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Old 12-31-2013, 07:11 PM
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Atlas Tcase and Skid Plate

Hey Guys,

First, does anybody know the factory transmission skid plate drop distance?

I've got an atlas 2 inbound and have read I'm going to have to modify the transmission plate on my 95 yj. Sounds like a pretty minor mod, but I'm thinking their might be a better skid plate out there. I've found some that are 1.5" 2" and 3" drop.

Any body tried a Throttle down plate, or something else. I can't belly tuck up anymore, due to the 6speed I have installed, and if anything might have to drop a 1/2 inch or so.


Thanks for any input

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I installed an Atlas-II 5.0 in my POS about 7 1/2 years ago.

All I did in preparation was install a 1" BL and 1" MML and used the stock skid at the time. It was stupid easy to install.


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Old 01-01-2014, 09:44 AM
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Ha, aside from the Atlas, I'd swear that was a pic of under my jeep. Same paint, same MORE traction bar.

I don't want to Body Lift, which in turn means I can MML. Did you lift the Transmission off the skid, or is that the stock Trannsmission Mount?

Looks great!

How did your driveshafts work out? I've got a little longer than stock front and a Tom Woods CV to Slip Yoke on my 231 in the rear?

thanks for the info.
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When first installed like you see in my pic, I reused the stock tranny mount and made no changes to the stock skid at the time.

The Atlas is slightly shorter to the rear than the NP231 with an M.I.T. SYE kit I removed, so I lengthened the rear shaft myself ~1.5" if I remember correctly.

The front drive shaft needed to be shortened by ~2" so I shortened it myself too.

For the AX-15 boot, I went to a local auto parts store & got a generic shift boot & installed that alongside the Atlas twin stick boot.

I needed to notch the tub for the front shifter ~1" wide X ~3" long so that the shift lever doesn't contact the tub. Friends were assisting with the install & one of them had installed several Atlas' in YJ's CJ's and TJ's. We cut & used a small piece of sheet metal & screwed it to the tub so that the Atlas shift boot & generic shift boot filled all the gaps from removing the stock boot.

The notch is on the left here:



Here's how the shifters & boots turned out:

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