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Old 06-21-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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Transmission skid plate modification for 4" lift

When I recently bought my 03 Wrangler, it already had a 4" lift and the guy who I bought it from had the transmission skid plate off because it was hitting the front driveshaft. I went under the Jeep and held the skid plate in place and can see where it was hitting. It hits the cross brace on the driver's side. The driveshaft basically goes right through where the cross brace would be if it was bolted in place. I could just cut the cross brace off on that side, but then it wouldn't be very strong. I thought about spacers on the cross brace, but then it would hang way down and hurt ground clearance. I thought about welding the cross brace so it has "U" shape in the cross brace so the driveshaft could fit in "U", but I'm not sure if that would be strong either. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-21-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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Is there any way you can post a pic with the skid plate held in place?

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pics needed.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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OK, here are 4 pics. This is with the Jeep level. If I jack up the left front, so the wheel is hanging, then the driveshaft is a lot lower than it is in these pics. Thanks for your willingness to help!
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:17 PM   #5
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You could probably come straight off the frame rail level with a 1/4" or so thick piece of flatstock. Go over the driveshaft, and then come straight down to meet up with the skid plate. If you lived anywhere near Fresno/Clovis Ca. I would help you with this.
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You could probably come straight off the frame rail level with a 1/4" or so thick piece of flatstock. Go over the driveshaft, and then come straight down to meet up with the skid plate. If you lived anywhere near Fresno/Clovis Ca. I would help you with this.
I live west of Denver Colorado, but thanks anyway. I like your idea, it's basically what I meant when I was describing a "U" (upside down) shape in the cross brace. I guess if I use thick enough steel it will be strong enough.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #7
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1/4 inch thick by 3 or 4 inches wide should be good enough.
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I cut the arm off that side of the skid and ran like that for over a year. The one arm and the bolts across the back kept it plenty ridgid. I bounced off plenty of rocks and the skid never hit the trans pan. It all depends on what you are going to do with your Jeep.
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Reviving an old thread. I just installed the currie 4 in lift on my 98 TJ, manual Trans. In the process of installing the SYE and cv driveshaft. On level ground I have about 2 inches between front DS and Trans skid. Has anybody else run into this and what have you done. I have seen several posts about Auto trans, but none about a man. thanks for any help.

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