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post #46 of 55 Old 07-10-2019, 09:57 PM
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not sure if these pix from the mars rover will help, hard to get a good angle.

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post #47 of 55 Old 07-10-2019, 10:35 PM
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not sure if these pix from the mars rover will help, hard to get a good angle.
Helps a lot thanks.

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not sure if these pix from the mars rover will help, hard to get a good angle.
@joblty - Is that massaging in addition to a BL. Didn't see you mention if you had one or not.
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@joblty - Is that massaging in addition to a BL. Didn't see you mention if you had one or not.
1" BL and MML


where are you in San Diego? You could come look at it.

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1" BL and MML


where are you in San Diego? You could come look at it.


I am in Chula Vista and that would be awesome.


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post #51 of 55 Old 07-14-2019, 03:37 PM
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if you lower the lip at the pan it can sit a little closer. I have a deep pan too.
It sounds like with me being a manual I might be ok with just a 1 inch Body lift.
A number of build threads I have read involve the manuals... the 1" MML and 1" BL got them through. But completely flat, I often saw re-clocking the tcase being involved.
I think adjusting the floor is fairly simple if you can weld. I raised my motor/transmission like 3” higher for a flat skid. I had to cut the floor support to clear the tcase plus cut out where the SYE output is and build a piece to weld back in to keep the ujoint from whacking

I’d suggest that you not hesitate to cut the floor and extend the hump or whatever’s necessary. This was a pretty quick mod and you’ll have nowhere near the clearance issues I made for myself!

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Sorry Bruin, I didn't see you asking for my experience until now.

MML and BL is 100% necessary. I made my own MML with a couple of aluminum blocks. I really should have just bought the Brown Dog mounts, because my stock mounts are worn out anyway. For a flat skid with minimal clearancing issues I recommend using a super short SYE. Using a standard SYE is what gets a lot of people into trouble with clearing the output yoke. Spend the extra $50 and get the super short SYE. I got a Terraflex unit because JB was out of stock when I was ordering my parts. I haven't had any issues with it.

I have a totally flat plate as my skid/trans mount.
I did not modify the exhaust bracket.
I did not modify the transmission tunnel.
I did not "modify" the floor with a hammer.
I did not modify the transmission mount. I looked and looked, and I really can't see how you can really gain any clearance from changing the mount. It's only a little over 1" thick to begin with.
I did not modify the transfer case clocking. I cannot see how you can gain clearance from doing so. If you clock it down, you'll have to have a taller transmission mount (which pushes everything else up). If you clock it up, it'll hit the floor.

I DID modify the floor support under the driver's seat by cutting a notch into it to clear part of the transfer case. I probably could have cut the transfer case instead. I don't think the part of the case that was hitting is structural.

If I did it again I'd build a separate crossmember that mounts the transmission to the frame, and keep the skid as a separate unit. I'll end up doing this anyway some day when I get bored. My skid is only 3/16" and it's very heavy and difficult to line up with everything.
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not really keen on changing up my SYE for a super short version... should have got that in the beginning - what's done is done.

thanks for the details. all really helpful

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Sell yours and get a new one. The extra length on the DS is worth it, and so is the clearance.

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I DID modify the floor support under the driver's seat by cutting a notch into it to clear part of the transfer case. I probably could have cut the transfer case instead...structural....
The floor support is structural. I boxed mine after cutting the channel to obtain clearance with 16 or 14 but that’s probably not a big deal structural area in reality.
Granted my situation isn’t like yours, but I had to cut casting ears off the transfer case in addition to clearancing the channel.

Also you are correct - a short SYE probably won’t need the floor cut away and patched for clearance

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