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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 ExtremeTerrain.com 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 ExtremeTerrain.com.

    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 2018 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (2) Spacer Flanges
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
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    What would happen if you did not install this spacer kit? I am hearing a loud clicking noise when accelerating from a stopped position. Could this be the cause?

    TaylorW

    • Without an Exhaust Spacer, like the Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit for 2.5+ in. