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Timberman 11-04-2008 07:11 PM

Sheer Desire or Lack of Brains? I resemble the latter here!
 
Well,

All of you "Gear Heads" will get a laugh at this one.. I was initially not going to tell my little story here, but it has a happy ending, so I decided to quaff my dignity and fire off a little tale for you guys.. Feel Free to make fun at anytime!!

I am by no means a mechanic (which some of you already know), but I do have the utmost desire to complete as many of the mods I do to my Jeep by myself. So far, I have completed the AEM Intake, Stereo System, and the Highrock Tire carrier (which included drilling holes in the body) without major complications. I am color blind, so the Stereo was somewhat difficult, but with some very minor help, I was able to finish! Nothing to really write home about, but a guy with little or no experience, I will continue drinking my cool aide!

So, I finally decided on the next mod which was to be the Banks Monster Exhaust.. I spoke with several people (namely Banks) who said it is a very simple bolt-on application which requires no welding whatsoever. I also watched a nice "write-up" indicating the easy of installation.. :rofl:

OK, I ordered the exhaust and it came just before I was forced to leave for Vegas on business.. I reluctantly opened the box to find a "beefy" tube and what seemed to be a job that I could tackle.. The trip to Vegas couldn't have gone by any slower as I just mainly day-dreamed about installing that bad-boy! I returned home to basically throw my garment bag in the room and hit the garage floor.. To my dismay, the bolts which connect the CAT to the Muffler were backwards (at least in my world they were backwards) and almost inaccessible without pulling the skid plate.. I was full of piss-n-vinegar, so I decided that I would remove the skid plate and just tackle it from there.. This is where things got a little dicey.. To reiterate a previous statement "I AM NOT A MECHANIC," but I was determined to remove that skid plate.. My saving grace here was that I had the where-with-all to place a box underneath the skid plate because I had no idea how heavy she was to be.. I loosened that last bolt on the Driver side and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed what appeared to be the entire underbelly of my baby falling down.. I damn near crapped my self, but was able to hold the plate with my foot and re-install the remainder of the bolts..

Moral of the story: Don't be afraid to make fun of yourself and if you are a noob like me; find a mechanic!

The good news: I made a new mechanic friend who first laughed at me and then promptly installed my new exhaust welded up and all! The systems sounds incredible, but I haven't had it long enough to give a real "write-up" on any performance gains.. I did notice that my intake seems to suck a little quicker in the throttle when compared to the stock exhaust! I got a killer deal on the exhaust as well!!

I feel a little better now!
Timber!

dbbd1 11-04-2008 07:55 PM

All's well that ends well, right? If you are not learning, you're dead.

ROLYAK 11-04-2008 08:31 PM

Don't feel bad, I had 29 years of Diesel mechanic experience and I had no idea that the skid plate is also the rear motor mount!:doh:

Luckily nothing was damaged!:D

jgano23 11-04-2008 08:39 PM

i would just like to say bravo. most people just look at a job and say, "nah, i'll get someone else to do it" the only way to learn is to get in there and do it yourself. live & learn. you get an "A" for effort!

Timberman 11-05-2008 09:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ROLYAK (Post 279452)
Don't feel bad, I had 29 years of Diesel mechanic experience and I had no idea that the skid plate is also the rear motor mount!:doh:

Luckily nothing was damaged!:D

You can say that again! I would have just hated myself if I had damaged my beloved Jeep due to ignorance!

I can usually perform routine maintenance without major difficulties on most vehicles, but I get a little too excited with my Jeep.. I also hate bothering my Mechanic Brother-in-law with remedial "BS." I will most definitely consult him before I attempt anything mechanical in the future..

Mike

GrnTJ 11-05-2008 10:47 AM

Lol, good thing you caught it in time. Glad it went in easy after you made your new buddy and I hope you report back on how it sounds and performs later on. I've never heard of a header makeing that much difference in Jeep's but I hope you enojoy it and Im sure it rumbles a bit better.

MOz 11-05-2008 11:04 AM

Good to see things worked out. I'd suggest spending $10 and buy Haynes manual and keep it near the crapper. While you're multi-tasking, you can read ahead through your next repair and avoid any issues (or prevent catastrophes). Many years ago, my friend's brother (also a friend of mine) was pinned under a tranny and was killed.

Some mistakes are cheap and some last forever.

GrnTJ 11-05-2008 04:26 PM

Sorry about the loss MOz. When your doing projects like this where your uder the vehicle you always gotta remeber to exercise caution and try to have someone there helping you or just to make sure everything is ok. It could have deff. ended up no laughing matter and Im glad you are ok.

Triple88a 11-05-2008 05:50 PM

yes isnt that funny? the guts of the wranglers are held in place by the skid plate..

Simply remove the 4 bolts in the middle, put a jackstand or something under the rear driveshaft to hold it up, then loosen the 6 tcase bolts and have a person help you... the skid is about 50-60 lb i think.. once you get it off, put another jack stand under the tranny mount to keep it up.. :)

Honestly, the forum is your best source for stuff.. most general mechanics do not know the unique key stuff that has to be done..

2 years ago, i had my rear brakes replaced at a shop (winter is not the best time to replace pads outside).. the guy ripped the gaskets on both calipers when trying to compress them. Well Mazda specifically made a screw that you turn to retract the pistons so you do not have to use the biggest c clamp you can find in your shop. I asked at the forum and wallah, a week later the parts came in and i had brakes again.

Timberman 11-07-2008 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 279881)
yes isnt that funny? the guts of the wranglers are held in place by the skid plate..

Simply remove the 4 bolts in the middle, put a jackstand or something under the rear driveshaft to hold it up, then loosen the 6 tcase bolts and have a person help you... the skid is about 50-60 lb i think.. once you get it off, put another jack stand under the tranny mount to keep it up.. :)

Honestly, the forum is your best source for stuff.. most general mechanics do not know the unique key stuff that has to be done..

2 years ago, i had my rear brakes replaced at a shop (winter is not the best time to replace pads outside).. the guy ripped the gaskets on both calipers when trying to compress them. Well Mazda specifically made a screw that you turn to retract the pistons so you do not have to use the biggest c clamp you can find in your shop. I asked at the forum and wallah, a week later the parts came in and i had brakes again.

I did exactly that.. I removed the 4 bolts in the middle, then the bolts on the frame rails.. I will most definitely consult the "Book of Armorments" that the Jeep Wrangler Discussion carries before my next project.. MOST DEFINITELY!


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