I had a few questions on a Tummy Tuck Iíve been wanting to do for a while now. I've got most of the bases covered, already have a rear CV shaft etc.
I obtained one of the old Jeep Medic skids locally from a friend and cleaned it up and painted it. Itís been sitting for a while now because I wanted to do it as part of some suspension modifications. Now that Iím getting very close to that point, I was wondering what exactly is involved with putting a high clearance skid on without doing a BL/MML. I have the body and motor mount lift sitting here, I would just like to put the skid on without installing them if possible.
I know that you may have to possibly clearance the tub depending on the skid. The Jeep Medic skid as far as I know isnít necessarily as high clearance as the highest UCF, but it is still far higher than the factory skid. I donít have a problem with clearancing the tub since you most likely will never see where it has been clearanced. But, I was wondering are we talking a few dimples here and there, or beating the tub to death with a hammer in quite a ways?
Another concern I have, is that my rocker guards sandwich between the body mounts, and with the way the JKS body lift installs Iím thinking it might move my rocker guards and require me to re-drill the mounting holes on the side of the tub.
It would be great to hear from someone who installed a Jeep Medic skid or has one just to get an idea of how high it really stuffs the transfer case up there. From my understand Iíll need at least a quarter of an inch between any transfer case surface and the tub.
I haven't had any experience with Jeep Medic skids, but if you do some measuring you might be able to get a ruff idea of where your transfer case will end up at under the jeep.
I have an AEV skid, which does not need a body lift to install. A big part of the reason why a body lift is not needed is the low profile transmission mount.
AEV and UCF both have low profile mounts, it basically raises the skid without having to raise the transmission/transfer case as much as it would with the factory mount.
I'm sure either would work, you just might have to modify the skid plate, or maybe it will just work.
As far as modifying the tub, it's different with every skid and every transmission, usually it's just a little bit. AEV ships there skids with a piece of pipe cut in half so you can place it between the transmission and tub and jack the transmission up into the tub until it dimples the tub. I did not have to do this with a 32rh 3 speed auto trans. My cat did come in contact with the skid, they had 2 models, a round one and an oval one, I ended up getting rid of my 3rd cat, some people replaced there's with the more oval model.
Hope that points you in the right direction.