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Skidplate nuts spinning in frame.
I just swapped the T-case in my 87 YJ and when I was taking the skitplate bolts off I spun one of the nuts that's welded inside the frame. Luckly, it was only one at the front corner and I was able to swing the plate out of the way outside the jeep.
If it had been more that one I would have been out of luck. Last week a co-worker had to have the clutch replaced in his TJ and the mechanic spun all of the nuts during dis-assembly. He cut windows in the frame rails and welded the nuts from turning. He then welded the plates back in and ground them smooth.
Is this an acceptable way to do this or is there an easier or better way to fix this problem?
I was able to remove the skidplate and used a lot of Never Seize when I re-assembled it, but I think that another nut spun when I was tightning it down. I don't think that I'll be able to get it out and I definately can't remove the pan to put a T-case lowering kit in when I add a lift kit.
If anyone has any ideas or experience with this problem I would appreaciate it.