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Replace your JK's weak stock transmission crossmember with Poison Spyder's Extreme Duty Crossmember! This ultra-beefy crossmember is constructed of two pieces of CNC laser cut, precision brake-formed 3/16" plate steel. Check out the damaged stock crossmember in the photos below. When getting high-centered on the rocks, with the entire 5,000+ pounds of a trail-ready JK resting entirely on the crossmember, it can tend to bend upward in the middle, or as we say, "Taco". The double-wall sides of the Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember put the extra strength where its needed most to prevent the Taco-effect—in the side walls of the crossmember.
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Inside the crossmember, Poison Spyder fabricators have welded in four DOM tubing spacers to provide crush-proof strength at the crossmember mounting bolt locations. These are made of .120" wall DOM tubing. Compare that to the stock crossmember, which uses stamped sheetmetal spacers.
The Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember matches the external dimensions and bolt locations of the stock crossmember. All stock skid plates that were attached to the stock crossmember attach to the Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember. Any other manufacturer's aftermarket skid plate system that attached to the stock crossmember should still attach to the Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember.
The Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember is shipped as bare steel, ready for you to paint or powder coat in the color of your choice. This part number is for year model 2007-2011 JK's, both 2-door and 4-ddor, with either manual or automatic transmission.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What's wrong with the stock crossmember on my JK?
A: Take a look under just about any Jeep JK that gets used much off-road. Chances are you'll find that the stock crossmember is pretzeled, taco'd, and mangled. The reason is that its made out of just 1/8" (.125" thick) and 14 gauge (.083" thick) stamped sheetmetal. And incredibly, Chrysler for some reason decided to use the thinner of those two materials on the bottom surface of the crossmember. The stock crossmember is ill-suited to withstand even moderate abuse, as just about any rock, log or other trail obstacle it comes in contact with will damage it. The result is that the transmission, and the rest of the drivetrain, can be pushed upward and misaligned.
Q: Why do I need an Extreme Duty crossmember?
A: There are at least two other aftermarket crossmembers available on the market, both of which claim to be "heavy duty". But the Poison Spyder crossmember is demonstrably superior in design and strength, making it worthy of its "Extreme Duty" designation. The 2-piece overlap design of 3/16" (.188" thick) steel yields a fully boxed, full-length welded structure that is a beefy 3/16" thick on top and bottom, and an outrageous 3/8" (.375" thick) along the sides, providing unmatched strength against both denting AND bending upward ("taco"-ing). Do you really need Extreme Duty? Maybe, maybe not, but by the time you find out its too late. And for the same price or less than the competition, there's no reason to settle for the weaker design.
Q: Will the Poison Spyder crossmember work with other manufacturer's skid plates?
A: The Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember should work fine with any manufacturer's aftermarket skid plate, as long as that skid plate is designed to attach to the OE crossmember. The Poison Spyder piece matches the OE piece in exterior dimensions and bolt locations.
Q: How much does the Poison Spyder Extreme Duty Crossmember weigh?
A: The '07-'11 Extreme Duty Crossmember weighs 30.4 lbs. The 2012+ Extreme Duty Crossmember weighs 33.5 lbs. Compared to the stock crossmember, which weighs approximately 16.4 lbs. Yes its more weight, but this is where you NEED it! The PSC crossmember is almost twice the weight of stock, that means it has almost twice the amount of steel. And with the superior design, it is more than twice as strong.
Q: How do I paint/coat the inside of the Crossmember?
A: Getting a good coat of paint into every nook and cranny of the interior of the crossmember may be a challenge. Note that powder coating most likely will not provide much coverage on the inside surfaces. We've heard several good suggestions for coating the interior. First, try to use some sort of a rust-preventive coating rather than just paint. Products such as POR-15 are ideal for this. For application, you can tape up the holes and pour the coating through, or use some sort of a spray system that has a long wand. One product that combines both a suitable coating and a long applicator nozzle is Eastwood's Internal Frame Coating With Spray Nozzle. Thanks to user "jeeperjkjeeper" on JKFreaks.com for that suggestion. Finally, if you have local access to a plating shop, CAD plating would probably be the best solution.
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