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Hey guys, I'm Eric, from Extreme Terrain. We're gonna give you a quick review and install of this RedRock 4x4 Exhaust Spacer Kit fitting all 2012 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JKs. Now, these exhaust spacers, as you can see right here, are essential for the JK owner out there who's putting two and a half inches or more of lift onto their Jeep. And the reason why that's essential is because your front dry shaft will droop down and make contact with the Y-pipe on your exhaust, not only possibly damaging your exhaust, but also damaging the rubberized boot that is around the axle.Now, these spacers will lower down the Y-pipe to avoid making that contact with the drive shaft, which is a good thing to avoid any damages and it's really essential if you're lifting your Jeep. Made from aluminized steel, this kit currently comes in right around $75. As far as the installation goes, it's pretty straightforward. We're gonna show it to you here in a second. Give yourself about two hours' time to get this job done, which I'm giving about two wrenches out of three on our difficulty meter. The reason why I'm giving it two out of three wrenches is because you might need to make some adjustments elsewhere in your exhaust system in order to create the space needed to get the spacer in between the flanges up here near your catalytic converters.So let's take a look at the couple tools you're gonna need and go ahead with the installation. All right, guys, tools you're gonna see me using in this installation include an exhaust hanger removal tool, electric impact wrench, a pneumatic ratcheting wrench, a pair of 13-millimeter sockets, pair of extensions, 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench, and a short pry bar.Now, if you have a hangar removal tool, guys, go ahead and grab it right now. Otherwise, you could probably get a pry bar up in here and pry this off, but we're gonna undo this rubber isolator from the hangar here so we have a little bit more play in the exhaust because we're probably gonna need to slide this back a little bit in order to get our new spacers in.All right, guys, now, you're looking at the passenger side exhaust here, where it's coming down from our catalyst converter to our Y-pipe. We're gonna be removing these two bolts right here, and I would recommend dousing these with some PB B'laster or some other kind of penetrating oil if these have never been off or it's been a long time since these have been off before. You're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket for both of these. And I have a 12-inch extension here so we can clear our skid plate bar here.All right, guys, now, to go after this bolt up here, the top bolt on that flange, I've got a couple of extensions, a 13-mil socket, and I've got it attached to my pneumatic wrench here, coming in over the top of the exhaust pipe. All right, guys, we're using a 13-mil ratcheting wrench here. I'm able to back this out by hand. We take these exhausts on and off quite a bit here at Extreme Terrain, so we use Anti-Seize on here. Makes it a little bit easier to get them out. You might have a little bit more difficulty with yours, especially if this is the first time these have been removed since factory.All right, guys, now we're back here on the passenger side, two spacers in the kit, the longer one is the one that's gonna go on over here. So now that we've loosened this up, should have enough room just like that. Now, the part that kind of opens wide goes towards the engine. The part that curves around and gets narrow goes into the rear part of the pipe that goes out the back.Now, over here on the driver's side, guys, this is actually the reverse of what we just did on the passenger's side. The part of this flange that kind of opens up wide is gonna be pointing towards the back of the Jeep. And part that kind of gets narrow is gonna fit into the pipe that goes up to the engine. So if you bring your exhaust down a little bit and getting the rear end of the flange in and then insert it into the front end of the pipe, you kind of maneuver it into place just like that. Now, we're gonna get the bolts that come with the kit that are longer and we're gonna cinch these down.All right, guys, now, with one of the bolts and a washer from the kit, get started up top here. Grab a second bolt, get that started in here. Now, as we go to tighten these down, I recommend doing them a little bit at a time so that you're not cinching down one side more than the other. It's gonna cause improper fitment. And you might end up getting a leak here or it's just gonna kind of come loose. So wanna make sure you tighten them up evenly.All right, guys, now for this shot, you may have noticed we readjust our lift, put the lift arm that was here over to here, and got our Jeep back up in the air just so we have a little bit more working room in here. Now, I'm back on the top bolt up there with a 13-mil socket. That's what you're gonna need to tighten down the bolts included in this kit. And I have a couple of extensions and a pneumatic wrench on this.All right, well, before we tighten that up any further, I'm gonna tighten up this other one here just so we can keep it even. All right guys, now, we're gonna move over to the passenger side. All right, guys. Now back here on the passenger's side, go ahead and grab the bolts out of your kit. We're gonna get them started. Make sure your sleeve is staying straight and lined up. You don't want it to kink, turn sideways. If it does that, you might get a leak in the exhaust up here, which we're trying to avoid.So now that you have the bolts started, I have an air ratchet here and a 13-mil socket. We're gonna tighten these up. You're gonna wanna tighten them evenly. You don't want like your bracket here to be kinked sideways because you tightened it way too much on one side and not enough on the other. Again, we're looking for a nice tight fit with our spacer. So I'm just gonna go back and forth a little bit tightening a little bit at a time.All right, that wraps up this really quick look at these RedRock 4x4 Exhaust Spacers for all 2012 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JKs. And of course, for all things, Wrangler, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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