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  • T-case question?

    This is going to sound like a crazy question. When I bought my Jeep it already had a 3" Teraflex lift with the 1" T-case drop. My question is does the T-case connect to the skid plate/cross member in anyway or does the T-case just sit loosely on top of the skid letting gravity do the work?? Your help is greatly appreciated as I have a neat vib driving down the road with the shifter bouncing.

  • #2
    There should be four bolts in the center of your skid plate that connects the transfer case to the plate ...

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    • #3
      There are no bolts holding the skidplate (if you wanna call it that) to the t-case. The t-case is held onto the tranny via 5 studs and nuts, and the 4 bolts are the tranny mount. You only need an additional support if your running a doubler set up.....which wouldn't even be a thought for 98% of the people on this board. Don't worry....it's not going anywhere.

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      • #4
        It may not be going any where, but it sure bounces around a lot.

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        • #5
          Looky what I found. My jeep doesn't have one of these.

          http://www.rockcrawler.com/techrepor...t_tj/index.asp

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          • #6
            OOOPS ... that there could be your problem ... see I knew there was four bolts holding something to something ... problem is your just missing one of those somethings!
            Last edited by Bret; 04-07-2005, 05:16 PM.

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            • #7
              Umm, yeah. That could be why it's flopping around like a wet noodle.

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              • #8
                I managed to find a Transmission mount at Autozone, so I pulled the cross member and replaced it this evening. My cross member was completely different than the one in the write up I linked. My bracket was made so that it kept the 4 exposed bolts up inside the cross member skid. It actually seems like a better design, because there are no bolts to hang up or shear off on rocks. My transmission mount was intact, but definitely in need of replacment.

                On some TJ's there are no bolts exposed, but on some there are. It still didn't fix my vibs , so I guess its back to trying something else. I think I just need to purchase a SYE and be done with it.

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                • #9
                  Bullitt; on the mount design, the bolts and nuts should not be exposed. The only reason for the ones that are exposed; is that the rubber has disappeared; and it becomes metal to metal. There was a design change sometime after the 97, which you and I have; but I'm not sure on the year model. With you still having "vibes"; I would take a very close look a the motor mounts; their "had to be" a lot of stress on them with the tranny mount gone as per above.
                  Last edited by Olt Man; 04-08-2005, 03:58 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Olt Man
                    Bullitt; on the mount design, the bolts and nuts should not be exposed. The only reason for the ones that are exposed; is that the rubber has disappeared; and it becomes metal to metal. There was a design change sometime after the 97, which you and I have; but I'm not sure on the year model. With you still having "vibes"; I would take a very close look a the motor mounts; their "had to be" a lot of stress on them with the tranny mount gone as per above.
                    Thanks, I was out of ideas and probably going to just save up for the SYE, but I hadn't thought of motor mounts. Which motor mounts are recommended? If I get 1" mounts do I have to do a 1" body lift?

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                    • #11
                      Bullitt; on the motor mounts I prefer the OEM rubber, or any others product made out of the same rubber. Poly's are just not forgiving on shock load, and transmit through to the frame and you notice it. When checking your motor mounts; and especially the left side, "drivers side"; this is the one that usually goes first because of the upper torque lift from left to right. I prefer to jack the Jeep up on jack stands, and then use a 6x6 block of wood on the oil pan for lifting the engine upwards to check the fault on the motor mount. Do not use a 2x4 for fear of it splitting a damaging the oil pan. When you have the tension off the motor mount, you can put a long screw driver or small pry bar in there to twist and see if it has split. Also; I would look very close at the u-joints and especially the C/V on the front drive shaft. You will have to take the skid plate off to check it; but it's a good time to grease the C/V "if it's still good" while checking the u-joints, which could also be giving you the vibes. All TJ's should have the C/V greased once a year, or you'll start hearing noise's coming from that area for lack of grease. Good Luck!

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