You've fabbed a lot of stuff on this project. Why not just bolt a piece of 1/4" plate steel for the skid with and independent crossmember?
If I was doing a flat skid plate I would have made it. I needed around 2" of drop, and for $120, the barnes 4x4 skid plate is a non decision. It would have cost me more in time and materials to make something like this that I can just bolt in place.
The original plan was to put the axle in about the stock location, maybe .5" forward. That way I could reuse my track bar and avoid removing the factory track bar bracket.
This is what it looked like. Not happy with the amount of uptravel I was getting or how close everything was to... Everything. So what if I move if forward 2 inches? Much better....
I gained at least 1.5" of up travel. I've read that removing the factory track bar bracket is a pain. That is absolutely correct. I can't believe how solid that sucker is attached to the frame. I killed two good cut off wheels, a 40 grit flap disk, and a set of consumables for my plasma. I was originally going to quit my job and start a business removing factory track bar brackets, but after this ordeal I think I'll stay where I'm at.
Of course in Jeep world, one change means you have to change 20 other things... So a call to Currie, Ballistic Fab, Poly Performance, and Amazon was made. I'll be making a track bar out of 1.5" .25" wall DOM with narrow body Johnny Joints at both ends. It will be double adjustable, so that should make adjustments very easy, and with the Ballistic hex inserts, keeping everything tight will be a snap. I also got Poly Performance's HD all metal TRE's and double adjuster inserts. 1.5" reamer from Amazon.
It's a Jeep thing, and I'm not sure I understand. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Most of my parts came in today except my Currie JJ's and headers. Headers will be here tomorrow. Went to track the JJ's and...
Mojave, CA, United States 05/21/2013 6:00 P.M. Train derailment.
Ontario, CA, United States 05/20/2013 10:47 P.M. Departure Scan
05/20/2013 9:10 P.M. Origin Scan
United States 05/20/2013 7:10 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS
Oh oh.. That can't be good. Hard to make that up, huh?
Thats not a message you see every day ! Hopefully your parts don't get delayed for too long .
I've actually seen that message once before. I thought trains were supposed to be safe?
Originally Posted by Sundowner
That's awesome. It sucks for parts delivery, but it's pretty awesome nonetheless
I found a little news clip on it. Looks like a pretty big mess in a remote area. I'm not sure how long this is going to take?
Originally Posted by ThatWhiteJeep
Have you checked out under cover fabs Lopro mount? It drops the transmission allowing for a tummy tuck without the need of body lift.
The transmission mount for the 4l60e is pretty flush with the bottom of the pan. With some work, I may have gotten away with a 1" drop. Barnes only had 3", 2", and flat, so I went with the 2". It hangs around as low as the rubicon express skid I had before, so I think I'll be ok.
Good news and bad news. My headers came, but they are very unfriendly with my motor mounts. I cut a bunch away to try to make it work, but it's not going to work without reworking both mounts completely. So, I'm going to do what I should have done originality and get the Novak (Sanderson) headers.
The Jeep knows when you are trying to save money, and will do anything in it's power to stop that from happening.
On a happy note, they scooped up my junk out of the overturned train and what is left will be here tomorrow.
Made a call to Novak first thing this morning. They had a set of the Sanderson headers in stock. They are in Utah, so a quick two days via UPS unless a meteor hits a train, or a truck bursts into flames somewhere. With the holiday I should see it on Wednesday.