Friday, April 11, 2014

FW: [From Badlands Off-Road Adventures] Carry Three Ways to Make Fire

 

 



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Subject: [From Badlands Off-Road Adventures] Carry Three Ways to Make Fire

Carry Three Ways to Make Fire

(Use this link for a web version: Carry Three Ways to Make Fire )

Death Valley
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Four wheelers know it's critical to be prepared when they go off road. One area that sometimes gets taken for granted is the ability to start fires. We just assume that a book of matches or lighter will be handy when needed.

That's usually the case while in camp or in the vehicle. But what happens when you're alone in the wild? Could you start a fire if you had to? Hikers, campers and just plain vacationers occasionally get lost and find themselves in a dangerous situation. It may never happen to you, but it's always good to be prepared.

I suggest you always carry three forms of fire-starting methods on you along with some tinder, and practice with them throughout the year. Why three methods? Redundancy, as NASA will tell you, is good. In fact, it could save your life. By carrying three forms of fire-starting material, you essentially eliminate the possibility of not being able to at least create a spark. (You still need tinder and a supply of fuel.)

 



The importance of fire-building capability can't be understated. Fire can be used to:

  1. provide heat
  2. cook and preserve food
  3. purify water & sterilize wound dressings
  4. act as a signaling device

As important as the uses of fire listed above are perhaps the most important use is for comfort and companionship. Humans have been staring into a fire forever during long nights. A fire helps maintain a positive mental attitude and chase away boredom, loneliness and fear.

A fire could literally save your life. Granted, only a tiny number of people get caught in survival situations each year. But those incidents can occur in many areas and in any climate.

Mini Light My Fire Swedish firesteel - 1500 strikesLight My Fire Swedish Firesteel
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There are several methods to start a fire that we all can master without resorting to primitive methods like a bow drill. They include:

  1. Butane lighter
  2. Matches (kept in a waterproof case)
  3. Magnesium bar with built in flint and your knife. I like Doan Magnesium Starters because of the quality. There are other metal bars out there; look for pure magnesium. The magnesium burns quickly, so make sure the magnesium power is on top of your tinder. Add a short piece of a hacksaw blade on the chain on the bar so you always have a scraper/striker even if you lose your knife.
  4. Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel. This is a manufactured magnesium fire stick that produces an incredible spark. It includes the stainless striker tools you need to create a spark. There are several sizes. I like the smallest one, because I can carry it in my pocket. (The size determines the ultimate number of strikes - from 1,500 to 12,000.) The manufacturer claims it creates sparks in any weather and at any altitude.

It's also a good idea to carry tinder. Then you don't need to go scrounging for tinder, which naturally will be damp during wet weather. There are numerous commercially available products. Many are well engineered to catch a spark and fire up quickly. A small package of 5 or 6 is only a few dollars. If they are compressed, pull one end apart or use a rock to break up the fibers. You might even be able to reuse one if you can transfer the fire to your kindling and extinguish it before it is all gone.

Fire ballsReady to make some cotton fire balls.
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My favorite homemade tinder is cotton balls smeared with a dab of Vaseline. These catch a spark in most conditions, and the Vaseline provides a sustained burn which is needed to start larger tinder. Don't overdo the Vaseline. Some cotton fibers are needed to catch the spark.

Make up about a half dozen cotton balls and pack them in a little container. 35 mm film canisters are perfect, if you can find any. You can also use pill or aspirin bottles; many outdoor stores sells small plastic bottles that work as well.

Other ways to start a fire include:

- Steel wool and a battery. Fine grade (00) steel wool and a D cell work nicely. If you don't have a D cell, try two AA batteries. You'll drain the battery rather quickly. Assume one shot with a AA battery and maybe a couple tries on a D cell.

- Magnifying glass - Easy to slip into a pocket. You need sun, however.

Whatever methods you choose, make sure you practice them several times a year and under various conditions. Don't wait until disaster hits. Between your emotional state and the weather conditions, you'll have a heck of a time making it work.

