Any advice? Size of material, type of material? Pics?
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Originally Posted by learfxr
RIP: '88 YJ 2.5L Ax-5 NP231
Posi-Loked. Herculined. Optima yellow top. 1" Shackle, 2" BDS. Cragar 397's Aussie front.
92 YJ 4.0L Ax-15 231
5" springs, 1" shackle 31's or 35's depending on my mood
I don't have any pics but I just did one for a buddy's YJ with a 350/T350/D300 setup. Basically, we cut a couple lengths of 2"x2"x1/4" thick angle iron to about 2 feet long. We drilled the two pieces to bolt onto the frame where the old skid mounted. Then, we bent some 1.75"x.120" DOM to span across the distance. The rear tube was also fitted with an angle iron mount for the transfer case adapter mount. The front tube was only there as a place to mount the skid. Skin between the two tubes with 3/16" or 1/4" plate. Since this was for a mainly mall crawler/mild offroader, we went with 3/16". If it was a rig that would be banged around on the rocks, I'd go with 1/4" plate and probably a few supporting "ribs" to keep it from pushing up.
Would it be easy enough to use square tube in place of the DOM? Did you have to arch the tube up or down? Is that why you went with round instead of a square or box tube? I'm just looking for a method where I can buy material that I will have a use for the left over material. I don't have a bender, and don't see needing round stock any time soon.
I am in the process of the same thing. same size angle iron, but I was going to use a scrap piece of c channel to mount the tranny mount. then I was going to use more angle Iron and weld the angle iron to the c channel.
I have an 89 wrangler with amc 360 and tf 727 np231. i fabed a crossmember out of 1.5 sch 80 pipe and a harbor freight pipe bender. i am in the process of making a rear shock hoop. drop me your e-mail and I get som pics 4 ya
I've done the same type of crossmember using 2x2 square stock... cut/weld to make the bends. That was before I got my bender. The square stuff works okay.. easy to weld the flat plate to.
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