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Old 03-03-2014, 01:44 PM
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figured I could use some advice as I go along


started off by clocking the tcase

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got a piece of 1/4" steel. 2ft x 4ft
cut a square out because the tranny mount still hangs to low
then started to bend it to wrap around the sides of the frame rail

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here's sorta where I'm at. I plan to attach this giant skid by running 4 bolts through the uniframe on each side.

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If it were me I'd lay out a grid of something like 1"x1/4" bar in like a 6"square pattern for support
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I will add supports as space allows me. gonna be a snug fit
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How much of a clearance did u gain from clocking the t case?
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What did you do about your linkage for the TC? I've read numerous articles on people clocking the TC with little detail about what they have done with the linkage. If you could post some pics or detailed description of what you have done/plan to do that would be great.

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How much of a clearance did u gain from clocking the t case?
a noticeable amount. I will pull a measurement for you next weekend. but I assume a couple inches. totally worth it if you're spending all this time on a custom belly pan

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What did you do about your linkage for the TC? I've read numerous articles on people clocking the TC with little detail about what they have done with the linkage. If you could post some pics or detailed description of what you have done/plan to do that would be great.

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I haven't reattached the linkage yet sorry. I will have to figure that out in a few months when this thing is rolling again
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Did the pinion angles at the axles change too?
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Did the pinion angles at the axles change too?
I don't have the axles in. I have no further information on the clocked tcase lol sorry guys

seems that front output would be raised up an inch or two though, so yeah front driveline angle might increase slightly. I'm not a bit worried, my axle is super high pinion

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i like it so far!
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Did the pinion angles at the axles change too?
rear stays the same, front get a little steeper driveshaft angle. but its not to bad
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i like it so far!
thank you sir! maybe you will have some innovative ideas for when the time comes to brace the hell out of this thing.
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thank you sir! maybe you will have some innovative ideas for when the time comes to brace the hell out of this thing.
being 1/4 you shouldn't need to much bracing, but random pieces of 1x1x.120 spread out on the open spaces definitely won't hurt.


the only spot i would be concerned with is that upper mount, being that its mounted to plate steel it may start to stress that spot after a while. so a little gusseting there would go a long way
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I plan on something along the lines of this

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Even angle welded like /\ across the long flat would help.
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