Carry your three fire starters and tinder in your pocket. While you may have extras in your vehicle, backpack and tent, you need to keep these tools on your person. You could be separated from your vehicle, backpack and even fanny pack. Tuck your materials in a pants or shirt pocket each time you step outdoors.

Remember to replenish any supplies you use. Also, add a category on your preparation checklist http://www.4x4training.com/Articles/Camping/Checklist.html for "pocket fire starter." That will remind you to add this important outdoor gear each time.

Going forward, you will always be prepared to start a fire if need be.

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Lower Desert http://www.4x4training.com/Articles/Safety/CarryFire.html
Mojave Desert
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Related Articles from Badlands Off-road Adventures

Did you miss the previous article?


Some Upcoming Events

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Lone Pine Visitor Center http://www.4x4training.com/Articles/Safety/CarryFire.html
Lone Pine Visitor Center
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Here is a quick summary of upcoming events.

  1. March 21 Death Valley National Park Expedition:
  2. March 29 Off-Road Driving Sand and Dunes:
  3. March 30 Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic - Pismo

 

  1. April 05 Getting Started Off-Road - LA area:
  2. April 06 Day 2 Getting Started Off-Road Clinic- Mojave:
  3. April 07 Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic - Mojave
  4. April 26 Getting Started Off-Road - San Diego area:
  5. April 27 Day 2 Getting Started Off-Road Clinic- San Diego area:
  6. April 30 Guide Book Exploration:

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Death Valley March 21-24

 

Death Valley


This is a 4 day trip on the back roads in Death Valley. We will drive the Panamint Mountains, drive past Badwater Basin (lowest spot in North America), visit Chloride Ghost town, Titus Canyon, check out Ubehebe Crater, Teakettle junction, The Race Track & Lippencott Mine Road, camp at the Warm Springs and leave via Steal Pass up to the high meadows, then take Dedeckera Canyon down to the Eureka Sand Dunes. All four days will see some light to moderate 4-wheeling. Much of the trip is quite remote with random or no cell service. We don't plan to stop at tourist sights you can get to in a passenger car.
Check out the details and sign up on the website: http://www.4x4training.com/Adventures/Deathvalley.html
August 2013 Off-Road Adventures Magazine: Death Valley Excursion by Denis Snow

You can register directly at http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#Deathvalley

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Guide Book Exploration April 30- May 4

 

Wheeler Crest


The plan is to select one of the many Guide books and do a number of the trails it describes. Most guide books are regional in nature. That allows us to link multiple trails together while reducing the amount of time on the highway. We can do mountain regions in the summer and desert regions in the winter.
Check out the details and sign up on the website: Guide Book Exploration

You can register directly at by clicking here.

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Sand Clinic March 29, 2014

Sand Clinic

If you have been waiting for the next Sand Driving Clinic, put it on your calendar for March 29th and sign up now. This day-long clinic will expose you to a variety of driving conditions and levels of difficulty. Driving on sand is challenging and different than dirt, so we'll progress slowly as you learn the proper techniques. As your confidence grows, you will master increasingly more challenging dunes. Along the way you will be exposed to the beauty of SVRA and the thrill of the windswept dunes. This is a rare opportunity to cruise the only beach in California open to vehicles.
More details...



Register for the Sand Clinic using this link.

http://4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#SandPismo


Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic March 30, 2014

 

Plug a tire?


The March 30th clinic will be held near Pismo, CA. This 3 hour clinic will provide you with the knowledge and skills to repair the most common tire problems and to use a Hi-lift jack safely to aid you in the process. To drive confidently off-road learn how to:

  • Fix a bead
  • Plug a puncture
  • Break a bead
  • Replace a valve stem



You can find out more details on line at Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic:.

And register on line at http://4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#TireRepair.


