I bought the Transfer case lowering kit from Quadratec to go with my 2" lift kit last Spring. Been working on mods for the last couple of months and now finally at the point to add the transfer case lowering rails between the frame and transmission skid plate.
Everything lines up, but when I go to put in the bolts through the skid plate and through the lowering rails, they will not catch in the frame. I have the skid plate jacked up, and the frames clamps on both sides, but the bolts will not catch. I suspect another 1/4" to 1/2" in length and the bolts would work great.
I would think that SkyJacker would provide bolts with the kit which are long enough, but apparently not.
So...do I contact Quadratec, SkyJacker, or simply track down new bolts on my own? They are grade 8 hex-drive flat-head bolts.
Location: where I wheel: N 45º 36.663' W 123º 20.935'
Originally Posted by dmetzler
It seems overkill, but should not adversely affect the ride, should it?
Bottom line, after you install the suspension lift, drive your Jeep. If you don't feel any vibes, congratulations; else, if you do get vibes - install the spacer or drop the transfer case skid one washer at a time.
This how the spacer looks without the Skyjacker sticker:
1998 TJ Moss Green Sahara w/ numerous scratches & dents whose playground is on a tropical island that's 33 miles long and 4-12 miles wide, in year-round 82 degree weather
I was installing my Rough Country T/C drop and the bolts werent threading. I ended up taking 1 of the stock bolts to the hardware store and used their little thread match thing. The bolts that came in the kit were standard but I needed metric bolts. Maybe thats your problem.
06 Wrangler TJ X
33/12.5/15 BFG M/T's on Crager soft 8's
3.25" Rough Country Lift
Rampage Tubular Side Steps
Custom Fab Front Bumper
6.5" Polk Audio DXI 650 in soundbar
Those bolts are nothing more than common hardened bolts you can find locally. Take one of the bolts with you to a hardware store that has a good selection and match up the thread size. If your TJ is an earlier model, perhaps 2001 or so and older, the bolts have SAE threads and you only need to make sure the new longer bolts are Grade 5 or Grade 8. If you find both Grade 5 and 8, Grade 5 is more than strong enough and less expensive. Grade 5 has three little tic marks extending out radially from the center on the top of the bolt head, Grade 8 has six tic marks.
If they are the smaller diameter metric size bolts used in newer Jeeps, you need them to be an 8.8 or 10.9 hardness which is roughly equivilent to SAE Grade 5 and Grade 8. The bolts will actually say 8.8 or 10.9 on the bolt head.
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If a hardware store doesn't have them a specialty fastener store will, try to get the hardened bolts, grade 8's will certainly work as will grade 5's but as everyone knows sometimes those bolts will seize up and can be quite difficult to remove, the grade 5's won't take the abuse and will end up snapping upon a difficult removal. Use lots of Anti-Seize.