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Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit for 2.5+ in. Lift (12-18 Wrangler JK)

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Features, Videos & Details

  • For 2.5 Inches of Lift or Greater
  • Steel Construction
  • No Permanent Exhaust Modification
  • Excellent Fit
  • Hardware Included
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • Fits 2012-2018 JK Wranglers Models

Review & Installation Video

I'm Ryan from and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit, fitting all 2012 to 2016 JKs. This is for those of you who have two and a half inches of lift or more on your JK and go off-road with the front sway bars disconnected and are in the need of a little bit more clearance between the drive shaft and the exhaust. These will move the exhaust and give you that additional clearance, so even at full droop and full articulation, the drive shaft boot won't contact the exhaust, causing it to melt and shorten the life of your drive shaft. This is a really simple part but it gets the job done at a low price. As far as construction goes, these are a really simple part. They're just two pieces of flared exhaust tubing and the hardware you need to get them installed. All this does is go between two sections of your exhaust to give you a little bit of extra clearance where you need it. Getting these installed is pretty simple, but you might run into a couple of minor hiccups. Those of you guys who have worked on exhaust in the past know that it can get really rusty, especially if you're in the Rust Belt like we are, or if you take your Jeep off road and it takes in mud all the time. I would definitely recommend soaking the bolts that hold the clamps together well in advance of getting started, with a good penetrating oil. That'll definitely speed up the process. The other issue that you might run into is once you have those bolts removed, getting enough space between the header and the Y-pipe to put these spacers in. It can be a little a little bit tight down there, but if you have some patience, you'll be able to get it done. So again, once you get rid of the two bolts that are holding the Y-pipe onto the header, you can use a large pry bar to give you enough space to put the spacer in. After that, it's just a matter of replacing the factory bolts with the longer ones that come in this kit, and you're done. I'd give yourself about an hour for this job, because like I said, you're probably gonna to have to wrestle with the exhaust a little bit, whether you have rust or not. As far as tools, all you need is a socket set, but some of the bolts can be a little bit difficult to get to, so I'd also recommend having some extensions and possibly a universal. As I said, and as you can see, this is a really simple part, and that's okay. It really doesn't need to be any more complicated than this, and in my opinion, these are priced exactly where they should be. I've seen exhaust spacer kits that are more expensive, and they're a very similar design, and I honestly don't know why they cost what they cost. If you're in need of an exhaust spacer kit, this is the one to go with. So Rugged Ridge suggests that you install one of these if you have two and a half inches of lift or more, and you go off road, again with the sway bars disconnected and you need that additional clearance. And that's definitely a good rule of thumb. But if you've installed the lift and you check your clearance and you don't have a problem, then maybe you don't need to install this kit. If you have shorter shocks, for instance, you might not have the clearance issue. However if you do have that clearance issue and you need a little bit more space between the exhaust and the drive shaft, this is the kit to purchase. It's simple, it's priced fairly, and it's a fairly easy install, assuming you don't have any rust issues. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit, fitting all 2012 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at

Prevent Damage. If you've added 2.5 inches or more of lift to your 2012-2018 JK , this Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit is a "must have" to prevent problems. Adding lift gives your rig more clearance, enables installation of big, aftermarket tires, but will also create an undesirable situation for your driveline. After lifting, the front driveshaft can easily make contact with the exhaust Y-pipe, resulting in a melted CV boot and endangering the driveshaft. This Spacer kit is designed to prevent this undesirable contact and will greatly extend the life of your Wrangler's driveline.

Construction. Rugged Ridge's Exhaust Spacer Kit comes with a 3 year limited warranty and is made out of high quality steel. Engineered for a precise fit, the spacers shift the Y-pipe backwards and boost the front suspension travel to 5.5 inches or more. No permanent modifications to the exhaust are needed, and the spacers install readily in 2 to 3 hours on the flanges between the Y-pipe and front headers.

Application. This Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit is designed for 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models equipped with 2.5 or more inches of suspension lift.

Fitment: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (2) Spacer Flanges
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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Not required....

I will be returning this extension as it is not even close to being needed. I just installed my 2.5" rough country series 2 lift and it is great, but the extension is NOT needed.

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A must have for lifts

I installed these after adding a 2.5" teraflex lift. It was not to hard but make sure you have good gloves and a pair of safety glasses. You will find your hand banged up and dirt falling in your face ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Do I need these if I replace the front driveshaft with an aftermarket one for example the Yukon driveshaft?


  • No, if you install an aftermarket front driveshaft with your lift you will not need the exhaust spacer as well.


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Can the spacers be installed for a "Trail Rated" Wrangler? I installed a 2.5" Lift and I was going to install the spacer kit (Bought when buying the kit) but my Y pipe is so close to the cross member and guards (Stock) that I think adding the spacers would make them interfere. Has there been any experience with this?


  • The Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit works with all Wrangler Unlimited models with a 2.5" or larger lift installed.

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Does this need to be "50 State Legal with a CARB" number since it is just a small extension? If so, does it have a CARB number? If the Rugged Ridge ones does not, do any of the other spacer kits have a CARB number?


  • Hello, this Spacer kit is not required to be Carb Legal.


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  • Bang For Your Buck 4.540741 4.5

  • 1/5

    August 31, 2016

    Not required....

    I will be returning this extension as it is not even close to being needed. I just installed my 2.5" rough country series 2 lift and it is great, but the extension is NOT needed.


