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2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon - MetalCloak JK

Posted in Features on June 28, 2013
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Since 2006, when they started as Rev111, MetalCloak has been known for its innovative products. Refusing to be one of the companies that copies other's designs, MetalCloak's engineers have consistently developed new solutions to old problems.

This 2009 JK Unlimited Rubicon shows off MetalCloak's prowess at designing parts that work. It features their Game Changer 3.5-inch suspension system that includes MetalCloak's control arms with Duroflex joints and their 6Pak shock absorbers. The 6Pak shocks provide the longest shock travel relative to compressed length for any off-road shock ever built. For instance, the 6Pak shock that is 15 inches compressed extends to 31 inches!

MetalCloak’s rear lower shock bracket gets the shock mount up for more clearance than OE. The 6Pak shocks are valved well, especially for crawling speeds in the dirt and on the highway. They could be valved a bit stiffer for high-speed dirt running.

The JK is armored with MetalCloak's extreme-clearance 8-inch Overline Tube Fenders. The ExoCorner Crawler Kit includes ExoSkin panels, ExoCorner rails, JK LED light housings, and LED taillights. The MetalCloak Rocker ExoSkin and Rocker Rail provide rocker panel strength and protection. The Jeep wouldn't be complete without MetalCloak's famous modular Frame Built Bumpers. The front bumper has the steel base, crawler caps, aluminum fairlead, JK full stinger, and a Warn PowerPlant HP winch. The Frame Built Crawler rear bumper has MetalCloak's Crawler tire carrier.

A Dynatrac ProRock 44 frontend with Dynatrac ball joints replaces the Rubicon's weak OE frontend. The 5.13 gears and OE Tru-Lok electric lockers are in the pumpkins of both 44s, and occupants are protected by a Rock Hard rollcage. The 37x12.50R17LT Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar tires are mounted on 17x9.5 Raceline Monster beadlock wheels.

When you look at what's been done to MetalCloak's JK, you see that it isn't a radical build. The modifications performed provide stunning articulation on the trail and good on-pavement handling. Not one of MetalCloak's parts looks like—and, in most cases, performs like—anything else we've seen. MetalCloak's JK Unlimited is simply great.

The MetalCloak front bumper has the company’s steel base, crawler caps, aluminum fairlead, and JK full stinger.

Vehicle: 2009 Jeep JK Unlimited Rubicon
Owner/Hometown: MetalCloak/Rancho Cordova, California
Engine: Jeep 3.8L V-6
Induction: MPFI
Transmission: 42RE
Transfer case/low range ratio: Rubicon NVG241OR/4:1
Frontend: Dynatrac ProRock 44
Rearend: Jeep Rubicon 44
Ring and Pinion: 5.13:1
Front Differential: Rubicon Tru-Lok electric locker
Rear Differential: Rubicon Tru-Lok electric locker
Suspension: MetalCloak Game Changer 3.5-inch with 6Pak long travel shocks
Tires: 37x12.50R127LT Goodyear Wrangler MTR with Kevlar
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x9.5 Raceline Monster beadlock/4 inches

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