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Old 01-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Tranny skid plate

When I purchesed my jeep the pervious owner did a transfer case drop for the lift. But I would like to do a flush mount skid plate. But want to know if i would need to do a body lift to do that.

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Old 01-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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If you know how to read a tape measure and have an iota of logic, you can determine this yourself.....

But I'll give you the answer. If you've got a Rubi, you've got a NP241. It's fat so you'll need to create some space. If you want to go flat, you'll need to create space above and below the case. That means a small body lift (1 or 1.25") and a low profile trans mount. And you'll still likely contact the tub unless you go with a non-off the shelf skid.

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assuming you dont have a rubi

a high clerance skid means moving the transmission/t-case up,to do that you need a motor mount lift,high clerance skid,a special t-case mount and most lifts require atleast a 1" body lift.

I think the AEV skid set up doesnt require a body lift

some people beat the trans tunnel with a hammer to make room.

if you dont have a rubicon you will probly need a SYE and a CV style shaft($600 minimum)

most high clerance skid sets ups done right can cost $1000-$1200 if you do it yourself.

I have no experiance with doing this just loads of research cause I plan to do it also.There are some write ups here and jeepforum

Theres more to it than just buying the $400 skid and mount,other things may have to be done in order to have it done safely and correct but most depend on what your current set up is now.
Chances are if you have a GAY t-case drop now its not done right.....just cheap.
For the love of Jeeps I cant understand why people use T-case drops on a 4" lift
Ok so you have a 4" lift but you had to lower the t-case 1" to reduces driveline damage......So you Gained 3"s of lift....Buy a 3" lift to begin with and you may only need a motormount lift instead of a t-case drop.

just makes no sense to me
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I have the teraflex belly up skid. It doesn't sit completely flat but raises it up wbout 2.5" over stock... here's what I had to do on install
1. Belly up $500ish
2. Hd oil skid $150ish
3 auto trans skid $200ish
4. Cv shaft and sye (you will likely need a new cv shaft but are fine without the sye on a rubi) $500ish
5. 1" bl $115ish

On a tj you may need upper control arms as well to help with pinion angle, the lj was fine without.
I did all of the installation with my brother so labor was free...woo hoo!

It's a bit more pricey going the route I went but there are companies that make some cheaper versions that are also good. The belly up also makes the drivetrain sit at an angle which reduces some of the drivetrain woes.
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I have the teraflex belly up skid. It doesn't sit completely flat but raises it up wbout 2.5" over stock... here's what I had to do on install
1. Belly up $500ish
2. Hd oil skid $150ish
3 auto trans skid $200ish
4. Cv shaft and sye (you will likely need a new cv shaft but are fine without the sye on a rubi) $500ish
5. 1" bl $115ish

On a tj you may need upper control arms as well to help with pinion angle, the lj was fine without.
I did all of the installation with my brother so labor was free...woo hoo!

It's a bit more pricey going the route I went but there are companies that make some cheaper versions that are also good. The belly up also makes the drivetrain sit at an angle which reduces some of the drivetrain woes.
glad you chimed in.Your post puts it more into perspective

I forgot all about the adjustable control arms
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glad you chimed in.Your post puts it more into perspective

I forgot all about the adjustable control arms
All that said...one of the best investments I've made as far as off road is concerned. It falls a close second to my front locker. It slides over stuff smoothly now, haven't hung it up yet.

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