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Old 03-08-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Can I modify my T/C skid plate???

I was wondering if anyone has ever modified their T/C skid plate in order to service the CV/u-joints, or just be able to remove the drive shaft quicker, without having to remove the skid plate. If so, what have you done?
What a PIA to grease u-joints that you can't get to because of the skid plate!!!

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Old 03-09-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:01 PM   #3
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I found it a good practice to remove the skid and inspect my transmission and transfer case on a routine basis, it's also my opportunity to clean out the caked on mud and debris gathered from the "shovel". Just recently, I discovered my transmission mount was sheared/cracked on the rubber section. I did not notice anything wrong with the mount while driving, as I could neither feel or hear any telltale signs of a cracked tranny mount. It was a good thing I removed the skid, else I would not have notice the issue until it became a much more serious problem.

Just remember to use antiseize on the skid bolts and torque to 55 ft lbs .
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:39 PM   #4
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I have a vibration that is felt in my drivers seat. It started after I removed the TC skid plate to change my front driveshaft u-joints.
After everything was buttoned back up, it now has a slight, but very annoying vibration, when I get to 60mph and over.
Bad thing is, the same day, I had my tires re-ballanced and rotated. I even took the jeep back and had them re-balanced again!
Something has to be wrong on the driveshaft somewhere, because I know it's not the tires.
What in the heck could it be?!!!
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your drive shaft could be unbalanced from banging out the u-joints just a thought
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That had crossed my mind, but talked myself out of thinking that. I didn't use a BFH, but I did do some smacking around on the u-joints with a smaller ball peen while the driveshaft was in the vise.
Can a driveline specialist look at it and possibly straighten it if it's out?

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