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So, upon my return the the good ol' USA, i plan on building my suspension. I just placed an order for all of the rod ends i will be using on the control arms. I plan to build a trus over the rear diff and triangulate the uppers. This will allow me to 86 the trac-bar.

Anyhow, i was wondering how much clearance there is between the read diff and the gas tank/skid. I want to push the axle back an inch or two, but didn't know how much room there was (esp with the trac-bar gone). I did read that the Rokmen gas tank skid freed up 1" between it and the diff. I am already planning to relocate the spring mounts and even possible outbourd the shocks.

Any comments on diff-to-tank skid clearance?


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most tank skids afford you up to an inch or two.

More than than, a different tank is needed.

I went with a genright tank and ruffstuff truss, fwiw.
 

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I ran the Kilby skid prior then switched to the Savvy. There wasn't much room with the factory skid and as Inline mentioned, a little room was free'd up with the Kilby. Not a lot, but some. The big difference was when I switched to the Savvy to save weight. The design of the skid and rounded/countered edges (or lack of edges I guess) made a huge difference. I gained a fair amount of room all around the gas tank with the Savvy skid-more so than most of the others. I'd venture to say that of all the skids on the market, it will have the most clearance. Will it be enough to gain 2" of stretch with the tank? I doubt it, but you can definitely get some added wheel base. With the track bar gone, that will help as well, BUT you still have the diff cover to worry about. With the added height/shape of the Savvy skid combined with a stock or modified stock cover, you MIGHT get what you need without a tank swap. I'd swap the skid out, push it as far back as you can go, remove your track bar and do that work to set things up, then see what you have room for as far as the stretch is concerned with axle at full stuff minus spring/shocks of course, and build your arms to whatever length you can squeeze at that point.

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ok, here is another design question. How much clearance is actually needed between the two? If you think about it, how often do you actually stuff the entire axle up on both sides? Unless you are scootin' across and bottom out, i would suspect not very often. That being said, i would imagine that minimal clearance would be acceptable.

Oh, and thanks for the Savvy input! Will look into that.
 

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I added 2.25" to my rear with rough country adj ca's. The tracbar bolt knocked a hole in the corner of the tank, and i smoothed the riddler diff cover. I would say 1.75"ish max.
 

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JimmyC said:
ok, here is another design question. How much clearance is actually needed between the two? If you think about it, how often do you actually stuff the entire axle up on both sides? Unless you are scootin' across and bottom out, i would suspect not very often. That being said, i would imagine that minimal clearance would be acceptable. Oh, and thanks for the Savvy input! Will look into that.

Seems to me that all you'd have to do is stuff it once, as you put it, to cause a major problem.
 
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