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Unread 12-21-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
.gunslinger.
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Wj 2001 WJ w/ 42RE Tranny question

So my engine replacement on my wifes 01 WJ is almost done. Just gotta hook up the exhaust and a few bolts here and there. I just have a question regarding the black metal tubes that go to the tranny in this jeep. Two that come out of the back/top of the tranny and attach to the back top half and one (3 peices) that kinda wraps around the bottom front of it. What the heck are these/are they for? Support and protection from rocks (chryslers cheap way of offering "rock protection" with out putting in a skid plate)? Do i need them? They seem unneccissary (the tranny crossmember and mount are in and fine). any clue/ ideas? If they are needed i'll embrace the suck it's gonna take to attatch the two to the top back of the tranny since this thing is just on jack stands (no lift) but if i don't, then i don't see the point. Any advice or insight from someone who has delt with this or knows about these would be awesome.

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-Tom


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Unread 12-21-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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My thinking is, if those pipes were not there to serve a purpose, Chrysler would have saved some $$ and just left them off.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 04:44 PM   #3
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They are engine/transmission braces and they are necessary. There for a reason.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 05:15 PM   #4
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For the record, I asked myself the same question. Never seen another vehicle with anything like these. my guess is too much aluminum for an SUV so this was their way of "strengthening" it.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 05:47 PM   #5
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yes they are braces and they have been on a number of 4x4's over the years they are to help with the extra stress of the transfercase.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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alright. embrace the suck it is, haha. i got my exhaust issue figured out so i'll bolt all that back on while i have the headers and all unhooked so it's easier to get to everything.
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