The Lone Ranger – New Transmission Cross member
When you do a doubler, you have to modify or make a new transmission cross member. If you’re running a decent sized lift (5” or better over stock) you can get away with hacking up a stock member. Since I’m only running about 4” of lift over stock, I couldn’t make that option work so I made up a new one using 2x3x1/4” wall stock.
Instead of using the stock tranny mount (left) I nabbed the mount that I was using in my XJ. I had to re drill the holes to fit the ford stuff, but it’s a bit more stout than the factory type mount. The bushing it uses came from a rear lower control arm form a ’93 Mustang.
Don’t ask why it’s pink, long story
After modifying the mount, I then whipped up a simple (but strong) cross member that runs diagonal under the Ranger to clear the front drive shaft.
I’ll add some skid plates at a later time under here as well.