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Unread 06-24-2012, 06:54 PM   #766
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After searching through about 15 random pages here i am at a loss in finding the the results to my question, apologies if im beating a dead horse. Kindly redirect me to a previously written solution if so.

I am currently wheeling on stock suspension right now and will not be doing a lift for at least another year. My question is what would be the neccesities to accomplish a TT while knowing a 3-4" lift is in store in the future? From what i've read a MML, SYE, nor CV shaft is needed at stock hieght. Would the BL and Skid plate be all i need at the moment and then once the lift comes accompanied by a CV and SYE should i go for the MML? Am i missing anything else?
Is it possible? Or should i just wait untill i lift to do a TT?

Sincerely, Clueless in Afghanistan
Depends on the skid plate. I run an nth degree tummy tuck on a stock jeep. No adjustable arms, no slip yoke eliminator, no body lift needed. No cutting or welding or tub modifications. It's bolt on and go if your stock. Best mod you could ever do for a stock rig imo

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Unread 06-24-2012, 07:20 PM   #767
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i know im new and stuff but from what little bit i know it seems that wouldnt provide any clearance, am i wrong?
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Unread 06-24-2012, 07:29 PM   #768
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i know im new and stuff but from what little bit i know it seems that wouldnt provide any clearance, am i wrong?
3" more than the stock tcase skid. You won't high center nearly as much.
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Unread 06-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #769
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interesting, i'll definatly look into this. any pics?
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Unread 06-24-2012, 07:38 PM   #770
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Depends on the skid plate. I run an nth degree tummy tuck on a stock jeep. No adjustable arms, no slip yoke eliminator, no body lift needed. No cutting or welding or tub modifications. It's bolt on and go if your stock. Best mod you could ever do for a stock rig imo
Im kinda new to these as well. How are you able to run like that with no vibes? I have been lookn into different tt and am curious on this.
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Unread 06-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #771
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Im kinda new to these as well. How are you able to run like that with no vibes? I have been lookn into different tt and am curious on this.
If you have no lift, pushing up the trans and tcase 2-3" with a tummy tuck is not nessesarily going to give you vibrations, since most tj guys are running 4" lift with a tcase drop of 1" you moved the output up 3" it's about the same.. Now I'm running a 4 cylinder so you guys with a 4.0 might be a little different. But getting a set of either upper or lower adjustable arms could cure some vibrations if you have any.
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Unread 06-24-2012, 08:00 PM   #772
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After searching through about 15 random pages here i am at a loss in finding the the results to my question, apologies if im beating a dead horse. Kindly redirect me to a previously written solution if so.

I am currently wheeling on stock suspension right now and will not be doing a lift for at least another year. My question is what would be the neccesities to accomplish a TT while knowing a 3-4" lift is in store in the future? From what i've read a MML, SYE, nor CV shaft is needed at stock hieght. Would the BL and Skid plate be all i need at the moment and then once the lift comes accompanied by a CV and SYE should i go for the MML? Am i missing anything else?
Is it possible? Or should i just wait untill i lift to do a TT?

Sincerely, Clueless in Afghanistan
I tried on my Rubi with a UCF Original extra clearance skid and their LoPro trans mount; and I still ran into vibes. (Stock suspension, MML and BL).

Ended up adding Currie upper adjustables and Tom Woods CV. I did notice an improvement after adding just the arms and dialing in my pinion angle perfectly parallel (before the drive shaft arrived).
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Unread 07-19-2012, 12:07 AM   #773
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I have this skid in the 1/4" variety. You can get it in 3/16" for $170 or 1/4" for $220. I'm happy with it so far, although I haven't it offroad yet as I have only had it a week. I didn't need to modify the exhaust or anything and you gain 2" or so over the stock skid (at least I did). The welds were kind of ugly, but it seemed like there was plenty of penetration, just not pretty and really who cares what the welds on the skid LOOK like anyway . I say its a hell of a value for 220 bones.
Be careful with ugly welds, sounds like a manufactures quality control problem and in general if the welds are ugly that are not as strong. If you dont weld I'd be tempted to have someone clean them up and reweld the worst. Ain't nothing worse than to break something miles from a welder and have to ride the hook home.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 05:24 AM   #774
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finally got around to taking pictures of my completed TT.

Before the TT



crossmember in (no skids)



skids finished



got on an RTI ramp to check clearances.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 06:08 AM   #775
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Be careful with ugly welds, sounds like a manufactures quality control problem and in general if the welds are ugly that are not as strong. If you dont weld I'd be tempted to have someone clean them up and reweld the worst. Ain't nothing worse than to break something miles from a welder and have to ride the hook home.
That was 2.5 years ago.....

He sold his Jeep last month and the skid was just fine. I installed that skid, the welds were fine.
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Unread 08-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #776
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'98 2.5L, 1" brown dog mounts, 1.5" body lift, UCF ultra high clearance skid. Stock suspension.
All I have left to do tomorrow is the skid, but, will I need an SYE, or you guys think it will be good to go?
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Unread 08-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #777
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'98 2.5L, 1" brown dog mounts, 1.5" body lift, UCF ultra high clearance skid. Stock suspension.
All I have left to do tomorrow is the skid, but, will I need an SYE, or you guys think it will be good to go?

With the "Ultra High" skid I think you'll get vibes. I had the "Extra Clearance" and I was at (for me over) the limit with what I could get away with. See how your four banger handles it (might be better). If it's close you might just get away with some adjustable rear upper control arms and be able to adjust your pinion angle. If not, you'll need the arms anyway for a CV shaft.
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Unread 08-04-2012, 09:23 AM   #778
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Yeah, no vibes, for now.

14" at the belly (no lift & 32" tires). almost 3" higher & over 20lbs. less than the stock skid.
only other thing was modifying the 4x4 shifter cause it was a little wacked.



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Unread 08-04-2012, 12:11 PM   #779
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I've got the lowest profile UCF aluminum skid on mine now, I'm so happy to get that low hanging factory skid out from under there, and also to get a skid for the engine oil pan! (only the transfer case skid is on in this photo).

Hangs down about 1 inch or so from the frame. Would be nice if it were completely flat, but I don't think that 241 tcase is going up much higher without some custom work, it's stuffed up in there pretty good, haha! I'm quite happy with it though Had it out on the rocks twice now, the extra 4" or so of clearance is quite noticable! And when it does hit, it slides quite easy.


Now time to do something with those body mounts.... the middle ones in particular are starting to fold over, haha

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Unread 08-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #780
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So many of you have asked for a modular Under Armor kit so the entry point would be a lot less. Well, here it is. These are spy photos. No pricing or availability yet, should be 3-4 weeks before I can get pricing but it will be very competitive. SO DON'T ASK YET!

We will now be selling them by kits.

1. Transmission Cross Member - Allows Jeep to be driven with the skids off
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