Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dodge Ram Duroflex Control Arms? Sure, why not...

Yes, it's true.

We are fans of Dodge Ram Trucks. In our own shop we have at least 7 Ram Trucks here every day.

So, when in 2012, Will, our lead sales and tech support guru, built a custom set of arms for his 2002 2nd Gen 3/4 Ton Cummins, we thought, sure, why not.

Now, after 2 years and 25,000 miles, we said... "enough testing, let's do it!"

Introducing the new Duroflex Control Arms for Dodge Ram trucks... with options for 1994 - 2012, these control arms are a simple bolt-on option for your rig.

Fitting Stock to 3" lift, the non-adjustable arms are precisely built at an engineered length for the best performance with your rig.



As always your feedback is welcome and appreciated! 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sidekick Off Road, Racing on Duroflex, and Pic of the Week Winner


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Hello Matson,

Great response from last week's eNews to the new Pic of the Week Contest. There were some great entries and you can view this week's winner below.

I know many of you are itching to see the Black Friday announcement, so keep an eye on Facebook, where it will be announced first.

But, keep in mind, if you wait to place your order during Black Friday weekend, your order could be delayed up to 5 or 6 weeks. Whereas if you order BEFORE the sale starts, suspension will ship right away and some body armor as well.

Give us a call, maybe we can save you a few dollars anyway...
Sidekick Offroad Calendar SIDEKICK OFFROAD 2015 CALENDAR COMING SOON!

Over the last four years, we have been fortunate to be a part of the Sidekick Offroad Event Calendar. In our opinion, this calendar is one of the best, not just for the great pics, but for the EXTENSIVE list of Off Road Events listed month after month after month.

This year we are returning as the pin-up for July with a great pic from Jeepers Jamboree and the Rubicon Trail.

We should have these Calendars available next week for purchase, so keep an eye out!
DUROFLEX JOINT TESTIMONIAL

Over the last few years we've had lots of questions about the Durability of the Duroflex Joints - some have speculated that since they are not used in racing they can't be as good as the typical joints most commonly used on race rigs.

While it is true that we are not a racing company and do not make racing focused components, 4540 Motorsports offered to show what the Duroflex Joints could do on a 4500 Class Everyman Challenge Ultra4 Jeep Wrangler.

As the video shows, 4540 Motorsports was the only APPROVED user of our Joints for the 2014 Season. They installed the 2 5/8 x 2 5/8" 1 1/4" Straight Shank all the way around, in true parallel as recommended and with LH and RH threads for ease of adjustment.

Watch the video for the results...

Duroflex Joint Testimonial Video
CA4WD Giveaway Jeep Expedition California  WIN THE CA4WD GIVEAWAY JEEP, "EXPEDITION CALIFORNIA"
How do you WIN? The first step is to place an order ANYTIME during November and December over $100, and we will AUTOMATICALLY enter your name to win this great Jeep.

In February 2015, CA4WD will give-away this JK at their annual Convention and you need not be present to win. They will draw out the name during their Saturday night awards dinner and will call the winner in front of everyone.

That call COULD be going to you!

BTW, you can also enter as many times as you want just by contacting CA4WD through their website: http://www.cal4wheel.com/sweepstakes-vehicle
SWAG FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Have you checked out our line of Shirts, Hats, Hoodies and Decals?

We have a great variety available and in stock - perfect for showing the world you are a member of the #CloakedRepublic.

Metalcloak Swag & Shirts
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 Jamie Popiol for submitting this weeks Pic of the Week! Jamie has is running with the Aluminum Overline Fenders on his TJ, along with the 1.5" Overline Rub Rails.

Jeep Wrangler in the Mud
Click Here for the original post on Facebook.
We'll see you on the rocks!

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

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Win a JK, 2015 Calendars & Pic of the Week (NEW CONTEST)!!!


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Hello Matson,

With the holidays fast approaching its time to announce some cool goodies we are doing for all orders placed during November & December.

And what better way to announce it first then to all of you email subscribers first!

Yep, you are learning about this before anyone on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere. That is one of the priveleges of being on the Metalcloak newsletter list.

