Mine is crossbraced...... I just started looking at it one day and figured it would be a good idea to weld a piece of 2x2 1/4" wall tubing in there
The issue is 3 layers of sheet metal is all that holds the captive nuts in place. I'm guessing its maybe 3/16" thick where the rear crossmember attaches. 3 layers of 1/16" sheet metal (or what ever the metric thickness is they used) Had I known that the metal back there was that thing, I would have rebuilt that area before the lift went on. Now I'm doing surgery in my yard with limited tools cuz thats where the car stands.
My lift came with the lack of any instructions what so ever that came. The one piece of writing that came with the kit was a bag of 4 washers that said Rear crossmember.. Funny cuz they go inbetween the tranny spacer and the control arm spacer. a $1000 dollars spent and I couldn't get a piece of paper with some writing on it? Makes me wonder if the kit was ever tested, or if Tron was the first one to get that lift and I was the second?
Bolt in brackets for the rear could have been easily welded on by the guy building the lift, (and then the consumer installs the bar after the lift is put on) Nothing was mentioned to me about putting the brace back there,
I will say it now, Do not buy a 6 inch SJR lift for the 95-99 EJ body styles, unless he makes some drastic design changes. At least AA lift came with a guide on what was the easiest/fastest way to install the kit. And they have reinforcments welded in at stress points. I can say I beat my GL wagon to hell and back in the 8 years its been lifted and the body point failures were minimal compared to the destruction thats happened to my Outback in 6 months. The Outback got babied everwhere I went and yet I still see major failures in several areas? holes in the lift blocks having to be remilled because they we not drilled true, having to replace bolts that came with the kit with new bolts that actually fit tighter to limit movement. Oh heres some strut tower blocks, but I'm not going to tell you which direction they need to be installed.....
So I'm open for suggestions, do I weld some C channel in there and reinforce everything or start from scratch and make a Solid axle rig? I'm so fed up with this that I might just start up my chevy project.. at least there will be a frame to bolt to
Edited by torxxx, 03 May 2013 - 06:30 PM.