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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-12-2001, 09:02 PM
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T-18 / skidplate question

When you install a T-18/D-20 in a 79 CJ-5 do you need to modify the skidplate? I am off about a 1/2 to 1 inch lining up the skidpate to the back tapped holes in the frame? Could I have another problem (engine mounts, tran. mount placement)? I thought this would bolt up without modification. The setup came out of a 79 CJ-7. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: T-18 / skidplate question

I did the same exact swap. My skid plate lined up with the back holes, but I had to cut new hole in the skid plate for the tranny mounts which were custom too.

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Re: T-18 / skidplate question

As above, mine lined up with the rear set of holes, but had to drill new holes for the tranny mount bolts.

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Re: T-18 / skidplate question

When you said to drill new holes - would I just slot the existing holes? Or actually drill new holes? It looks like you would end up on the side wall (on an angle - not on a flat surface) of the cavity in the skidplate? Should I just use longer bolts and fender washers to compensate?

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Re: T-18 / skidplate question

I left my skidplate in the stock location...and took a torch to the big "hump" in front, cutting it out...I then made a new tranny mount for the t-18. However, lately, I've built a new tranny crossmember and skidplate...and I think that's a much better expenditure of time and effort than trying to fix the existing skidplate.

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Re: T-18 / skidplate question

Yes you can slot them and use bigger washers, that is what I did, I drilled another hole, then cut out the middles so it was easier to get them to all line up, then big washers.

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