What are the goodies? Read On...
CA4WD Giveaway Jeep Expedition California WIN "EXPEDITION CALIFORNIA"
- A CLOAK'D JEEP JK

The first goodie is a CHANCE TO WIN the California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WD) Jeep Wrangler JK, dubbed by us as Expedition California, this 2014 JK Features a whole host of cool parts including our 3.5" Game-Changer, ARB Edition, Overland Fenders, Frame-Built Combo Bumpers, ARB Tent, Magnaflow Exhaust, BFGoodrich KM2's, Rugged Radio, Warn Xeon Winch, Olympus Off Road Lights, sPod, Sierra Gear Axles, Dynatrac ProRock Front Housing, Reid Knuckle, and So Much More...

How do you WIN? The first step is to place an order ANYTIME during November and December over $100, and we will AUTOMATICALLY enter your name to win this great Jeep.

In February 2015, CA4WD will give-away this JK at their annual Convention and you need not be present to win. They will draw out the name during their Saturday night awards dinner and will call the winner in front of everyone.

That call COULD be going to you!

BTW, you can also enter as many times as you want just by contacting CA4WD through their website: http://www.cal4wheel.com/sweepstakes-vehicle
RUBICON TRAIL CALENDAR

Unlike some trails in the US, the wold famous Rubicon Trail is still considered a County Road, and is the responsibility of California's El Dorado County.

This year the county came out with a cool calendar that has lots of information about the Rubicon including history, advice, HAM repeaters, and generally follows the Bandana Mitigation Program theme.

The campaign has four uniquely designed Bandanas that remind people about Treading Lightly on the trail.

While Supplies Last, every order placed starting today through December will receive one of these unique calendars at no cost.
Bandanas
El Dorado County Calendar
Cloakworks 4x4  CLOAKWORKS 4X4 UPDATE
We announced last month the opening of CloakWorks 4x4, our in house installation and build shop. Thank you for the great response!

Things have been going great! More and more of you are asking us to do the installation, but we don't just do Metalcloak parts. We are a fully licensed repair facility and will install anyone's parts, in fact we just started installing a Currie Rock-Jock 44 to Del Albright's Land Use War Machine.

You Can learn more about CloakWorks 4x4 by visting our website at CloakWorks4x4.com.
SWAG FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Have you checked out our line of Shirts, Hats, Hoodies and Decals?

We have a great variety available and in stock - perfect for showing the world you are a member of the #CloakedRepublic.

Metalcloak Swag & Shirts
PIC OF THE WEEK

The Pic of the Week has been a popular feature, but it is time to take it up a notch! Starting today, 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.

Here is the first winner for the week of November 14...

Congratulations to David Leary of Charlottesville, Virginia for submitting this weeks Pic of the Week! David has the 3.5" Game Changer ARB Edition Suspension System and a Frame-Built Combo Bumper. Click Here for the original post on Facebook.

Jeep Wrangler in the Mud
We'll see you on the rocks!

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

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Aluminum Fenders for the Jeep Wrangler JK

Yeah, you've heard it before, Diets are All the Rage... and that even means Diets for your Jeep.

Since the introduction by our friend Gerald Lee at Savvy Off Road of the Aluminum Gas Tank Skid, Aluminum Jeep products have grown in popularity.

And while we had a full line of Aluminum Products for the TJ up til now, we have only had a few minor accessories for the JK.

But that is about to change.

Introducing the ALUMINUM Overland Front & Rear Fenders for the Jeep Wrangler JK.


Based on our unique Overland Fender one piece design, the Aluminum fenders not only look amazing, but they are super light too!

Just look at this comparison:

That's a total weight savings of 62 Lbs.

Made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum, the Overlands are a great addition to your build.



As always your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

More information can be found at Metalcloak.com


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to Eliminate Radius Arm Bind...

Meet the "Lock-N-Load" (Patent Pending ID# 14/469,438) - our solution for Radius Arm Bind.



As we started developing a long-arm kit for TJ, we knew doing a Radius Arm would be an easier install and a better fit for many of our customers.

The challenge with radius arms is the binding that occurs at full articulation, which not only limits travel, but can put extraordinary stress on your joints (premature wear is common).

The Lock-N-Load is our offering of a solution.

