The skids turned out nice , in retrospect I should have made mine .
In some of the above pictures I recognize Oak Ridge , but where is the old shack ?
Old shack is the "cabin" at Gore. Its Across the lake. Not too much to look at, but the wood stove works and keeps the place warmer than a tent.
In retrospect I should have bought mine. Haha. They did turn out nice, just lots of work. Buying them wasn't in the budget. I got the 3/16th for free (thanks John), all i had to buy for the skids was the angle iron and miscellaneous supplies. Disappointed the engine skid couldn't be higher but making two pieces helped some. The 42RLE pan sits too low.
[COLOR="Red"]... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….[/COLOR]
2005 Wrangler X 4.0/6 speed, Dana 30/Ford 8.8--4.88--Eaton E-Lockers, 35" MT/R, Smittybilt bumpers/rockers/winch, SonicFab tire carrier, RE 3.5 springs, Zone 1.25 BL, FullTraction 3 link upper rear, RE super flex lower rears, UCF ultra high skid and lo/pro mount, brown dog mml.
just thought I would throw this out there for anyone looking to do something similar. My goals for this round of changes was to 1. gain more belly clearance and 2. lock the front axle. I dont think I could have done for less money without skimping on quality parts. doing a TT properly is not a cheap mod. I was even able to use my OEM track bar and OME bracket.
1. gained 3.5" of belly clearance at center of the T-case. the center section is the lowest point for 20 some inches in the center, then agles up to the frame at the edges. gained 2.5" at the tranny pan (damn 42RLE) and also added protection to my oil pan. (its seen a few good hits so far).
This round is, do I dare say it, FINISHED. Locker clicks a bit in 2wd without the doors or radio. But if this is as loud as it gets I can handle it just fine. It's not too loud really. Other than that is invisible in 2wd.
Old driveshaft meet your replacement.
Shaft went in without any hiccups.
Took some measurements. 18" to frame. 17" to the center of the t-case skid.
Before, no skids, after
Getting on a RTI ramp tomorrow.
Can't wait for the weekend, Ready to go wheeling at Rausch Creek.
Took the Jeep out to Rausch Creek a few weekends ago for a shake down run. Havent had the chance to post the pictures on here, but just got around to posting the video i made for the club.
Overall, the jeep performed awesome. Combine the added ground clearance with a the Aussie front locker and the new MTR's and the Jeep took me places i didnt think was possible. I didnt push it too hard b/c I wanted to test everything out. Locker clicking offroad is hard to get used to and something about the rear track bar is making noise when the rear comes up, but i havent been able to identify the cause of the noise.
Wheeled two days and drove home with no major problems. But i did manage to bend my V8 ZJ tie rod on day 1 and the drag link on day 2. Also managed to put a dent in the OEM d30 diff cover, which i'm surprised took me so long to do. also need to touch up all the painted steel parts from the rock rash they now have.
Picked up a Currie steering set up and a ruffstuff d30 diff cover from one of my local club HRC members (dcorn on JF) thanks buddy! all for $60 and a case of Blue Moon.
I need to clean up / straighten / paint the Currie steering and replace the 3 TREs so that i can swap out my steering for the 3rd time. (two V8 ZJ set ups and now the Currie) I emailed Gerald from savvy to find out what the price would be for the heat treated tie rod if i was to upgrade the steering instead of just replacing the TREs in the old tie rod. normally he gets back to me quickly, but i havent heard back from him in a few days.
hopefully I can get the steering and diff cover replaced in the next few weeks, I've got some more wheeling I want to do.