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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Transmission crossmember+Tree Stump! Pics

I hit a tree stump that jumped out of nowhere. It hit the transmission crossmember just right. Crazy how it just missed the exhaust. These pics are from the driver side looking to passenger.
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This is the rubber pad connecting to the transmission. A little out of whack, but still intact.
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This is the front of the skid plate bent completely over the bolt that attaches in the front.
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Nothing else is damaged other than the skid plate and the crossmember itself. It looks pretty easy to disassemble to put a new one on, mopar.com says $377. The lift fund takes another hit

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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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Poison spyder makes a heavy duty crossmember. My 2013 crossmember is a little "tacoed" from rocks too. Surprisingly the skid plate held up but the crossmember is bent.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Also, damaging anything stock is the best reason ever to upgrade to quality aftermarket stuff. Sometimes I intentionally do this and show my wife "look, see that?! I have to buy stronger parts!"
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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I haven't gotten that far to look into HD ones, good info. I hit it just right, looks like it was almost designed to crumple that easy.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:04 PM   #5
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same thing happened to my four door. ran it for months after without any problems haha
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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Well Iíd say you were very lucky if you can call it that, being that you didnít take out your exhaust too; must have been one hell of a jolt to say the least.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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Stock crossmembers are POS, any HD series are great. Only disadvantage is the stock chassis mounts are still flimsy when using an aftermarket crossmember.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #8
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You are lucky you didn't crumble your tcase!! Had a stump do the same thing to an xj I had but I destroyed my tcase. Def upgrade to a stronger cross member. It will offer more strength and more coverage. That'll be one of my next mods on my 13 jk.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 10:17 PM   #9
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Kudos for missing the exhaust pipe, if it was me, I would have taco'd the exhaust, and missed the crossmember.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 12:28 PM   #10
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When I went to a long arm suspension I had to get rid of the Synergy main skid I had installed previously. Since I had the Synergy oil pan/trans & t-case skids I opted for their "budget center piece and used aPoison Spyder crossmemeber. Whole thing fit together perfectly and the crossmember is bulletproof.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 12:10 AM   #11
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When I went to a long arm suspension I had to get rid of the Synergy main skid I had installed previously. Since I had the Synergy oil pan/trans & t-case skids I opted for their "budget center piece and used aPoison Spyder crossmemeber. Whole thing fit together perfectly and the crossmember is bulletproof.
Synergy has a center skid with a heavy duty cross member all in one. It looks great in pictures but I haven't a clue how you service your aftermarket drive shafts with it. The skid doesn't separate from the crossmember!
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Unread 10-26-2013, 09:03 PM   #12
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That's the one I was refering to. it wouldn't work with a TF long arm without serious modification, so I replaxed it with a PSC crossmember and the Synergy "budget" center skid.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #13
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Yeah, you were lucky it didn't take out the exhaust pipe (good reason to always carry a hack saw, btw). I bet that was one helluva jolt!
A little duct tape and it'll be as good as new/stock.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 10:11 PM   #14
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Go with a flat belly and ditch that cross member. That is what I am hopping to get done in the next year. Jk's have a lot of belly up that can be done its just so freeking expensive. But that way nothing is below frame.
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Unread 10-27-2013, 08:55 AM   #15
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Is there any way to tighten up all the low hanging exhaust?
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