Drove without skid plate. How much trouble am I in? - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 7 Old 03-20-2018, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Drove without skid plate. How much trouble am I in?

I noticed my skid had some light surface rust, so I jacked the car, undid 10 bolts and dropped the skid to do a quick sand and spray. In the meantime, my roommate needed a drive to school so I dropped the car, and drove it to and from the university (approximately 12 miles of highway driving). I noticed the transmission making some light grinding sounds when I would:

1. Press the throttle (right after the throttle was released)
2. Release the throttle (right after the throttle was pressed
3. Brake hard

I also noticed that the manual shifter was clipping the shifter panel in 2nd, 4th and reverse (ie the transmisison was drooping).

After googling, I have realised that I should NOT have driven without the skid! The skid plates on every other 4wd I have driven have been non-structural; I didn't realise the TJ skid plate was a structural compoenent!

How screwed am I? Is there specific damage I should check for? Is there a specific technique I should use to replace the skid? I drive the 4.0L TJ paired with the 5 speed manual.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-20-2018, 07:43 AM
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Others have done this. You're still driving, no codes, no leaks, nothing missing, so you probably got lucky. Give it a thorough visual inspection, and drive carefully listening to everything when you get it back together.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-20-2018, 07:45 AM
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Which skid?

Building the right way for 37s.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-20-2018, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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There's only 1 skid, right? Transmission skid, 6 bolts onto the chassis and 4 nuts onto the tranny
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-20-2018, 08:23 AM
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you definitely put a lot of stress on the motor mounts by doing that. its probably fine but I wouldn't do it again!
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-20-2018, 08:45 PM
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Probably put even more stress on the cat hanger... IMO
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-21-2018, 07:59 AM
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