Have an IFS skid from All-Pro and want to span the gap from the IFS skid to the cross member? I do and want to get rid of that dreaded cross member rock catcher.
Here is my solution on paper:
Version 2 (more cross member coverage = a little $pricier$)
It will utilize the existing bolt holes on back of the IFS skid. I also added two additional bolt holes. The back of the transmission skid will be bolted to the cross member utilizing the existing cross member holes. It will be made of 3/16" steel. I will also weld a center member down the middle to stiffen it up.
I made up the skid with thick chip board for a test fit. Good fit!
Cut and bent skid (Version 1):
Cut and bent skid (Version 2):
Grade 8 material needed:
Version 1 & Version 2 (4) 7/16" X 1" bolts
Version 1 : (2) 7/16" x 2" bolts or Version 2: (2) 1/2"x3 1/2" bolts
Version 1: (6) 7/16" nuts or Version 2: (4) 7/16" and (2) 1/2" nuts
Version 1: (10) 7/16" standard washers or Version 2: (8) 7/16" and (4) 1/2" washers
Version 1: (2) 7/16" x 1 1/4"od (1/8" thick) washers
If you opt for the center support, have the sheet metal shop weld you a piece of 3/16"x1"x16" in the middle of the skid as shown.
Bolt the trans skid to the all-pro skid with the two elongated holes on the trans skid and All-Pros. Make sure you push the skid up high enough so that it doesn't hang lower than the All-Pro skid.
You will need to mark the center of the holes to be drilled in the All-Pro skid plate once you aligned and tighten up the bolts from step 1. I just took some spray paint and lightly sprayed the hole. Take the skid off and center punch the hole to be drilled then drill a 1/2" hole on each side. Start off with a smaller drill bit first then work your way up.
Step 3 Version 1:
Find the cross member holes on each side to use for the back of the skid. The drivers side hole is round and the passenger side is elongated. They both have an opening on top so you can get a socket down there when putting the bolts in. Bolt the skid back up with all 4 bolts so you know its in its final resting spot. Then, find those holes and mark the center on the skid. Take the friggin skid off again and drill the holes. While the skid is off, take those thick ass washers and get them in the center section. The only way to get them in there is from the middle two holes of the cross member. They are the only holes big enough. Get the washer above the holes to be used before putting the skid back on.
Step 3 Version 2:
Find the cross member holes on each side to use for the back of the skid. Both holes are the out most holes and go all the way through the member from top to bottom. Bolt the skid back up with all 4 bolts so you know its in its final resting spot. Then, find those holes and mark the center on the skid. Take the friggin skid off again and drill the holes. Use the 1/2"x3 1/2" bolts to mount it to the cross member.
Bolt the skid back on....again for the final time. DONE!!