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post #1756 of 2317 Old 06-19-2013, 08:51 PM
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Could but don't want to.
Just Out curiosity why? Want the tailgate to be visible, or just don't want a big tire hanging off the back?

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post #1757 of 2317 Old 06-19-2013, 08:53 PM
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Yeah all I got to say is ever since I went to gulches once I knew the primary things I needed on my jeep. Wheel base, lockers, and tires. A stock jeep there can really only do the bunny trails, and maybe the easiest lines of TNT and heartbreaker if you can drive and arent afraid to hammer down. I did all of those an radical ravine primarily stock with 33 ats and i can sAy I have way more fun now. I can do pretty much every trail there now with an exception of a few and It's a much more enjoyable time. Also I have peace of mind that nothing will break with how my jeep is built. I can beat the living **** out of it, and I can almost guarantee nothing will break.

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post #1758 of 2317 Old 06-19-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Just Out curiosity why? Want the tailgate to be visible, or just don't want a big tire hanging off the back?
Visible tailgate and fold down with no carrier in the way,

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post #1759 of 2317 Old 06-19-2013, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Totally forgot to post that I cut out and grinded the edges of my skid today. Torch made quick work of it. And despite the pic, it is angled. Going to drill holes, put a radius on the edges and paint it tomorrow. Probably going to weld some cross supports as well. 1/4" will flex.



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post #1760 of 2317 Old 06-20-2013, 05:46 AM
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You know that the frame tapers in right? It is like 8 inches narrower at the front of the skid than the rear. So you gotta trim it down.

Best Thing to do is use your old skid as a template. Just mark the edges and holes with a soap stick, and cut it out accordingly.

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post #1761 of 2317 Old 06-20-2013, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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You know that the frame tapers in right? It is like 8 inches narrower at the front of the skid than the rear. So you gotta trim it down.

Best Thing to do is use your old skid as a template. Just mark the edges and holes with a soap stick, and cut it out accordingly.
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Totally forgot to post that I cut out and grinded the edges of my skid today. Torch made quick work of it. And despite the pic, it is angled. Going to drill holes, put a radius on the edges and paint it tomorrow. Probably going to weld some cross supports as well. 1/4" will flex.



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post #1762 of 2317 Old 06-20-2013, 07:32 AM
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Okay woops I misread it haha.

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post #1763 of 2317 Old 06-20-2013, 07:56 AM
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I wouldnt worry too much about bracing the skid since you have a separate crossmember. Its not gonna flex and lose bolts like Mason's.
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post #1764 of 2317 Old 06-20-2013, 08:09 AM
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Yeah I don't know if mine looses bolts from flexing, or the vibrations from the lo pro tranny mount. I assume its a combination of both.

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Also probably loosens up from frame flex after a beat down

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I'd say its just from the flex in your skid. Mine have never once loosened up and the only difference between mine and yours is that my skid is far more rigid.
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Took a flap fisc to the rusty side of the steel and got it shining. Other side is still spotless. Had to get creative to determine hole position since the cat was in the way. What I did was thread the bolts in a couple turns, then jack the skid up so it rested against the bolt heads. Then I just traced the heads with a sharpie and drilled in the middle. Only got the starter bit holes drilled. Also ground the tacks on the nutserts flat and painted the bottom of the frame.



Also discovered my newest CEL is not in fact an O2 sensor fault, but rather a TPS Low Voltage warning.

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Why didnt you just use the stock skid as a template? You made that way too difficult.
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Why didnt you just use the stock skid as a template? You made that way too difficult.
The stock skid didn't fit right. Takes a dead blow to get it on, and it ****s up the bolt threads. I didn't want to go through that again.

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So today I had the 2nd transmission in 2 weeks blow (this one failed completely), which we believe at this point to be the mechanic neglecting to change the old fluid out of it. Not long after I pulled off the road, I had a farmer on a Golf Cart come over and cuss me out for having 2 tires in his hay field (which was so short it wouldn't have effected the hay) and claim he would be back to take my Jeep until damages were paid. So for his payment, I called the Rowan County Sheriffs Dept. They sent two cruisers out who agreed the farmer was being an asshat but suggested I move it somewhere else. I only had 1st gear, so they threw on the blue lights, blocked Hwy 152 (main Mooresville road) and gave me a Police Escort to a nearby closed gas station. They both offered to buy it, which with as much trouble as the thing has given me, I considered it. Trailered back to the shop in Ktown and I started tearing apart the driveline.

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