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Crossmember/T-case Skid Build

Old 10-02-2017, 02:14 PM
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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)
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:26 PM
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:35 PM
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What he said ^
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:29 PM
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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.
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:12 PM
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Beautiful work Sir. Look at that stack of dimes!
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:20 PM
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oh yes
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:46 AM
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man that is some clean work
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:10 AM
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Sexy! Good job man.
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:13 AM
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That looks good.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:44 AM
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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.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:21 AM
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Nice work sir! Especially for garage fab with pretty basic tools!
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