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Old 06-29-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
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93 Crossmember/Skid?

So we just bought a 1993, and plan on doing a lot of work to it, it's our play toy However, first things first, it needs to be sound and healthy. Our biggest concern is the skid plate, I have had mixed tellings on this, some saying that the skid plate is the crossmember, and others saying the crossmember is under the skid plate, regardless, mine is pretty rough and needs replacing. I'm curious if anyone has done this themselves and has any tips, also, what about fashioning your own skid plate?

Does anyone have any reccomendation of where to buy one? We're looking for a good meld of quality/price, we dont want to go cheap, but we dont need the most rugged expensive thing out there, we plan on doing only some mild off-roading at the moment, and can always upgrade later and have this as a spare.

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The skid plate in the photos is not representative of the frame, the frame is actually in pretty good shape, we're having it professionally gone over,cleaned up, and painted when we have the body work and new paint job done. The rear half of the frame we've already had done and totally boxed and reinforced, woot woot.

Thanks, and sorry if this is wordy, I'm just excited to be making my first post here

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Old 06-30-2010, 08:47 AM   #2
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the skid is the cross member. If you look at it you will see the trans mount is bolted through the skid. need to support the trans when you drop the skid. I put a teraflex bellyup skid. thicker than stock easy insall. it actually fit without modifying

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I see what you mean now, and have a diagram drawn out, and I like the price of the skid at under $500, as well as the fact it increases ground clearance, but it looks more solid then a no-brand one I was considering. However, I'll have to change the shaft? Some of the reviews mention having to do a lift, but I could always do this the same time I do the 2.5" lift, and drive-line angles, well, thankfully I'm not scared of learning I think as far as that's concerned I'd like to stay close to stock, did you have to modify anything else on your Jeep to install the Skid?


For support, would a standard floor jack work? I have access to a fully equipped garage if other methods are needed.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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since the skid raised the trans/t-case, they recomend a body lift, and I seem to recall the kit came with a motor mount lift. or you culd just make spacers to drop the skid down 1"-2" inches. I have a 2" body lift, motor mount lift, and still dropped the skid 1". I have 8" of suspention lift. If you get it just bolt it up, look at drive line angle and start adjusting as needed.
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Thanks, I like the spacer idea, allowing for adjustment, as I could start this weekend potentially, and then just remove the spacers at a later time when I can do the body lift and other work needed to do the job right.

I'm feeling a lot more confident about tackling this, and really like the bellyup skid mentioned in your first post, and the potential for later if we really get into off-roading of having higher ground clearance.

We're investing about 4,000 into the jeep over the next few months, so expect more posts, ha ha, but we want to make sure it isnt wasted money.
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