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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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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?





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





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Unread 04-06-2012, 05:11 AM   #2
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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.
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Unread 04-06-2012, 07:06 AM   #3
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yeah the skid is just 1inch stock uni strut and a piece of diamond plate i had bent up.
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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?
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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
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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.
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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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