I recently had the opportunity to get
my hands on Sky-Manufacturing's new dual case crossmember for Toyota trucks
and 4Runners. Looking to address several problems with one part,
they did it in style. For starters, this is one seriously heavy-duty
replacement for the stock transfer case crossmember, gaining strength
and increased ground clearance combined with tough skid plating action
all in one. Sky's crossmember also makes use of ability to use 2
of the stock rubber mounts. This can significantly help control
the effects of torque from a dual case setup, as well as helping control
motor mount failure.
||The kit comes with everything you
need, and you can tell how beefy this thing is when you go to open
the box! Crossmember center plate, frame plates, attachment
hardware, transfer case mount spacers, and countersunk hardware for
the mounts are all included. Just paint to suit your needs and
get ready to install.
||Installation is easy and fast, starting with
removal of your stock parts. Support the transmission and transfer
cases with a jack or stands, then remove the stock crossmember.
Disconnect the driveshaft at the transfer case, since Sky's new crossmember
has a strengthening loop that goes over and around the driveshaft.
||Here is where the adjustability of the Sky Manufacturing
dual case crossmember comes in. The side plates - in conjunction
with the included mount spacers - allow you to adjust the height of
where you mount the crossmember, and consequently where you mount
the transfer cases. Placing the side plates on the frame with
the crossmember above them an using the mount spacers puts the transfer
cases at the stock height. If you need it lower, simply mount
the crossmember below the side plates. If you want it higher
that stock (and have the room), Sky-Manufacturing has additional spacers
available to raise the crossmember further above the side plates.
Then use the mount spacers as needed to get a good fit. Sky
has also re-designed the side plates for additional slotted holes
to allow even more adjustability - side to side *or* front to back
to assure a good fit.
|To make use of both of the transfer case mounts
this kit will allow, you may need to pick up an extra rubber mount
from a parts yard or other source. As I said, this can really
help to firm up the movement the drive train sees from the added torque
of a dual case setup.
||Underneath you will find a smooth
bottom for sliding over trail obstacles, thanks to Sky's use of countersunk
hardware to attach the transfer case mounts to the crossmember.
An access hole has also been placed to facilitate use of the factory
transfer case drain, making for easy maintenance.
|With the Sky-Manufacturing crossmember at the
height you need, all hardware in place and tightened down, re-connect
the front driveshaft and call it done. You are ready to hit
the trail enjoying increased ground clearance, protection from the
rocks and other trail obstacles, as well as improved mounting for
your drive train.
3580 Marcola Rd.
Springfield, OR 97477