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Rough Country Dual Outlet Performance Axle-Back Exhaust with Black Tips (18-23 2.0L or 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JL)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, guys. I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. As you just heard and saw, in this video, we're gonna be doing a review and installation of the Rough Country Dual Outlet Performance Axle-Back Exhaust with Black Tips for all '18 and later Jeep Wrangler JLs with the 2.0-liter gas engine and the 3.6-liter gas engine. Now, I think this muffler replacement is really gonna appeal to the Wrangler owner out there who wants to add an aggressive sporty appearance to their rear end, as well as a throatier, more aggressive sound to their exhaust note. And this Rough Country dual-outlet exhaust delivers on both counts. As you probably just heard, I would break this at roughly a three out of five on our wake-the-neighbor loudness meter. It's not overly aggressive. It's not gonna blow out your eardrums, but it is definitely more noticeable. It has a lot more character than your stock exhaust.Now, when we took this out for a road test, it really came alive as we went up to the red line. That's where the personality of this exhaust kind of really presented itself. As we were just cruising down the road at regular speeds, it wasn't a whole lot more noticeable than your factory exhaust, to be quite honest, so you're not gonna get any negative drone in there, and you're really not gonna notice a whole lot of difference. And especially if you're running mud-terrain tires, or all-terrain tires like we have on this Jeep, that noise is kind of there, competing with that exhaust. So you're really not gonna notice it too much under just average driving conditions. And then, when we're coming down to a stop sign or a stoplight, there is a little bit of a throaty burble down low or at idle, which is kind of a nice little personality as well.So, overall, it's not a drastic change from your factory exhaust, but it is a definite improvement. Now, this kit from Rough Country is made from 409 stainless steel tubing, as well as dual-wall 304 stainless out here at the tip. And, of course, the entire unit is coated in a durable, high-temperature-resistant black finish. Now, with the pricing, guys, as is the case with a lot of products from Rough Country, they're very competitively priced. No difference here. This unit right now is coming in under $375, which makes it very competitive compared to other axle-back muffle replacements out there that are gonna give you a more tuned, throaty exhaust note, as well as a more aggressive appearance. Now, as far as the installation goes, guys, nothing overly complicated here. I'm giving it a basic one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, with some basic hand tools, and maybe get your hands on a hanger removal tool. You should be able to get this job done well under two hours.One issue we did have during the installation, as you'll see later in this video, is that this tucks in very high and tight to your bumper, so much so that we had to remove the factory tow hook that's on the driver's side of the rear bumper. So, just keep that in mind. If that's not something you wanna get rid of, you might wanna come up with an alternate solution, like get a larger rubber hangers for your muffler, or, it really isn't a consideration. If you have an off-road bumper on your Jeep already that already has recovery points as part of it, then you no longer have that factory tow hook there. So, with that said, let's take a look at the tools we're gonna use and go ahead with the installation.Okay, guys, the tools we're gonna use for this installation, it's good to grab a can of PB B'laster or similar penetrating oil. We're gonna use a exhaust hanger removal tool, a 13-inch ratcheting wrench, 17-millimeter, 15-millimeter, and 13-millimeter deep-wall sockets, a 6-inch extension, and our electric impact wrench. And working underneath cars and spraying lubricants around, it's a good idea to have some eye protection.Okay, now we have our Jeep up on a lift so we can give you a good shot at what we're gonna do under here. Basically, I'm gonna be removing this entire muffler all the way back to the first clamp that connects this rear section to the rest of your exhaust. To disconnect that, there's gonna be one clamp back there and two brackets, one here, and one here. It's actually easier to remove those brackets and drop this down than to get a hanger removal tool in there to release the muffler from the rubber hangers. It's really tight in there. And we're gonna show you how to do that right now.All right, guys. I have my electric impact gun here, and I have a 15-millimeter deep-well socket on it. It's a little tight, but get it up in here. All right, guys. Now I have a 13-millimeter deep-well socket and an extension on my impact wrench. Just kind of fish it up in there. We're gonna go after the top bolt on that bracket. I think you're technically seeing the backside of it right now. I'm gonna go after this bolt right here. I got a 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench.All right, now we're gonna go to the other side. All right, guys, again, the same thing as the driver's side over here on the passenger side, a 13-millimeter socket. All right, guys. We've wiggled everything loose and taken out all the hardware holding these clamps, so just go ahead and pull your muffler away. All right, guys. Now we have our factory muffler off of our Jeep Wrangler, and I wanted to throw up here on the table and show you side by side a nice comparison to the Rough Country unit that we're gonna be installing today. Now, obviously, the two selling points of this new muffler are those dual exits. That's gonna give you a nice sporty look, and obviously, a much sportier growl or sound to your exhaust. I mean, let's face it, the stock exhaust that comes on your JL Wrangler is pretty tame. In fact, you probably don't even notice it most times, especially if you have off-road tires on your Jeep. The other nice thing is that you're getting this nice matte black finish, and this thing looks just tired and old, and we don't even have that many miles on our Jeep. So, the sporty appearance and the sporty sound is really what you're getting with this new unit from Rough Country. So let's go ahead and get it installed.All right. We're gonna go take this hanger off. You have a tool like this, it's perfect for the job. Otherwise, you might be able to do this with, like, a wrench. If they're real stubborn for you, give them a shot of PB B'laster in there to loosen it up, but otherwise, it'll come right out. We'll transfer it over to the new unit in a second. All right, guys. Now, if you notice, these are pointing outward, whereas your factor bumper's pointing inward. No big deal, but this little tip here is a little bit bigger than the factory one, so I did add a little bit of lubrication to this, to get it to go on a little bit better. Gonna do the same thing on the other side. And then all we got left is to add this clamp to the pipe. You do get a fresh clamp with this kit from Rough Country, and to orient it properly, make sure that the nut is pointing down on the outside of the pipe. That'll maximize easy access to it when we're mounting it up.All right, guys. Now that you have all this set up, I got the muffler here, and I grabbed a couple of bolts in my other hand. We're gonna go ahead and start this on the rest of the factory pipe, and once we get that kind of lined up, then I'm gonna start a couple of these bolts just by hand. All right, guys. Now, as we're trying to get our Rough Country muffler fitted up in here and get the brackets tightened up, we realize that we're bumping into the factory tow hook right here. So, right now, I'm gonna go ahead and remove this. Just be aware that if your Jeep looks like this on the underside, that tow hook is integral to also these bolts up here that are holding your bumper to the frame. So I'm gonna go ahead and take these out first, and this one up here last. You probably have two bolts on your Jeep. Our Jeep only has one up top here.All right, now that we have it started and loosened up here, guys, there's just one bolt left. We're gonna loosen that out with an air ratchet. I'm also gonna brace with my other hand, the bumper and the tow hooks, so they don't fall down when this bolt comes out. Now I'm gonna replace the bolt holding the bumper up. All right, guys. Now with that tow hook out of the way, this does slide up in there much nicer. All right. And we'll tighten that down with the tool. All right, now we're gonna go ahead and start the top bolt on this side here, and I'm gonna get in there with a 13-millimeter socket. And now that that's tightened up, I'm gonna go ahead and tighten this one down. Then go ahead and repeat those same two steps on the passenger side.All right, guys. And the last step to our installation is we're gonna tighten up the bolt on this clamp here. I'm gonna use a 15-millimeter socket. All right, guys. That wraps up this review and installation of the Rough Country Dual Outlet Performance Axle-Back Exhaust with Black Tips, for all '18 and later Jeep Wrangler JLs. And, of course, for all things Wrangler, keep it right here at

