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post #1 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Transfer Case Skid plate bolt holes don’t line up

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I’m in the process of dropping my transfer case skid a bit to try and get rid of vibrations after installing new shocks with my old BB. The problem is every time I’ve taken my skid off then put it back on I’ve had a really hard time getting the bolts to line up. It’s gotten worse and it’s to the point where the only way I’d get it on is If id cross thread some of the outer bolts. Is this due to the frame bending? I think I am already going to need to retap some of the threads. Should I oval out some of the holes on the skid so the holes line up?

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 06:41 AM
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how are your motor mounts?

you can try ratchet straps to pull the power train back into place


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Could this mis-alignment/forced fit, be the cause of your vibrations?

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Are you saying they aren’t lining up because the power trains mis aligned? Even if I jack the transfer case up the plate still doesn’t align with the bolt holes.

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Hi

Iím in the process of dropping my transfer case skid a bit to try and get rid of vibrations after installing new shocks with my old BB. The problem is every time Iíve taken my skid off then put it back on Iíve had a really hard time getting the bolts to line up.
You don't remove the skid. You loosen one side (leave the bolts in) and remove the bolts on the other side with a jack under the skid. Nothing moves or needs aligning.

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Iím in the process of dropping my transfer case skid a bit to try and get rid of vibrations after installing new shocks with my old BB.
If the issue arose after installing shocks, how does removing the skid solve the issue?
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The problem is every time Iíve taken my skid off then put it back on Iíve had a really hard time getting the bolts to line up.
Has he vehicle been in an accident? Do you do hard core offroading? Is there alot of rust?
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I've had the budget boost on it since I got the jeep and had no noticeable vibes before. I just installed brand new shocks and I assumed that it gave it just enough more lift to throw the rear driveshaft angle off. The jeep has been wheeled hard but the frame is completely solid with no rust. Every time I've dropped the skid I've had a hard time getting it to line up. When I first did it it was with the old skid plate when I used POR 15 on the frame rails. That old skid was really banged up from wheeling so I assumed that was why it wouldn't line up right. I eventually replaced that skid with another stock rubicon one but that also didn't line up well. I put the shocks in while doing a clutch job so it's possible when I put the skid back on this time it misaligned the tranny but the driveshaft is straight there just seems to be too much angle on the diff end.


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shocks have no effect on ride height.

i've dropped the OEM skid multiple times on my 03 rubi and the wife's 06 sport and never had an alignment issue. when i did a tummy tuck on mine i prob ably dropped the skid 20 times before i got it to fit just right, but the holes always lined up perfectly.

when you say it isnt lining up, do you mean you start a bolt or two on one side, then a couple bolts on the other side and they arent lining up? is that with the trans mount connected?
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shocks have no effect on ride height.

i've dropped the OEM skid multiple times on my 03 rubi and the wife's 06 sport and never had an alignment issue. when i did a tummy tuck on mine i prob ably dropped the skid 20 times before i got it to fit just right, but the holes always lined up perfectly.

when you say it isnt lining up, do you mean you start a bolt or two on one side, then a couple bolts on the other side and they arent lining up? is that with the trans mount connected?
He parked sideways on a hill. If the ground isn't flat, things shift.

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When I installed my father in law's skyjacker on his 97 TJ it had 1" trans drop spacers I had to put in. It definitely shifted some with pressure had to use ratchet straps to get it lined back up. Depending on what stage the rest of the lift install etc is at may dictate what it does when unbolted for me it was the last step.
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I can get a few bolts in on one side but then the other sides holes will be off almost 3/4". I'm doing this with the tranny mount on.
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I can get a few bolts in on one side but then the other sides holes will be off almost 3/4". I'm doing this with the tranny mount on.
Did you loosen the transmission mount nuts at the skid plate?
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Yes they are fully removed.
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I can get a few bolts in on one side but then the other sides holes will be off almost 3/4". I'm doing this with the tranny mount on.
You've got something fairly twisted or out of square.

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