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Unread 09-30-2011, 10:32 AM   #1516
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You can sleep comfortably at night knowing you are better protected by SAVVY than you are by JEEP.
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Unread 09-30-2011, 10:54 AM   #1517
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The reason the first frame wasn't welded fully is welding T-6 drops its strength a lot and I didn't want a big softer spot right in the middle under the oil pan.
I know a lot of your products aren't welded, but for the ones that are (are the bumpers? seems like they would be), do you have them heat treated afterward? Wouldn't that bring the strength back to what the metal is originally?
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Unread 10-01-2011, 11:21 AM   #1518
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Swapped main plate today for the new one that Gerald sent. Thanks again for great customer service. Will get the one with broken welds in the mail back to you this week.

Couple things I noticed when pulling the old one off. First, looks like I had contact with the exhaust when it was nice and hot:



There was actually a silver line of aluminum melted onto the exhaust. Knew it was close, but didn't realize this was happening. Tried to get the new one positioned with a little more clearance.

Second, it appears I had another broken weld also on one of the internal braces in the side bends. This particular one has a bolt through it also that was holding it on but as soon as the bolt came off it fell right out:

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Unread 10-01-2011, 02:48 PM   #1519
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Geeze man, you really put that thing to the test, didn't ya?
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Unread 10-01-2011, 03:19 PM   #1520
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Swapped main plate today for the new one that Gerald sent. Thanks again for great customer service. Will get the one with broken welds in the mail back to you this week.

Couple things I noticed when pulling the old one off. First, looks like I had contact with the exhaust when it was nice and hot:



There was actually a silver line of aluminum melted onto the exhaust. Knew it was close, but didn't realize this was happening. Tried to get the new one positioned with a little more clearance.

Second, it appears I had another broken weld also on one of the internal braces in the side bends. This particular one has a bolt through it also that was holding it on but as soon as the bolt came off it fell right out:

I have tried to get the fab shop to take that reinforcement piece for those two joints, turn them into steel and then through bolt them instead of the welds. Perhaps when they see this skid, they will listen.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 05:27 PM   #1521
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I have tried to get the fab shop to take that reinforcement piece for those two joints, turn them into steel and then through bolt them instead of the welds. Perhaps when they see this skid, they will listen.
I just checked mine and the reinforcement plates have welds on the end verticals.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 08:47 PM   #1522
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I just checked mine and the reinforcement plates have welds on the end verticals.
That's only a mildly better solution due to the welding really dropping the strength of the T-6 Temper to something much less strong.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 08:54 PM   #1523
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Swapped main plate today for the new one that Gerald sent. Thanks again for great customer service. Will get the one with broken welds in the mail back to you this week.

Couple things I noticed when pulling the old one off. First, looks like I had contact with the exhaust when it was nice and hot:

I just installed the 97-02 belly skid and we had the same issues and it wasn't that the skid was too high, it's that the exhaust would not stay put even when we loosened and tightened the bolts at the exhaust manifolds.

Right above the skid where the exhaust crosses it is a bolt boss in the side of the engine block that is threaded for a 3/8-16 coarse thread. I took an exhaust hanger that uses the u-bolt around the tube like this one.



Put the exhaust where it's supposed to be and bolted the hanger to the side of the block. It will never sag again.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 09:33 PM   #1524
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That's only a mildly better solution due to the welding really dropping the strength of the T-6 Temper to something much less strong.
Blaine, should I remove the stiffner plate and replace with steel and thru bolt as you mentioned above, I have the technology.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 09:40 PM   #1525
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Blaine, should I remove the stiffner plate and replace with steel and thru bolt as you mentioned above, I have the technology.
If it were mine and I was planning on using it some place like JV, that's what I would do.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 10:10 PM   #1526
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If it were mine and I was planning on using it some place like JV, that's what I would do.
Consider it done, tomorrow morning early as we are wheelin in the afternoon and we have no mud or grass, just rocks. Thank you.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 06:27 AM   #1527
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I'm planning on ordering mine soon; anyone have the dimensions on that piece of of steel needed so I can grab it ahead of time.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 06:37 AM   #1528
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I'm planning on ordering mine soon; anyone have the dimensions on that piece of of steel needed so I can grab it ahead of time.
How about just let me know when the order goes in and I'll fix it for you?
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Unread 10-02-2011, 06:39 AM   #1529
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Even better, thanks Blaine.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 08:03 PM   #1530
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Has anyone installed the Under Armor with a 1" BL vs. the 1.25" that comes with the kit?
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