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Unread 04-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Barnes 4WD TJ flat skid

Just looking for some info on this flat skid http://www.barnes4wd.com/Jeep-TJ-Fla...ate_p_220.html

Is anyone running this skid with the UCF lo-pro mount? I like the completely flat design which would let the t-case sit a bit lower for better clearance and driveline angles. Might need to weld in some support to stiffen it once everything is lined up but that's easy enough. The price is hard to beat. Haven't seen much talk about this skid, just UCF and Savvy. What's the JF thoughts on it?

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Unread 04-14-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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ive got this skid the 0" drop. hardest part was getting the holes drilled for the t case mount. i have an 01 2.5 auto so no lo pro for me but if i could use it i would strongly urge that you do. right now mine is mounted directly to the stock bulky t case mount. Get it and fab it up save a few hundred bucks and have a totally flat belly! One thing i wish they did was countersink the mounting holes for a flat mount!
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Unread 04-15-2013, 06:46 AM   #3
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One thing i wish they did was countersink the mounting holes for a flat mount!
should be easy enough to take care of yourself, no?
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Unread 04-15-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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You can't countersink the mounting holes due to the manufacturing variance.....some would line up, many would not. If you want countersunk holes, you have to start with a fresh, bare skid and map the hole centers yourself.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 07:58 AM   #5
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You can't countersink the mounting holes due to the manufacturing variance.....some would line up, many would not. If you want countersunk holes, you have to start with a fresh, bare skid and map the hole centers yourself.
Guess I lucked out, the Nth skids came with countersunk holes and line up perfectly (well close to that).
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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:04 AM   #6
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Nth probably allowed some wiggle room with larger holes and a wider countersink. That's one way to do it.
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Nth probably allowed some wiggle room with larger holes and a wider countersink. That's one way to do it.
Yep, and they pulled it off across 4 bends since the skid isn't flat.
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And oh yeah if you get the barnes save yourself the trouble and cut the bent lips where the front ds goes and the exhausts on both ends. A ds tunnel will probably need to be cut into it unless you have a hp or are below 4" lift
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Unread 04-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #9
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ive got this skid the 0" drop.
That's what I'm looking at... got any pics you could post up? I've got an HP30 and only 3" lift so it sounds like it wouldn't take too much tweakin to make it work. Looks like I'll be going this way in the next month or so.

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Unread 04-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #10
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yup here u r
2012-12-15-16.08.48.jpg   2012-12-15-16.08.17.jpg   2013-03-12-15.32.10.jpg  
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Unread 04-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #11
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didnt mean to upload the last one.
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Awesome... that's exactly what I need! Thanks for the pics and info.
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Is it necessary to run a BL to get the 0 drop skid? I was thinking of flushing the trans mount bolts by taking some 1" square tubing and cutting in half or so and welding it on top of the plate and that's where the trans mount will sit ontop of. And of coarse drill a few holes in the skid to thread the nuts through but I wouldnt have the nuts and studs protruding from the bottom of the skid.
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Is it necessary to run a BL to get the 0 drop skid? I was thinking of flushing the trans mount bolts by taking some 1" square tubing and cutting in half or so and welding it on top of the plate and that's where the trans mount will sit ontop of. And of coarse drill a few holes in the skid to thread the nuts through but I wouldnt have the nuts and studs protruding from the bottom of the skid.
Sounds like you're talking about raising the trans mount off of the top surface of the skid? If so, I don't think that's going to work.
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Is it necessary to run a BL to get the 0 drop skid?
You need a certain amount of space that isn't there from the factory. How you get it is up to you.
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