man is always welcome at my house especially when he brings
me products like the Front
Range Off Road Fab Toyota Transfer Case Crossmember.
immediately impressed upon opening the box with the obvious
quality of the product. The crossmember it self is made out
of solid 3/8" Plate steel and comes with a beautiful
black powdercoating. Also in the box is all the hardware needed
to install it and step by step instructions.
what is included with the crossmember:
Longer 10mm Tcase rear cover replacement bolts includes
lock, and flat washers
Weld on frame brackets
5/8" bolts with locknuts
my truck is still in the build up stage, my tranny/crawler
tcase is out of the truck right now, so this write up is going
to focus on installing the Crossmember on the rear case in
prep for installing the complete assembly in the truck
by reading the instructions, which I found to be well written
and very easy to follow with one exception. The exception
was how to configure the bushings and Weld-on frame brackets.
The problem was resolved quickly with a simple email to Brian
Ellinger at FRORF
with some pictures showing the four choices. Recommended is
from top to bottom: nut, cone bushing, xmember, big bushing,
mounting bracket, and Bolt
I took out the 7 stock rear cover bolts. Next I positioned
the crossmember, and using the 7 new bolts,lock washers, and
flat washers I bolted it on the tcase. I torqued it to spec,
no fuss, does not get much easier! I was totally impressed
with the precise fit, FRORF
definitely thought this part out! There are notches right
where they need to be so there is no interference with the
fill plug or speedometer fitting.
my tranny/tcase is out, I held off on bolting the mounts on
the crossmember. But if I was installing it while in the truck,
I would have done a few things first before mounting the crossmember
to the Tcase.
the rear driveshaft
speedometer cable from the tcase
step is weld on the frame brackets. Since I did not have a
welder I received help from a buddy of mine to complete this
step. I Installed the Tranny / Xcase in the truck without
the crossmember. I used the stock Toyota one to bolt it up.
Once it was back in, I then reinstalled the FroFab crossmember.
The reason for doing it this way is to manipulate the part
on top of the exhaust system. In my case, it just cleared.
We moved the stock Xmember from the Crawler box to the rear
Tcase and used a screw style jack stand to push it up against
the frame. This lifted the Tcase/ tranny up higher allowing
us to get even more ground clearance with the new Crossmember.
With the stands and the floor jack in place we played around
with where to weld the brackets on. We decided to take advantage
of them and lift the the back up even more. We settled on
about an inch higher.
then cleaned up the areas on the frame to be welded. Note
that we also disconnected the emergency brake cable to keep
it out of harms way.
the brackets for a clean fit so no material hangs down below
welding the brackets in place.
welding, spay a little flat black, reattach the parking brake
cable and check out the additional clearance gained!
deal as the Crossmember, could not help but be pleased when
I opened the box. It even includes the longer bolts needed
to mount it!
it is installed, I like the tight fit and the way it protects
the vital parts
on the trail
it work out wheeliing? Well, like a champ! So far I have 2
trips on the setup and I've hit everything else but hardly
touched the skidplate.
honestly say no regrets with either product! They are so well
made they will outlast the truck, and not many things can
outlast a Toyota! One of the features I really like is the
crossmember design places the rubber mounts outboard at the
frame rails. With this wider mounting the motor mounts are
protected from breakage under the added torque of a crawler
setup. So not only does it provide an additional 2 inches
ground clearance over the stock crossmember, it solves the
problem of broken motor mounts when using lower crawler gears.
information on this product and others from Front
Range Off-Road Fabrication, Contact them at (970) 881-2418
or (970) 481-6508 or check them out on the web at www.frontrangeoffroadfab.com