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Unread 08-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Factory crossmember pics

Hey all,

I've looked on Google Images and Search but can't find what I'm looking for. Can anyone post a photo of their factory crossmember? My XJ, I think, has an aftermarket but I want to be sure. I am not home right now or I would post an image for those to see what they think.

My crossmember appears to be 3/16" or so, but there is a smaller "arm" coming off it. This looks like its protecting the transfer case. Is that how the XJs came from the factory or is that aftermarket?

Thanks all!

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Unread 08-28-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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I'm at work, so can't climb under a take a pic, but here's an incidental pic of mine. You can see it back there, what you're describing does not sound like my factory. It has no "arm" coming off it IIRC... Hope this helps. Better pic later if you still need one.


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Unread 08-28-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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Those are pics of the draglink and tierod not a crossmember that your red arrows point to.

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Unread 08-28-2012, 02:47 PM   #4
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My 2000 limited has a factory t-case skid plate. It is attached to the craossmember at one end and the frame rail behind the crossmember on the other end.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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Those are pics of the draglink and tierod not a crossmember that your red arrows point to.
I think he's not intending the red arrows to be a crossmember...hence his incidental comment

When I get home, I'll climb under and snap a photo for everyone to see. I may have some home brew skid under it. I haven't had the XJ long, so I'm learning as I go (had yj's before...).
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Unread 08-28-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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My 2000 limited has a factory t-case skid plate. It is attached to the craossmember at one end and the frame rail behind the crossmember on the other end.
Mines a 98 model, but sounds like yours. I guess it was retro fitted to the 98...?
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Unread 08-28-2012, 03:05 PM   #7
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Could be a factory skid. Give us a pic.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 04:24 PM   #8
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I think he's not intending the red arrows to be a crossmember...hence his incidental comment

When I get home, I'll climb under and snap a photo for everyone to see. I may have some home brew skid under it. I haven't had the XJ long, so I'm learning as I go (had yj's before...).
hahaha, as soon as I hit "Submit" I knew that would get somebody..lol. Yeah, it's from a thread on here where I was talking about front end alignment. I had taken so many shots under my jeep, thought it was a good chance the crossmember was in there. It's way back in the distance, but all I had available.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 04:24 PM   #9
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In the pic above you can see the factory cross member, just the edge of it. There was a similar looking piece that came off the cross member toward the rear at a 45 degree angle which is intended to protect the t/c.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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Green outline is the "arm" thats coming off and is attached to the frame on one end, crossmember on the other

Red is the crossmember.

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Unread 08-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #11
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Green outline is the "arm" thats coming off and is attached to the frame on one end, crossmember on the other

Red is the crossmember.
Mine is a 98 classic, it definitely does not have that.
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Mine is a 98 classic, it definitely does not have that.
I dont believe that it would matter, but mines a sport according to the build sheet. I know that there has been some work done to it, it left the factory with the dana 35 rear, but has a Chrysler 8.25 rear now. I havent counted the gear ratio yet, so Im unsure if its the factory 3.55 or if it was regeared (I know in 4lo it crawls very slowly) or not.

Basically Im making my mod wish list and want to know what it does and does not have. If this skid works, great, that means I can buy the engine/trans skid and not worry about the extra $$ on a tcase skid. I dont do heavy offroading, so even if this is a factory deal, it may still serve its purpose.

I just get a little paranoid about ripping an oil pan . I plan to skid as much of the bottom as I can, as Im only going 31" tires.
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Why worry about it? Leave it in place and have more subframe support as well as protection from rocks and such.At least untill you buy all new under armour.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #14
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Green outline is the "arm" thats coming off and is attached to the frame on one end, crossmember on the other

Red is the crossmember.

thats definately a factory crossmember, and a factory transfer case skid which may have been optional? or came on better models
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Unread 08-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #15
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Why worry about it? Leave it in place and have more subframe support as well as protection from rocks and such.At least untill you buy all new under armour.
I was just curious if it was factory or not. From what I've read after market skids are typically thicker metal.
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