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Old 04-21-2017, 11:00 AM   #26
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nice work so far... I use my HF trans jack also, but I install it with the crossmembers installed, helps to sit flat on the jack.

I definitely considered trying that. Does your cross member have the upper arms that bolt to the top of the frame? I was afraid I wouldn't be able to rotate it into place with the transfer case attached. Was hoping to install the trans and t-case together as a unit, but I couldn't figure out how to do it with the cross member in place.

Thanks for kind words. Your thread and a few others keep me motivated to keep picking away at this project! This forum is the best.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:19 PM   #27
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I definitely considered trying that. Does your cross member have the upper arms that bolt to the top of the frame? I was afraid I wouldn't be able to rotate it into place with the transfer case attached. Was hoping to install the trans and t-case together as a unit, but I couldn't figure out how to do it with the cross member in place.

Thanks for kind words. Your thread and a few others keep me motivated to keep picking away at this project! This forum is the best.
yes, I install as a unit, trans. and t/c. seeing as I have a 4" lift, it rolls under nicely, easier to put on trans jack outside of truck, and roll in place. Diagonal supports can be installed later. As you are, I'm a one man show, so any mechanical advantage I can gain, I use

I agree, great group of guys with tons of knowledge and experience, all willing to share. and yes, I use the builds to keep me motivated

BTW, I use exhaust manifold studs to line up, and install my t/c to trans. you can take them out later or leave them for future installs
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:24 PM   #28
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yes, I install as a unit, trans. and t/c. seeing as I have a 4" lift, it rolls under nicely, easier to put on trans jack outside of truck, and roll in place. Diagonal supports can be installed later. As you are, I'm a one man show, so any mechanical advantage I can gain, I use

I agree, great group of guys with tons of knowledge and experience, all willing to share. and yes, I use the builds to keep me motivated
Ahh, I see now. My upper frame brackets are still riveted to the main cross member. I should have drilled those out and made them bolt on the first time I had it out!

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Old 04-23-2017, 11:03 PM   #29
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Moving along here. Transmission installed Friday night.
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I convinced my Dad and brother to stop by on Sunday to attempt getting the LQ9 installed. Got started around 10AM and we didn't wrap up until 4:30 in the afternoon.
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Lots of hardware to get the Dirty Dingo 4x4 cross member put together!
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I decided to put the motor in, clamp the cross member in place, then I pulled the motor back out. Drilled and bolted in the cross member, then dropped the motor in for good!
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Plenty of clearance around the Dirty Dingo x-member, but need to extend my bump stops to make sure it stays that way!
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