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Unread 08-04-2010, 05:33 PM   #16
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Yes, more info and some pics when you have them. Im looking at the MML, BL and this new skid. Right now Im running the RC X-series 4" lift and want to go 35" tires so I think the BL is needed no matter what in my case.

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Unread 08-04-2010, 06:04 PM   #17
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OK here is a shot of the exhaust hanger that needed to be trimed. I cut mine where the weld ended. 2nd is the area of the tub that could rub when installing this skid with out a body lift.
Note how accessible the shift area is.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 06:29 PM   #18
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If you look closely in the hanger pic you can see the hanger in the rubber isolator pushed up against the right side. It is putting force on the entire transfer case and shifting everything to the driverside. The other pic is shown where the TC makes contact with the Rough Country skid. My guess is if the hanger is bent back all should align and be ok. We will see tomorrow.

One thing that confuses me is once all is in alignment I don’t see the TC coming up much off the skid. If I installed the 1"mml I'm pretty sure it would make contact with the skid again. Maybe someone from Rough Country can chime in here. Does this look like the skid is sitting where it should? I think your install pics were done on a Rubicon because the TC sits completely different on mine.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 07:03 PM   #19
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Jeff, I already have a 1" BL and the LA kit installed. Is a 1" MML still needed?
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Unread 08-04-2010, 07:15 PM   #20
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One item to consider is the shifter angles, with no body lift or motor mount lift these are my angles. 1st & 4th
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Unread 08-10-2010, 11:42 AM   #21
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I removed the cat today and finaly found that it was draging the TC 1/4" down lower than it should be. that 1/4" was enough to bring the TC off of the skid. I still may file the skid flat where it made contact, but at least its off the skid.
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Unread 08-23-2010, 12:22 PM   #22
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First trip up to the mountains and the new skid was great, feels much better with 2+ inches of more clearance. The piece of mind of the 1/4 inch plated protection is also nice. Almost went with the UCF ultra high skid. Now I see it would have been too high and many problems would have occured. This skid was a great choice for my setup with out a body lift.
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Unread 08-23-2010, 01:28 PM   #23
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im not sure if I like how much the tail cone is exposed in this kit...
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Unread 08-24-2010, 11:55 AM   #24
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First trip up to the mountains and the new was great, feels much better with 2+ inches of more clearance. The piece of mind of the 1/4 inch plated protection is also nice. Almost went with the UCF ultra high skid. Now I see it would have been too high and many problems would have occured. This skid was a great choice for my setup with out a body lift.
did you have to clearance the tub anywhere without a body lift?
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I have the undercover fab and i really like it. It is a super stout peice.
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Unread 08-24-2010, 03:26 PM   #26
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The only 2 problem areas were the AA shifter bracket that I shaved down, and the stock bracket that ataches to it. In 2wd the position is up and makes contact with the side of the tub on the right side near the shifter. Its not touching that bad. When I get under there again I may round the top of the bracket and then it should be clear all the way around.
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Unread 08-31-2010, 02:07 PM   #27
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Just got the skid plate today!!
Thanks Jeff $300 shipped with mml's.
What I noticed first is that it's much smaller than the stock skid and maybe 10-15 lbs more in weight. At 1/4in itís an over kill for the rocks, about right to support the frame. The skid as a whole looks thin. Its painted with a med grey textured paint, edges are chipping not a problem since its getting sanded and going flat black. Not too happy about the amount of metal taken off to incorporate the Rough Country logo on each side of the skid, that has to weaken it to some degree.

I purchased the 1"mml and am attempting to do the install with no body lift. I did some shaving to my AA shift bracket to get ready for this install.

Test fitting went well, a few problem areas I have to work on tomorrow.
My exhaust hanger that attaches to the TC bracket needs to be bent down because its pushing everything up and to driverside. the hanger is causing the front corner of the TC to come in contact with the skid. Plenty of room!!! No need for the Body lift on a 02 TJ.
One major plus is the fact that now I have complete non restricted access to my shift levers. I can service items around the AA bracket without dropping the skid

I could not get to Bent Metal Fabrication here in OC today, maybe tomorrow so here are a few images of what it looks like. And before we waste keystrokes, I just installed my SYE and have yet to correct my driveline angle in the rear.
Did you measure the difference in clearance here?
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If you look closely in the hanger pic you can see the hanger in the rubber isolator pushed up against the right side. It is putting force on the entire transfer case and shifting everything to the driverside. The other pic is shown where the TC makes contact with the Rough Country skid. My guess is if the hanger is bent back all should align and be ok. We will see tomorrow.

One thing that confuses me is once all is in alignment I donít see the TC coming up much off the skid. If I installed the 1"mml I'm pretty sure it would make contact with the skid again. Maybe someone from Rough Country can chime in here. Does this look like the skid is sitting where it should? I think your install pics were done on a Rubicon because the TC sits completely different on mine.
It would appear that this skid would not work with a lopro mount based on the amount of clearance I'm seeing with the stock mount??
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Unread 08-31-2010, 07:55 PM   #29
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I decided not to go with the lopro mount. One because of cost and because I felt that it would stiffen up the transmission and transfer the vibrations to the tub. Did not measure the diffrence. Its roughly 1/2 the depth of the original skid.

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Unread 11-24-2010, 06:00 AM   #30
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