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Unread 02-14-2005, 12:19 AM   #1
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tranny skid interfering with DS travel

Hi, Me and my buddy just completed his lift. he got a 4.5 superflex, he has a 03 X with the auto trans. He has a stock skid plate that covers up the transmission and bolts to the frame and t-case skid plate, We noticed the front driveshaft will hit the transmission skid plate thus limiting suspension travel. We tried to remove the skid where it attatches to the frame but the bolt just turns and doesn't back off and theres no way telling if theres a nut on the bolt since it's enclosed in the frame. So we took out the rotary cutter and hacked the skid to allow ds travel. Has anybody else encountered this problem, If so what was your solution?

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Unread 02-14-2005, 04:20 AM   #2
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Hacking it is what i was gonna say......."if it's in the way, cut it off "
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Unread 02-14-2005, 05:21 AM   #3
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I had the same problem with the bolt not coming out. I ended up pushing up on the skid plate real hard while I backed out the bolt with a impact. It eventually came out. Now I am shopping for a new skid.
I don't understand what holds the nut inside the frame but, there is no way to get to it.
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Unread 02-14-2005, 07:45 AM   #4
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Had the same problem when I was putting on the Skid Row plate. There is a nut inside the frame. I went to the muffler shop & he cut the head off. That left the threaded part still in there. To make it look neat he then put a nut on that & welded it. Now the threaded part can be removed with a socket. He then tack welded that insert so if it is ever used with the stock skid it will not spin when the bolt is inserted.
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Unread 02-14-2005, 12:57 PM   #5
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thanks for the input. he just ordered a skid row engine plate, so we're gonna cut the head of the other bolt off and unbolt it from the T-case skid and piss on it.

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Unread 02-14-2005, 01:10 PM   #6
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Chop it off build a new "arm" that goes over the driveline. You will find holes in the top of the frame rail that work well as a place to bolt the new arm.

BTW the tighter you can get the new arm to the tranny the better as the first time I built mine it still rubbed on the driveline when the right front tire was at full stuff.
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