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post #1 of 16 Old 03-10-2020, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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94 yj 4.0 Transmission skid plate

I need to replace my transmission skid plate, What do you all recommend. Looking to spend around $250.


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post #2 of 16 Old 03-10-2020, 08:56 PM
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I'm guessing you mean the transfer case skid.

Barnes 4wd offers a flat, 2" drop or 3" drop (stock drop is 3") for ~$200 made from 1/4" A50 steel. You'll need to figure out how to attach whatever tranny you're running.

UCF skids are nice but most of them are more expensive since some are easily adapted. They also offer a DIY skid for ~$250.

I have made a few custom skids from mild steel plate. They ran ~$90 in steel & fairly easy to make and bend. I've also made a few custom 6061 T6 and 7075 T6 aluminum skids - they start to get pricy since you are buying aircraft quality aluminum.

We broke (sent pieces flying ~25') a 40T press bending 1/4" 7075 T6, so be careful.
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Looking at your profile, I think maybe you are looking for a stock replacement. Maybe rusted out due to WI winters? A junkyard replacement should be easy to find for a lot less than $250. Or, if you're wanting something custom, Joe is the man with the plan for that.

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I have a stock one with rust on two of the attachment points that would need some welding to repair it if you want a project. Headed to Chicago from St. Louis this weekend if you want it. Its free, obviously.

They make repair kits. I was just planning to cut and weld on some mild steel but fell into a used one in better shape when I bought some axles.
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Thanks for the offer, unfortunately i have to work this weekend.

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I have a stock one with rust on two of the attachment points that would need some welding to repair it if you want a project. Headed to Chicago from St. Louis this weekend if you want it. Its free, obviously.

They make repair kits. I was just planning to cut and weld on some mild steel but fell into a used one in better shape when I bought some axles.

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Looking at your profile, I think maybe you are looking for a stock replacement. Maybe rusted out due to WI winters? A junkyard replacement should be easy to find for a lot less than $250. Or, if you're wanting something custom, Joe is the man with the plan for that.
I don't need stock, mine rusted out bad. I checked the junk yards, but they are all bad, or the wrong years.

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I'm guessing you mean the transfer case skid.
Yes

Barnes 4wd offers a flat, 2" drop or 3" drop (stock drop is 3") for ~$200 made from 1/4" A50 steel. You'll need to figure out how to attach whatever tranny you're running.
Thanks, just what I was looking for.

UCF skids are nice but most of them are more expensive since some are easily adapted. They also offer a DIY skid for ~$250.

I have made a few custom skids from mild steel plate. They ran ~$90 in steel & fairly easy to make and bend. I've also made a few custom 6061 T6 and 7075 T6 aluminum skids - they start to get pricy since you are buying aircraft quality aluminum.
Now you have me thinking about making my own! I need to buy a welder for my frame rail replacements anyways.

We broke (sent pieces flying ~25') a 40T press bending 1/4" 7075 T6, so be careful.
Dang, good thing it didn't hit anyone.

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Dang, good thing it didn't hit anyone.
Yep, there was a BIG bang from when the bed support grenaded from stress and went flying across the shop area. Those parts were probably 20-30# of 8" I beam ~30" long. Luckily we were standing aside when it failed.

This is what a typical 1" drop skid would look similar to that we'd make.

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My frame and bolt holes in the skid were rusted so I ended up using TJ frame repair sections and my old TJ skid. Worked out nicely.
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Yep, there was a BIG bang from when the bed support grenaded from stress and went flying across the shop area. Those parts were probably 20-30# of 8" I beam ~30" long. Luckily we were standing aside when it failed.

This is what a typical 1" drop skid would look similar to that we'd make.

If you were nearby I would have you make one for me. Would you happen to have plans for a stock drop steel pan?

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My frame and bolt holes in the skid were rusted so I ended up using TJ frame repair sections and my old TJ skid. Worked out nicely.
Nice job!

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If you were nearby I would have you make one for me. Would you happen to have plans for a stock drop steel pan?
Nope - the request for a stockish skid simply isn't something most folks would want me to make given they can buy stock skids fairly cheap or get them free.

Most of the folks I have built them for want superior protection/strength, more ground clearance, along with something totally custom.
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Nope - the request for a stockish skid simply isn't something most folks would want me to make given they can buy stock skids fairly cheap or get them free.

Most of the folks I have built them for want superior protection/strength, more ground clearance, along with something totally custom.
Sorry I meant stock 3" drop. But I need to do a 4" drop so I can eliminate the spacers.

I am thinking of a tubular style, Any comments on using a single tubular crossover with 4" drop?

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You can make one similar to the one on the left here & place it on the frame wherever it suits you. I've made a few like this. This one happens to be a Genright.

As you can see, it's adjustable in length, orientation etc.

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Ok i picked this up https://www.summitracing.com/parts/clp-cp9424 I couldn't beat the price.

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