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Unread 04-06-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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New Transfer Case Skid Plate??

Ok...got my 2" BDS and 5/8" MORE Booms...looks great! (Will get pics later.)

Took it for a spin had some vibes and went to install tcase drop. The bolts holding this in were really rusted and the head broke off one. On another it actually looks like the plate has rusted around the bolt so that it isn't even doing anything!

So obviously I need a new skid plate. Are these easy to come by? I'll call tomorrow, but I'm hoping to get a used one and pop it with the tcd in there. If I can't find one does anyone know where I can purchase one online?

Long story short...I still got some work to do on the heap...I mean Jeep before its driveable.

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Unread 04-06-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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By the way...the suspension/smoothness of ride was SOOOO nice compared to my sagging springs and stock shackles.
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Unread 04-06-2008, 10:20 PM   #3
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The skid plate is pretty heavy gauge steel. You sure it won't clean up with an angle grinder and a wire wheel?
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Unread 04-06-2008, 11:22 PM   #4
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The inverted cone shape of the skidplate around the bolts makes a perfect place for stuff like water, mud and salt to sit and eat through the plate. Mine was rusted in these areas so I sandblasted it and repainted with a rattle can. Used a lotta coats, was 3 1/2 cans overall. If one of your bolt holes rusted completely through, it is not a total loss. You can use a large/thick washer and a standard hex head bolt here--hardly worth trashing your entire skid plate. I have seen others have a hard time coming up with one. Several very gifted forum members have welded up their own plates from flat stock.
Post up your photos of your installed lift. I have the BDS 2" and 5/8 more shackles coming in the mail and hope to start the install before the end of April. I am certainly encouraged to hear that the ride is improved over your stock baseline. Presently mine has 2" lift shackles from PO and flat springs, and I'm really looking forward to the upgrades.
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yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
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You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.
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Unread 04-06-2008, 11:30 PM   #5
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^ same here

hearing it rides better is good news im lifting mine within the month, but im not booming it gonna stay stock.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 01:26 AM   #6
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http://www.quadratec.com/products/16192_000.htm Quadratec has new versions, but they cost a lot. $363 and whatever it costs to ship to Montana.
http://www.offroadtoystore.com/Merch...ory_Code=33Eng This one is $380.
Then there's ebay $200 Buy it now in Oregon: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-...spagenameZWD1V
I believe a good heavy duty thick washer might run you like a buck. Good luck and submit some photos of your lift.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 01:28 AM   #7
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Sorry, just noted the ebay one was for a TJ.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 11:27 AM   #8
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Bump...I dunno. Anyone else have any thoughts on the washer for this? I don't want to drop my transfer case out on the trail? Surely with all the rusty YJ's out there someone else ran into this issue.
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Bump...I dunno. Anyone else have any thoughts on the washer for this? I don't want to drop my transfer case out on the trail? Surely with all the rusty YJ's out there someone else ran into this issue.
Hey, I had the same issue with my skidplate. For the skidplate, I wire wheeled the whole thing and used por-15 on the whole thing. Where the bolt holes were rotted I used two 1/2in X 2in HEAVY DUTY washers over the hole. There is no way its pulling through.

For the frame I drilled out the two bolts that broke and had to cut a small hole in the frame to get a nut and washer in there.

Works great.
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You could always take your skid plate to a local welder an have them repair and beef your existing skid plate. My factory skid plate had enough oil leak on it over the years that it was rust free when I got my jeep. If It were mine I would weld some thick washers where the bolts go.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 12:36 PM   #11
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I guess I'm not fond of the idea of drilling holes in my frame...but...
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Unread 04-07-2008, 12:37 PM   #12
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Did you fill these holes up afterwards on put a plug in them or something?
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For what a new skid plate costs you can buy yourself a wirefeed welder and fix it yourself.
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Bump...I dunno. Anyone else have any thoughts on the washer for this? I don't want to drop my transfer case out on the trail? Surely with all the rusty YJ's out there someone else ran into this issue.
I used washers for over a year now....2 of my were cracked and 2 other rusted bad, some big washer and new bolts and good to go till a replacement can be made. I do check them ever month or so for tightness and make sure they are holding up tho.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 07:10 PM   #15
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Ok...so here is the before pic...


After pic...(will take better ones later).
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I'm getting a cold so I didn't take anymore. I'll post more later.

Here is a pic of my transfer case bolt.


The broken bolt...


Ok...so what is the verdict. Should I attempt repair of this or should I get a new skid plate and get it installed?
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