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Unread 08-12-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
doubleg
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reinforcing engine/tranny skid plate, 03 Rubicon

I have a skid row engine/tranny skidplate on my 03 Rubicon. The skid is only 3/16 of an inch thick but has worked great on my previous Jeeps so I went with it again. Only this time I have an auto in my Jeep (42rle) with a tranny pan that I never had before. Last time out I was attempting to climb this waterfall, and I keep banging the skid into the rocks. It bent it enough that it also bent up my tranny pan and crushed part of my tranny filter, and also bent up the stock tcase skid where it was bolted to.
Since I spent a nice chunk of change on this I would like to keep it, but reinforce it in some way. Im no fabricator, but I have a couple of friends who weld, so I wanted to get some opinions on reinforcing it if at all possible. I thought maybe putting some cross braces in there flat would help keep it from bending again, but I don't know if that would keep it from pushing back up into my tranny pan again. Anyone have any ideas?

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Unread 08-20-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I would toss that stock transfer skid in the scrap pipe. Make or buy a new transfer case skid. You can straigen the eng skid and reinforce it by welding some angle iron to it. I think just raising that transfer case skid up 5 inches. You will have alot less damage.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:24 AM   #3
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I have no issues with getting a different transfer case skid (well except for the money right now), but I didn't want to have to do the body & engine lifts again. Its just more money to the fire. Can you do a belly up without raising the motor or getting a body lift?
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Unread 08-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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It is alot of money and work to get a higher skid. You allmost have to do a body lift with a rubicon transfer case. My Rubicon has a 1" UFC Skid I did a 1" body lift Eng lift UFC low pro transmission mount, and a CV driveshaft. My jeep has 4" coils and I dont hit the skid plates that often. When I first got the jeep it had a stock transfer case skid with a skyjacker long arm kit that lowered the transfer case skit 1.5" I drug that shovel everywhere. Doing the belly up stuff has allowed me to do so much more.
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