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Why is there a skid plate under the transfer case?

Jerry Bransford

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There are three support points for the engine/transmission/transfer case assembly. The two motor mounts up front and the transmission mount that is bolted onto the top of the transfer case skid plate.
 
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The skid plate also functions as a cross member that supports the transmission and transfer case.

It does until you get sick of that supporting the trans and Tcase and build a stand alone mount so you can drop the skid for access and maintenance without supporting them. Man I wish I had done it years ago now that I have done it.

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It does until you get sick of that supporting the trans and Tcase and build a stand alone mount so you can drop the skid for access and maintenance without supporting them. Man I wish I had done it years ago now that I have done it.

I'm with you 100%.
I did a tuck with Savvy and getting rid of the shovel was a major improvement!
 
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It does until you get sick of that supporting the trans and Tcase and build a stand alone mount so you can drop the skid for access and maintenance without supporting them. Man I wish I had done it years ago now that I have done it.

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I wished UCF made a separate crossmember instead of incorporating it into their skid plate...
 
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It does until you get sick of that supporting the trans and Tcase and build a stand alone mount so you can drop the skid for access and maintenance without supporting them. Man I wish I had done it years ago now that I have done it.

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I made my own as well. I modeled it after the old 33 Engineering crossmember and skid plate. I love being able to drop the skid plate and work on it without having to jack up the drive train.
 

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It does until you get sick of that supporting the trans and Tcase and build a stand alone mount so you can drop the skid for access and maintenance without supporting them. Man I wish I had done it years ago now that I have done it.

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Looks exposed.

Ever worry about getting bonks and stonks on your TC?
 

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Nope, that's my own creation. Inspired by many around this community.

Your mount appears to allow no rotation of the power train around the torque axis. I would think that after awhile the metal plate that bolts to the TC might fatigue and fail due to this.