Northern Arizona.

Cheers!

Matson

P.S. Check out our full list of events for 2015 here.


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NEW REALTREE(TM) CAMO HAT!


This New cap from MetalCloak is an All American Port Authority Realtree® Camo Adjustable Ball Cap.

This cotton and polyester blend cap has the MetalCloak "M" in red embroidery on the front, the MetalCloak name on the back and has the the american flag on the side.
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IF YOU MISSED THE STAMPEDE, YOU CAN STILL GET THE SHIRT!

The Metalcloak Ultra4 Stampede is truly "Carnage Unleashed" and you can commemorate it with this limited edition tee.

Printed on Port & Company 50/50 Soft Blend shirt with discharge "infused" inks, this shirt feels more like something from a high end retailer then an event shirt.

Featuring 2014's Metalcloak Stampede winner Tom Wayes, the stylish shirt was such a hit at Stampede this year, we decided to offer it to the rest of the Ultra4 Fans!

Only $18.

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NEW PRODUCT: Durotrak Joints

Every good company likes to remain relevant by creating new producst, but at Metalcloak we never stop improving already existing products.

And while you, our friends, have raved about our track bars over the years, we weren't really happy with using stock-style clevite bushings.

Introducing the Patent Pending (#14/622,350) Durotrak(TM) Joint. The Durotrak is composed of two halves that screw together and uses force from where the two halves meet to keep it secure.

You can read more about its' NVH isolating ability and subsequent improvement of ride handling, here.
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PIC (GIF) OF THE WEEK

If we choose your picture for the Pic of the Week, we will send you a Metalcloak Hat or Tee-Shirt of your choice (you must contact us with shipping information.) How do you enter? You must post your pic on our Facebook Page. We will choose the one we like the best (it helps if you have friends comment and share it ;-). Here is a great article in FourWheeler.com about How to take good pictures of your Jeep. We like them in action, on the trail, having a good time.

CONGRATULATIONS to our own Corey Osborne for capturing this sequence of photos at the Metalcloak Stampede and turning it into a Gif. (You know I had to share it!) What you see here friends is the always amazing Shannon Campbell in another incredible recovery. What this gif does not show is the additional excitement he displayed for the crowd when he almost endo'd at the double jump just a few seconds later. We'd love to see more gifs, so keep them coming!


You can see the original Facebook post here.

We'll see you on the rocks!

Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
916-631-8071

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Friday, April 17, 2015

CTI Tour 2015 Starts Today - Leg 1 to Jeep Beach

CTI Tour 2015 is ON!

Starting tomorrow, our own Corey Osborne (facebook) will be travelling this great country with the Corner Travel Index Supension Testing Trailer in tow... all with two goals in mind...

First, to get to the 2015 Jeep Beach in Daytona, Florida.

And second, but more important, to meet YOU along the way, get pics and gather stories for our own ModernJeeper.com

Below is a map of his travels and where he will be stopping to set up the CTI Trailer. Some other details are being worked out, but for the most part the fix is in! You can follow on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. The hashtag is #ctitour2015 and, of course, #cloakedrepublic.

We hope to see you on the road!

Cheers,

Matson


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CTI Tour 2015


CTI TOUR 2015, PART 1 of 4

This is the first cross-country trip of the year. Starting in Colorado, we are heading down to San Angelo, Texas, over to Houston, through Louisana and off the Daytona Beach for Jeep Beach 2015!

Now, this trip will be a LITTLE different then last year. Corey is pulling the CTI trailer, but without a Metalcloak Signature Rig. We have one of those already in Daytona built by our friends at JeepersDen.

BTW, if your town or shop is not on this trip, don't despair, there are there will be three more trips including another Southern run when we hit the Sherrif's Jeep Fest in Georgia later in the year.

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND US...
Here is the list of stops on the way out to Jeep Beach. The return route will be shared soon. ;-)
1 - West Texas 4 Wheel & Offroad - Saturday, April 18
2 - Maxxed Off Road - Sunday, April 19
  • LOCATION: Coaches Sports Bar & Grill, 5304 FM 1960 Rd E, Humble, TX 77346
  • TIME: 4 - 6
  • DETAILS: Maxxed is hosting this event in conjunction with the Cruisin for St Jude fundraiser. A VERY COOL event with Live Music and more - the event goes from Noon - 6, we'll be there 4-6.
3 - Dirty Sanchez Off Road - Monday, April 20
4 - Jeep Beach 2015!!! - April 22 - 26

PIC OF THE WEEK

If we choose your picture for the Pic of the Week, we will send you a Metalcloak Hat or Tee-Shirt of your choice (you must contact us with shipping information.) How do you enter? You must post your pic on our Facebook Page. We will choose the one we like the best (it helps if you have friends comment and share it ;-). Here is a great article in FourWheeler.com about How to take good pictures of your Jeep. We like them in action, on the trail, having a good time.

