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A couple months ago I noticed my mileage suddenly dropped from a reliable 12-13mpg to 10mpg and has stayed at 10mpg ever since. For the life of me I could not figure out WHAT happened to warrant the sudden drop in fuel economy.

Until today.

I was removing my running boards and decided to have a look around (BTW, how important is it that the transmission pan be straight?), and what did I find? Aparently, I hit a rock that decided to come up and hit my exhaust such that the part of the Y pipe going to the driver's side is crimped about half-shut. "So THAT'S why my mileage dropped!" :toothless

Has anyone else done this? Has anyone tried to protect it? (or the transmission for that matter) And can I try tapping it out, or should I just wait it out until I can get a decent Y pipe?
 

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dented pan. Sorry, I'm thinking bodywork terms... It's bolted securely, no leaks, but there's a few nice dents in it.
 

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My y-pipe is dented, and i've got a pretty bad exhaust leak on the passenger side as a result, tweaked the mount and everything, never seen an exaust skidplate before, just figured i need more lift and bigger tires.

Yeller
 

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Most every Bronco I've seen has a skidplate on it.Ford E7TZ 7E005 A,if you don't have one scrounge around the salvage yards, You can add an extension shield where needed under the pan by fabbing a some sheet steel and drilling bolt holes so that the trans is servicable. Depending on the amount of exhaust damage I'd probably just replace that section.
 

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I'd take the time to replace the pan....thats just me though. As picky as these tranny's are, i would just find a used one and put it on.
 

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Got a pic of the plate?

OldYeller, that's exactly what I was thinking! The real irony is I found it the same day I stepped up from 31s to 33s (w00t! Tires bigger than my waist!)

Edit: Good point Rob. Why tempt fate further eh? Do they make tranny skid plates?
 

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BRONCFOOT said:
Most every Bronco I've seen has a skidplate on it..
Are you talking about an exhuast skid or a tranny skid, mine came stock with a tranny skid.

EDIT: or at least the PO fabbed one up, I'll get a pic on here one day, but don't hold your breath.
 

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Oldyeller said:
Are you talking about an exhuast skid or a tranny skid, mine came stock with a tranny skid.

EDIT: or at least the PO fabbed one up, I'll get a pic on here one day, but don't hold your breath.
That's a transfer case skid plate not a transmission skid plate
 

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Okay okay, so no one makes a Y-pipe OR tranny skidplate? Guess I'll have to figure something out then. Any opinions on bolt-on skidplates? I could potentially make one piece or two pieces to cover everything I want down there (leaving everything inaccessable while it's on), but allow it to unbolt for access...
 
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