 


Winch Recovery Bandana & Winching DVD

Winching Recover Bandana
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We have our new stock with many new colors (Red, Orange, Green, and Blue) on hand. The Bandana is packed full of useful information and is a quick reference in the field when no DVD player is available."

The Bandana layout follows the "Vehicle Recovery Plan" with pathways to more detail. A unique section of the Bandana, gives the steps for a "Winch Rigging Check: Walk through" so that you verify every element of the rigging before you commit to the pull. Stuff this in your recovery kit and you will always be ready!

Pick up or order the Winching DVD too! There is no substitute for hands on training. If you can, sign up for one of Badlands Off-Road Adventure's Winching Clinics.

Warning – the Bandana and DVD are not a substitute for proper training and use of quality equipment that is used within the bounds of their safe working load. We advise you to use the information provided in both the Winching Recovery Bandana and the "Basic to Advanced Winching and Recovery DVD" at your own risk. We cannot control the quality and specifications of the equipment used and the methods actually employed.

Order a Basic to Advanced Winching & Recovery DVD too!

Winch DVD http://www.4x4training.com/Articles/Safety/CarryFire.html(Click picture for more details)


I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.
4-Wheel Drive School
310-374-8047
http://www.4x4training.com
Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.
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Copyright 2014, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Understanding Suspension Spring Dynamics & why we use Dual Rate - a white paper on coils.

The following information was extracted from the infamous JKOwners.com thread entitled "Metalcloak Suspension Build" - the story of this thread is now legend -- A simple post by a Metalcloak customer became a firestorm against a small company (us) and how we won over even the harshest critics with simple, straightforward, tech.

Written by "Jeepineer" our co-founder and chief engineer, and the inventor of the 6Pak shock and Duroflex joint, the following was used to help us all understand coil rates better and why Metalcloak uses True Dual Rate Coils. 

Enjoy.



Enter "Jeepineer"...

Understanding Suspension Springs & their Design (and why we use Dual Rate)...

The diagram shows three types of springs commonly used in the offroad industry. I will do my best to describe each in the following posts. I think it is important to describe linear rate springs and their short comings before discussing progressive and dual rate springs.

I am going to provide specific values for spring rate, load at ride height etc. for discussion purposes only. These are not actual numbers because most manufacturers have proprietary spring rates and loads that they believe are ideal for a quality ride or are tuned for their specific systems (so does MC). All numbers are examples only.



Linear Rate Springs...

Stock springs are linear rate springs. Many of the larger suspension manufacturers use Linear Rate Springs. Linear springs cost less, are simpler to design, simpler to inspect and provide fairly consistent ride heights.

Unfortunately they are not good for long travel suspensions for the following reason. I will use an example to explain.

Assume the front driver side spring of a JK has to hold a load of 600lbs at ride height.

Assume the spring must compress to a length of 10” at ride height for a given lifted JK. (Lift height does not matter for this discussion)

Assume our example is a lifted average travel suspension system and the Free Length (fully extended length) of the Spring is 14”

The spring rate of this spring is equal to the Load at Ride Height (600lbs) divided by the Length the Spring must compress (4”).

Actual Calculation

600lbs / (14” - 10”) = 150lbs/in

Let’s assume that 150lbs/in is the perfect spring rate for the perfect ride quality of a JK. Not too squishy (move all over the place) not too stiff (feel every little bump on the road).

Now, let’s look at what happens when we need a spring that will remain seated in a long travel suspension at the same lift height.

So let’s assume that we need the Free Length (fully extended length) of our example spring for this long travel suspension to be 18”.

The 10” compressed length of the spring at the same lifted ride height remains the same.

Again The new spring rate is equal to the Load at Ride Height (600lbs) divided by the length the spring must compress (8”) .

New Calculation

600lbs / (18” - 10”) = 75lbs/in


The new example spring rate of 75lbs/in will feel too soft to driver of the vehicle. The vehicle will role or bounce at the slightest motion.

This is the problem with Linear Rate Springs when you want to make a longer travel suspension that requires longer free length springs....the spring rate just gets too low by the time the spring compresses to the desired lifted ride height.

