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Unread 01-30-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Under Cover Fabworks aluminum tummy tuck install pics

This is the version where a 1" body lift is required; or highly recommended. UCF also offers skids that do not require a body lift. You can also choose between aluminum, carbon or stainless steel. Nice!

See their website for details: Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - undercoverfab.com - Main Page


The skid arrived sans a shipping carton:







Welds:





This one is titled, Beauty and the Beast.




Minor clearance issue with my exhaust. Nothing a little grinding can't fix. Matt at UCF is looking at adding a cutout in future.




And the obligatory before and after shots:




Except for having to clearance for the muffler, this was a quick and easy mod.

Overall clearance gained was 1 5/8" over stock (note: as measured from the absolute lowest point on both skids). A little less than advertised but I'm not complaining considering the price of this skid.

Up-travel in the drive train came to 1.5"; measured from tranny mount stud to the ground.

Drive shaft length did not measurably change.

Took the jeep for a test spin and felt nary a vibe. Shifting even feels better with less strain on the boots after the BL. Granted I had all the pre-reqs for this mod so your mileage may vary.

FYI, I have no connection to UCF. Just a satisfied customer... so long as this bad boy can take a lickin'.


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looks good. what was the weight comparison between the stock one and the ucf?
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Opps...Looked again...

Looks NICE!
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Opps...Looked again...
Ahem... that's a mint green "Blob", sir!


I need better lighting...
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Ahem... that's a mint green "Blob", sir!


I need better lighting...
I guess you saw the question before I removed it... I'll blame my Laptop screen for not being able to distinguish carpet pile in the corner cutout of your skid...
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looks good. what was the weight comparison between the stock one and the ucf?
UCF Alu is ~12lbs lighter than stock.

Versus aftermarket skids made of steel... you're looking at a weight savings in the neighborhood of 50lbs.
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I thought you were supposed to get 2.5" extra clearance, with a drive train raise of 1.5"??
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nvm went back and re read their site. I could have sworn in a post on here I read 2.5" and 1.5" tho.
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2.5" for 2003+.
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you're not going to paint it?
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definitely made my mind up on this one. will be getting the non'BL verion though.
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polish it up a little. yeah its gonna get dirty and scratched. I just got some aluminum rocker guards, unfinished. I took some 600grit sandpaper and some mothers aluminum polish and they look 1000x better. You probable dont care since the skid is under your jeep and not on the side tho.
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you're not going to paint it?
Might black it out with a rattle can at some point. No particular hurry, though, b/c it won't rust.
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Might black it out with a rattle can at some point. No particular hurry, though, b/c it won't rust.
aluminum will corrode, especially if there is salt around. I've seen 1/4" aluminum on boats turn to dust.
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aluminum will corrode, especially if there is salt around. I've seen 1/4" aluminum on boats turn to dust.
x2. aluminum doesn't rust. but it does corrode. brown rust is just corrosion specific to iron based metal...

the main benefit to aluminum is it inherently has a thin ceramic aluminum oxide layer coating on it from interaction with the atmosphere...but it can be easily scrapped away.

Aluminum pitting:

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