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post #1 of 4 Old 08-16-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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TC skid bolts falling out.

So I was driving across the savanna a few days ago and the jeep starts getting difficult to shift. Something feels weird, so I stopped to take a gander and was shocked to see that all three bolts on the drivers side of TC skid had fallen out and it was just hangin' there three inches off the frame! I keep some tools with me so I managed to pull the middle bolt from the passenger side and put it in the middle on the drivers side to limp home.

I've now got new bolts, but the mechanic says the the threads in the frame are partially stripped and one of them is spinning. I don't know how to weld and I don't have any faith in most of the welders that I've met in Belize. I've seen their work.

Is there anything I can do? When I put the bolts back in, I used blue loctite to help prevent them from shaking loose. (nearly 100% of my driving is on very poor dirt roads, so I shake alot). Would it work to run a slightly larger tap through the holes and use bigger bolts? Any other ideas?

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-16-2010, 09:26 PM
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If you can't weld in new threaded inserts, you could always cut or drill a large enough hole in the side of the frame to be able to slip a nut in. You would end up cutting 3 holes (one for eacj bolt).

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-16-2010, 09:50 PM
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Those are not threaded holes that can be drilled out and retapped. They are industrial-strength threaded inserts.

The correct repair is to remove them and to install new inserts and new bolts.

They are a little pricy, but trust me you DO want the OEM parts if you cen get them. If not, you will have to consider the parts, tools and techniques available to you there to correct.

If your original inserts are serviceable but usable, an expedient repair is to lightly tack weld them to the frame so that they don't spin when you tighten the bolts. This way you can still remove the insert should you decide to replace it.

Good luck, and let us know how you make out.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-16-2010, 09:58 PM
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im gonna tack on a question that somewhat relates. Where can i get a new skid plate?
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