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Old 08-22-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Tummy Tuck Skid Plates

Eh boys, was doing a lil wheeling out at the acreage and I hit a bump and knocked my belly skid plate and it hung up a tad. Been doing some looking around at after-market skid plates and this tummy tuck thing keeps on coming up. What is this thing? Feedback, input, opinions, anybody like anything else better?

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I went from this stock shovel with a TC drop




To this UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid.

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To this UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid.

I've been looking into this one. How's it holdin' up? Scrape it over anything yet?
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It is called a tummy tuck or a belly up. There are tons of threads on them. Do your homework as installing one properly will run you about $1300. There is a lot more than just the skid plate.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:58 PM   #7
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Holy crap! 1300! Well, thats an awful lot of money Im not sure Im willing to spend
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Wait, anybody ever tried to make their own? I have full access to a welding and machining lab
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Holy crap! 1300! Well, thats an awful lot of money Im not sure Im willing to spend
Depends on how you look at it. You are gaining more clearance doing a TT than putting on 33s
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:08 PM   #10
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Sorry, a TT?
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Not difficult. Use your head. If you wheel where clearance matters, gaining inches at the belly is invaluable.

"Tummy tuck" and "Belly up" are just marketing terms. It's a skid plate, just like the one you're replacing.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #12
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1/4 Steel alright? And bro, you gotta sick jeep
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1/4 inch steel is as good as it gets. Or thick (1/4 inch??) aluminum. But it's a lot of work and money to do it from what I hear.
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I do it at school and the metal retailers give the school a discount. All the welding and machining tools/supplies are free
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:16 PM   #16
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Ohhh, yea I remember that now. I have looked at that but I decided that it was way to expensive an investment for my current wheeling agenda
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Turn the one you have on now upside down
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The skid in the picture is 1/4" steel with some 1x1" rect tubing placed strategically for support. My next skid will probably be 3/8" 6061-T6 aluminum.
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haha creative, you'll have the ultimate ultra clearance. And probably have to cut a hole in your tub for the transmission lol
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haha creative, you'll have the ultimate ultra clearance. And probably have to cut a hole in your tub for the transmission lol
Nah.. just make a 6" drop kit and space it down after you flip it... that should work!! LOL!!!
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hahahaha somebody in the world totally would
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Not difficult. Use your head. If you wheel where clearance matters, gaining inches at the belly is invaluable.

"Tummy tuck" and "Belly up" are just marketing terms. It's a skid plate, just like the one you're replacing.
dude that looks sexy as hell...
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I found an AEV tummy tuck on Craigslist for $150 (what a steal!). Then after installing it I had to add a 1.25" body lift and 1" motor mount lift. I still had to use some spacers due to the angle of the driveshaft, but I've fixed that now by adding an SYE kit and new CV driveshaft. It's now flush with the frame and I'm surprised by how much clearance I have now! Well worth it, but if you buy all the parts new, it is an expensive upgrade. $475 for the Tummy Tuck, about a $100 for the body lift, $100 for the motor mount lift, and then another $500 for the SYE kit and CV driveshaft. Wow, did I spend all that! Whew!

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