In other words, if we want to maintain the example perfect ride quality of 150lbs/in in a long travel suspension it becomes impossible with a Linear Rate Spring.

Therefore long travel suspension companies that want their springs to remain seated throughout the travel of the suspension and provide a ride quality at least in the same realm as the stock vehicle they must use a spring other than a Linear Rate Spring.

Two solutions are Progressive Springs and Dual Rate Springs. We will describe those next.


Progressive Rate Springs...

This post will discuss Progressive Rate Springs (in marketing jargon also referred to as Triple Rate or Quad Rate). I am going to provide specific values for spring rate, load at ride height etc. for discussion purposes only. These are not actual numbers because most manufacturers have proprietary spring rates and loads that they believe are ideal for a quality ride or are tuned for their specific systems (so does MC). All numbers are examples only.

Progressive Rate Springs- Many top end long travel suspension manufacturers use Progressive Rate Springs.  There are two ways to produce a progressive rate spring.

1) Continuously Variable Rate (Pitch)....or the winding of the spring coils such that the distance between each subsequent active coil (coil pitch) of the spring increases as you progress from the top coil to the bottom coil.  In other words, the coil pitch continouosly changes throughout the entire length of the spring.   Production of this type of progressive rate spring is rare as it requires specialized CNC spring winding machines.

2) Combining 3 or more Spring Rates (Pitches)....most Progressive rate springs are produced using a combination of 3 or more linear spring rates (coil pitches) wound into a single spring coil.  Some manufacturers use marketing terms like Triple Rate or Quad Rate springs, however these are really just progressive rate springs with a fancy name.  Let me explain what I mean...when one uses three spring rates (coil pitches) in a single spring, each spring rate must also have a transition rate (coil pitch) between each of the three spring rates, therefore a spring with three spring rates must effectively have a total of 5 spring rates.  Once you have that many different spring rates in a single spring coil it is effectively an estimate of a progressive rate spring.  In other words, Progressive Rate Springs, Triple Rate Springs, Quad Rate Springs are all the same thing with just different names.  I will refer to all of these as Progressive Rate Springs in this post.

Progressive Rate springs are generally more expensive to make, harder to design, harder to inspect and do not have the ride height consistency of linear rate springs.  They are excellent springs for long travel suspension systems.  Look at the Progressive Spring in the image above.  Notice that the distance between the active coils (Pitch) steadily increases as you progress from the top coil to the bottom coil.  This is how you can identify a true progressive spring from a marketing progressive spring.
A true Progressive Rate Spring is progressive by RATE. Meaning the spring rate increases the further the spring is compressed.

Unfortunately a Linear Rate Spring is progressive by FORCE. Meaning the load force of the spring increases the further the spring is compressed. I have seen some manufacturers claim there springs are progressive and technically they are progressive by force but not by rate.

Notice how the last two active coils are the furthest apart (I will return to this later in the post).

So I am going to use the same spring assumptions I used in the last long travel suspension example:

Assume the desired spring rate for the perfect ride is again 150lbs/in
Assume the compressed length for the Progressive Spring at ride height is again 10”
Assume that the Free Length for the Progressive Spring is again 18”

So in summary we need our spring to compress a total of 8” (18” - 10”). When it compresses this 8” and reaches the desired length of 10” it needs to handle a load of 600lbs and have a rate of 150lbs/in at that specific point.

The following is a chart of what is happening with the progressive spring as we compress it to the desire ride height. I hope this chart works on your screen.

Spring Compression___Spring Rate at Compression__Force at Compression___Length of Spring
___0_________________________0____________________ _0_________________18”
___2”_____________________20 lbs/in________________40 lbs______________16”
___4”_____________________40 lbs/in________________120 lbs_____________14”
___6”_____________________90 lbs/in________________300 lbs_____________12”
___8”____________________150 lbs/in________________600 lbs_____________10”

So this is an example of a progressive spring with a continually changing rate that will work in the example long travel suspension used above.

