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Unread 10-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
Alotaglock
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Can I lower my Transmission crossmember?

Can I lower my transmission crossmember on my 1998 Grand Cherokee? I have a full custom 3 inch exhaust that is not clearing the crossmember and is making it rub and make noise. I have a 2 inch budget lift. I guess im just wondering if I was to lower it 1/4 inch with washers or a nut on the 4 frame bolts to give me the clearance? Will it hurt anything? Angle? New to jeeps. Thanks for answering my questions. Aaron

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Unread 11-01-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome.
You should be able to drop it that much.
You will need linger bolts. I think there's 2 bolts and 2 studs right? If so use vice grips remove the studs and just use bolts. Use nuts for spacers not washers. Or nuts and large flat washers to help distribution of stress.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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This notion is commonly sold as a "transfer case drop" to help reduce vibes after lifting. It puts a little more stress on the engine and transmission mounts since the whole thing gets tipped but I wouldn't worry about it if you're only going down 1/4". I say go for it! Beware rusted rivnuts
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Unread 11-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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Thank you both, I will try to find the kit that already has the bolts and spacers. I can't find hardened metric bolts here at the local hardware stores.
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