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Moojamboo 04-24-2010 08:20 PM

removing cross member under transmission
hi all,

need to work on exhaust, need to remove cross member under the transmission.

going to use my hydralic floor jack to support transmission, would I be better off putting jack in front of cross member (toward engine), or in back of cross member?



89YJproject 04-24-2010 09:47 PM

When I took mine out I put the jack in front right on the tranny. About 2 inches or so in front of the cross member...

Moojamboo 04-24-2010 09:51 PM

no problems with the support with your jack? Did you have the handle coming out the front, between your engine almost?

Trying to figure out how I am going to do this, never done it before.

Did you loosen the 3 bolts in the center for the trans first, lift, and then do the frame bolts?


89YJproject 04-24-2010 10:00 PM

I had my jeep up on a lift and used a trans jack. but i assume that a floor jack will work just as good if your on the ground. I would just try it were i said, but watch to not put really any pressure on the trans with the jack, just lift it high enough so it touches. I would put the handle under the front axle to wards the front, it may give ya some more working room. The steps I would do(what i did for mine) is to put the jack under and lift until touching the tranny then do the three center bolts, then take out the frame bolts. may be better to have two people one for each side of the frame. If your drooping it yourself just be careful, that cross member can be heavy if it falls on you.

89YJproject 04-24-2010 10:28 PM

I'm not sure but if your using a floor jack you may also want to put a peice of wood between the jack and the trans, it may be a bit more stable. but remeber you dont want alot of pressure you'll break somthing... Just take your time with it. And try to get a buddy to help you with the project...

Moojamboo 04-24-2010 10:34 PM

I may have to draft a friend to help with the skid plate, but lets say I can't - how would I get it to the cross member off/down/out of the way if working by myself? How would I be able to get it back up to bolt it on?

thanks for the help all,


89YJproject 04-24-2010 10:38 PM

umm, well by yourself it'll be hard. but if you have another jack or could borrow one that would be just like having a second person... just keep the second jack up against the cross member and take out all the bolts and release the pressure out of the jack to lower it, then do the same to put it back. thats the easiest way I can think of...

Snuffy115 04-25-2010 01:14 AM

You will likely need a torch to get the skid plate bolts out. They are likely to be well rusted in place.

89YJproject 04-25-2010 01:42 AM

he may have a chance on getting them out on his own... mine is an 89 and they came out fairly easily... just put some kind of grease on them when u reinstall it...

89YJproject 04-25-2010 01:51 AM

the night before or a couple nights before you plan on taking it off just soak the bolts with WD-40. that might help you out.

Moojamboo 04-25-2010 07:34 AM

thanks for the help all, I am going to work on soaking them / getting them moving, and then get a friend to come over for the actual take off / put on of the skid plate.


birdhunter 04-25-2010 08:07 AM

use PB plaster works alot better then wd
let them soak
use some wood with floor jack

89YJproject 04-25-2010 11:34 AM


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