As you can see the Spring Rate is changing as the spring is compressed and aproaches the desired ride height. This is what makes it more difficult to provide a consistent ride height because the Rate and the Force of the spring are both changing at the point that the user wants his/her ride height. Remember I said it makes it more difficult not impossible.

In addition, as the Progressive Spring in the image above, compresses every coil of the spring will move the same distance resulting in the top coils slowly collapsing on top of one another before the lower coils collapse on one another. As a coil collapses on a previous coil it becomes fully supported or solid and no longer acts as an active part of the spring at all. This collapsing of coils onto one another is the exact mechanical feature that causes a Progressive Rate Spring to act as a Progressive Rate Spring.

In other words, as spring coils are removed from being active the fewer remaining active coils result in the spring becoming stiffer. It is the same concept as a long rod being easier to bend (softer) than a shorter rod of the same diameter (stiffer).

This is another way to identify if you truly have a progressive rate spring or not. If the coils of your springs do not progressively stack directly on top of one another (touching) during a good portion of the compression cycle of the spring you likely do not have true progressive rate springs. Or your spring has not reached its progressive rate stage within the compression cycle that you viewed.

Progressive Rate Springs have a very nice feature in that they substantially increase in rate as you compress beyond ride height. This helps to reduce the force of impact of the axles on the bump stops under extreme off road conditions. Nice feature over linear springs.

Now for the number one reason MC did not choose to design our springs as Progressive Rate Springs.

We use a lot of up travel in our suspension systems therefore our springs get very close to the fully compressed (all coils touching) condition. Progressive Rate Springs do not like to be fully compressed as they are susceptible to sagging. If you can picture an almost fully compressed Progressive Rate Spring, all of the top coils will be collapsed on one another and inactive while only the very last active coil will be active. In this condition the largest amount of spring stress is concentrated in the final active coil. Substantially more stress than what is in the first coil that collapsed and became solid long before the fully compressed condition. This large concentration of stress in a single coil can cause the spring to fatigue and sag over time.

Therefore MC chose to use Dual Rate Springs.



Dual Rate Springs (used in MC suspensions)...

The diagram above shows three types of springs commonly used in the offroad industry. This post will discuss Dual Rate Springs specifically shown in action in the diagrams below. I am going to provide specific values for spring rate, load at ride height etc. for discussion purposes only. These are not actual numbers because most manufacturers have proprietary spring rates and loads that they believe are ideal for a quality ride or are tuned for their specific systems (so does MC). All numbers are examples only.

Dual Rate Springs – are just another type of progressive rate spring, however a Dual Rate Spring’s progression is from a first rate (Flex Rate) to a second rate (Ride or Road Rate) as opposed to the continually changing rate of a traditional progressive rate spring. I think very few long travel suspension manufacturers use Dual Rate Springs. Dual Rate Springs are generally more expensive to make, harder to design, and harder to inspect than linear rate springs. But Dual Rate Springs do have the similar ride height consistency of linear rate springs. Dual Rate Springs are excellent springs for long travel suspension systems.

Look at the Dual Rate Spring in the image above. Notice that the distance between the top approximateLY 4 active coils (Pitch) is smaller and identical to one another. Notice that the distance between the bottom approximately 4 active coils (Pitch) is larger and identical to one another. This is how you can identify a true Dual Rate Spring.

Because of the unique appearance of a Dual Rate Spring it is easily identifiable from a Linear Rate Spring. In other words it would be very difficult to market it as anything but a Dual Rate Spring.

Using the same spring assumptions from the previous two posts for the same example long travel suspension:

Assume the desired spring rate for the perfect ride is again 150lbs/in
Assume the compressed length for the Dual Rate Spring at ride height is again 10”
Assume that the Free Length required for the Dual Rate Spring is again 18”

So in summary we need our spring to compress a total of 8” (18” - 10”). When it compresses this 8” and reaches the desired length of 10” it needs to handle a load of 600lbs and have a rate of 150lbs/in at that specific point.

