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Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!! ***DONE***

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Esteban86K5, May 1, 2004.

  1. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    I finally started the skidplate/crossmember for the t-case. Now that I clocked it, I will be able to have a completely flat belly. Here are the pics of my progress so far.

    These are the before pics. The t-case is already clocked up. But a very low hanging crossmember and exhaust.

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    This is with everything removed and the t-case sitting in it's new location. The bolts you see in the middle are for the adapter mount. I am useing the stock mount so i don't have to worry about availablility when the time comes to replace it. Those bolts will be trimmed down and 2 holes will be drilled in to the skidplate to allow access to those.

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    And here is what the crossmember and frame for the skidplate look like. The actual skidplate is 1/4 diamond plate(dp will be facing up so it will be smooth on the bottom)

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    Should be done in a couple of days. Update will follow!!!
     
  2. cybrfire

    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Looking good. Hopefully be doing the same to mine some time this summer.
     
  3. Bullet

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Awesome job! With the 241 clocked that much are you going to have to modify your floor or how much of a body lift are you running? I was looking at my transfer case today annd thinking about the idea of clocking it, but does the front shaft have any clearance issues with the transmission?

    Keep of the good work /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  4. Esteban86K5

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    OOPs, I forgot to mention that I did need to cut out some of the floor. I have a 2 inch body lift and i pushed the rear of the t-case up a little further so that it would be above the framerails. The floor needed to be cut right under the passenger floor. Not much but it is cut. /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif

    As far as the tranny, there is no problem. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  5. BadDog

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Watch your fan to shroud clearance too. Looks like you tilted the whole thing up a bit so it could become an issue. That's what stopped me till I get around to switching on an electric fan...
     
  6. Esteban86K5

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Since I have the body lift I already had to deal with the fan shroud by cutting the bottom so no issues there either. But thanks for the heads up. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  7. Esteban86K5

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Well here is the finished product. Now all I need to do is fab up a new exhaust and then go scratch it up!!! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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  8. ChevyCaGal

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    That's awesome! Wish I had skillz to make something like that. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  9. big83chevy4x4

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    that nice, i plan on doing something like that also, i might wait on the skid though /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Your bellypan looks sweet. Do you have any pics with the drivelines installed? Are there any clearance issues with the driveshafts? /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif It looks like the belly of a Jeep now!

    /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif That's gonna rock in the rocks if you know what I mean /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
  12. Esteban86K5

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

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    Your bellypan looks sweet. Do you have any pics with the drivelines installed? Are there any clearance issues with the driveshafts? /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif

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    The drivelines are installed. The only problem I may have now with the drivelines is that the front may once again be too short. I know the angle is pretty extreme but it should handle it no problem.
    Here are some pics of the drivelines.
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Wow, that's awesome /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    looks sweet bro!
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    wow, i am very impressed...nice work!! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    Looks good, I just finished mine about a month ago and had to move my rear axle back 2" and rotate the pinion up to keep the rear drive line sane. Mine is a bit diffrent set up with a SM 465 and doubler, but its only a 4" lift. But your pick show a high angle drive line thats still on my wish list. Nice job /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    I just finished doing the same thing but haven't built a new cross memeber/skide plate yet. For the front drive line I had to extened it another 2inches, about 5inches total. I have 4 inches of lift and the front axle moved forward an inch.(Re-drilled perches, no zero-rates). When I installed the front drive shaft the CV was binding, so I ground it down a little for more clearance. Not sure how that going to work but I know for sure that it would have broken if I didn't grind on it.

    Sweat skid plate!! /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
    Mike
     
  18. Kyle89K5

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    Awesome work man. I told you that ring would be worth it.

    **right-click** **saveas**

    Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

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  19. Esteban86K5

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    Re: Flat Belly Skidplate Progress!!!

    When I installed the Dana 60 last month and clocked the t-case up I had already extended the front shaft and ground it to obtain the max angle out of it. I plan on going with a bigger tire soon so I will probably be moveing the axle forward and then i will be extending the shaft again. For now it should work just fine. I only have 4 in lift also and no slpines are showing yet so we'll see what happens. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

    Kyle, Your pics are what inspired me to do this. I was planning on makeing a new adapter that would clock the t-case and just about that time is when you popped up and showed the pics of the ring. THANK YOU!! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     

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