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Unread 11-20-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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No TC Skid Plate Can I Drive it

Here is some back story:

I have a '97 TJ with a 4" lift and 33's, it has some frame rot. I have a handle on getting that fixed. My problem is this.

My belly skid plate will not mount back to the frame, I have theTC supported with a jack stand for now. I need to move my Jeep, is there a very cheap way to support the TC to move the jeep 5 miles to my buddies shop.

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Unread 11-20-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I'd say you best find someone with a car trailer.
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Remove both drive shafts. Tie the t-case to the frame with some ratchet straps and slowly tow the Jeep for 5 miles.

Just a wild thought. Feel free to poo poo the idea.
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Unread 11-20-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Will the tear up the engine mounts since all the weight is supported by them now, and it is not exactly balanced.
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Unread 11-20-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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Will the tear up the engine mounts since all the weight is supported by them now, and it is not exactly balanced.
I would think it could easily damage them, as the rachets wouldn't prevent side to side movement.
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Unread 11-20-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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I would think it could easily damage them, as the rachets wouldn't prevent side to side movement.
The t-case will swing just the same on a trailer as it will rolling on the street unless it is supported.

Add a couple straps that wrap around the transfer case to prevent side to side swinging. With enough care and cleverness, it shouldn't be too difficult to recreate the approximate ride height of the transfer case and keep it steady enough for 5 miles of slow towing. The motor mounts would not be carrying any more weight than they normally do.

As far as changing the angle of the engine on the mounts (to anticipate a question), we do the same thing everyday with MML and t-case drops. There is a range of flexibility and we are only talking about 5 miles.
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we have used heavy duty ratchet straps to drive a jeep out and back to town with them holding for a broken lower control arm. the guy said it drove great all the way back to get it fixed.
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Unread 11-21-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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If you can mount the skid to the transfer case you might be able to better control the whole thing. Can you get those bolts in? Can you get ANY of the skid bolts back into the frame?

If you can attach the skid to the tcase you might be able to clamp the skid against the frame.
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Hook a strap over the frame, under the skid and over the frame on the other side. Do this front and back of the transfer skid. Then secure the skid, front and back with two more straps. Try to get at least one bolt in each side to hold the skid in place.
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I'd say you best find someone with a car trailer.
I agree this is the best way.
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