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Tranny x-member/t-case skid

Mmm.. something missing?






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I'll be starting on the x-member and such next week..
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making room for that upper??

very nice cant wait to see what you come up with
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making room for that upper??

very nice cant wait to see what you come up with
Yes, that was the original reason for a new x-member. However, read here (recently updated): https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...t=65402&page=3.

I've wanted a new x-member for awhile, but now with the addition of a doubler, my t-case surface area is gonna increase abit so I really want some additional protection. Pluusss the rear portion (and perhaps even the front) might be able to be utilized as lower frame mounting points for the rear links!
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yeah i read one thread before hte other...

so your implying that you will be linking the rear before the front?
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yeah i read one thread before hte other...

so your implying that you will be linking the rear before the front?
No, not necessary. I'm quite happy with how my rear suspension performs. After my re-vamped front leaf suspension, I hope it will please me just as my rear has. I'm also not planning to have the 14 bolt installed for a good while yet (year +). It'll probably go in around the time I get the 5.0 installed. All said and done, I'll cross each bridge (front/rear linked) when it seems its the right time to do so out of choice, as opposed to necessity.

Right now I'm just super stoked for my tranny x-member/t-case skid AND doubler setup!
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Progress made this week..





Everything is just tack welded, and there's still plenty left to add, so no comments about the structural integrity or any of that ****.
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Looks beefy!
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Is that a square driveshaft?!
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looks good so far Kevin
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Is the Tcase skid going to be part of that crossmember also?
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Is that a square driveshaft?!
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Is the Tcase skid going to be part of that crossmember also?
Yep. I'm kinda waiting for UPS to drop off the doubler before I continue full-bore into the skid.
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Update time!

I finally got the t-case skid framed up..







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looks good kevin! looks beefy too.
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looks good except for those flanges, I would have gone with something like this so the bolt doesnt hang down.

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Good point Andrew. I may look into that design or adjust/rotate what I have.
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Good point Andrew. I may look into that design or adjust/rotate what I have.
You could prolly get away with rotating the flanges you have, so two bolts are flat to the ground.
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All welded (cept for the bolt-up flanges).. next step is to fix up the 3/16" plate for the actual skid. I got all of it done, just no pics yet. Soon though..











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Looks great. Nice work.
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Looks awesome! You put a ton of work and design into that!
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Thanks guys.

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Uhhg. Tell me about it.

Really happy with the end result though. So that always makes each project worth it in the end.
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Awesome!!

Just need a big rock to test it out. lol
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Uhhg. Tell me about it.

Really happy with the end result though. So that always makes each project worth it in the end.
yeah you have way more patients than I, Did you use a grinder on all that? I mean that had to take forever. LOL

(off-topic here, but what is your caster set to? seems like its not much positive caster at all.)
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damn that thing looks great. must have been alot of grinder/flap discing like Zack was sayn
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very nice work
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yeah you have way more patients than I, Did you use a grinder on all that? I mean that had to take forever. LOL

(off-topic here, but what is your caster set to? seems like its not much positive caster at all.)
Are you referring to all of the miters and such? Or just the shiny look of it? All of the miters I did with an abrasive chop saw.. then I smoothed the outer corners of all the miters (after welding 'em) I could get to with a flap disc. And 'forever' on any job is in the eye of the beholder and just how nice of a finished product ya want.

No clue on the caster to tell ya the truth. I really havn't bothered much with any of the alignment since it has handled pretty damn well for me so far. Returns to center pretty true and I've driven it 2+ hrs each way for a few wheelin' trips. No issues.
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