Crossmember - Front Gas Tank Support
I'm having some frame repairs done on my Jeep and need to repair or replace the rotted crossmember that the front of the gas tank skid attaches to. I found a replacement on line for $169 plus freight but I'm hoping the welding shop I'm using can do something quicker and cheaper.
The existing 15-gal tank in my '90 will be replaced with a 20-gal poly tank and factory skid. I'm also planning on adding a 1" body lift. Am I correct in thinking that (1) the tank is held to the skid by straps so this crossmember really doesn't provide any direct tank support or keep the tank from moving around and (2) that the critical dimension of a new crossmember is keeping the body mounts in the same height and location?
I did half an hour of searches here and the only thing I found was one that was fabricated to look pretty close to factory. I'm looking for ideas using angle or channel iron, something quick and easy.