CONGRATULATIONS to David Phillips of Chesapeake, Virginia, for posting this Pic of the Week. The photo is by his friend Stephen Swett. Both win this week - if you want your swag give us a shout via email or facebook.

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You can see the original Facebook post here.
We'll see you on the rocks!

Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
916-631-8071

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trail Food for the Non-Cook, By Badlands Off-Road Adventures

DinnerFor an easy meal, just throw some meat on an open fire.
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Let's say you love the outdoors, and yearn for a weekend of four wheeling. But you can't cook or don't care to. It's just not your bag. Should you stay home? Of course not! You can still hit the trails – you just need to plan accordingly.

You're in luck. Chef Severin has put together a nifty game plan for your next 4WD weekend. It involves selecting the right items and mapping out a menu to make your decision making so much easier. I've done all that for you.

Fortunately, much of what you need is inexpensive and convenient. Because many items are packaged or premade, you don't need to be Chef Cordon Bleu to eat pretty well.

As you long as you can boil water, cook over a fire (or camping stove), and you own a cooler or fridge, you'll survive!

It's quite simple, actually. That's the beauty of it. You can enjoy three meals a day without a lot of fuss and mess. This outline shows you how. Afterward, I provide additional details of what to buy and where.

Outline of a Simple Menu

Friday

Breakfast:
(at home)
Lunch:
Stop at a fast food joint along the way. Your choice. (Heck, I can't make all the decisions for you!)
Dinner:
Steak (over the fire) and lettuce; beer.

Saturday

Breakfast:
Coffee and donuts or Coke and cookies. (Gotta get that energy for the big day ahead!)
Lunch:
Prepared sandwich or made on the trail; Chips, soda or sport drink.
Dinner:
Pork chops (over the fire) and lettuce; beer. If you're inclined, heat up some baked beans in the can. Call it a three-course meal.

Sunday

Breakfast:
Coffee and donuts or Coke and Pop Tarts.
Lunch:
Chicken wings from the supermarket. Found in the deli, they're precooked. Don't grab the uncooked kind. You want to minimize cooking in camp.
Dinner:
At home, unless it's an extended weekend. Then you'll need to account for supper. Chicken breasts (over the fire) and lettuce. Feel free to substitute brats.

Monday

Breakfast:
Finish off the pastries or cookies, and wash down with coffee.
Lunch:
Remaining prepackaged sandwiches or bring stuff to "you roll your own".
Dinner:
Fast food on the road or at home.

See how simple this is? Nothing fancy here, and just a few food items each meal. All items are prepackage or premade. You simply grab and go.

Let's look at a few of these food items in greater detail.

Lettuce: Either a head of iceberg or package of Romaine. Cut the iceberg in quarters; each one, to be topped with salad dressing, is your salad. Romaine usually comes with three stalks per package. Each stalk can make at least two salads. You literally just pour on the dressing. Don't forget a small bottle of salad dressing.

In either case, don't bother chopping the lettuce in advance. You'll do that with knife and fork during dinner. (Remember: one objective is to minimize the preparation.)

Sandwiches: For minimal effort, hop into a Subway, gas station or a supermarket. Look at what they have, and grab what looks good and is relatively inexpensive. Don't care for a sandwich or sub? Other possibilities include Lunchables, Hot Pockets and frozen burritos. Before leaving camp each morning, double wrap the Hot Pockets and burritos in tin foil. Stick then in a secure position above the manifold on the engine. By lunch time you will have a hot with melted cheese meal. Don't' worry about nutrition. You just need cheap body fuel for the weekend.
Lunch
Just right for manifold cooking!
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If you prefer to make your own sandwiches, buy some bread (cheapest you can find), cold meat(s) and cheese. Avoid applying any sauces in advance; you'll do that in camp. Bring along bottles of sauce or grab some of those foil packets from the fast food joint. Lettuce pulls double duty here.

By the way, a loaf of bread (or package of hamburger buns) can be used for sandwiches, brats and wienies. No need to buy separate packages.

Beverages: This is a personal call, but I've found that coffee, cola (Coke for me) and beer or Tequila are all I need for a weekend. If you can't make coffee or get your buddy to make it, buy Starbuck's coffee in a bottle.








Lunch

Check the reqs where you will be camping to see if glass beverage bottles are allowed.


Cheese
Another lunch alternative.
All your food can be purchased on Friday. It will keep throughout the weekend.

Snacking: Whether on the drive to and from the trail or while on the trails themselves, you're bound to get the munchies at times. Convenient snack foods (which also are good for you) include plums, apples, cucumbers (mini ones in a package), snap peas, and bananas. Cukes, by the way, can also be added to your salads. Another good snack is Mother's Oatmeal cookies, one of my favorites.
Cheese
Good for happy hour or on the trail.
Snacks
Eat them whole out of the bag.
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Mixed nuts are good, though they can be a little salty. Avoid shelled nuts (peanuts and pistachios, for example). Too often these become campfire food, and the grounds become littered with shells.

