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Old 04-03-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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Flat transfer case skid--many using?

I found a couple of old threads during my initial search, but wondering how many people have converted to a flat skid plate and if so any real problems.
I've got an 02 sport 5 speed with 3.5 suspension 1 inch bl and mml, sye and adjustable CA. So with the UCF lopro can I go completely to a flat skid plate which i could likely fab myself while gaining much more clearance?

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A TT is like lifting the jeep higher but not really. It clears things a lot easier.

You may have to beat the tub some depending if the x-fer gets in the way if you use a flat skid. Other than your arms being able to adjust for the pinion angle and you may also have to lengthen your rear drive shaft but other than that you should be good to go.

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I've got the Savvy Under Armor and it's amazing how much more clearance it provides. It's like adding another 4"s in tire size! The only issue I really had was that my shocks were contacting the spring perches on the axles. I've added shock relocators until I can get them outboarded. Also, you'll probably want/need the Novak transfer case linkage too. The stock linkage gets bound up pretty tight when you start stuffing things higher up in the tunnel.
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Thanks for the replies--keep um coming.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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I just completed my tt project and I must say that it is well worth it. I got the UCF ultra high clearance aluminum tc skid. There were some minor adjustments that needed to be made with the catalytic converter and muffler after the tt. I wasn't a big deal though.
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I run a custom flat-to-the-frame skid. Just use some common sense when setting it all up and it'll turn out great.
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How flat?

I've got a tummy tuck with better clearance than stock, but it's not flat to the frame. totally flat pretty challenging to do...but if you give an inch or two below the frame, with some smart trans mounting, you'll save yourself a bunch of pounding on the tub & firewall.
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Here's what the Savvy UA looks like:
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I've got the Savvy Under Armor and it's amazing how much more clearance it provides. It's like adding another 4"s in tire size! The only issue I really had was that my shocks were contacting the spring perches on the axles. I've added shock relocators until I can get them outboarded. Also, you'll probably want/need the Novak transfer case linkage too. The stock linkage gets bound up pretty tight when you start stuffing things higher up in the tunnel.
How much did the project run you?
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I run a custom flat-to-the-frame skid. Just use some common sense when setting it all up and it'll turn out great.
How did you do yours and how much did it cost? I have been contemplating doing one.
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How much did the project run you?
Well, it kind of depends on how far along one is in their build. For me the ultimate goal from day one of my Jeep purchase (2007) was to run the Nth Degree or AEV TT. To get there I was installing Currie control arms, track bars, etc. So basically I was buying things needed to allow me to tuck everything up and deal with the issues from an increased pinion angle. Since I was already doing this when Savvy came out with their UA I put that on the list and waited until it became available. I had already started switching to the Savvy brand anyway for sliders, bumpers, etc.

If you're starting from scratch I would say anywhere from $2000K-$3000K depending on what brands you go with. If you already have adjustable control arms and a BL then you only need the TT or UA. I would also add the Novak transfer case cable kit too.

To me the Savvy UA is more of a complete kit that protects the oil pan all the way back to the transfer case. Also, it includes a new crossmember that doesn't have to be removed if you drop the skid for service or other reasons. When you start adding up what it takes from the other vendors out there to get the same protection the pricing is pretty close to even.

BTW, I won't put any pricing out there but I will say contact Gerald directly. He will definitely take care of you. Just be aware that he's a busy guy and it may take awhile for him to get back with you. I'm lucky that I can just run up to the shop and get stuff when I need it.
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How did you do yours and how much did it cost? I have been contemplating doing one.
Made a flat skid that came in under $100 in materials.



Stiffened it up


Combined it with a low profile mount


And made any other necessary adjustments for everything to sit happy


The key to running flat is to sit the t-case/tranny as close to the skid as possible. You'll see that I cut notches out to fit the tranny mount bracket bolt heads--can't get much lower than that.

Plenty of room above the t-case




That's done right--no exhaust binding or contact anywhere, shifting as good or better than stock (Novak t-case shifter), and a whole hellofalot more belly clearance.
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I've got the Under Armor from Savvy as well, and it is definitely a very nice piece. I've had the entire weight of the Jeep on it more than a few times and so far I've only managed to put some scuff marks on it. If you're looking for a system that covers everything from the oil pan back to the transfer case, it's probably one of the most complete solutions as you end up with a fairly flat bottom with nothing to get hung up on.

No matter what you go with, having a flatter tummy is probably one of the best mods you'll do. I get hung up much less now that I don't have the stock shovel in the way.
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Here's what the Savvy UA looks like:

Man I can't wait to get that UA setup!!! Hopefully this fall...
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IMPED---thats exactly what I'm looking to do. What low clearance trans bracket did you use? And did you use 3/8 or 1/4 inch plate? Weight wize i've thinking 3/8 will suite me better as I don't play in rocks much, just looking for more underbelly clearance.
Thanks for all the comments so far!
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I like rocks and use 1/4".....3/8" would be ridiculous unless you're talking aluminum. I'd like to build an aluminum skid with a bit more 'refinement' than the current piece--3/8" 6061-T6, countersunk bolt holes, and maybe a separate crossmember, though I have no issues with my current mounting setup. The mount is from Undercover Fab. It's a pretty slick piece and really makes better use of the space between the drivetrain and skid.
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Made a flat skid that came in under $100 in materials.

That's done right--no exhaust binding or contact anywhere, shifting as good or better than stock (Novak t-case shifter), and a whole hellofalot more belly clearance.
Wanna make another one, lol ... How much body lift are you running for this? Also might be lower profile on top if you use angle iron (think half a square) and weld the 2 ends down...

BTW, Great work!
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Wanna make another one, lol ... How much body lift are you running for this? Also might be lower profile on top if you use angle iron (think half a square) and weld the 2 ends down...

BTW, Great work!
That particular skid is now under another Jeep. If you're local and get materials, I'll make one and help you install it. As for the skid supports, lower profile wouldn't help anything but I would probably go that route if I built another one just because it's stiffer.

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