Thanks! I was at ORW yesterday here in San Diego and had a chance to look over their XJ. Beyond being fairly built the reinforcements were considerably beefy but didn’t run a full plate to cup the unibody rail, rather a series of small section plates that work together.As long as it keeps body flex to a minimum without placing all the load on small points, you should be fine. As good as the XJ platform is, they just don't have the stamina of an on-frame vehicle over time. Glad you've addressed it and the Jeep is sweet! Do you ha e any more pics or a link to that drawer style fridge? It's pretty cool!I have not installed the traditional 3/16” plate stiffeners as JCR and others make.You installed frame stiffeners yet? IMHO, that should be the very first "mod" any Xj owner does if they plan to build it. Extends the life of the unibody exponentially.
The way my sliders were installed it welded into the unibody at 4 places/side with reinforcement then welds into the cage at two points. Cage stitches into all the pillars and also with floor plates at the other points. I have braced the front along the Steering with plate, but still unsure of the weight and bulk of fully plating front to back.
Thinking of fully plating the front, and my bumper/gas skid system in the rear will take into account reinforcements.
Thinking something along these lines could work with some 1/8 or 3/16 plate to fit around my steering brace, rocksiders etc and add extra structure without going all in as I would without he cage system.
Also noticed the additional steering box brace, anyone have input on these?
Here’s is the 30qt drawer dometic cooler I’m running. I believe Engel makes a slightly larger one as well that runs a little more $. @overlandhistory has one on his XJ setup and it’s a sweet little thing.