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Old 10-27-2008
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has anyone made a bar or a plate for the 4.0's to protect the cat? i whent wheeling and smashed my cat resulting in destroying it and now i need a whole new Y pipe and main cat. is it possible to maybe bolt a bar across the botom of the truck where the cat is to prevent this from happeing again?
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i don't know if it's my rcd or what but i've never had any problems with that cat....actually it's the only one left on my exhaust setup. bwahahah.

if you've looked under there though and are replacing the y and cat yourself, i'm sure you can come up with something. where there's a will, there's a way.
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Long time no post Travis lol
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yeah i know theres a way to do it but i wanted to see if anyone had sugestions or pics of it done. my only worry is i dont want to get hung up on the bar..
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Will the cat setup from say an 07 work on the 04 ? My 2 cats are at the engine and don't have to worry bout destroying them when wheeling
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i say do a cage set up. like steal a catcher's mask and weld it.
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the only thing im worryed about is if i do put a bar from frame rail to frame rail or even a cage wont i smash the bar or cage into the cat and be in the same boat anyways? im more thinking along the lines of getting a bar and mounting it from rail to rail but theres no where in the middle to support it.
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Which cat are you talking about?...(from the above pic) the one under the skid plate or the smaller one closer to the headers?

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god i love my 94 you guys have so many cats it crazy mine is nice and tucked up in i would hit my tranny hard it i hit my y pipe
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Hmm. That's a good question. I've probably hit mine before but never damaged it. If you're good with metal work I suppose you could make a skid similar to the gas tank one that spans from the front crossmember back to the transmission crossmember, along with some supports the the frame rail(s) on the sides for support.
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where did you get the transfer case skid from?
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where did you get the transfer case skid from?
I had one on my 93 so i'm guessing they come standard at one point or another.
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god i love my 94 you guys have so many cats it crazy mine is nice and tucked up in i would hit my tranny hard it i hit my y pipe
Yeah my 93 only had one cat and then there was none. My 07 is even better since the cats are up at the firewall.
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where did you get the transfer case skid from?
That above pic that I posted is not of my truck, but I do have the same skid. I got mine from a junkyard, got the fuel and x-fer case both for 40$ from what I remember.
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what year did they come on?
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what year did they come on?
Not exactly sure, sorry. Probably anywhere from around 98-2004 would be very similar. Someone else may know for sure. The ones I got bolted right up exactly to existing holes in the frame and crossmembers, I used my own bolts though.

According to this thread, it seems that any 97+ will fit: https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ar+skid+plates
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if you crush your cross member/skid/cage thats made from tube or some plate steel... then there's a design flaw or you're hitting stuff REALLY hard.


both my cats are on they're own piece of exhaust pipe, it un-bolts after the Y pipe lol.
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The gas tank and t-case skids came standard on Level II's and FX4's if I remember correctly. They were also a option on any 4x4 if special ordered.
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My ranger has a gas tank and transfercase skid. I just though I would throw that in there...
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mine does to, the person we got it from said his dad had ordered the 'offroad' package, I'm assuming that's what it was.
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...yeah. I'm pretty sure Ranger with the "off-road" package come stock with skid plates. I know two guys with the package that came with skids from the factory.
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my 93 and 94 had it and my 92 93 94 explorers had it
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