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May 21, 2007

Jeep Repairs

Pictures of the latest Jeep trip are up in the photo gallery. I have set an account up so that the folks that go jeeping with me can post their pics to the trips section. Waiting on more pics including the one of me winching myself over the rocks that caused the damage.

Damage Totals are as follows:

Not the worst way to spend a Saturday, but we had some major problems. First, the exhaust flange bolts where the exhaust manifold connects would not come off. Not only that, but they are in a disasterous location. Second, we had to loosen the exhaust at the cat to get enough clearance to remove the pan. Third, we had to remove the starter. No big deal on that. But here is the kicker--Quadratec sent me a bad oil pan with a huge hole in it. And I ain't talking about the drain plug.

So there we are trying to find a new oil pan at 4:00 PM on a Saturday with my entire Jeep torn apart. Thankfully we were able to get one at Moore Jeep before they closed. The oil pan skid is ready to bolt on, but I cannot get the Lower Control Arm nut off without an impact wrench. Gotta do that then drill three holes and the underside of the Jeep will be much closer to bulletproof.

It is kinda nice to work on the Jeep and certainly fun to do it with my dad. The Jeep has some nice dings underneath, but nothing damaging. Just character building. The Skid Plates help a ton and some of them are scratched pretty good. The Transfer Case skid has a nice big dent in it. But it is a Jeep. If your Jeep doesn't have some dings, scratches, and dents underneath, you ought to consider owning a minivan that gets better mileage or an H2 with 24" rims for driving around town. They are rigs for offroad, not for sissies.

Posted by Justin at May 21, 2007 05:45 PM


It's expected to have minor to major damages of your jeep when you've just gone to some adventure off roads specially on those rocky trails. Even a damaged Jeep starter would cost a few so just prepare for the expenses.

Posted by: jeeplad at May 22, 2007 07:37 PM

Looks like you had some fun! Ring me up next time so I can tag along.

My only question is: "Why didn't you have a tranny skid plate in the first place???"

I'm honestly surprised.

Posted by: Erich at June 18, 2007 10:37 PM

Talked about it in the previous jeeping entry the week before. I was kinda pissed to say the least that 4wheelers didn't A. tell me they removed it or B. tell me that Skid Row made one that worked even though the Warn that I ordered wouldn't fit.

When I did the suspension lift, the factory tranny skid plate interferes with the new driveshaft angle for the front axle. So what does one do when that happens? Well, the folks at Four Wheelers simply removed the skid and didn't tell me. I ordered a Warn tranny / oil pan skid when I did the lift, but they told me that the Warn wouldn't fit a Rubicon. They neglected to recomment the Skid Row skid plate that would.

Posted by: Justin B at June 19, 2007 01:34 AM