Still no baby yet, but I have gotten plenty of work done in the mean time. After getting a good coat of primer on the bumper and 4 coats of flat black I was able to have someone stop by and help me install it.
Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture. It went on in about 10 minutes. I was very thankful for that since I had spent many hours trying to get that stupid trailer hitch off.
Which is for sale by the way too. Since the nutstrips were so rusted I ended up buying a sawzall and some 12 inch blades to get to the nuts on the underside of the hitch. I went through several blades but it finally dropped out. I do have reinforcement brackets for the bumper but am waiting to install those when I install my gas tank skid since I have all new nutstrips. Which by the way... Is at my friends house in Grand Rapids MI along with my sliders.
Can't wait to get my hands on them. Anyways, I didn't post to brag about new parts, because I'm sure no one cares about that. I just installed a new Transmission drop cross-member. I went with the Rusty's drop cross-member instead of washers or drop spacers because I wanted to keep the ground clearance where it was. I know I could have bought a SYE and used the spare rebuilt front DS I had lying around but it just didn't fit the budget this time.
After a few squirts of PB Blaster the bolts came off easy and the old unit was removed.
The Rusty's cross-member maintains the same clearance lines as the stock unit but takes one inch drop within the cross-member allowing for more appropriate drive line angles.
The one thing that confused me is that Rusty's sent me a new Transmission mount. I quickly realized that it was a modified mount that I needed to use for the drop X-member. I removed the old mount, which was still in decent condition and tossed it aside. You will need a 6 point 18mm socket to remove those bolts.
Once removed you are supposed to remove the exhaust hanger plate. I knocked mine off with a dead blow hammer.
Once all of that is removed you install the new transmission mount to the transmission and start reinstalling the new x-member using all of the hardware you removed. Nuts and bolts should be torqued to 30 ft pounds per FSM.
I took it for a spin around town and on the highway. Vibes are gone. No ground clearance sacrificed