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06-03-2013 07:58 PM
tigerblood Dropped my belly skid off for Powdercoat Saturday. Impatiently waiting to for a phone call
06-03-2013 05:25 PM
StanF
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
every inch helps.
That's what she said

05-23-2013 08:23 AM
95YamJam Cool! every inch helps. I had quite a few times where the stock skid would hang me up.
05-22-2013 05:34 PM
tigerblood well I wont be quite as cool as you flat belly fellows, but I just ordered teh undercover fabs high clearance belly skid, they have 15% off everything for a memorial day sale, their stuff isnt cheap so 15% can save quite a bit. I suppose I better get myself a SYE asap.
05-14-2013 04:24 PM
StanF
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
Found some pics of it off and took some of it on...













Not great pics...
Very nice work! Looks great around the driveshaft cutouts. I hope my turns out that nice
05-14-2013 01:46 PM
denisbaldwin I used the stock bolts, as they fit right in. When I later did my t-case drop, used the bolts that came with my kit.
05-14-2013 01:38 PM
StanF
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Originally Posted by denisbaldwin View Post

That's the one I have... the Barnes flat 1/4" plate. Other than not having holes for the trans mount (I had to do my own), it's a perfect drop-in.

Denis
Did you just use hex head bolts to mount the Barnes flat plate or use some kind of countersunk head fastener? Pictures???
05-13-2013 05:32 AM
denisbaldwin
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Originally Posted by StanF View Post
Barnes is $120...I might try to find the stock and make one. They're the cheapest option I've seen. It's just flat 1/4" plate
That's the one I have... the Barnes flat 1/4" plate. Other than not having holes for the trans mount (I had to do my own), it's a perfect drop-in.

Denis
05-11-2013 04:19 PM
95YamJam Found some pics of it off and took some of it on...













Not great pics...
05-11-2013 01:30 PM
StanF My bad...Barnes does have bent edges front/rear:



Jeep YJ Flat Skid Plate
05-10-2013 03:42 PM
95YamJam Dang. I mine is actually tilted up front and rear with gussets on the sides. I need to find the pics of it.... but it started at a piece of flat 1/4" plate.
05-10-2013 08:32 AM
StanF Barnes is $120...I might try to find the stock and make one. They're the cheapest option I've seen. It's just flat 1/4" plate
05-09-2013 03:30 PM
95YamJam
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Originally Posted by StanF View Post
Interesting...would a TC clock saved you that 1" of clearance work on the tub? I'm trying to decide if I need to buy a clock ring or not. It seems like it can't hurt and will provide a little extra clearance. I'll have the TC out for the SYE, so it'll be easy to install.

My general plan:

1) 1" BL (done)
2) 1" MML (done)
steps 3-7 all at the same time
3) Install SYE
4) Install Clock Ring (if necessary)
5) Make Crossmember
6) Adjust pinion angle
7) Driveshafts
(shortened XJ in rear; new in front because my slip joint is worn and I'm getting vibes)
8) Flat Skid from Barnes 4x4

BFH (big f***ing hammer) will be used as needed during any of these steps

Exhaust system adjustment will have to happen in there somewhere. Maybe after driveshafts.

Thoughts? Am I missing anything?
The clock would not have mattered for me. It was close at the rear output.

yes your exhaust needs changed. A couple of pics you can see mine... I would have run a stock rear tailpipe but my shock bar got in the way. I cold make a tail pipe that would fit but the turndown is no worse than what i had. Also i have a 4cyl and no cat and it seems ok!

All else sounds about right to me.

Whats the barnes flat skid consist of? I have about $25 in mine.... 1/4 plate.
05-09-2013 11:48 AM
StanF
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Originally Posted by Ianbeaulieu View Post
I want to do this so bad, with it being a dd I'd rather wait
Yes, if its your only vehicle, then it would be a big project. I imagine it will take the Jeep out of commission for at least a couple of weekends.

Maybe 3 weekends, depending on the driveshaft timing.

If I was really efficient (and lucky!), I could get it done in one weekend + a few days to get the rear DS shortened locally. Murphy will never let that happen
05-09-2013 10:56 AM
Ianbeaulieu I want to do this so bad, with it being a dd I'd rather wait
05-09-2013 07:03 AM
StanF
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
Thanks!

