AWD Colt Crossmember
Audio by RojoDelChocolate If my car wasn't destined to be All Wheel Drive, then I wouldn't have needed to do any of this. For a FWD setup, I'd just mix and match engine mounts from different models and it's a bolt-on affair. But I can't. I've got a transfer case in the way and I had to work around it. I wanted one that closely resembled a factory part, and the factory part is roughly 1 7/8" stamped sheet metal in the shape of square tubing. Utilizing as much of the original crossmember as I could, and thanks to these chassis being sold in Japan and New Zealand, provisions are already on the chassis for an AWD crossmember, so it's not as difficult to fabricate as it could have been. I just can't get that crossmember in the United States... so I used as much of the OE crossmember as I could and then filled in the gaps. What I ended up with was the best thing I could envision. I had no idea where this project would take me and everybody does things a little differently. I haven't seen how EVERYbody does this part of the job... though I've seen a few different methods online. Some were very simple and effective, making really good use of weight. Some were difficult to install. Some other designs seemed intrusive and took up a lot of room in the engine bay. Room that I would want to use for other things; however, almost ALL of the configurations were lighter than what I just did. I think mine's the most serviceable. I found I can install and remove both pieces in any order which will have its conveniences later when I'm working on it... and it's stronger than the factory equivalent while maintaining the exact same function. This part of the build was one of the biggest roadblocks to the Colt's construction in my mind because it was a total unknown. If you're doing this and you have this problem, just keep going back and forth from the bench to the car for a test fit until you get it right. If you'd rather buy one, don't ask me, I don't manufacture them. BUT, there is someone in the 4g61t forums who will do it for you for a price, and he does outstanding work from what I've seen. I'm disappointed that tape 5 was lost because it illustrated the benefit of the cutouts. Tucking the crossmember into the groove and maintaining at least a half-inch clearance lets you raise it another inch and a half higher which helps GROUND CLEARANCE. I've got the front pretty low on 16" steelies with a 3 1/2" drop. It's about 1/8" lower than the oil pan, so it will be fine. I had no idea what I needed to make before taking on this job (that's why it took so long). That means what you're watching is me working on the plane while I'm flying it. Not everyone would do it my way. I exceeded my own dang expectations. In my opinion, I don't think it could have turned out any better. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. I keep killing electronic hardware left and right. The crankwalk video took out my fileserver. Let's hope this isn't the start of a trend.
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