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home made skid

Postby eddie platt » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:00 am

heres my skidplate i made last summer. its out of 1/4" plate i had and i made it as wide as would fit in my friends hf 20 ton press. which is around 26 inches i think.

i started with a cardboard template and clamped it on about where i wanted it. checked the clearances.
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:03 am

next take and cut the bend lines about 1/2 way into the metal with a grinder. (makes it easy to bend)

stick it in the press and bend it till its about at the right angle.

cut a few strips of angle to stiffen it up.

weld the seams up and angles on.
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:06 am

drill and tap holes on the frame.

add a few coats of paint and your done.

finish product is a nice tight skid made from a single continuous piece of steel
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:07 am

i dont know if you can tell but it sits exactly even with the crossmember. i didnt plan that. just got lucky i guess.

i want to tie it into the crossmember next time i take it off.

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Postby GreenJPTJ » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:00 pm

Looks great Eddie. Good fab work.

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Postby kesterkamp » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:51 am

yeah man diggin the claytons :biggrin:
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Postby Jerry Blair » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:55 am

Nice Job, Eddie!

OT, how do you like the rear suspension? The reason I ask is that I am planning on building a similar setup for my TJ. I haven't driven a Jeep with triangulated uppers and am curious about the roll center.

Does the rear whip or feel otherwise unstable on onramps or pulling into parking lots at an angle? Do you know what I mean? My TJ whips the rear currently pulling into my driveway and generally drives like crap.

Maybe we can get together and I can go for a ride with you. (hated to miss the TK trip with you)

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Postby GreenJPTJ » Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:39 pm

Jerry, my TJ is triangulated in the rear as well and it doesn't do anything like what you are talking about.

If you want to look at a TJ you can look at mine. I also have my geometry in the 4 link calculator, from prirat4x4, if you want that.

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Postby Jerry Blair » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:56 pm

Sounds great. I'd love to see your Jeep and your numbers. Thanks.

My plan is to outboard the rear shocks and relocate the upper spring perches while I'm at it. Haven't decided if I'm going full long-arm yet. I don't plan to go any higher than my 3.5" springs.

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Postby GreenJPTJ » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:30 am

Sorry to take over your thread Eddie.

I moved the upper spring mounts back on the frame so the springs are vertical.

I am running 4" springs and 35' tires and I think it sits a little to high in the back. 3.5" springs would be nice in my opinion.

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Postby eddie platt » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:04 am

i dont notice any of those things. it drives pretty well for me. even with no sway bars. i still feel comfortable driving it all over the place

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