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Old 30th October 2016, 16:18   #166
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Default Re: Our Marshal DI 4x4 NGCS

Originally Posted by ringoism View Post
Assuming you meant "beating" [re: the original trans. crossmember] and in that case, it's more likely been a great number them! Though it wasn't mentioned on my to-do list, I'm planning to redesign it to gain an inch or two of ground clearance - perhaps complete removal in favor of a piece of inverted heavy-gauge 4" c-channel and/or the newer-style low-profile rubber trans mount would do the trick. I don't do hard-core offroad, but these low hanging bits are what get me hung up when the snow gets deeper.
Just an inexpensive little DIY FYI for anyone else looking to gain a little GC (Ground Clearance) on a Jeep / misc. Mahindra product without having to increase CG (Center of Gravity - via bigger tyres, longer shackles, more radiused springs, etc): A definite win-win situation...

I suppose it was when I inadvertently drove over a huge stone in Solang Valley (also cracking the oil chamber) that I did this to my already well-battered and IMO too-low-hanging crossmember.

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...Creating the perfect excuse for this long-intended upgrade...

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...Which took me from this:

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To this (photo angle's a bit different but note the distance from the main frame rail or silencer pipe to the bottom of the crossmember):

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... Gaining at least an inch or two of mid-chassis GC in a pretty sturdy configuration. Probably could gain even more advantage by utilizing a newer-style rubber mount, which is lower-profile.

Bolted in easily...

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...and no issues in the nine days of stress-testing on some of the worst roads out there (Spiti/Kinnaur, as recounted last week in this thread).

The cost: an approx 2-3ft length of 4" c-channel, few bolts/nuts, and a couple cutoff wheels for the angle grinder... and a couple hours of work running into evening darkness...(as so often seems to happen)


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