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ManDown
11-17-2010, 06:55 PM
so i had clearance issues with my stock X member, primarily exhaust when i installed my new headers but i also knew that i would have some front driveshaft clearance issues as well

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00193.jpg
started by removing all the material from the hump in the center, i left the sides on so i could keep all the mounts in the same location

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00201.jpg
i kinda cheated and got the machine shop to put the drops in, then i got it back and started bracing it

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00200.jpg
and it just so happened that i had the perfect size angle iron fit in the bottom perfectly and made for a stong middle section
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00203.jpg
braced corners
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00206.jpg
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00207.jpg
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00205.jpg

next comes, cleaning primer and paint, but it got dark out today so i called it a day

harvester_sorrow
11-17-2010, 11:38 PM
Nice, now go drag it across some rock and see how it works.

4skin
11-17-2010, 11:55 PM
Nice, now go drag it across some rock and see how it works.
:Dx2 i think the torque of the motor will bend it
not to pop your buble but flat bar has litle strength on the flat
try jacking truck up by it
just saying

ManDown
11-18-2010, 12:28 AM
i jumped straight on it and i couldnt even get any flex... bashing it onto rocks is more of a concern i think... if it doesnt work i can always pull it out and make it stronger

4skin
11-18-2010, 12:39 AM
not shure how much you weigh sure the truck weighs more when it bends it wil spread frame rails apart and posibly break tranny or transfer case
before you go uot in the bush put a floor jack under cross member and jack truck up by it
lot easier to fix it in your drive way than out in the bush

ManDown
11-18-2010, 12:56 AM
i think the 2 week spots could be easily fixed by 2 more braces

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/paintcrossmember.jpg

B
11-18-2010, 09:18 AM
looks like you lowered your clearance to me ?

youngun
11-18-2010, 09:55 AM
[stupid] It looks that way to me too.

ManDown
11-18-2010, 12:30 PM
lowered ground clearance yes, made more clearance for the exhaust and front driveshaft

dirka dave
11-18-2010, 01:38 PM
:dontknow: Who is Clarance ?

Moondog
11-18-2010, 02:05 PM
:dontknow: Who is Clarance ?

Your Boyfriend [f]

FU Toolbag
11-18-2010, 03:35 PM
i think the 2 week spots could be easily fixed by 2 more braces

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/paintcrossmember.jpg

no it won't. It will just add more weight.

Try this, hold a sheet of paper flat in the air, it's floppy as shit. fold up both sides about an inch in, then hold it up again. a lot stronger. Your new crossmember is now a flat sheet of paper. I wouldn't worry about the torque bending it, mounting the motor will bend it.

ManDown
11-18-2010, 06:09 PM
so what your saying is that i should brace it across the flat then like this

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/crossmemberpaint2.jpg

???????????????????

this my first project like this so any help would be appreciated thanks [cheers]

FU Toolbag
11-18-2010, 07:24 PM
yes.. but then you've lost your clearance.

4skin
11-18-2010, 08:51 PM
excelent explanation fu tool bag
that would definatly make it stronger mandown
flatbar is for gussets not cross members
trying to stop you from being that guy on the trail[cheers]

ManDown
11-18-2010, 10:07 PM
excelent explanation fu tool bag
that would definatly make it stronger mandown
flatbar is for gussets not cross members
trying to stop you from being that guy on the trail[cheers]

its all good man, first time build so input is appreciated on what can be improved [cheers] and ill defianatly put a jack under it before i take it on the trail, by the sounds of things ill have a few more hours of work on it to make it strong enough

yes.. but then you've lost your clearance.

and it depends on how much i would need in the bottom.. i could probably put in an inch in those bottom areas and still have enough clearance for what i need

4skin
11-18-2010, 10:19 PM
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this is the xmember tcase mount i built for my toyotas dual cases
its had some mods since [cheers]

ManDown
11-18-2010, 10:37 PM
thats a nice looking mount [36] wish i had a pipe bender!!

Moondog
11-18-2010, 11:10 PM
its all good man, first time build so input is appreciated on what can be improved [cheers] and ill defianatly put a jack under it before i take it on the trail, by the sounds of things ill have a few more hours of work on it to make it strong enough



and it depends on how much I would need in the bottom .. i could probably put in an inch in those bottom areas and still have enough clearance for what i need

Dirka will gladly help you out with your bottom issues [35]

youngun
11-19-2010, 12:17 AM
even if you gusset it like toolbag said and holesaw a bit outta the flatbar for clearance it will still be alot stronger and you will have your clearance still

ManDown
11-19-2010, 01:09 AM
even if you gusset it like toolbag said and holesaw a bit outta the flatbar for clearance it will still be alot stronger and you will have your clearance still

ok cool thanks man.. [36] how wide of bar should i use to gusset it with? would an inch wide of 1/4" thick bar be enough? [cheers]

4skin
11-19-2010, 01:23 AM
[cheers] yes and you could shape it to clear pipes
even 1/2 inch would be a improvement
1 inch would be better

youngun
11-19-2010, 10:24 AM
[stupid] Sounds like your on the right track now man!!!