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    Default so you want a tummy tuck? try this

    ok, so we all know the TJ TC (transfer case) skid hangs to low, and aftermarket skids cost alot, building your own is nice and cheap, but what to do about those bolts? get ride of em? but need to remove it still so cant weld it. here is the fix,

    i went to the local metal shop and ordered a piece of steel was 54" by 24" of 1/4" plate (its a little wide cause i wanted the extra for gussets for new cage) i then took measurement in rear of frame (bout 2" behind rear bolt hole) then went 24" toward the front and took that measurement (since frame narrows) then i took these measurements and marked them on the plate and since i have access to a 112 ton press at work i had guy i work with bend it on my marks to 90 degrees, ending up with this




    i then measured height of frame and location of the body mount and cut them out and trimmed skid down



    then with skid in place i drilled 3 holes on each side, and added some grade 8 bolts and ended up with this





    now i dont have this finished but i will added some steel tube in the holes of the frame to keep it from crushing (i will weld it but not needed, just easier to install) and for now i drilled holes in bottom of skid and trans bolts just hang below but i will end up building a cross member like this one, http://www.jrfarrar.com/jeep/tj/crossmember/, and i will weld some 1" angle on top edge of skid in a "^" pattern to help with bracing, hope this helps, as of now i have $110 in steel, $30 in drill bits (broke one so really only $20, and burnt one up due to no cutting oil so could be $10) and $15 in bolts/washers/nuts,

    new muffler is needed since OEM hangs below skid


    , and a SYE will be needed if you have ANY lift since this accounts for a 3" lift in your driveline, you will need BL as well, or a tub massage, i have 2" BL and it clears fine
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    looks good -easy enough other than I dont have a press, maybe weld the pieces together instead of bending.
    I have a 1"bl it should clear that. I was looking to build one instead of buying.
    Just wondering about the cross member build if anybody has a plan for that dont want the bolts hanging down.
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    i will see how much clearence i have tomorrow and i will end up doing this crossmember http://www.jrfarrar.com/jeep/tj/crossmember/
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    Nice!

    And totally flat. My Medic belly up still drops down a few inches.
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    That doesnt look too hard.

    was it 2x2 sq tubeing for the crossmember?
    what how thick should it be?

    And what was used for the bushings and ends on the frame sides?
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    Looks nice. Might have to try that.

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