|Here's a pic of all the hardware
you will need
|Loosen but do not remove your transmission
|Place a floor jack underneath your transfer
case skid plate and then loosen the 6 bolts securing it to the frame
|Slide in your washers and thread in your
|Make sure you use a washer in between
your bolt heads and the skid plate
|Jack up your skid plate and torque down
Vibes? Drop Your Transfer Case Skid Plate
Jeep TJ Wrangler)
Let me just start
off by saying that every Jeep is different. I don't know why that
is but they are.... well, except for the fact that they will just
empty every pocket of money that is :) Anyway, if you just got done
installing a small lift like a 2" Budget Boost, there's a chance
that you will have drive line vibrations or vibes as many like to
call it. These vibes are caused by your drive line angles being off.
Now, if you installed a bigger 3"+ lift, I would recommend installing
a SYE/CV drive shaft. However, being that you just installed a "budget
boost", I'm gonna guess that cash isn't something you want to
be throwing more of at your Jeep. Well, here's your budget solution
you've been looking for.... drop your transfer case skid plate. It
isn't beautiful but it will work, it's cheap and easy to do.
What You Will Need
6 - 1/2"x2" Grade 8 Bolts (Coarse Thread)
• 24 (or more as needed) 1/2" Grade 8 Washers
• 3/4", 1/2" or 13mm Sockets
• Torque Wrench
• Floor Jack
Park your Jeep on level ground and then using a 1/2" or 13mm
socket, loosen but do not remove the 4 bolts securing the transmission
mount to your transfer case skid plate.
2. Next, slide a floor jack under the middle of your
transfer skid plate and jack it up till it's pushing on the skid just
a bit. I used a 2x4 in between the jack and skid plate to distribute
the load better.
3. Using a 3/4" socket (NOTE: 2003+ TJ's use
metric bolts), loosen but do not remove the 6 bolts securing your
transfer case skid plate to the frame rails.
4. Now, go to the side of your Jeep that the jack
handle is on and carefully lower your floor jack just a bit, enough
so that a wide enough gap appears between the frame rail and skid
plate for you to work with. One by one, remove a bolt and replace
it with one of the new grade 8 bolts you bought and how ever many
washers you need. I would start off with 3 per bolt. Also be sure
to place a washer at the bottom so that it makes contact with the
skid plate and not the bolt head.
5. Jack up the skid plate and tighten the bolts finger
tight, move to the other side of your Jeep and repeat step #4.
6. Once all the bolts and washers are on, torque
your transfer case skid plate mounting bolts to 55 ft. lbs.
7. Climb under your Jeep and secure your transmission
mount bolts to 45 ft. lbs. of torque.
8. Take your Jeep out for a spin. If you still have
some vibes. Add another washer or two.
That should be it! Now save up for some motor mount lifts so you can
regain your belly clearance. Please let me know if you have any questions.