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Strengthening Aftermarket Engine-trans skids.

I got a Kilby engine/trans skid that has bowed up quite a bit from being high-centered on big boulders. So much so, my exhaust cross-over pipe rubs against it.

I know somebody here has a Rock Hard skid(which is somewhat similar to the Kilby), and he did something to make it more stronger and less prone to bowing.
Whoever it was, what did you do? And show pics if you have 'em. Since Kilby is going out of business, I picked up another skid and I want to beef it up before installing it.

I temporarily fixed my current one by placing spacers in between the back of the skid plate and the cross member. No more rattles for now...until it gets even more bowed.

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I have the same problem with my skidrow engine/trans skid. Makes contact with my exhaust and is really friggin annoying. I've seen people weld angle iron onto the top portion of skids to increase their stifness, granted i haven't seen this done with jk skids but it may be feasible depending on the clearences. I have some washers b/w mine and the crossmenber but still have the rattle...gotta fix that one of these weekends, haha.

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I think you want to talk to PHILD. I believe he has the RH skids and welded some cross braces to stiffen it up some.
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Yes I did. I'll try and find some pics, but I just ran some 1" x 1/4" ribs on the inside length ways about 6" apart. I just welded them on alternate sides, 3-4" on one side, then 3-4" on the side, etc. They have held up really well and have no problems with abuse. On the t-case skid you have to work around the t-case a little to make sure you don't create a contact point, but otherwise it's real simple to do.
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