You should plan on contributing to happy hour as well. Here, again, the choices are easy and convenient. Corn chips, salsa and cheese dip are a natural. Other possibilities include wheat chips and cheese (Triscuit, Wheat Thins), beef jerky and even licorice.

Speaking of happy hour, a common effect after a good happy hour is lack of enthusiasm to prepare a full meal. Could be that everyone filled up on snacks or just tanked on beer. This is yet another reason to stock up easy-to-prepare food. A quick bite is possible if the hunger pains strike. (Of course, you can always bribe a buddy to cook for you. Make sure you have enough extra beer or booze with you.)
As you see, preparing for your meals doesn't have to be a nerve-wracking affair. Use these suggestions as a guide when you next visit the store. You'll quickly fill up your cart and be prepared for your next 4WD outing.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Jeep Safari, CTI Tour 2015, and the Pic of the Week

Good Times! Good Times!

If you haven't noticed, this is event season and there is good wheelin' going on! From Tierra Del Sol to Easter Jeep Safari to Jeep Beach and more... there is no shortage of opportunities to get out and take your Jeep for a day, weekend or week of wheelin'!

At Metalcloak, we just got back from a week of fun in red dirt of Moab, Utah and the 49th Annual Easter Jeep Safari. This is an event that MUST be on every Jeeper's Bucket List.

You can see some of the coverage of Easter Jeep Safari at our new Online Magazine, ModernJeeper.com or do a search of your social networks for the hashtag #ejs2015.

What? A new Online Magazine? Yep. Just one more project we are doing to connect more with you, the Modern Jeeper. Check it out and let us know what you think.

We got more for you this week including the upcoming CTI Tour 2015, Jeep Beach and the famous Pic of the Week!

Matson


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CTI TOUR 2015 IS ON

We spent the week at Moab doing Corner Travel Index Suspension Testing, and now it's time to take our custom-built trailer cross country, stopping at Metalcloak Authorized Installers along the way.

The first cross-country trip will be from Colorado to Jeep Beach in Daytona, Florida, and back again.

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page... we will be publishing the full route and the schedule of Authorized Installers to stop at.
CTI Tour 2015TJ LONG ARM KIT NOW SHIPPING!
Yes, the TJ Lock-N-Load Long Arm Kit is finally shipping and so far the reviews have been very well appreciated.

So, for those of you who missed the 10% Pre-Order Discount, we are sorry. But, for a short time only, we will be offering a special deal on 6Pak Shocks... Save 20% off the 6Pak Upgrade Kit.

So if you get the Lock-N-Load Long Arm and want to add 6Pak Shocks, we'll take 20% off four 6Pak shocks and all the hardware needed to install. That's a huge savings!

Just give us a call to get this great deal!

Oh, by the way, we now have the Long Arm Upgrade Kit on the website too!

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PIC OF THE WEEK

If we choose your picture for the Pic of the Week, we will send you a Metalcloak Hat or Tee-Shirt of your choice (you must contact us with shipping information.) How do you enter? You must post your pic on our Facebook Page. We will choose the one we like the best (it helps if you have friends comment and share it ;-). Here is a great article in FourWheeler.com about How to take good pictures of your Jeep. We like them in action, on the trail, having a good time.

SPECIAL THANKS to Michael J Plunkett for posting this pic of the week. Adminittedly this is a little self-serving (oaky, a lot), but when Michael posted this pic of me in my 4500 car at the first round of the NorCal Rock Races, I was floored. Why? Because I had no idea I got air... hmmm. Thanks Michael!

Flopped Jeep JK Wrangler

We'll see you on the rocks!

Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Last Chance to Win A Jeep!

This is it my friends. The last chance to win a Fully Cloaked (and then some) 2014 JK Unlimited!

The drawing will be held next weekend, Saturday, February 21 at the Cal4Wheel Convention in Visalia, California.

The great part is that you DON'T need to be present to win. They will call you, just like they did last year (video).

Tickets are available on their website, but the process can be a little confusing, so for a step-by-step guide on how to get your tickets in time for the drawing visit our Guide at Metalcloak.com

Good Luck!

Matson


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PIC OF THE WEEK

If we choose your picture for the Pic of the Week, we will send you a Metalcloak Hat or Tee-Shirt of your choice (you must contact us with shipping information.) How do you enter? You must post your pic on our Facebook Page. We will choose the one we like the best (it helps if you have friends comment and share it ;-). Here is a great article in FourWheeler.com about How to take good pictures of your Jeep. We like them in action, on the trail, having a good time.

CONGRATULATIONS to Matthew Lee Pirkle of Chesapeak, Virginia, for submitting this week's goofy Pic of the Week! Matthew and his buddy are running 2.5" and 3.5" Game Changer Suspensions. Good Times!

Flopped Jeep JK Wrangler
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We'll see you on the rocks!

Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
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