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Old 12-30-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Custom Transmission cross member

The PO decided that my Jeep needed a 2in skid plate drop. Well I am looking at doing a stand alone cross member so I can belly up the skid later on. I am looking for suggestions and/or ideas

Something like this:
Universal Transmission Crossmember Mount : TMR Customs, Custom Fabrication Components for Offroad Vehicles

Should I go poly or stay with rubber?

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I like the design of the TMR Kit, and used it for inspiration. For convenience, I bought some of the parts from Barnes 4x4, and the DOM tubing from my local metal supply.

See all my details here:
StanF Flat Skid Crossmember

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I like the design of the TMR Kit, and used it for inspiration. For convenience, I bought some of the parts from Barnes 4x4, and the DOM tubing from my local metal supply.

See all my details here:
StanF Flat Skid Crossmember

Barnes4x4 Crossmember Kit
Nice write up! will be doing this in the next few days
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:07 AM   #4
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The cross member is nice, i was considering one my self, however after some time the idea was not appealing enough as you really have nothing to shield your transmission with. Regular dirt would be washable, but rocks and other hard objects that you would usually encounter while off-roading could damage the tranny.
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The cross member is nice, i was considering one my self, however after some time the idea was not appealing enough as you really have nothing to shield your transmission with. Regular dirt would be washable, but rocks and other hard objects that you would usually encounter while off-roading could damage the tranny.
You typically install a separate skid plate. Read through my entire thread, and you'll see it. My flat skid plate was also from Barnes 4x4.
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The cross member is nice, i was considering one my self, however after some time the idea was not appealing enough as you really have nothing to shield your transmission with. Regular dirt would be washable, but rocks and other hard objects that you would usually encounter while off-roading could damage the tranny.
We are still running skid plates that cover the area. I just don't like the concept of my transmission being bolted onto the belly skid.
I was thinking about switching to this:
Jeep YJ 2" Drop Skid Plate
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We build crossmembers similar to the TMR for reasons of running custom belly-ups. As a matter of fact, we built one yesterday & another one today. Both offer more isolation.

As a heads-up, if you go with a unit like the TMR, you *may* have vibes, especially if the Jeep has an auto tranny. They are more pronounced at idol and *may* continue under acceleration.

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