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Old 09-21-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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what does a tummy tuck consist of.

I just got a new jeep and I has a belly drop. Why did they drop the belly and what's a tummy tuck consist of?
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If its got a lift on it, you will sometimes have to drop the transfer case to help eliminate drive vibes. A tummy tuck will eliminate the low hanging skid plate with a higher clearance skid. In order to do this the easiest, you will need a SYE and new drive shaft, and probably a body lift.

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From the looks of your jeep profile though, it looks like you have the stock skid plate without a drop. Post up pictures of the skid and we can verify that
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I thought a tummy tuck was when you pull your britches up above your belly button.

Not comfortable for many reasons.
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You probably have a lift on it as Cons says and they dropped the transfer case. You can put the transfer case back where it should be if you put in a motor mount lift. If you start doing the drive shaft mods it gets expensive right away. You can do some searches here regarding MML and body lifts, etc. I do not see the transfer case dropped in your profile pictures however. Maybe I am looking at it wrong.
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You probably have a lift on it as Cons says and they dropped the transfer case. You can put the transfer case back where it should be if you put in a motor mount lift. If you start doing the drive shaft mods it gets expensive right away. You can do some searches here regarding MML and body lifts, etc. I do not see the transfer case dropped in your profile pictures however. Maybe I am looking at it wrong.
I looked at his profile after I commented. It doesnt even look as if the jeep is lifted.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #7
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Sorry guys I haven't posted new pics computer is down. I don't know how to post from my iPhone. The jeep on my profile is my old jeep that was totaled. I just got one yesterday it's an 04 sahara with a lift (not sure what kind though). I running 33" x 12.50
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Sorry guys I haven't posted new pics computer is down. I don't know how to post from my iPhone. The jeep on my profile is my old jeep that was totaled. I just got one yesterday it's an 04 sahara with a lift (not sure what kind though). I running 33" x 12.50
Makes much more sense now. Then what I said still applies. Like 530ktm stated, if you dont want to pay for the cost of putting a tummy tuck in, you can always go the route of a BL and MML and removing the TC drop.
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Is a BL really tge way to go I read alot about keeping a LCG. is it just that stories. Or do people just over react?
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You will find that a 1" is fairly common and nothing to worry about. Actually, there are many parts you need a minimum of 1" to install easily.
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You will find that a 1" is fairly common and nothing to worry about. Actually, there are many parts you need a minimum of 1" to install easily.
Ok thanks is there a specific size MML to go with.
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Some folks overreact. They will cringe about an inch or two of body lift but but glorify a 6" suspension all the time talking about center of gravity. Think about it.........a body lift only raises your tub and leaves the heavy frame, engine and tranny at stock height and a suspension lift raises the body and everything else up off the ground(except the axels). The commonly used "high center of gravity" argument against BLs is pure BS. Body lifts are ugly if over an inch but you're not going to roll it over because of it. As you go up in suspension lift be sure to go out with your tire/wheel combo to maintain a wider base of support (physical therapist in me is showing). When you lift your Jeep half a foot off the ground and have your tires sticking out several inches out each side you can limit your Jeep's ability to squeeze through narrow areas but you look really cool. I still haven't seen any photos of WW2 Jeeps with BLs or suspension lifts. They did just fine.
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Ok thanks is there a specific size MML to go with.
The two I read about the most are the JKS spacers, or the M.O.R.E. bombproof mounts. The JKS add a spacer under the original MM...the M.O.R.E completely replace the MM. It all depends on how much you wanna spend. I personally have the JKS and have no issues with it.
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Some folks overreact. They will cringe about an inch or two of body lift but but glorify a 6" suspension all the time talking about center of gravity.
That's not something I've seen, anyone acknowledging the COG problem while encouraging or bragging about the use of a 6" suspension lift. Wanting both a 6" of suspension lift height and a low COG is obviously a contradiction.

Certainly a 4" suspension lift and 1" body lift is going to have a lower COG than a 5" suspension lift will have.
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Very true, sir.
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If it was me I would take my chances with a 6" lift. I hate body lifts.
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If I get around to doing a lift on my TJ it will probably be a 2" suspension lift with a 1" body lift to go with 33" tires. My understanding is that once you go past 3" on a suspension lift things get expensive really fast and a body lift is a cheaper option in combination with a suspension lift. That said I could live with a 1" body lift but 3" body lift would make me puke.

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