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    Quote Originally Posted by BESRK View Post
    Yeah.. got the 300 mocked up under the rig today.. I had to plasma off the inner shifter mounting ear because it was hitting the upper tranny bolt. I ended up mangling the Speedi-Sleeve during all the installing/cutting/reinstalling I did.

    I think that middle hole works well.. TC is about even with bottom of tranny mount. I may redo the tranny mount to raise it up a bit. I won't quite be able to do a flat belly.. but it should work out well and be able to take some hard hits.
    Cool!! You're rolling along also! I left my speedi sleeve off until final fit up. One nice thing about being clocked level, I was able to use a reguar floor jack, and a piece of plywood, to lift the case into position. Then it slid right in.

    I'm buttoning up the engine install and dash now, I'm going to test drive it before I do the skids. I want to make sure the crossmember will hold up.

    I'll post up the skids I come up with when I put them on. Until then, good luck and hope this helps!! HB


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    I'm catching up..

    I got my tranny skid done. I ended up doing the frame mounts out of angle iron and made a little "cradle" in the center to mount the tranny using YJ spring bushings. It was fun trying to get all the bends right so they'd be the proper height below the frame...etc.




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    Quote Originally Posted by BESRK View Post
    I'm catching up..

    I got my tranny skid done. I ended up doing the frame mounts out of angle iron and made a little "cradle" in the center to mount the tranny using YJ spring bushings. It was fun trying to get all the bends right so they'd be the proper height below the frame...etc.




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    That looks really nice.

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    yes very nice...

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    a new line for ground pounder fab maybe?? Looks sweet.

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    I like it!! Hey BESRK, what diameter tube did you use? My buddy built a tubing bender, but right now he only has 1.75 dies, though he's thinking of getting a smaller set. Thats what I wanted to do, but made due with what I had.


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    No new line of stuff with skids.. that was too much work to make any money off of it.

    I only have a 1.75"x5.5" Die for my bender. I will eventually buy a 1.5" die, 1.25" die, 1" die and a 3/4" square tube die (for racks). However, right now I'm saving every penny so I can buy a 4'x8' CNC plasma cutting table..
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    Quote Originally Posted by BESRK View Post
    No new line of stuff with skids.. that was too much work to make any money off of it.

    I only have a 1.75"x5.5" Die for my bender. I will eventually buy a 1.5" die, 1.25" die, 1" die and a 3/4" square tube die (for racks). However, right now I'm saving every penny so I can buy a 4'x8' CNC plasma cutting table..
    So thats 1.75 wall? Sweet! Seeing as I just bought 120' of it! I don't think I'll need that much for my cage!


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    1.75"x.120" wall skinned with 3/16" plate.. works well for a skid.. plenty strong. I'm probably going to order some 1/2" thick UHMW plastic to skin it and make it slippery.. I use that stuff on my buggy and love it on the rocks.
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