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Old 07-11-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Dropping Skid Plate/Crossmember

Been meaning to swap out my exhaust from the manifold on back, and noticed the skid plate and spacers on this thing could use some painting, so decided to remove it and do it all. Never owned a Wrangler before this one, never owned a manual transmission, looked simply enough, so I got to work. Due to rust, stripped bolts, etc...took me 4 days of soaking, cranking, drilling, grinding, etc, but I finally got it off today.

Didn't realize how heavily the transmission relied on the skid plate for stability and positioning, assumed it was just to protect it from stuff on the ground, so it sagged. Jacked it back up using a 6 ton hydralic jack on a cider block, right on the frame of the skid plate mount so that it is level. Only after did I assess my Hanes manual and see I should have stabilized it prior.

That being said, almost all of the bolts are broken, one has to be drilled out, and I need to find some replacements. Question is, will it be fine jacked up at that point for a few days, possibly a week-week and a half? Want to make sure I don't damage anything. Have a few 24 hours shifts coming up, and want to repaint the spacers, etc as ell as swap out the exhaust before putting it back on

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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As long as you support it, you will be fine...

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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I neglected to support it before dropping the plate, kind of had to how much hammering it took. It sagged a bit, nothing ripped off. Am I just lucky here?

I jacked it up but don't know if I went too high/low. There's some play room there, right?
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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Your fine, stop worrying about it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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Thanks. After my last disaster vehicle (a GMC), I'm always a bit paranoid. That's what I get for cheating on Jeeps with a Jimmy
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