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Old 07-17-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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Tummy Tuck w/o Body Lift???

I just picked up an 06 Rubi Unlimited and hate the stock transfer case skid hanging down. Are there any good tummy tuck options without doing a BL?

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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Undercover Fabs LoPro mount. Drops the transmission allowing for a decent tummy tuck.

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:19 AM   #3
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Yes there are...as mentioned, UCF has an option abut i feel if you're gonna tummy tuck why not fully tuck and add the 1 or 1.25" body lift?
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I've seen this on their webpage is anyone running this and have pics of it?
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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Not a fan of BLs but i will prob end up doing a 1" the factory tranfer skid is an eyesore and with the lj i want to get as much belly clearance as possible
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Ucf also offers the no body lift skid too. Not sure how much clearance you will gain over stock though.
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as much belly clearance as possible
that means body lift
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #8
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that means body lift

haha i know that's why i said i'll prob end up doing the 1" bl. think i'm gonna run the 2.5 ome kit and 33" tires so i'll need the bl if i go that route anyway
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:05 PM   #9
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You can go completely flat with no body lift but you have to do it all yourself. As in from scratch. A separate cross member. Maybe Hammer on the tub a little. Measure very well.
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Go get under your Jeep and look at the amount of space between the tub and t-case. You can raise the t-case that much before you need to do something to create more clearance. Also take a look at the space between the t-case and skid. Now imagine if you could lower the t-case down close to the skid with a lower profile trans mount...that would gain you more room to tuck above it.

As for eye sores, what looks worse--the tub sitting 1" higher off the frame or the stock skid sitting 4.5" below the frame?





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Agreed...you'll need a body lift in order to get as much clearance as possible. Plus, a 1" or 1.25" wont look bad and if you black out whats behind it you wont even notice...

i've got a 1.25" body lift on mine if you'd like to see it blacked out...
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what trans do you have?
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #13
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I need to ditch the stock shovel soon, it's on its last legs. You guys think I could pull off the Savvy skid with their BL and the Atlas?
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I need to ditch the stock shovel soon, it's on its last legs. You guys think I could pull off the Savvy skid with their BL and the Atlas?
More than one person has done it but it's not a bolt-in affair.
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More than one person has done it but it's not a bolt-in affair.
I figured as much, hammering is ok but I don't want to make a new floor.
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Go get under your Jeep and look at the amount of space between the tub and t-case. You can raise the t-case that much before you need to do something to create more clearance. Also take a look at the space between the t-case and skid. Now imagine if you could lower the t-case down close to the skid with a lower profile trans mount...that would gain you more room to tuck above it.

As for eye sores, what looks worse--the tub sitting 1" higher off the frame or the stock skid sitting 4.5" below the frame?





You decide.

i think u know the answer
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what trans do you have?

6 spd
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Also, what is the consensus on the best tummy tuck/skids for transfer case, transmission, and engine. Is the UCF deep cover skid plate system the best (Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - UCF Deep-Cover Skid Plate System), or is there other anything else that's comparable in that price range?
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Could someone explain what the Tummy Tuck is? I've tried searching but I only seem to get references to it and not really what it is/involves/benefits.

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Could someone explain what the Tummy Tuck is? I've tried searching but I only seem to get references to it and not really what it is/involves/benefits.

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Its basically raising the transfer case skid that hangs down in the middle of the Jeep so you don't get hung up on stuff. Imped's pics in this thread are an excellent example of a before and after tummy tuck. Look at the bottom of the frame between the axles and note the lack of the ugly factory transfer case skid in the second pic. Thanks for the pics Imped by the way.
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I just installed a rokeman and u will defiantly want to do a body lift also a motor mount lift. Or you will be sorry. I have the same jeep 06 lj rubi
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Its basically raising the transfer case skid that hangs down in the middle of the Jeep so you don't get hung up on stuff. Imped's pics in this thread are an excellent example of a before and after tummy tuck. Look at the bottom of the frame between the axles and note the lack of the ugly factory transfer case skid in the second pic. Thanks for the pics Imped by the way.
I gathered as much... how would a person go about doing this? Is it just the Tcase adjustment?
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I'm on 35's with a 4 inch lift. I'm disabled and can just get in the jeep without using some sort of lift. A body lift is out of the question for me. I'm looking at getting the most I can with out an extra lift. And if that means I have an inch hanging down then I have to deal with that. I would love to have as flat a setup as Imped does though. Just may have to go ahead and have them massage to floorboards to get it.
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I run a UCF ultra high skid with a lowpro mount and no body lift. My TJ is a 98 though and the 03-06 are different.
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I'm on 35's with a 4 inch lift. I'm disabled and can just get in the jeep without using some sort of lift. A body lift is out of the question for me. I'm looking at getting the most I can with out an extra lift. And if that means I have an inch hanging down then I have to deal with that. I would love to have as flat a setup as Imped does though. Just may have to go ahead and have them massage to floorboards to get it.
You swap out the skid itself. Raising the transfer case changes several relationships that need to be adjusted and set back to neutral, as well--t-case shift linkage, exhaust hanger @ the trans mount bracket, and driveline angles are the three big ones. Use common sense and smart designs and you can end up with a setup that's far superior to factory.

My above pictures actually aren't the same Jeep. The flat belly Jeep is mine a couple years ago. Here's mine now.

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I run a UCF ultra high skid with a lowpro mount and no body lift. My TJ is a 98 though and the 03-06 are different.
aint that the truth, i had to do a lot of extra work to get the UHC skid and lopro to work with that hog of a trans. 42rle with a 1.25" bl and a 1.5" mml

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What size lift and tires do you have? that looks similar to the setup i'm going for.
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I'm on 35's with a 4 inch lift. I'm disabled and can just get in the jeep without using some sort of lift. A body lift is out of the question for me. I'm looking at getting the most I can with out an extra lift. And if that means I have an inch hanging down then I have to deal with that. I would love to have as flat a setup as Imped does though. Just may have to go ahead and have them massage to floorboards to get it.
Have you considered the metalcloak fenders with less suspension lift and a bodylift so you could do the the tummy tuck and retain the lower ride height
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I have but I don't want to trade 1 inch of frame lift for an inch of body lift to get back the extra 1 inch of skid. It seems like I would just drop 1 inch and regain it with the extra tummy lift. If I leave it 4 inch and have everything massaged to work with the tuck then I don't lose anything and gain everything. But it will cost more to do it that way..Nothing touches right now on 35's.
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