lots of work has been going on, but you really can't tell. I have basically been removing stuff I welded to the frame. Well mostly tacked to the frame for mock up.
The frame side control arm mounts and belly pan are all bolted in place. I need to do remove some more stuff, like the belly pan nutserts, they are not used. I basically placed the pan and mounts about where I thought it should be, using my internal instructions... Looking like my rear LCAs will become my front LCAs, then rears and uppers will need to be ordered, or made have not decided. I will say, as with most TJ suspension with LCAs mounted this way, as most are, the LCAs hit the frame before travel is done. So thinner tubes allow for a bit more travel, so I may make DOM arms, not sure yet. But all seems good overall.
My only gripe is the fact that the belly pan hangs so low. But that is because of its there and mostly protecting the LCA frame mounts. That is about the only reason. I will be able to clock the transfer case much more like stock, but others than that just lots of air space. Not sure what if anything I will do with it. I am sure it will be fine once I get the tcase and muffler in. Its probably better to protect the arms, vs what my original plan was... Oh wait, the rears were out of the way, but the fronts were hanging down.
If the engine and tranny were lower, like some other engine mounts may do, not sure I would have enough up travel up front to utilize it. Since I didn't do a custom front axle and used what I had, there could have been a compromise there. I really don't think there is that much of a difference, except for $25K or so difference for different axles.
the air gap
I could modify the exhaust and a bunch of other things, but I think I wold only really be chasing an inch or so. The collector from the passenger bank is about a quarter inch from the LCA mount. It all matters, but so does getting things done.
So, now to pull the engine, put on a new tranny pan, flip the frame and do some welding. Then all the rest, and that's allot as well.
Back to it after a bit of lunch...