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stompjrkz400 04-05-2012 11:51 PM

Recycling Track bar/homemade skid plate
 
ive been working on my 94 yj for a few weeks now, rebuilding the frame and redesigning some things, i wanted to be able to unbolt my skidplate without my drive line dropping, i decided to re-purposed my old rear track bar and it seems to work very well, my thought is that now if i needed to work on something away from home, i can just pull the skid and have lots of open space. has anyone else done this kind of setup?

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/w...0/bc91243f.jpg

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/w...0/c4e96b2e.jpg

where it connects to the chassis is going to be boxed in for more rigidity

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/w...0/11e61410.jpg

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/w...0/0adcbff1.jpg

captainauti 04-06-2012 05:11 AM

nice idea. i just tossed mine. o well. is that a home brew skid? o, and im stealing the idea of a seperate cross member.

stompjrkz400 04-06-2012 07:06 AM

yeah the skid is just 1inch stock uni strut and a piece of diamond plate i had bent up.

jbolty 04-06-2012 07:25 AM

You have the beginnings of a good idea, but after going through all that trouble why not tuck it up instead of leaving in the drop?

stompjrkz400 04-06-2012 07:32 AM

i hear you jbolty, i wanted to go flush, but i didn't for 2 reasons,

1: all the nuts built into the frame where gone ( p.o welded the skid on ) and

2: after looking at the drive shaft angle with the axle at full sag and the trans/tcase at tummy tuck height i was nearly 30 degrees out on the drive shaft, and i cant spend the money on SYE/CV right now, although i do see a hack and tap in the future maybe

MDCustom 04-06-2012 08:21 AM

I think you just increased the market value of track bars!
I can see guys everywhere posting want-ads willing to pay big money for them because they threw their original away!

Cool idea. I always thought the 'skidplate as structural member' idea from the factory was kinda dumb. :highfive:

jbolty 04-06-2012 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stompjrkz400 (Post 13367387)
i hear you jbolty, i wanted to go flush, but i didn't for 2 reasons,

1: all the nuts built into the frame where gone ( p.o welded the skid on ) and

2: after looking at the drive shaft angle with the axle at full sag and the trans/tcase at tummy tuck height i was nearly 30 degrees out on the drive shaft, and i cant spend the money on SYE/CV right now, although i do see a hack and tap in the future maybe

Cut out something else and do it now. It will be 10x more work to do a tuck and SYE later, when the tub is back on.


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