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Old 05-26-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Center skid (shovel) removal

I want to remove the center skid plate aka the shovel. to make it easier to work on the 4hi/lo shift linkage. is it just the 6 bolts holding it on?

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Old 05-26-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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...and the 4 trans bolts in the middle mount.
Make sure to support the trans etc in front of the plate when you do it.

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Old 05-26-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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ok, thanks!
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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Impact wrench & a 3/4" socket is what you need, the transmission mount bolts are 13mm.

A jack or jack stand to hold the drivetrain up and another jack (preferably a floor or transmission jack) to lower the plate makes it much easier.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
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If you haven't taken the plate off before I would have a set of nutserts on hand before I got started. I found this out the hard way.
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...and the 4 trans bolts in the middle mount.
Make sure to support the trans etc in front of the plate when you do it.
This is it, can be done by yourself but is awkwardly heavy while laying on your back. I used the jack on the trans to support it, and jack stands on the opposite side of the skid to hold it up while I removed my side then lowered it to the floor. Mine was almost completely rust free for a southern TJ but still had a little trying to develop around the bolt holes. Plan ahead and change the T-case and tranny fluid while the skid is off... Sooo much easier.

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