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post #1 of 7 Old 08-25-2015, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Skid Plate quesiton

After looking at my skid plate last night, I found two of the bolts on the driver side missing. After looking at the frame, i found it rusted out so I'll need to weld in a new plate, drill holes and install new nutserts. My quesitons is, am i able to drive aroudn with out the skid plate on there for a few days, or is it a supporting member of the frame. Im new to jeeps, like a week new, and am just getting into it. I do know some autmotive tech. MOre than the average person

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-25-2015, 08:40 AM
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the skid is used to support/suspend you transfer case, transmission, driveline. Absolutely do NOT drive around without it.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-25-2015, 08:44 AM
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Yup, dont drive it. To move it a very short distance you could run a ratchet strap or 2 around the frame and under the skid plate to support it.


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post #4 of 7 Old 08-25-2015, 08:46 AM
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+1 to bruinjeeper,

Gotta have the skid plate, it holds your transmission and transfer case in. Some people ratchet strap the skid plate to hold it up in an emergency (like off trail if it breaks) but I wouldn't recommend that for the highway.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-25-2015, 06:29 PM
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I lost two bolts out of the passenger side years ago, and the remaining nutsert was broken. A friend cut some 1/4" bar stock, drilled holes, tapped them, and then welded them to the frame as nuts. If you can weld I'd recommend doing that instead.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-25-2015, 06:35 PM
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I've seen people drive around (I wouldn't recommend it, but I've seen it) with c-clamps holding their skid plate to the frame. Also seen the ratchet strap trick.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-27-2015, 01:25 PM
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When I was changing out my cat converter, I was under impression that the tranny would fall to the floor without the skid plate.... It is a no for me on driving without something holding the tranny up. If it was me, I would fashion-in a temporary stick of unistrut channel straight across under the tranny (with may by some bolts to push up against the tranny as needed). I bet you can use the good numsert of driver side and one of the nutserts on the other side for that?
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