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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-11-2002, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Skid plate project finished ...

Brad and I are heading out for Cedar City tomorrow for the Pro-Rock Utah Champs and I swore I wouldn't compete again unless I went with a much flatter, smoother skid plate.
Pinwheeling high centered on yer skid in public isn't so much fun.
I just finished and installed it this evening.
Gad, I love the new shop. Lots of natural light and room to move around in.
There's not much text but the pix speak for them selves...
Wish us luck, it's been raining for 3 daze.
It's gonna get messy ...

Skid plate page: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.monsterslayer.com/jeep/SkidPlate/SkidPlate.htm>http://www.monsterslayer.com/jeep/SkidPlate/SkidPlate.htm</a>
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

Looks great! I like it... I can't wait to get my Lincoln welder... that's 1st on my list... entire new belly skid [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Engine/Tranny/XFerCase [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

NICE NICE NICE I can't wait [img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
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What thickness steel did you use?
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

That has a very familiar look to it.
Did you use 1/4" plate?
As you can see, mine gets used quite, often.
Good luck at Cedar City, I wish I could make it to the comp to cheer you on, but I am busy getting ready for our last comp of the season at Donner Ski Resort on Sept 27-29.
I hope everything works great for you and Brad.
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

Yes, I studied yours, H8. But it looked like someone knew what they were doing with those dimensional enhancments. Thanks for the incentive and inspiration!
And I think now I do wish I'd had 1/4" on hand but I used some 3/16" that I got with a pile of old steel stock at a garage sale. 400-500 lbs. for $ 10.00 and hauling it away [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img].
The stock skid was about 1/8" but was pretty strong due to the complex curves so at first the 3/16" look thick ... and, 1/4" is awfully heavy!
Nice thing about it, in the future I can remake or re-enforce it any way I want.
It did sag slightly under the weight of the 500 lb. NV4500 ... but it just might do.
Is yours made of 1/4", H8? If so, I suspect that fancy trannie belly hump was pieced together? A nice piece of work, in either case [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

I used a flat piece of 3/8" steel, and it sags with the D300/SM365 on it, but I only noticed it when it wasn't bolted tight to the frame. A piece of 1" square stock should fix that.

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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

That's what I what I was thinking, Bryan.
It was tight getting the trannie mount bolts in from the rear opening.
I now figger two holes under that step will solve that problem allowing me to put some more material along the trailing edge
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

Both of those skids are beautiful pieces. Well done, I wish I had a welder... Oh and some skills to use it. Maybe some day.
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

Jaffer:

Good luck in the competition, we'll be rooting for you!

On the mount, this is very similar to the direction I want to go with mine. I have a couple of questions with the NV4500 though:

1) Did you move the tranny up at all (i.e. are you running a BL, if so, how much?) or just flatten out the pan?

2) If you were to do it over, would you do 1/4" or stick with 3/16 and brace it?

3) Did you extend it forward to protect the tranny at all? If you had to do it again, would you recommend this?

I would be interested in your thoughts after you thoroughly bash it at the competition....
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Re: Skid plate project finished ...

That was one of my favorite projects. It was cheap, functional, and solved a bunch of things:

* allowed indexed dana 300. My nv4500 is the lowest point now
* replaced cracked stock skid plate
* smooth to slide over rocks/much better clearance
* provided mount for traction bar shackle
* covers larger area/protects more
* mounts without using threaded frame holes (some were stripped).









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