How does it work? The Lock-N-Load contains springs that allow the arm to move in and out in a slow, controlled, manner - eliminating the bind that may be caused by the radius arm.



In addition, you can "Lock-It" by a few turns of the arm (notice the wrench flats) which removes its compression capability, allowing for more stability for every day driving.

Here you can see it in position on the front of Cloak1, our shop TJ.



In essence...

The Lock-N-Load
  • Eliminates Radius Arm Bind
  • Still Acts as a Fully Functional Rigid Control Arm
  • "Lock-It" for Daily Driving
  • "Load-It" for Trail Articulation
And, while it was developed to be part of our own TJ/LJ Long Arm Suspension System, it is currently available on our website as a stand-alone product.

Here is a short video that explains how it works and shows the arm in action.



And, as always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Learn more at Metalcloak.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

JK Frame Built Bumper Redesign...

NEW NEWS! Our JK Frame-Built Bumper System just went through a redesign.




To the naked eye, not much has changed in the overall rugged look and trail tested design...

However, there is one critical element that has been updated based on your feedback.

You no longer have to cut off the cross member from the front frame rails to mount our bumper base!

This makes it a lot easier to install for the average user. The cross member can still be removed for clearance, but is not required for use. Here is the new installation video...


(NOTE: The change also modified the fitment of the end caps and accessories. This means that the current end caps will not fit on legacy models of the JK Frame-Built Bumper. If you have an original model and would like to replace an end cap or add a hoop, just give us a call and we will ensure you get the original replacement.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Great Customer Testimonial... (TJ/LJ Suspension Products)

We are truly fortunate to have great customers... and it is emails like this that inspire us to keep doing what we do: Creating the BEST Products and the BEST Customer Experience...

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Matson,

I thought I would pass this along as a testimony. Over the last year I've been doing a build, all work done by me (with the exception of 5:13 gears installed), of my 2004 Wrangler LJ. What started out a bone stock Wrangler has undergone a major transformation. Although I originally didn't plan it that way, a majority of the build has been done utilizing many of your products, to include:

  1. - Short arm long travel suspension kit
  2. - Rear extended corner guards
  3. - Front and rear fenders
  4. - Rocker guards


Because it's such a critical part of any build, I suffered a great deal of angst debating suspension choices. The normal short arm, long arm, and even custom mid arm choices all made for a dizzying array of options. In the end it came down to two short arm choices, including Currie and Metalcloak. Although folks tried to sway me towards Currie, largely due to the proven nature, I was looking for a new and refreshing alternative. Even though your product hasn't been out as long and proliferated, I knew you were on to something that others would be hesitant to adopt, that is your Duroflex joint. Also, others that were uniformed tried to sway me towards a long arm option saying that it's ride and flex would be far superior to any short arm.
I'm here to tell you that they couldn't have been more wrong. After doing the install the ride, with 35" tires, is so much better than any other Wrangler I've driven that had 33" tires. Also, I had chance to enter a RTI contest yesterday at a local Jeep show. Admittedly, I was hesitant to do so, for fear of being dissapointed. However, seeing the number of well built jeeps, I figured it was a good opportunity to see how I stacked up against those short, mid, and long arm variants I had considered. The competition was small, but did include CJ, YJ, TJ, LJ, and JK models, some of which had expensive competitor suspensions. I did a few practice runs, holding back slightly, to see where I stood. When the contest was over I had taken first place, with a perfect score of 1000. Yes RTIs are varied and my score may not have actually been perfect, but it was on that ramp, for that day. Many people gathered round and were shocked at how well a short arm could flex, and were amazed that I beat out a couple of serious looking competitors.
I did also want to mention that I'm impressed with the fit quality of everything I purchased from Metalcloak. I've installed many products over the years, on a number of different vehicle platforms, and everything I got from you fit exactly as it should. I honestly can't say this about any other manufacturer/vendor I've dealt with. Bottom line, I couldn't be more happy with the products and how they work together. Since I'm guessing your not a huge company, please pass my note on to your employees, so they can see the impact of what they do. That is, make a great product that fits and works as it should. I know it's a little thing in the grand scheme of things, but here are some photos to go along with the words (Before the build, After the build, On the ramp, and the Trophy). Many thanks, keep up the great work!

Rich