    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 1/5

    March 18, 2017

    Does not install on 17 easily

    I have a 17 jku. The spacers fit but not over how the exhaust is forms while there is no leak so far they dont exactly fit right. The instructions say to remove a weld tab and push the exhaust back further into an exhaust pipe that goes over the top. I had to take this to an exhaust shop. They had to heat it up redicoulous hot to get it to move into the other pipe. This is not as advertised for the 17


    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 1/5

    August 09, 2016

    Bolts too long

    The only issue was all 4 bolts where too long other than that everything worked great


    Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 5/5

    July 03, 2013

    A must have for lifts

    I installed these after adding a 2.5" teraflex lift. It was not to hard but make sure you have good gloves and a pair of safety glasses. You will find your hand banged up and dirt falling in your face if you don't. Were the right safety gear and the rest is pretty easy.


    Year: 2013Weatherford, OK 73096, USA

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  • 5/5

    October 04, 2017

    Good product

    The item goes on as described and does it's job. I was afraid of losing some power due to it looking like it choked the exhaust down some, but I can't tell any difference in power at all.


    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 3/5

    July 14, 2017

    Install was terrible. Part is great!

    If you live in states where things rust like in NY. DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS WITH OUT THE PROPER TOOLS. I thought this would be a 20 minute job. Boy was I wrong took 3 hours, first off the bolts will probably snap and the nut is pressed into the hole so you most likely will need an air hammer and maybe a torch to get the nut off the flange. Doing this laying on my back in the street I didn't have access to an air hammer so I tried a hammer and chisel, cutting the tops off and drilling, cursing, tons of PB blaster I ended up having to use my cordless hilti and a chisel stuffed in it to get the old nut out. Also had to cut the exhaust clap on the main pipe off because that bolt was seized solid, that was the easy part though. This package dosnt come with new nuts so I had to now drive my jeep to the ACE up the street open at the Y pipe but after all the cursing and fighting once I got the new nuts it went right together in 20 minutes


    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    March 16, 2017

    Spacer kit is a must

    Great materials and super easy installation! You're going to need it for your lift kit!


    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    January 06, 2017


    Simple to install. Bolts are to long. The shorter bolts (8-80m) worked perfect for the passenger side. I went out and purchased 8-70m bolts for the driver side. Otherwise you will have to use several extra washers.


    Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 4/5

    November 29, 2016

    Simple product, good results

    Great price for a great product, they do the job well. Only problem was the bolts were too long. I had to use extra washers so these bolts would get the exhaust tight.


    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    October 11, 2016

    Simple and Easy

    I installed a 4 inch rough country lift on my 2016 Wrangler Unlimited and I had to install this. The install was pretty easy and there were no problems with it. Great piece for the price!


    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    September 21, 2016

    as described

    Installed with a lift kit, worked good to give me the little extra clearance I needed. I did end up needing to put extra washers on due to the threads on the screws not going quite far enough. Glad I purchased this though so as to keep my exhaust offofmy front drive shaft.


    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    August 31, 2016


    Had to cut the old exhaust bolts off so I could not use the old nuts had to go out and get new ones because they did not come with them. other wise the product is awesome it gives the clearance you need after installing a lift for the exhaust against the front drive shaft


    Year: 2012Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    March 24, 2016

    Driveshaft will thank you

    These helped allowing just enough room for my driveshaft boot to not touch anymore. Making me happy since will cut out either replacing the boot or having to upgrade the driveshaft to early.


    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedKernersville, NC, USA

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  • 5/5

    February 26, 2016

    Must have

    Spacer went on easily and does what it supposed to do. This is a must have for the bigger lifts.


    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedPowhatan, VA 23139, USA

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  • 4/5

    February 02, 2016

    Inexpensive solution for lifts over 2.5 inches

    Less expensive than other brands and works great. The bolts took a little massaging during the install. This kit is cheap insurance for your front CV boot on lifts over 2.5 inches.


    Year: 2016Salem, OR, USA

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  • 5/5

    January 20, 2016

    Product works

    Product is well designed and does what is advertised but on my particular install the bolts for the passenger side where too long and I had to add washers to get proper fit that is why I rated the fit as 4 stars.


    Year: 2016Miami, FL, USA

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  • 4/5

    January 14, 2016

    Exhaust spacer

    Very easy to install. Gives the need room for drive shaft


    Year: 2016Maine

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  • 5/5

    March 13, 2014

    Tougher than I thought

    More than likely if you are reading this then you don't need this spacer, but you have to have this spacer. I gave it a great rating really because it does what it is supposed to for a reasonable price as described. I will say this, though, I figured this was going to be the easiest part of the whole lift install but man was I wrong. I started putting this on at 8am and didn't finish until maybe 11am. Number one, you are more than likely having to climb under your jeep like me because you don't own a shop with a lift. It was cramped. Undoing the 2 bolts on each pipe past the Y junction wasn't so bad. The bolt on the main pipe was a different story. It was a beast. After that, I had a really tough time pushing the main pipe back into itself to shorten it to make room for the spacers. It was nearly impossible due to rust and dirt. I managed to lay on my back and use my feet to push the muffler towards the engine and slide the spacers in. Then, for some reason I couldn't get the spacer on the passenger side tight. I don't know if I swapped the bolts by accident, but they were too long. It literally took me an hour to back one of the bolts back out due to absolutely no space to work. I got one click with each turn of the ratchet. It sucked. I tried all different types of tools but none made it any easier. Once the two bolts were out, I put several washers on it to take up space and put them back in. Needless to say, this wasn't as easy as I figured it would be. I would do 5 lifts before another one of these just because of the frustration of no space to work.


    Year: 2012Sevierville, Tn

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  • 5/5

    May 23, 2013

    Great money saver

    Great product and easy to install. Saved me a money and fits great.


    Year: 2012Devine, TX 78016, USA

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  • 5/5

    July 17, 2017


    Great product if you plan on getting a lift more than 3" in


    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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