Just wanted to post something that Jerry and I at BAMF put together yesterday. Huge thanks to Jerry - great guy and awesome work!! Anyone wondering about the quality of his work - don't worry, his products are solid and very well built.
A couple years ago Wyatt and I put in a FJ t-case (twin stick) and a marlin crawler (4.7 gears). While this setup has worked out great (probably the best thing i've done to any truck. I was concerned that my t-case was exposed cause it sat 8" farther back and no one makes a dual case crossmember or skid plate to protect the t-case on a dual case setup.
After talking with Jerry a few times we finally put a date together to bust this out. At first I was looking for just a skid to the t-case (since I had made a mount already for the crawler) but once there we decided it would be nice to run the skid up to the crossmember and incorporate the marlin crawler mount to the skid.
a couple hours later on the computer and we had a design ready to cut on his CNC plasma. We decided on 1/4" - yes its over kill but going 3/16th wouldn't be that much lights and 1/4" makes it bomb proof. I think 3/16" is about 20-25% lighter so for this skid were only talking 10lbs heavier going to 1/4"
We made a plate that bolted to the back face of the crossmember and welded that to the skid. We ran the skid from the front of the crossmember back behind the t-case. There we used square tubing to bolt to the skid and then to the frame for support. We angled the sides up 90* for strength and made the rear come out at an angle to slide of rocks easy. We made two cuts so you can access the crawl box mount bolts and welded the mount to the skid for the rubber crawl box mount bolts to that.
here is the finished product. I will be taking it off to primer and paint, I will take pics of it off but here are a few i took today with it on.