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Old 11-14-2019, 04:15 PM
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Front driveshaft hitting crossmember

So I finished my TeraFlex 3Ē lift and had it aligned. Upon leaving I heard a loud thud. Upon further inspection I found the front driveshaft was hitting the crossmember upon axle droop. Thereís only about 2-3 inches between the driveshaft and the crossmember. Has anyone else seen or had this problem? Should I replace the driveshaft, remove the crossmember or is there another option?


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I did the skid drop for vibration. I used the TeraFlex skid drop spacers but it only had spacers (6) for the rear skid. Should there have been more for the front crossmember ?

Iím probably going to do the MML with a 1Ē BL but for now I need a fix.


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i pulled mine off (with plans for a real skid up front). some just make up spacers and drop it.

you can get by without it, but you should have something up there for offroad.
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i pulled mine off (with plans for a real skid up front). some just make up spacers and drop it.

you can get by without it, but you should have something up there for offroad.


I was able to get ahold of TeraFlex and they said, just like you, to remove the crossmember. They also said they would ship out two spacers for me to drop the crossmember also. So tomorrow sheíll be back on the road. Yay!!!!


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it'll work...........but the TC drop and now the front skid drop is eating up some of the ground clearance (lift) you just bought.
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If it's an 03-06' auto, that's normal. I took a Sawzall to a few of mine and notched it to clear.
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Clearance the crossmember.
Lower the crossmember - you'll loose some ground clearance.
Install limit straps.
I wouldn't suggest removal of the crossmember - it's probably there for a reason.
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replace it with an engine skid and give more protection to the engine and trans while giving all the room necessary for the front driveshaft. the oil pan has zero protection from factory.

get two birds stoned at once
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So for now I took the crossmember and attached trans skid off. I will probably reinstall it with the spacers when they come just for some protection. Iím pretty sure that once I get my rims and tires that if I have room I will remove the spacers and go with a MML and BL as others have suggested, to get that belly back up.


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Iím pretty sure that once I get my rims and tires that if I have room I will remove the spacers and go with a MML and BL as others have suggested, to get that belly back up.
that won't change the issue of having the DS hit the crossmember when the suspension cycles.
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I had the same issue. I pulled it off and replaced it with the Mountain Off Road Enterprises skid plate. About $300 for 3/16" steel. Its connects to the OEM TC skidplate.

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I had the same issue. I pulled it off and replaced it with the Mountain Off Road Enterprises skid plate. About $300 for 3/16" steel. Its connects to the OEM TC skidplate.

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I like that and prefer this option over lowering the crossmember. Extra bonus is that I get more protection.


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Savvy has this aluminum engine skid for $300

https://savvyoffroad.com/product/sav-uaeng/
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