It did not take me long to see that the 35" tires and 4.10 gearing was OK for trails but not where I wanted to be. I have been contimplating a replacement transfer case in the ways of a Atlas or Rubicon 241J with 4:1 ratio. I ended up finding a Rubicon 241J in Ohio on craigslist for sale for $900 shipped and I could not pass it up.
At the same time I knew I wanted to upgrade the transfer case skid to something stronger. I do not have a body lift and I already knew wedging the 241J up between the frame rails was impossible with out one so I decided to see what my options were from several vendors. At the end of the day Clayton got the order. What I really liked about the skid was 1st it has it own tranny cradle / support that supported the transmission and transfer case without the skid plus also liked the fact it was steel.. Rausch Creek is where we mainly wheel and the rocks kill aluminum quickly and I wanted mine to last.
At the end of day the transfer case swap went quick. I ended up buying 1310 yokes from Quigley 4x4 which worked perfectly. The Clayton skid bolted up perfectly. I also forgot to mention I ordered the Clayton Skid thru www.atozfabrication.com
which the owner Zach was able to get me the skid shipped without the transmission mount plate welded incase I needed to modify its position with the 241J transfer case to make it work.
You can see there is a gap below the frame / body mount and the skid of around 3/4" - I plan to close that up with some modifications to the cradle but cutting and rewelding the support in 6 areas - about 1 hours work of work. I just need to get me a 1" body lift to do so as everything is super tight up there now...