The following is a chart of what is happening with a Dual Rate Spring as it is compressed to the desired ride height.

Spring Compression___Spring Rate at Compression__Force at Compression___Length of Spring
___0_________________________0____________________ 0________________18”
___2”_____________________25 lbs/in________________50 lbs______________16”
___4”_____________________25 lbs/in________________100 lbs_____________14”
___6”_____________________25 lbs/in________________150 lbs_____________12”
___7”____________________150 lbs/in________________300 lbs_____________11”
___8”____________________150 lbs/in________________600 lbs_____________10”

So this example of a Dual Rate Spring meets the goals for the design of the example long travel suspension. In this case the transition from Flex Rate (1) to Road (Ride) Rate (2) occurs at about 7” of compression or 1” above the desired ride height.

Note that the Spring Rate is not changing as the spring compression approaches the desired ride height, only the force is changing. That makes it much easier for the manufacturer to maintain consistent ride height. I am not knocking progressive rate springs or saying they do not maintain consistent ride heights I am only saying it is more difficult to do so with progressive rate springs.


As the Dual Rate Spring in the image above compresses each coil will move the same distance relative to one another resulting in the approximately top 5 active coils collapsing on top of one another and therefore are fully supported or solid. At this point those 5 coils become inactive which facilitates the transition from the Flex Rate to the Ride Rate. In the example spring this transition occurs at approximately 7” of compression. The remaining bottom approximately 8 active coils will not collapse until the spring reaches a fully compressed condition at which time they will all touch each other at effectively the same time. In other words the bottom 8 coils will remain active throughout the rest of the compression cycle.

The fact that the bottom 8 active coils remain active throughout the full compression cycle of the spring is the main reason we chose Dual Rate Springs for the MC suspension. As stated in the previous Progressive Rate Spring Post. MC uses a lot of up travel in our suspension systems therefore our springs get very close to the fully compressed (all coils touching) condition. But even when our suspension is close to this fully compressed condition the stress in the spring is distributed equally across all of the 8 bottom active coils. In other words, we spread the heavy lifting out to multiple coils. This feature of Dual Rate Springs helps to prevent spring fatigue and sagging which MC believes is a major concern of customers.



Properly designed Dual Rate Springs and some Progressive Rate Springs (depending on design) have a unique feature that results in added spring stability and therefore added suspension stability. MC calls this feature “dropping the virtual spring bucket”. This feature is illustrated in the image above.

In order to discuss we have to agree on the following assumption.

If one compares a LONGER spring to a SHORTER spring both having the same wire diameter, same number of coils and same spring diameter, the LONGER spring is more likely to buckle and demonstrate lateral instability than the SHORTER spring.

As you can see in the image above when the Flex Rate Coils collapse they become solid and fully supported by one another. In effect…it is like the spring bucket that is retaining the top of the spring moves down to a new location or “virtual spring bucket”. This in turn results in the spring effectively becoming SHORTER and therefore more stable and less likely to buckle.

I hope this information is helpful.

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Personal Note About Veterans Day...

America has much to be proud of.

Our history is truly unique in the overall story of mankind and the development of nation-states. The single gathering of people for the express purpose of Freedom, was, on it's own, revolutionary.

To then form a nation, with Guaranteed principles of Freedom, was remarkable.

Since the Revolutionary War, however, it has been the men and women of our Nation's Armed Forces that has risked life and limb to ensure that our constitutional guarantees are honored.

Today, we honor those men and women. We honor those vets from every service and every discipline. We honor the soldier on the front lines and the administrator in the back office. We honor the Shippies, the Jocks, the Ground-Pounders. We honor the Corpsman, the Ward-Mamas, the Holy Joes. We honor not only those who served, but their families for standing by and standing strong.

