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Unread 03-31-2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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I dropped the skid plate without supporting tranny

So I didn't read up on it, and dropped the skid plate without supporting the tranny. Didn't hear anything horrible, but did I just break my jeep?

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Unread 03-31-2014, 12:41 AM   #2
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So I didn't read up on it, and dropped the skid plate without supporting the tranny. Didn't hear anything horrible, but did I just break my jeep?


Put it all back together and let us know.
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No worries. The rear transmission mount is welded to the exhaust pipe which while it is supposed to be supported by the transmission mount, it will also temporarily support the rear of the transmission in a pinch. Just don't drive it like that.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 09:26 AM   #4
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Check the motor mounts too. Depending on which type mount you have, you might have done something to them.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 09:43 AM   #5
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I dropped the skid plate a few months ago and all I had to support the tranny was a floor jack (had lent my jack stands to a friend and didn't take the time to figure out another solution). I let it sit overnight (might have been two nights how that I think about it) when I came back the arm of the floor jack was a good 2" below the tranny. Put everything back together and haven't had any problems.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 09:59 AM   #6
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It'll be fine. Just listen and feel for any strange vibrations afterward.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 11:24 AM   #7
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So I didn't read up on it, and dropped the skid plate without supporting the tranny. Didn't hear anything horrible, but did I just break my jeep?
HAH...I did this last week too. WHat idiots we are.

Fortunately, I still had one bolt in so it only dropped a couple of inches. How far did yours go down?
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Unread 03-31-2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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All the way. I didn't undo the 4 tranny bolts, so the whole assembly, skid plate and all were just hanging there, with me staring at it confused. Then I realized my mistake and quick tried to get everything back on haha
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I've done the same thing. The only thing that went wrong with mine is that the 4WD shifter came out on the underside. I didn't realize it until I cranked it back up and rebolted it.. so I had to undo it all lower it down and reset the shifter.
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All the way. I didn't undo the 4 tranny bolts, so the whole assembly, skid plate and all were just hanging there, with me staring at it confused. Then I realized my mistake and quick tried to get everything back on haha
Yep, I did not even know about the 4 tranny bolts until after.
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Unread 04-06-2014, 11:27 AM   #11
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Had my tranny flop down a fair bit once. I'd second the guy who said to take a look at your motor mounts. Also, I ripped my lower shifter boot because of it. The rubber boot that is under the "good looking" shifter boot in the cab. So you may look and see what you might have damaged there too.
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Unread 04-06-2014, 06:44 PM   #12
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Guys in the rustbelt know about this all too well. I've seen a few threads pop up, over the years, about rusted frame where the skid mounts and everything dropping down while driving. None of them reported any damage to the drivetrain, its not a good thing though.

So, if you just dropped it and realized your mistake and have corrected it before driving, there's nothing to worry about. Next time, put a jack with a piece of wood underneath the trans and slowly lower it down until resting on the jack and then pull the bolts out of the skid all the way. Good luck.
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Guys in the rustbelt know about this all too well. I've seen a few threads pop up, over the years, about rusted frame where the skid mounts and everything dropping down while driving. None of them reported any damage to the drivetrain, its not a good thing though. So, if you just dropped it and realized your mistake and have corrected it before driving, there's nothing to worry about. Next time, put a jack with a piece of wood underneath the trans and slowly lower it down until resting on the jack and then pull the bolts out of the skid all the way. Good luck.
What are people doing who have a bit of rust in there?
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What are people doing who have a bit of rust in there?
Safe-T cap (sp?) sells pre cut/formed pieces for most known rust spots on TJ frame. Skid plate area and the area around the rear control arm mounts.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 11:53 AM   #15
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I dropped the skid plate a few months ago and all I had to support the tranny was a floor jack (had lent my jack stands to a friend and didn't take the time to figure out another solution). I let it sit overnight (might have been two nights how that I think about it) when I came back the arm of the floor jack was a good 2" below the tranny. Put everything back together and haven't had any problems.
Yea, jacks will slowly creep down, at least most of mine do. If I have to support something for more than an hour or so, I'll use stands, or wood blocks, or something else that's not hydraulic. Not sure if good quality floor jacks creep or not, but my cheapo ones do

First time I realized that I was getting the motor in position on my willys, I let it set over night for a few nights and then I came back to it to weld the motor mounts in place and I looked at it and realized the motor had dropped 6 inches.
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