I'm gonna pull the rotor off today and put it in the press to see if I can straighten it out at all. If not, I guess I'll see if I can find something locally that matches up...
It appears that not only is the rotor bent, the inside brake pad is worn right down from the rotor being warped, but it looks like the rotor started rubbing the rear shift rail cover I might get time tomorrow to get the rear output flange off, but as it stands right now, I'm done working on this until the 27th.
Given that damage to the rotor I'm surprised the inside of the transfer case isn't fubar in some fashion.
... but I was wondering what the general consensus is with the addition of two stringers of 1" flat plate on their ends down the centre of the drop out section of the skid itself to help support it kind of like this (looking at it from the end) | | . Or would it be just a waste of material? The skid is made from 1/4" plate, and there is about a 25" or so span between the two x-members.
I'm not sure I'm following here.
You want to run steel "fences" on the top side of the skid that run front to back?
So two long fences that are of 1/4" plate, slightly less than 25" long, 1" tall and run at/near the edge of the belly on the top side of the plate?
Can't hurt. It'll stiffen the edges but given that your row of fasteners are at that edge I don't know if it would help much when assembled. At least not by itself and it depends on the amount of overlap at the fastened joint.
If you wanted to go "hog wild" trying to stiffen you could combine those fences with additional pieces that run from side to side to make a sort of "egg crate" arrangement but it is a lot of work for little gain. There is also the issue of driveline equipment clearances.
If there is clearance you could consider doing your fences in a "X" pattern across the plate. Where they interfere with the driveline cut out some clearance.
Just some ideas. I'd need to see the whole thing and probably think about it for, oh, 6 to 8 months before starting to cut steel. LOL
sexy flat belly. :smokin:
front \-------/ \ / \ / \ / X / \ / \ / \ /-------\ rear
....I don't see the logic for leaving the 2 bits out?
In any case, I came down hard on that skid a few times, and it never even flinched (and the tranny never grenaded from the hits either ), so I figured my "X" would be sufficient. Now you guys have me wondering if I should drop the skid, cut out the pieces and get more 1" stock and close the gaps....