It looks like the steel UCF 'Extra Clearance' skid would fit the bill for me. Has anyone installed this unit on a TJ with the 241 transfer case? Are there any issues to consider for the swap? Are there alternatives to the UCF model? Barnes appears to have a similar selection. Rough Country?
Again, thanks in advance for any insights!
Any thing other than stock replacement is going to have some issues. How many and the difficulty to solve them will vary depending on the individual vehicle. Lift, exhaust age etc... exhaust is usully the frustration point. Just a lot of things tryng to fit in a small space made smaller.
The 241 is big case, so you may have to dimple the tub...not a huge deal, a socket and a big hammer, some touch up paint. If you have a body lift then maye not. The shifter isn't going to work well so a cable shifter is recommended.
Since you are stock, suspension and tires or close to it the driveline issues should be small or non existent. I would install and evaluate before I worried about pinion angles.
The exhaust is always a question. If yours is stock and in good shape then the bracket modification may be ok. If the cats been replaced or moved a bit, the muffler non stock then it may need a rework from forward of the cat back. ive worked on more than a few Tjs and none of the exhaust seems to be regular...loose joints, rotated cats, cats closer or farther from end etc...it will take some head scratching fiddle time. or have an exhaust shop rerun from forward of cat back...
I run the extra clearance aluminum UCF with the lo pro mount on my 04 rubi.. I found it to be a good system. No body lift so I clearance/dimpled the tub. The pan and the mount easy to install. I used a Novak cable shift. Took 3 -4 hours
The only issues I had was exhaust. I couldn't get the pipe from manifold to move enough to get higher and the cat was hitting the tub(no body lift remember) so I replaced the cat with a smaller universal and relocated it forward a bit and raised the pipe. took a couple days to give up moving the stock pieces, figure it out, get the shop lined up and on the same page
Everything fits and no knocks banging or interference when I was done. Its been on for 4 years or so with no problems.
It is THE modification that's worth the downtime and some frustration, and I would do it again with the same parts...though I will just scrap trying to make exhaust work and redo it, marginal extra expense and save me time and frustration.