However, it is not enough to just honor our vets. For while we spend this day showing our pride, we must spend every day saying Thank You.

Saying Thank You directly by thanking those that have served at every opportunity, and indirectly by living our lives in ways that preserve the Freedom and show we understand and appreciate what it means.

Friends, we live in amazing times, in an amazing country, don't waste it.

God Bless You, God Bless Our Veterans and God Bless America.

- Matson

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

TJ/LJ Solid Chromoly High Clearance Track Bar Upgrade Kit...

We've built Metalcloak on one very important principle... we LISTEN to our customers.

Some time ago, on a Jeepforum thread about our trackbars the discussion was focused on the frame-end of the Track Bar and the recommended need for a Safety Washer.

We paid attention to the discussion and put our engineers on it.

The result... a full and complete safety system for the frame end of our TJ/LJ Solid Chromoly High Clearance Track Bar...



All track bars shipping now will come with this upgrade.

But, what about the hundreds of customers who already purchased their trackbar with the original spacers?

We've got you covered...



We put together kits for all our past customers.





Whether you purchased a single track bar or a complete suspension system, you will be receiving this kit over the next couple weeks.

We have great confidence in the current configuration, but wanted to do what we always strive to do... take that extra step to make our products even better.

If you purchased your products through an Authorized Installer, the shop will have your kits within the next couple weeks.

Need more information, feel free to call us at 916-631-8071

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Skillz Day at Prairie City SVRA

Hello Rock-Biting Jeepers!

As I am packing up Cloak3, our Rock-Biting JK, for a quick trip down to Big Bear Forest Fest, I wanted to send out another reminder that next weekend is our Second Annual Skillz Day at Prairie City SVRA.

We started Skillz Day for a number of reasons, but it was inspired by meeting Jeep Owners everywhere who were proud new owners of a beautiful and capable new Jeep, but had little, if no practical knowledge about how to properly use this new tool.

The best question I heard at Skillz Day 2012 was "how do I put it into 4 wheel drive?" I loved that question and the willingness of that person to admit what he didn't know. But this is not unusual. Jeep dealers everywhere are having great sales, but some are not taking the time to educate their customers on all the features the Jeep offers.

But this is just the first step. We will not only teach you about your rig, but give you HANDS-ON experience driving over several different levelst of obstacle courses. The best part? Its FREE and includes a hot lunch. ;-)

Just a sample of the day....
  • Know Your Rig
  • Secrets of the Trail
  • Off Road Safety
  • Fight for Land Use
  • Recovery Demonstrations
  • Corner Travel Index Testing
  • RTI Testing
  • Test Drives
  • & More!
Learn more and Register Online Here: https://www.metalcloak.com/Articles.asp?ID=264

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We'll see you on the rocks!
Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
916-631-8071

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Why We Adopted the "Gold Standard"

On June 1, 2013, Metacloak Announced adoption of The Gold Standard (Press Release)... a program that allowed customers to trade a 1 ounce gold coin for our JK Wrangler Duroflex Lift Kit ($1999 Value).

Following is our basic answer to three themes most questions seem to fall under... you can learn more by calling us at 916-631-8071.



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Why We're Doing It.

Metalcloak continuous release of new products has spurred intense discussion across the net. Whether the feedback was positive or negative, the discussion was beneficial to all, and, we feel, inspired better and greater product development both from us and others in the industry.

As a company of humble Patriots, we are hoping our public release of the Gold Standard program will spur similar intense discussion on the subject of Gold and Liberty (transversely the Dollar & Tyranny) in this Great Country of ours. As our press release stated, "Off-road enthusiasts are true Patriots and they recognize the relationship between Gold & Liberty. This is just one more step in our mission to build for their future."

Hopefully this discussion will help us to educate many more on this relationship and why we, as a citizenry, must remain vigilant.

"It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
- Henry Ford

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Aren't You Afraid of the Government?

We recognize there is some risk in this program that it would likely draw the attention of various Tax Agencies (Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board in our home state of California) and, yes, the IRS.

