Crossmember/T-case Skid Build - Jeep Cherokee Forum

Fabrication & builders section. All fabrication posts go here.
XJ/MJ/ZJ/WJ Only projects go here. Questions belong in modified tech.

Crossmember/T-case Skid Build

Reply

 
 
 
Old 10-02-2017, 02:14 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: California
Posts: 25
Year: 2001
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default Crossmember/T-case Skid Build

One of the main areas on my jeep that felt vulnerable to me was the flimsy stock transmission crossmember as well as the lack of a transfer place skid to protect the exposed t-case. I could not find any aftermarket options that I really liked or that would really work with my setup. The way the full traction suspension brackets mount to the uni-rail didnt really allow for any aftermarket options.

That being said, I took off to the steelyard and grabbed about $30 in 3/16" sheet remnants and got to creating what I feel is a pretty solid setup (especially compared to stock!) My goal was to build a new member that was both more study than stock and would also allow for greater ground clearance.. all without spending hundreds on dollars

I did all this with pretty basic tools: 4.5" grinders, lincoln 130 welder, cordless drill/bits and some basic hand tools. All the bends were scored with the grinder on the backside then bent and stitch welded along the scored side. Had I had some larger tools or machinery I would have build this slightly different, but I worked with what I had and I think it came out pretty good. Love to hear comments/feedback what I could improve upon next time! (I already know my welding could use a little practice)
Attached Thumbnails Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4505.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4513.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4514.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4516.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4520.jpg  

Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4522.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4527.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4534.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4545.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4550.jpg  

Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4577.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4586.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4595.jpg   Crossmember/T-case Skid Build-img_4598.jpg  
cspud721 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2017, 03:26 PM
  #2  
TIME TO GET SCHWIFTY
 
roninofako's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Apple Valley, CA
Posts: 12,444
Year: 97
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.6 stroker
Default

Nice!
roninofako is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2017, 03:35 PM
  #3  
Seasoned Member
 
Joshua White's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Clearwater FL
Posts: 268
Default

What he said ^
Joshua White is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 12:29 PM
  #4  
CF Veteran
 
unidentifiedbomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: DE
Posts: 5,128
Year: 1988
Model: Cherokee
Engine: I6 4.0
Default

Looks good. Reminds me of my Rusty's crossmember that's 1/4" thick but with no tcase coverage, going to get their skid plate for that.
unidentifiedbomb is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 04:12 PM
  #5  
CF Veteran
 
Bugout4x4's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Arizona
Posts: 3,729
Year: 97
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

Beautiful work Sir. Look at that stack of dimes!
Bugout4x4 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 08:20 PM
  #6  
Seasoned Member
 
TrailerTrash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Hangover, PA
Posts: 441
Year: 1998
Model: Cherokee(XJ)
Engine: 4.0L
Thumbs up


oh yes
TrailerTrash is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 07:46 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
john deer green's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: west virginia
Posts: 585
Year: 1989
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

man that is some clean work
john deer green is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2017, 10:10 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
kickice24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Port Richey, FL
Posts: 647
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

Sexy! Good job man.
kickice24 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2017, 10:13 AM
  #9  
Member
 
Biggsly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: OKC
Posts: 111
Model: Cherokee(SJ)
Engine: 6 CYL HO
Default

That looks good.
Biggsly is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2017, 07:44 AM
  #10  
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Pasquotank, NC
Posts: 1,431
Year: 1990
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

Quality work. I was hoping to see an additional mount at the end of the transfer skid portion. I would be concerned about landing hard on the skid and ripping one of the mounting bolts out, lot of leverage on the bolts at the back end of the skid.
bad_idea is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 01:21 AM
  #11  
Seasoned Member
 
StuckBuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Oregon
Posts: 453
Year: 1995
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 I6
Default

Nice work sir! Especially for garage fab with pretty basic tools!
StuckBuck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply
 
 
 

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread