Here's a pic of all the hardware you will need
Loosen but do not remove your transmission mount nuts
Place a floor jack underneath your transfer case skid plate and then loosen the 6 bolts securing it to the frame rails
Slide in your washers and thread in your new bolts
Make sure you use a washer in between your bolt heads and the skid plate
Jack up your skid plate and torque down your bolts
Got Vibes? Drop Your Transfer Case Skid Plate
(1997-2002 Jeep TJ Wrangler)

Let me just start off by saying that every Jeep is different. I don't know why that is but they are.... well, except for the fact that they will just empty every pocket of money that is :) Anyway, if you just got done installing a small lift like a 2" Budget Boost, there's a chance that you will have drive line vibrations or vibes as many like to call it. These vibes are caused by your drive line angles being off. Now, if you installed a bigger 3"+ lift, I would recommend installing a SYE/CV drive shaft. However, being that you just installed a "budget boost", I'm gonna guess that cash isn't something you want to be throwing more of at your Jeep. Well, here's your budget solution you've been looking for.... drop your transfer case skid plate. It isn't beautiful but it will work, it's cheap and easy to do.

What You Will Need

• 6 - 1/2"x2" Grade 8 Bolts (Coarse Thread)
• 24 (or more as needed) 1/2" Grade 8 Washers
• 3/4", 1/2" or 13mm Sockets
• Ratchet
• Torque Wrench
• Floor Jack


1. Park your Jeep on level ground and then using a 1/2" or 13mm socket, loosen but do not remove the 4 bolts securing the transmission mount to your transfer case skid plate.

2. Next, slide a floor jack under the middle of your transfer skid plate and jack it up till it's pushing on the skid just a bit. I used a 2x4 in between the jack and skid plate to distribute the load better.

3. Using a 3/4" socket (NOTE: 2003+ TJ's use metric bolts), loosen but do not remove the 6 bolts securing your transfer case skid plate to the frame rails.

4. Now, go to the side of your Jeep that the jack handle is on and carefully lower your floor jack just a bit, enough so that a wide enough gap appears between the frame rail and skid plate for you to work with. One by one, remove a bolt and replace it with one of the new grade 8 bolts you bought and how ever many washers you need. I would start off with 3 per bolt. Also be sure to place a washer at the bottom so that it makes contact with the skid plate and not the bolt head.

5. Jack up the skid plate and tighten the bolts finger tight, move to the other side of your Jeep and repeat step #4.

6. Once all the bolts and washers are on, torque your transfer case skid plate mounting bolts to 55 ft. lbs.

7. Climb under your Jeep and secure your transmission mount bolts to 45 ft. lbs. of torque.

8. Take your Jeep out for a spin. If you still have some vibes. Add another washer or two.

That should be it! Now save up for some motor mount lifts so you can regain your belly clearance. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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