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Has anyone moded the TJ Tcase shift linkage so that you can run a complete flat skid with 1" to 1.5" body lift?
I think it can be done but was looking for more info befor I start cuting and bending.
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Up at the top of the page under where it says reply I clicked on search, it gave me this Belly up skid plate
 

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Hey! Ya left out the ( <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> )
 

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Hey Nate

What about flipping the Tcase linkage "Drop Bracket" upside down?

Should net 2 or so inches!
 

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Well that link does not address my question at all so <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> right back at you.
I asked about the Tcase linkage. The braket on the tcase looks like it could be remade with the rod pivoting lower on the bracket to gain an inch there and then shorten the bent pc a little so that the body mounted bracket can be relocated further up the tub.
I guess I will just do this on my own and have a 1-1.5" BL and no skidplate drop since nobody has anything informative to say. And Pauls site does not address the linkage either.

BM, That would give me too much rise in the linkage and it would bind on the floor pan I think.
Nate

[ 10-20-2001: Message edited by: Nate97TJ ]
 

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Originally posted by Nate97TJ:
<STRONG>Well that link does not address my question at all so <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> right back at you.
[ 10-20-2001: Message edited by: Nate97TJ ]</STRONG>
Well, it was kinda a clue that was suppost to point you to useing the search function
<IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I have a XJ and dont know if the linkage is diffrent on a TJ or not. This link mentions the linkage on a XJ. XJ tcase clocking
 

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Originally posted by Nate97TJ:
<STRONG>...since nobody has anything informative to say. And Pauls site does not address the linkage either...

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Don't come across like the answer is owed to you. Obviously no one has the answer you want. If you want something custom do it yourself. <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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Well that is what I am doing. I just thought that maybe Nasvick or someone who has done this might have some usefull info. There is nothing in any of the posts when you search for flat skid plates. I did that first as I always do. Take a look at my post #s Vs my time on this board and it will be obvious that I look befor I ask and usually there is no need to ask since someone has allready done it. I wanted to ask for some insight here befor I go riping into this but I guess this will take some home brewn engineering.
I will drop this now as to not take any more of you guys all important time.
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Originally posted by Nate97TJ:
<STRONG>Has anyone moded the TJ Tcase shift linkage so that you can run a complete flat skid with 1" to 1.5" body lift?
I think it can be done but was looking for more info befor I start cuting and bending.
Nate</STRONG>

Nate I just saw this now. I say go ahead and build your own T case linkage. The linkage that comes with the Bellyup kit dont cut the mustard. It has to be modified to make it work smoothly. Mine gave me lots of trouble when I flexed it out. It kept poping off the mounts. And I know that BAJG has problems with his too. I dont even think he has hi range right now.

someone needs to build a better linkage for moving the skidplate up. And Tera's sucks.

Just move it up and keep f'in with it till it works.
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The best bet is the AA kit that moves all the linkage to the x-fer case (no body mount at all).

That being said, here's what I did with mine...........(I raised the x-fer case 2" with NO Body Lift), This was before the AA thing was made. I cut and lowered the stock mount.



It's really pretty simple, if you raise the x-fer case 1 inch, you have to move the body mount 1 inch higher (body lift or move the bracket) or lower the x-fer mount 1"(to keep the linkage horizontal).

Actually, if you are using a 1.5" body lift, you probably won't need to do anything.

The end result......


[ 10-21-2001: Message edited by: Hellbender ]
 

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Thanks guys.
I am sure I can do something with the linkage similar to what Hellbender did.
Hellbender you have almost exactly what I am working on. No body lift though? Now you got me thinking.
Nate

[ 10-21-2001: Message edited by: Nate97TJ ]
 

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I'd recco the body lift, it will save a LOT of work and fine tuning.

I also have a separate x-member so I can drop the skids w/o messing w/ the x-fer case or if I bent the skid (unlikely) it wouldn't mess up my driveline angles.


[ 10-21-2001: Message edited by: Hellbender ]
 

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Very nice work. I wasn't ruling out a BL just think 1" may work. I will probably hoist the tub up then do the skid and motor mounts and see how much BL I need to line up the radiator and get the linkage where I want it. Then turn some pucks and presto.
I have the skid and MM so it is time to get dirty.
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Be careful w/ that approach, the frame on a TJ is VERY flexy, if you detach the body w/o supporting the frame separately, the frame will sag in the center from 1/2" to 1 1/4"!!!

If you want to do that, make sure your floor is fairly level, take some careful measurements before removing the body (floor to upper spring perches, and floor to center body mounts), remove the body, then retake these measurements, figure out how much it raised at the spring perches, then prop it up that much in the center.

PS: You're also ready for exhaust work and a lot of driveline angle tweaking, right? Note my skid is actually dropped 1 1/4 inch from the framerails and I have 1" MM. If yours will be flat, you will need at LEAST 1 1/2-1 3/4" MM. What I am saying, is, just don't plan on this being a weekend (or 2) project, before you get all the bugs worked out.

Have fun!

[ 10-22-2001: Message edited by: Hellbender ]
 
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