Originally Posted by 14x4
Your Blazer looks awesome, Wadey. I have to ask though (and I apologize if this has already been covered), why keep the front cross member? I can't believe that doesn't hit the diff cover or tie rod.
I do really like the look of the skid plate with a SFA.
Thanks, I kept it for a couple of reasons. Main reason was to keep it simple, why reinvent the wheel if you donít have too? Most of the cross member is there, it has been trimmed on the back side for the tie rod to clear. But keeping it kept me from having to build another cross member, as that is the only one in the front part of the frame. As you noticed it let me keep the skid plate which I really like, tie rod protection is sooo nice, and being able to keep the oil filter in the stock location made everything that much easier.
Best part of keeping the skid, is at first glance it looks like its IFS. In fact the only part that gives it away from the front is the flat tie rod, even then itís fooled quite a few.
Nothing like a sleeper