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Old 08-05-2012, 04:50 PM   #1
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Solution? Transfer case skid plate question

I've had my YJ for 3 now. PO had a RC 4" lift put in but didn't do the TC drop. I've got driveline vibrations when cruising at almost any speed and the seals are going bad on the TC and the rear diff yoke seal so I assuming it is because of the angle of the driveshaft not being correct without the drop. I went to do a temporary drop with some washers and new bolts today then realized why the PO didn't do the drop. Looks like on the drivers side there is one bolt that was sheared off at the head, one bolt that whatever it threads into is busted/rusted out so it is just flopping around stuck in the middle hole and then they added their own 15mm bolts to tighten it back up. Since I only had the replacement bolts for the 1/2" stock bolts I stopped at this point.

What needs to be done to get this fixed? I don't weld so if any welding is involved I'd have to take it to a shop.


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Old 08-05-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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oh bugger...

Can you get the broken bolt out? If you can get to it with vise grips or something like that, then I would soak the remaining part of the bolt with wd-40 and/or some kind of liquid wrench penetrating oil. Sometimes I have had to soak things like that a couple times a day for over a week to get them to break loose. Of course other times Ive just had to bite the bullet and drill them out.

The other one, yeah will depend on whether it was rusted out or not; but that internal "nut", for lack of a better term, would need to be repaired somehow. You could find a way to make a hole on the side of the frame to install your own nut.

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Old 08-10-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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So I stopped by a shop that does lifts and suspension work and they said they can get it repaired and a TC drop kit installed for around $300 (that includes the drop kit hardware)

Does that seem reasonable? Then after the TC is dropped I will have to get the rear TC cone seal and rear diff yoke seal replaced because they are leaking.
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To do just that one bolt area or replace the frame on both sides? I just got my frame rails replaced on both sides (32") sections on both cut out and replaced for 450 by a professional welding shop and they put in my Tcase drop while they were down there and replaced my rusted out skid plate with a better one from a junkyard( they even sandblasted and painted it along with painting the frame sections too
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