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Unread 11-12-2013, 05:27 AM   #1036
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Wheeling pictures look good Danno.
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Nice wheelin pics Danno, I really dig the new designed bumper
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Looks like a good time was had Danno!
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Pick one up on your way back home

I like the bumper , but prefer a more rounded profile on the clevis mounts. Maybe its something you could offer as an option ?
Thanks guys! Was a good time. First time I've been out since September.

Beasley, a 40 grit flap wheel would make quick work of that.

I don't think I could have one ready for Sundowner that quick. Unfortunatley my laser guy is ridiculously slow. But ridiculously cheap.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 08:41 AM   #1037
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How you like then half doors? Lol kinda nice having an armrest eh
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Unread 11-14-2013, 08:47 AM   #1038
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So I've spent this week almost continuously pondering the redesign of this skid plate. I think my major problem is being completely hung up on going completely flat. My goal is to build a skid that will take a pretty good licking. Although the first test run didn't bend the flat skid, it was obviously flexing as shown by the loosened bolts. I know Nate was able to add some additional reinforcement to his skid & get it all to clear his cat, but my life isn't so easy having to also work around the 42RLE tranny pan.

So, moving forward here is what I am proposing for V2.0.

1. Dropping the skid in the center & adding bends similar to the Savvy skid. I don't like blatantly copying others designs, but this is just a good way to add a ton of rigidity to the skid & that's about where the similarities end. Savvy's drops ~1 1/2" so they say (I've seen pics that show 1 3/4"), mine will only drop ~1 1/4".

2. A 1/4" thick stiffening rib will be welded along the front & back edges. Will be 2" tall @ the center. I have also thought about adding a couple gussets along the center to help with vertical support of these members.

3. An almost full width center channel tranny mount. Due to the lower profile of this it will terminate about half way up the tapers. The low profile of this mount coupled with the lower center section of the skid will also allow it to be used with a stock rubber transmission mount, or the use of a Lopro mount to help with driveline angles. The use of a lopro would probably also allow a NP241 to squeeze in there.

4. With the addition of these structural enhancements, I think I can down size material thickness of the main skid plate to 3/16" to shave some weight.

Here is my CAD file so far.


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Unread 11-14-2013, 09:18 AM   #1039
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On a completely off topic note. Anyone watch Fast N Loud on Discovery? This last episode had an ugly green station wagon they turned into a dragster. Well, they bought that station wagon from the guy in the white JK in the forth pic from the bottom in my latest wheeling pics.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 09:23 AM   #1040
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On a completely off topic note. Anyone watch Fast N Loud on Discovery? This last episode had an ugly green station wagon they turned into a dragster. Well, they bought that station wagon from the guy in the white JK in the forth pic from the bottom in my latest wheeling pics.
Very cool! I saw it.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 10:16 AM   #1041
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I really like the design changes.

Personally I would want 1/4" steel regardless but I'm not sure what thickness skid everyone else runs. 3/16" could be more popular than I think for belly skids. Just my $0.02.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #1042
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I really like the design changes.

Personally I would want 1/4" steel regardless but I'm not sure what thickness skid everyone else runs. 3/16" could be more popular than I think for belly skids. Just my $0.02.
Yea, I'm not sure I've made up my mind to go 3/16" yet. I probably won't. From what I've seen, the bigger names run 1/4", like Romen, Genright. UCF is 3/16" with an option to upgrade to 1/4".
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Unread 11-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #1043
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3/16" would be strong enough for most of the wheeling I do. I like the new design! I'm guessing I'd have gobbs of room with my 231/5sp setup?
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Unread 11-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #1044
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3/16" would be strong enough for most of the wheeling I do. I like the new design! I'm guessing I'd have gobbs of room with my 231/5sp setup?
For the most part I think 3/16" would be fine for most people, but like others have said, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. Overall, it'd only add like 10 lbs. It's low, centered weight, so, good weight IMO.

If you stayed with a stock rubber transmission mount, no. It'd be tucked up pretty tight just due to the fact that mounts an 1" thick. If you went to a lopro mount, yea, an inch or so of clearance. Of course I haven't had this made up yet, so not sure my clearances are going to be what I think they are, but I bet I'm close. I should probably get the ball rolling on one.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 01:20 PM   #1045
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Looks good dude!
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Unread 11-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #1046
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I should probably get the ball rolling on one.
Yes...you should do that.
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Unread 11-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #1047
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Yes...you should do that.
Sent the drawings to the fab shop this morning. They're pretty swamped, so hopefully will get them in the next week or two.
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Sent the drawings to the fab shop this morning. They're pretty swamped, so hopefully will get them in the next week or two.
And if you need anyone to break the f*** out of it, I just want you to know that I'm here for you, man...
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Unread 11-19-2013, 06:04 AM   #1049
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Not much of an update. Still waiting on my laser guy to get a price to me on the new bumper pieces I sent to him last Wednesday. Did I mention he's ridiculously slow?

I sent the new skid parts to my local guy to burn them on his plasma. He's pretty busy as well, so I told him I didn't need them for a couple weeks. As long as I have it in time to get it welded up & mounted before December 7th, it's all good. That'll be the next test session. Toys 4 Tots event at the Badlands.

Probably the most exciting news, now that we are a two jeep family & can use my wife's jeep for weekend road cruising with the top off, I received the ok from my better half to turn my rig into a 2 seater. Which makes some future mods a lot easier to implement. Locating the fuel cell without having to worry about a rear seat is a lot easier & designing a very strong cage with proper triangulation is a lot easier. Mounting a tub mounted spare also much easier.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 03:45 PM   #1050
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Just measured the wms on the Dana 60 I got. 65.5"! Makes me happy I don't have to mess with narrowing it! That looked a little complex & expensive.
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