What you need to do is see how much room you have between the case and the ring gear. I would say about 5/8" so if you take off the bottom and that space you will end up with about 1" to or so once you weld on the 1/2" plate that becomes the new bottom. Does that help.
I took it down to half way through the cover hole then plated the whole bottom.
Also made a skid for the cover, slides over rocks good.
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