Since our house is in order, we are willing to accept the risk of government scrutiny in order to promote the discussion amongst fellow Patriots of the relationship between gold and individual liberty.

"Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice."  "If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash."
--George Washington


The fact that there is any chance Metalcloak would be scrutinized for using the original form of Constitutional currency is, in and of itself, the best reason for proceeding with this program.

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Why Not California?

Because we are based in California, there is no clear-cut answer on how to develop a proper sales tax policy under this program.  The confusion was based around how to value the product for the purposes of sales tax.  Which of the following was correct?
  • Tax the retail value of the product
  • Tax the discounted product value relative to the spot price of gold on the day of the sale
  • Tax the discounted product value relative to the spot price of gold on the day sales taxes are due.
  • Tax the discounted product price relative to the spot price of gold at the time coin is resold.
While this question can probably be resolved some day in the future, for now, we chose to focus on all those states and customers that can immediately benefit from this program. To our friends in California, we'll do our best.

"Whoever controls the money in any country is master of all its legislation and commerce." --President James Garfield

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gettin' Gold & Gainin' Skillz....

Hello Rock-Biting Jeepers!
Yes, it is true... Metalcloak is tradin' parts for Gold!

And no, this isn't just an obsession with Gold we're having... learn more about our program below.

And yes, Skillz Day is back. If you are anywhere near Northern California, you are welcome to join us in our Second Annual Skillz Day. This event is open to all, from Novice to Expert, but is truly designed to help the new Jeep owner learn about your new Jeep. It's all coming to Prairie City SVRA on June 22. Registration information below.



METALCLOAK ADOPTS THE GOLD STANDARD...
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Metalcloak's continuous release of new products has spurred intense discussion across the net. Whether the feedback was positive or negative, the discussion was beneficial to all, and, we feel, inspired better and greater product development both from us and others in the industry.

As a company of humble Patriots, we are hoping our public release of the Gold Standard program will spur similar intense discussion on the subject of Gold and Liberty (transversely the Dollar & Tyranny) in this Great Country of ours.

As our Press Release stated, "Off-road enthusiasts are true Patriots and they recognize the relationship between Gold & Liberty. This is just one more step in our mission to build for their future."

Hopefully this discussion will help us to educate many more on this relationship and why we, as a citizenry, must remain vigilant.
"It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
-Henry Ford

HOW IT WORKS...
Just call Metalcloak at 916-631-8071 to place your order for the JK Wrangler 2.5/3.5 Duroflex Suspension System. You will be given instructions for shipping the gold coin. At the time of the order, you will also be responsible for paying for shipping.
It's that simple. For more information and the overall terms and conditions... click here.


SPECIAL BUMPER PACKAGES for TJ/LJ/YJ Owners...

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, we've put together three HEAVILY discounted basic bumper packages (no hoop, no recovery points, no fairlead) just the fully integrated winch plate and bumper base and your choice of end caps...

Check it out, these packages won't last, so don't miss the opportunity to SAVE!

Frame-Built Bumpers for Jeep by Metalcloak

AND if you want to learn more about our FRAME-BUILT Bumpers, check out our latest video...

Frame-Built Bumper Video



SKILLZ DAY...
If you are anywhere near the West Coast... we want you to join us on June 22, for SKILLZ DAY at Prairie City SVRA.
This unique event is designed to help develop your off road skillz whether you are a first time Jeep owner or a veteran of the sport. All are welcome and it's FREE!
Just a sample of the day....
  • Know Your Rig
  • Secrets of the Trail
  • Off Road Safety
  • Fight for Land Use
  • Recovery Demonstrations
  • Corner Travel Index Testing
  • RTI Testing
  • Test Drives
  • & More!
Learn more and Register Online Here: https://www.metalcloak.com/Articles.asp?ID=264
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We'll see you on the rocks!
Matson "Matsonian" Breakey
MetalCloak.com
916-631-8071