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Re: YJ skid plate removal for exhaust work
You could concievably do the exauhst work with the skid plate in place, but getting it down will make your life much easier. As far as it being a PITA, it's really not that bad... just support the trans at both ends. Soak the 6 bolts down with PB blaster, shock the bolts, etc. When you go to remove the bolts, do it gingerly. There are 2 possible ways to mess up here: #1 you could brake the nut above the bolt that sits down on the frame rail loose, and the bolt & nut would turn together, or of course #2 you could just snap the head right off.