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Dust shield on SM465-Need it?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cj7jeep81, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. cj7jeep81

    cj7jeep81 1/2 ton status

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    I'm finishing up my v8 swap in my Jeep (I know, but I do have two other chevy trucks). The SM-465 I bought didn't have a cover over the bottom part of the bell housing, so that's exposed. Will that be a problem? I've got the dust shield that came off the orinigal SR-4 transmission in the jeep, and it looks like it might bolt up (but would be a pain since its all put together in the jeep).

    Thanks!
     
  2. resurrected_jimmy

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    You really ought to put a dust cover on there, your clutch will be much happier esp if you see water and mud. I have seen clutches disabled by sticks getting jammed up in there because of no cover
     
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    This thread just reminded me I dont have a shield on mine :o
     
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    same here lol. anyone know the bolt size/thread pitch down there?
     
  5. pvfjr

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    I think they're 1/4-20, off the top of my head. Should be four of them, maybe 1/2" long. Do yourself a favor and wait till it's time to change the oil. Much easier to install without an oil filter in the way.
     
  6. BROKEN-ONE

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    where to get one ?

    i have been looking for one for a while can not seem to find one , looked on e-bay , local yards ,and such . any ideas ?
     
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    I went through the same things. All the trucks in the yards were either autos, or already had it missing. I just broke down and went to the dealer.
     
  8. MattK

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    it's just a flat plate isn't it? pretty thin? you could probably cut it out of sheetmetal available at the hardware store.
     
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    Nah, it's not completely flat. It's been stamped out. I'm not sure how easy it would be to make one. I had one that was only slightly tweaked once, and it rubbed the flywheel making an awful noise. So there may or may not be much room for error. For me, it wouldn't be worth the trouble to make one.
     
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    ah i see. cant be too pricey i suppose.
     
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    I think it was around $15 or so. You could probably make one if you really wanted to, but I wouldn't want to crawl under my truck that many times to check fit.
     
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    does any one have pics of there shields??
     
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    found one

    i took the advice , and called the dealership , and they are able to still get these shields . the part number is 340254 ,:laugh: thanks for all the info and help .
     
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    I bent the one in mine bashing through a large hole off road. Sounded like a dang rod knock. Mine actually had a ring that went around the starter nose that required the starter to be removed to get the shield out. Since mine was thrashed anyway I just cut it to remove it.

    I'm not a big mud fan anyway so I'm not too worried about it.
     
  15. cj7jeep81

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    so to put it on do you just remove the starter? the one on my jeep transmission shared a couple of the tranny to bell housing bolt holes, so you would have to seperate the two to put it on.
     
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    Yeah, the starter nose pokes through a hole in the cover. So you have to pull the starter, install the cover, then stick the starter through the cover and bolt it back in. Unless you want to chop up the cover so it doesn't go around the starter.
     
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    thanks, pulling the start isn't a big deal. i was just afraid of seperating teh engine and tranny. wouldn't be worth if if i had to do that.
     
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    over

    i thought the sheild went over the rear dowel pins between the flywheel and the tranny ...
     
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    Not mine. Besides, what kind of inspection cover would require you to pull the tranny first?
     
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    the kind jeep used between the 151 4 cylinder and the sr-4
     

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