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AustinCJer 09-10-2009 07:14 PM

Tummy Tuck
 
Is there a way to gain clearance in my Jeeps center without having to do a BL, MML, etc... Ive looked into some skid plates, but they all require some sort of alterations.

Imped 09-10-2009 07:19 PM

Where else are you gonna tuck that tranny and transfer case? Room has to be made. Check out the Nth/AEV tummy tuck. They use a low profile transmission mount in order to not raise it as much.

fishinjeeper 09-10-2009 07:22 PM

as far as i know you need a mml and bl

AustinCJer 09-10-2009 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by imped4now (Post 7908294)
Where else are you gonna tuck that tranny and transfer case? Room has to be made. Check out the Nth/AEV tummy tuck. They use a low profile transmission mount in order to not raise it as much.

I think I went about my question wrong... Is there a replacement skid plate that doesn't require any major movement. It just seems like the stock skid plate is massive and unneccesary.

Stonz 09-10-2009 07:48 PM

Keep checking Savvy website......soon

Unlimited04 09-10-2009 08:33 PM

Sawzall + BFH. If you cut and hammer the firewall & tunnel enough you can make plenty of room for all the TT you could want.

Sawzall + BFH could be substituted with a hand pumped long travel hydraulic ram.

Motorep 09-10-2009 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Stonz (Post 7908490)
Keep checking Savvy website......soon

I have been. That money in my pocket is starting to smolder :laugh:

jeepwrangler97 09-10-2009 08:46 PM

I've been thinking about this too, if some of the skids(TT) give you 2 or 3 inches, couldn't you use them without a BL, then put a t-case drop in, as minimal of a drop as possible. You wouldn't gain as much, but you would still gain an inch or two over stock, right?

Imped 09-10-2009 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepwrangler97 (Post 7908862)
I've been thinking about this too, if some of the skids(TT) give you 2 or 3 inches, couldn't you use them without a BL, then put a t-case drop in, as minimal of a drop as possible. You wouldn't gain as much, but you would still gain an inch or two over stock, right?

That just doesn't make much sense. I'm really not understanding the dislike for a 1" body lift. It's virtually unnoticeable and pretty much required for a tummy tuck unless you want to dent up the tub. And, it allows for a gas tank tuck and a 1" reduction in bump stop length, assuming everything else stays the same. And, as I said above, if you want to do a TT without doing a body lift, there is ONE kit out there that replaces the stock transmission mount with a low profile unit. That means it replaces the stock skid with something that's 2.5" higher but only raises the tranny/t-case something like 1" higher. There is room for that without a body lift.

Unlimited04 09-10-2009 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepwrangler97 (Post 7908862)
I've been thinking about this too, if some of the skids(TT) give you 2 or 3 inches, couldn't you use them without a BL, then put a t-case drop in, as minimal of a drop as possible. You wouldn't gain as much, but you would still gain an inch or two over stock, right?

crawl under your Jeep. See if you find 2-3 inches all the way around every part of the engine, transmission and transfer case.

Put a degree/angle finder on the driveshaft. Write down the angle. Now stick the angle finder on the back of a 2ft magnetic level.

Take a tape measure and measure the distance from the ground to the output shaft on the slip yoke.

Now take a 2 ft magnetic level and stick it to your driveshaft, with one tip on the slip yoke itself.

Take that same tape measure, measure 2 and 3" above the slip yoke. Now stick that same magnetic level against the yoke on the rear axle, and match it with your 2 and 3" position above the slip yoke.

Whats your new driveshaft angle look like? The slip yoke is now pointing toward the sky. And 2" of the transfer case and transmission are sticking into the tub.

jeepwrangler97 09-11-2009 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by imped4now (Post 7908972)
That just doesn't make much sense. I'm really not understanding the dislike for a 1" body lift. It's virtually unnoticeable and pretty much required for a tummy tuck unless you want to dent up the tub. And, it allows for a gas tank tuck and a 1" reduction in bump stop length, assuming everything else stays the same. And, as I said above, if you want to do a TT without doing a body lift, there is ONE kit out there that replaces the stock transmission mount with a low profile unit. That means it replaces the stock skid with something that's 2.5" higher but only raises the tranny/t-case something like 1" higher. There is room for that without a body lift.

I'm not saying I'm going to do this, all I'm saying is that in theory couldn't he do that? Doing a 1 inch BL is the easiest way and makes the most sense IMO, I was just throwing the idea out there :thumbsup:

mattamd_xp 09-11-2009 04:53 AM

I have a home-built tummy tuck crossmember right now with no body lift and no MML. I used the stock tranny mount and have a piece of c-channel running even with the bottom of my frame. The channel hangs down a little bit, but the top of it is level with the frame. I had plenty of clearance with my 99 5-speed. The transfer case does rub on the tub occationally, but that could easily be fixed by denting the bottom of the tub. Because the floor is double layered, inside the Jeep you would see no change to the floor. I'll probably install a 1" MML to lessen my drifeshaft angle, but right now it runs and drives fine the way it is.


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