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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2003, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Engine mount question

Ok here is the deal I bought a mopar injected 83 CJ7 with a 4 lift and 33s about a month ago. I love the damn thing it is so much fun. I owned a Wrangler a few years back and like the CJ just as much if not better. Ok well I noticed that there was a slow oil leak and at first thought it was the rear main seal. After further inspection I found out that it is the valve cover gasket, way easier right? Well I started to tighten up the valve cover, yes it is a good one, a Clifford, and could not get to the rear allen bolt. After comparing my engine to a friends I found that the motor in my rig has been shimmed up about to 1 inch and the transmission/transfer case is dropped about an inch, I assume to make the drive line angles a little better. This is all well and good but I cant get to that rear bolt and the valve cover is very close to the firewall. My question is what would happen if I removed the engine spacers? Does the engine really need to be lifted? Could I get away with just the transmission drop down? Does anyone make aftermarket transmission mounts/skid plate? Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Engine mount question

I feel your pain - or at least I did - when I did my 4.0 head swap, I actually had to drop the engine down an inch or so (removed the motor mounts) to get to the rear valve cover bolt. It's a huge PITA, and even getting that head to drop down on to the block was a challenge (the rear of the head kept scraping up against the firewall. It may be your only option.

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