Yes, i get more vibration. Not too bad but i am gonna try to dampen it some here and there.... No clock on t case.

Totally stock.
Interesting...would a TC clock saved you that 1" of clearance work on the tub? I'm trying to decide if I need to buy a clock ring or not. It seems like it can't hurt and will provide a little extra clearance. I'll have the TC out for the SYE, so it'll be easy to install.

My general plan:

1) 1" BL (done)
2) 1" MML (done)
steps 3-7 all at the same time
3) Install SYE
4) Install Clock Ring (if necessary)
5) Make Crossmember
6) Adjust pinion angle
7) Driveshafts
(shortened XJ in rear; new in front because my slip joint is worn and I'm getting vibes)
8) Flat Skid from Barnes 4x4

BFH (big f***ing hammer) will be used as needed during any of these steps

Exhaust system adjustment will have to happen in there somewhere. Maybe after driveshafts.

Thoughts? Am I missing anything?
05-08-2013 07:31 PM
95YamJam Thanks!

Yes, i get more vibration. Not too bad but i am gonna try to dampen it some here and there.... No clock on t case.

Totally stock.
05-08-2013 06:42 PM
StanF
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
Best pics i could get for now with no skid. Skid ones to come later...











Looks great!

Did you notice any additional vibration from the more solid transmission mount? The factory mount is thick and "squishy". I'm asking because my Brown Dog poly motor mounts transmit a bunch more engine vibe into the Jeep.

Also, what method did you use to clock the TC?
05-08-2013 05:47 PM
95YamJam thanks! Tough as nails too! I looked at some that you can buy and they seemed a bit weak. I am sure they work great but for about $10 in steel and a little time i get them the way i want them.
05-08-2013 05:46 PM
tigerblood I was wondering if they were home made, theyre pretty sweet
05-08-2013 05:44 PM
95YamJam Made them. I have pics of them going together. Just can't find them right now. sry. I'll get em eventually. LOL!
05-08-2013 05:33 PM
tigerblood YAM- what spring plates/skids are you using?
05-08-2013 05:30 PM
tigerblood is anyone using the Kilby skid? Im kind of liking it.
05-08-2013 05:29 PM
95YamJam
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Originally Posted by Tyler92yj View Post
kilby has a nice belly skid and no need for cross member
I thought about no cross member but it makes things better to get to with out the need for craziness with the skid plate when needing to access the trans.
05-08-2013 05:28 PM
95YamJam Best pics i could get for now with no skid. Skid ones to come later...











05-08-2013 04:36 PM
Tyler92yj kilby has a nice belly skid and no need for cross member
05-08-2013 04:19 PM
StanF
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
I can get some pics up. I have them but need to go thru them. I have about a thousand to go thru... Basically. The crossmember consists of a piece of c channel. I used all 4 trans bolt holes into that. Then took two jeep control arm bushings and used Dom tube to make holders for the bushings. Welded them to the c channel and welded brackets on the frame. I'll get some pics up asap. Sounds simple but there was quite a bit of measuring and doodleing...
Your cross member sounds pretty similar to others that I've seen. For others that are interested, both Barnes and Gen-Right make cross member kits:

Crossmember Mounting Set

Gen-Right 4 Link Rear Bracket Kit
05-08-2013 09:56 AM
95YamJam I can get some pics up. I have them but need to go thru them. I have about a thousand to go thru... Basically. The crossmember consists of a piece of c channel. I used all 4 trans bolt holes into that. Then took two jeep control arm bushings and used Dom tube to make holders for the bushings. Welded them to the c channel and welded brackets on the frame. I'll get some pics up asap. Sounds simple but there was quite a bit of measuring and doodleing...
05-08-2013 09:00 AM
StanF
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
Yes 1" BL. No brand. Made it myself from 1/4 plate. I did have to dent in my tub about 1" near the ds just to make sure it did not hit. I used a porta power and went slow. The dent is under the console. so it's impossible to see on the inside and really hard to see underneath.

I am not gonna lie. It is not super easy to do but it is doable.
95YamJam, I looked for your tummy tuck in your build thread, but couldn't find any pictures. Can you offer up a few more details or pictures on what you did to go completely flat? I'd like to see your crossmember design too.
05-07-2013 09:45 PM
95YamJam Gotta do what you can. Every inch counts IMHO.
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