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Old 05-20-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Im upgrading my exhaust with a cat back and noticed that when I removed the skid plate the transmission was hanging down. Does the skid help support it? Any help im just curious

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Yes it does! Put a floor jack under the tranny immediately, your motor mounts are the only thing holding up your drivetrain with the skid plate removed. There is a rubber mount on the skid plate that the tranny mounts to that holds it in place.

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OMG!!! THE ENGINE IS GOING TO FALL OUT!

But seriously yes, the skid supports the tranny/t-case. Don't drive it around like that.
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OMG!!! THE ENGINE IS GOING TO FALL OUT!

But seriously yes, the skid supports the tranny/t-case. Don't drive it around like that.
Nice... OMG! Do it now was not an overstatement really. That's a lot of pressure to put on the motor mounts. The sense of urgency was to save the OP's motor mounts, but I see that he isn't logged on... Humm, well maybe your right then, the motor might fall out, LOL! No worries, the front axle will catch it.
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Hey Everyone,
Im upgrading my exhaust with a cat back and noticed that when I removed the skid plate the transmission was hanging down. Does the skid help support it? Any help im just curious
the skid is one of the main supports for the entire drivetrain. the two engine mounts and the transmission mount on the skid hold about 600-700lbs worth of iron and aluminum in your Jeep.

removing the skid without supporting the transmission can damage your engine mounts.
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Oh well, he'll most likely find out when he fires it up, before reinstalling the pan, so he can hear how pretty it sounds. The roar from the fan going through the shroud and rad should be pretty impressive.


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Old 05-21-2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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There is one more support for the rear of the transmission, the hanger from the exhaust system, so it's not just supported by the engine mounts. Granted it's not much but it works fine to prevent damage to the engine mounts so long as it's not being driven like that.

The engine/transmission/transfer case assembly is supported at three points, like a three-legged stool. The two engine mounts and the transmission mount that rests on top of the transfer case skidplate.

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