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Old 08-14-2012, 02:15 PM   #31
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By saying to use the lopro mount to get the tease lower do u mean higher up against the body? I have a 2" bl so hopefully this should help with the clearance of the exhaust.

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Old 08-14-2012, 02:58 PM   #32
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By saying to use the lopro mount to get the tease lower do u mean higher up against the body? I have a 2" bl so hopefully this should help with the clearance of the exhaust.
No... lower to the belly skid, I have plenty of body clearance with the stock mount and only 1.25" BL.... The issue is the angle your driveline operates at. With my setup, I went from a 16 degree angle to 24 degree angle which is a bit excessive. By adding the Lopro mount, my t-case will be lower to the skid, thus reducing the driveline angle for better operating angles.

I will have to readjust the pinion angle once again, but that's a given.

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Old 08-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #33
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Oh thanks. One more ? I read that the lopro mount is for the 03'+ tj's and that the 97-02' do not benefit from them because of the different mount jeep used for the newer model. is this true
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:12 PM   #34
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Oh thanks. One more ? I read that the lopro mount is for the 03'+ tj's and that the 97-02' do not benefit from them because of the different mount jeep used for the newer model. is this true
The lopro mounts give you options for various types of 'fixes' for TJ's

eliminate a t-case drop
TT without a BL
reducing driveline angle is what I will be using it for....

A combination of components can be used to increase belly clearance as well....

Read up on the various uses on UCF's site...

There are two models of Lopro... 97-02 and 03-06

Here is a link to UCF lopro for 97-02

Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - UCF LOPRO ('97-'02 TJ) Trans. Mount

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:19 AM   #35
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By saying to use the lopro mount to get the tease lower do u mean higher up against the body? I have a 2" bl so hopefully this should help with the clearance of the exhaust.
Reducing the height of the mount between the transmission and the skid will lower the trans/t-case. When tucking, you want to maximize belly clearance while minimizing the amount you raise the drivetrain. That means you need to make as efficient use of the space between the skid and trans/t-case as possible. The lower the trans/t-case, the less your driveline angles will be, which provide many other benefits such as a shallower required pinion angle F/R (making it easier to run ideal caster up front). The less you raise the trans/t-case, the less extra room you need at the tub, as well. The benefits of keeping them as low as possible are extensive.

As for the exhaust, the point isn't making room for it....so your extra 1" of body lift isn't doing anything for you but looking goofy. The goal with your exhaust is to set it so that it's neutral, not being torqued up or down with the skid plate in place. It goes up with the trans/t-case so the exhaust mount at the trans mount bracket needs to be cut and set lower in order to place the exhaust in a neutral state.
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Look on the website. It's made for both. If you look at them, you'll see the extra plate on the early model version, probably due to the slightly different height of the trans mount bracket. I've installed these on both early and late models--they work very well as long as you've got a little common sense on how to make the proper adjustments. The mounts won't work on the 32rh auto.
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digging up an old thread, I wanted to know how your skid is holding up. This is my next thing to do. Also are the control arms really really necessary? I don't have a lift, I put 33's on with some metalcloaks. The suspension is 100% stock. I don't mind buying the new driveshaft set up, body lift, shifters, and plate but the control arms are going to be savvy or metalcloaks and I want to get them with my lift. I have no reason to lift it until I'm set for 35's which won't be for a few years. Can I not buy new control arms?
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:47 AM   #37
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digging up an old thread, I wanted to know how your skid is holding up. This is my next thing to do. Also are the control arms really really necessary? I don't have a lift, I put 33's on with some metalcloaks. The suspension is 100% stock. I don't mind buying the new driveshaft set up, body lift, shifters, and plate but the control arms are going to be savvy or metalcloaks and I want to get them with my lift. I have no reason to lift it until I'm set for 35's which won't be for a few years. Can I not buy new control arms?
If you do the ultimate clearance skid, you'll definitely need adjustable rear CA's and an sye/cv. You're lifting the t-case output shaft by 3-4 inches, which is the same as doing a 3-4 inch lift. You could avoid it by going with a skid that tucks the t-case less, but why would you spend the money and not get the most out of it?
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:23 AM   #38
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agreed. Well, looks like I'll just wait till I get the lift. It'll live lol

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