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Old 11-14-2013, 09:29 PM
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I'm running a Clayton Off-road Y link long arm suspension up front. This system utilizes a new crossmember to replace the old, thin stock one. The mount is made in 3 sections, two frame mounts and a middle section that can drop to allow you to remove the transmission if needed.

Here is the middle section removed, pretend those bars aren't there yet.



I used a 10' stick of sch 40 pipe (thicker wall for this application and easy to bend) and I bought 5' of 12" wide 1/4" plate (used about 3').

Bent the tube *now look at tube*.



Welded it all together and it looked really pretty, right?

Yes it did, and it was a heavy *****. Unfortunately, it dost quite clear the t case and wasn't going to allow full droop of the front driveshaft.


Then I hacked it up and made it ugly.




Didn't have time to paint it, so a few weeks later I was changing the front output seal if my t case and cleaned it up.




This has taken a good beating, the long arms have been worse though...

Happy wheeling!
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Looks good. I'd cap the tube ends so they don't fill with mud and such and rust out.
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nice job.
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I was going to cap the tube, and will whenever I get some down time, but it wasn't as important when I did it.
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Beautiful welds. One suggestion maybe a couple drain holes on each side.
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Beautiful welds. One suggestion maybe a couple drain holes on each side.
Yeah, Will. Those are some beautiful welds you laid there.
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looks mean.
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Lol... Those welds do look nice.

I do have two drain holes in it now.
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what kind of welder do you use? im wanting a mig bad.
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That was with a Hobart 140. Nice machine.
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That was with a Hobart 140. Nice machine.
Great machine. I run the hell outta mine
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will this skid work on a stock/slightly modified(RC 3" lift kit)?
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will this skid work on a stock/slightly modified(RC 3" lift kit)?
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Is it possible to build one onto a stock crossmember?
Yes, but i wouldnt after seeing the collection of 4 i have and have beat the hell out of. My crossmember is 2x4x3/16, its not going to be as easily mangled as the stock ones.

Aside from building a skid one thin piece of metal, lift height and nothing else should change the design.

I was originally wanting to do a clocked t case and run a true flat belly from frame rail to frame rail, but this has worked so well i dont have any complaints.
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