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Old 01-14-2008, 07:49 PM
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FSJ t-case skid plate!

Got worried about dropping this long underbelly on a rock and breaking the tcase...so i eased my fears a little with this...

38" wide at top and 34" at bottom. 1/4" plate with 1"x1"x1/8" squre tubing for support bolted in place with 8 grade 8 3/8" bolts threaded into frame

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dont worry about that one extra bolt hole in the top...thats where i broke a tap off in the frame rail...
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:56 PM
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Looks good!! Now we need some pics of it installed!!

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Old 01-14-2008, 08:15 PM
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Looks good!! Now we need some pics of it installed!!

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Old 01-14-2008, 08:30 PM
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haha i need some daylight for that...i dont get off work til 9:30 pm
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:51 PM
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Nice work! Its on my list to do. I was beside myself when I scratched my Atlas on some rocks (that did'nt sound right...LOL).
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:01 PM
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you should vend those nice work!

I worked for a fab place for a few weeks before they packed up and left for where they came from (mutter) and their rockcrawler had this white plasticy stuff on their skidplates..it'd slide right over rocks and barely scratch it. Sweet stuff.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:06 PM
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haha yessss those teflon pads, or cutting board material stuff, is great for sliding...but VERY expensive in bulk.

I would consider building these if there is any interest. no clue on a price as this was steel i had lying around...and its about 70#'s

Thanks for the comments!
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:09 AM
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Looks great Brett
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Looks tough...

Do you plan to put any drain holes in it?
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:20 AM
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Looks good!

How far forward does the skid plate cover? I was thinking of making one of these at some point that included a hoop for the front driveline.... The guy that rebuilt my tranny says he's seen alot of these jeeps (with stock front driveshafts like mine) break loose the front driveline, then it whips over and takes out the aluminum that holds the pan on the tranny... tranny is now fubar and has to be replaced. I don't plan on heavy wheelin, but it sure got me thinking. Probably wouldn't really even need a full hoop, maybe just a vertical plate right next to the tranny pan as protection just in case.

Pics installed please!

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Old 01-15-2008, 12:34 PM
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Robert: No drain holes...i hate mud. And id rather a nice smooth surface underneath. Its really easy to unbolt if i need to clean it out.

Dr Teeth: Here is the area it covers. From the tranny crossmember back to just past the tcase yoke.

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Old 01-18-2008, 05:06 PM
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finally got around to mounting it today...

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looks slick. Nice work!

I can say that I was impressed by the lack of components hanging low on my rig when I bought it. Funny seeing these Ford guys running around with the t-case hanging about a foot lower than the frame.

I guess you cant really have too much protection. Again, nice job!
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Thanks! Its needed for the place that im going in a couple weeks...lots of sharp pointy rocks to hard up on...and i like my t-case without holes in it
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:13 PM
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...and i like my t-case without holes in it

....works better that way too!

Looks nice...do you have enough clearance for the rear driveshaft? hard to tell from the pic at that angle.

Also, the drain hole comment is a good one. I have a 1/4" skid plate covering my rear mounted gas tank. My drain holes were not big enough and clogged up with mud causing a little surface rust on the under side. I caught it in time and I'll fix that before I re-install it. Your horizontal stiffeners will catch every bit of mud thrown up there.
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Wow. With 1/4" plate, I don't think you needed those "stiffener" bars at all!
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Wow. With 1/4" plate, I don't think you needed those "stiffener" bars at all!

I decide to put some stiffener bars on mine as well as some stops to prevent it from driving up into my gas tank if I land on a rock dragging over a ledge, but you're right, it is very strong. I'll have to get some pics to show you what I mean.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:41 PM
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Pretty sick skidplate brett. Me likey. If you ever decide to make them in quantities, let me know, i could definetly see one o them on mine. Nice work
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