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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by the beast, Jul 15, 2005.
I need ideas. Whatcha got?
You mean besides the factory setup?
This is what I did.
yup, custom stuff.....mine doesn't have any factory set-up.
That's exactly what I want to do. Only I would like to replace the crossmember with it.
I got hung up on my skid and I thought the skid plate was worthless because it just gave to the point where there was still pressure on the transfer case.
In that pic the whole truck was balanced on the skid plate. I was scared to death it was going to crack the transfer case.
Yes, I'd was thinking about having it replace or be attached to the stock crossmember. I'm currently running a 205, but next summer will hopefully be a Doubler. It'd be nice if I could use the skid for both.
That hi-lift is looking a little scary hanging on the edge there.......
I always get a little nervous when I use mine.
Back the original post......I am in the process of making a custom crossmember and skid plate and haven't started yet, just have some ideas. I really llike the one clark posted up, but with the NP208 my crossmember sits a lot lower. I would however like to remove the factory crossmember and combine the two elements of x member and skid plate.
Another idea that I would recommend is bracing it in 4 points like that in the picture. My stock x member has bent the frame and is tweaked from banging it on rocks. I will have to of course fix this prior to changing out crossmembers. Harley has some pic's of a custom x member made by 4x4 iron back in the day and so does Steve. I think you can see Steves pic's in his Doubler write up on the home page???
Anyways, hope it works out and if you do make one post some pic's for us to see
i still need to brace it on the frame but this is what i made.
kinda wish i had more clearance tho
I know what you mean on the clearance issue. You can always get the clocking ring and deal with the other 100 issues it instills on the install. I plan on bracing mine really well so when it gets hung up I don't have to worry about bending or braking the x member/transfer case.
The reason it is positioned there is because there is a lip for the upturned end of the jack to catch on.
Yeah hi-lifts make me nervous, too. That's why my dad is running it. He's used them for years on the farm and seen plenty of accidents. One thing he's taught me as far back as I can remember is to give a hi-lift (or handyman jack as he calls it) much respect.
Your ideas on the crossmember/skid sound exactly like mine. I was thinking of running like 2x2 angle 1/4" thick along the frame the full width of the crossmember/skid on both sides and then do the tubing and plate similar to clarkjw24 only eliminating the factory crossmember. One of my buddies had to weld up a crack in his frame that was right in the crossmember bolt area.
I've seen that Pic 30 times, but it is still seriously nice.
I know it's an old pic and it's been put up a lot but it's just another idea.
That's freakin sexy Esteban!
I would love to do something of that caliber someday..........
The song...."money,money,money!" comes to mind when I start adding it all up
how does that work esteban86k5?
lol sorry i aint seen a flat bottom K5 b4
I clocked the 208 up and raised the drivetrain about an inch in the rear. Then just made the skidplate flat with the frame rails.
Here is link to all the pics.
did you have to raise the motor up
Holy Crap!! That's dam hot!!! Maybe I'll get there someday, but for now, I'm going to need something a little more...uh....stock looking.
Instead of the normal dropping the rear of the transfer case an inch for better driveline angle. I raised it an inch for better belly clearance. So it didn't raise the motor much. It more like tilted it.
Don't take that wrong - I love the pic no matter how many times I see it. I'm also, like most, jealous and would love to set mine up like that.
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