Thanks to the advice y'all gave in another thread of mine about some driveline vibrations, I've decided to try dropping my transfer case skid plate a little bit until my MML arrives.
I ordered a rugged ridge kit on Amazon since I knew I could rush shipping for this weekend. Unfortunately the mailbox was empty on Saturday (no MML, boo), but Fedex delivered the t-case lift so I figured I'd be wise to install that so that I don't cause any major damage to my driveshafts or transfer case due to misalignment.
I pulled the Jeep in the garage and turned on the little propane heater, started getting all my tools together and p-blasting all kinds of stuff... then this happens:
Is this OEM!? It looks to me like the entire side is welded so I can't drop it.
I figured I'd start on it anyhow so that I could at least take the grinder to cut that piece ... but then I wrench on the rear driver-side bolt and the entire metal area around the bolt (on the skid plate) warps and torques with my wrench. It was rusty but I didn't know it was in that bad of shape.
Really starting to feel kinda bummed about all this rust under here