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      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Throaty, Aggressive Growl
      • Improves Exhaust Flow
      • Chambered Muffler
      • Mandrel-Bent, 16 Gauge 409 Stainless Steel Tubing
      • Dual Wall 304 Stainless Steel Black Exhaust Tips with RC logo
      • Direct Bolt-On Upgrade
      • Fits 2018-2023 2.0L or 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JL Models


      Aggressive Sound. Rough Country Dual Outlet Performance Axle-Back Exhaust Systems are specifically tuned to improve exhaust flow giving your JL Wrangler maximum performance on or off-road. This Dual Exhaust System has an aggressive, throaty growl that will put a smile on your face every time you hit the gas pedal.

      Quality Construction. Rough Country proudly manufactures their Axle-Back Exhaust systems from mandrel-bent premium grade, 16-gauge 409 stainless steel tubing for excellent exhaust flow and enduring corrosion resistance. This system features a high flow, 409 stainless, chambered muffler along with dual wall 304 stainless steel exhaust tips that are coated in a high temp resistant black finish.

      Direct Bolt-On Installation. Rough Country engineered their Axle-Back Exhaust to be a direct bolt-on upgrade replacement. This Dual Outlet Exhaust System will easily bolt straight up to the factory piping without any cutting, modifications or special tools required for an easy straight forward installation.

      Application. This Rough Country Dual Outlet Performance Axle-Back Exhaust with Black Tips is designed to fit 2018-2023 2.0L or 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JL models.



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      • (1) Exhaust Assembly with Exhaust Tips

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