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Old 03-30-2019, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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T.g. Rock assault question

Any one have issues after cutting off the 15\32" off the bottom of the carrier that hangs down below the axle housing ?
It looks like I would be cutting into the bolt boss for the bottom 2 studs, and leaving the nuts to get caught on a rock...
The answer I got was
"Thats how its made" um ok...
We Been doing it like that for years and no problems.
You could weld a plate in there,(this would miss align the flange) .
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Me and my buddy both ground ours down

No problems so far

The threads will get gacked and a little bent but no leaks

He's had his for 2-3yrs and I've had mine for 1-2yrs

I can take a pic of how far we ground down later if you want
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Thanx for the responce... I thought the studs would git beat.
Interested in a pic when ya get time .
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Hmm, have to go look at mine but I dont recal grinding or cutting anything down. Either way no problems, haha
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Uhh maybe don't grind it off

I'll post pics soon
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Thanx for the responce... I thought the studs would git beat.
Interested in a pic when ya get time .
uh so cut at your own risk because im now missing a stud and have a very slight leak

this would have either happened at fordyce or the rubicon and i tend to drive by braile so take this for what its worth

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You will smash the studs. It will probably leak a little.
I usually ending up replacing the studs whenever I pulled the third.
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Thanks gents..
Looks like I gotta fubared one...
My cutoff line would be thru the bottom edge of the bolt hole.
Still waiting for low range AND t.g. To respond
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Any one plate the bottom of the axle housing with good results?
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Any one plate the bottom of the axle housing with good results?
My buddy did and has been running it for a couple of seasons.
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Thanks gents..
Looks like I gotta fubared one...
My cutoff line would be thru the bottom edge of the bolt hole.
Still waiting for low range AND t.g. To respond
So was that hole not threaded?
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Facing the rear of the rig back to grill, the lower right hand bolt hole on the carrier housing (3rd) would be ground open, allowing down force to snap the stud off.
That and the fact the fasteners would need replacing at the gearcase fluid change, how long before the threads in the housing give it up from being the forward lowest item to contact a rock...
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Facing the rear of the rig back to grill, the lower right hand bolt hole on the carrier housing (3rd) would be ground open, allowing down force to snap the stud off.
That and the fact the fasteners would need replacing at the gearcase fluid change, how long before the threads in the housing give it up from being the forward lowest item to contact a rock...
Im having a hard time understanding how you need to grind that much if the threaded hole in the housing isn't right on the bottom edge?

Maybe just weld a piece of 3/16 or 1/4 to the bottom and be done.
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I understand, it's to bad I cannot post a pic to explain the situation.
The bottom of the 1\2" face or flange of the housing ( holds the studs) has less than 1\16" of material from the stud to the edge of and bottom of axle housing.
Make a semi clear picture?
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I understand, it's to bad I cannot post a pic to explain the situation.
The bottom of the 1\2" face or flange of the housing ( holds the studs) has less than 1\16" of material from the stud to the edge of and bottom of axle housing.
Make a semi clear picture?
OK, so it is right on the edge
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I need pics, because i have no idea whats going on.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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what i did to solve the issue(it is an issue iff you beat the snot out of your rig) was weld a piece of 1/4" flat plate to the bottom of the housing to act as a skid plate and also pulled the two bottom diff studs out and installed them as button heads from the outside so theres no big nut to get hit by rocks
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uh so cut at your own risk because im now missing a stud and have a very slight leak

this would have either happened at fordyce or the rubicon and i tend to drive by braile so take this for what its worth

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this is exactly why i did it
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Have a look at the above pic, where he cut the bottom off, mine is even closer to the stud.
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Any one plate the bottom of the axle housing with good results?
just what are good results??

and you do mean skid plates right?

so people can have some lame ideas, and as long as nothing breaks.. it will look like it worked..

I remember a long time ago.. when someone put what looked like a pair of removable skis.. under there.. and against the bottom of the pumpkin.. it never messed up on him.. so even though the idea was stupid as hell.. he always claimed it was a good idea..

I looked for a pic, and couldnt find one..
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Have a look at the above pic, where he cut the bottom off, mine is even closer to the stud.
which is why i welded a flat plate to the bottom of the housing and took the two bottom studs out of the housing and turned them around and installed them from the outside as bolts instead of studs, no more nuts
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:22 PM   #22 (permalink)
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That's what I'm thinkin.
Carnage (studs gettin toasted) and leaks are phawked.
Only issue plating the bottom is the way they cut the flange it's going to have a gap of .270 high and .135 wide to weld into under the carrier flange, BEFORE the radius of the axle housing starts.
I know lousy description..
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Any chance of Details and a pic of the setup you made?
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Dude, sand a little of the flange. Take a piece of 3/16 or 1/4 and cut it to shape, weld it on.
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I am gunna mill up some plate to fill the void where it clamps down, and carry on out to the bottom of housing, in one piece.
I am hoping for this to add some tech for the next guy down the road (errr TRAIL)....
Thanx for all the replies.
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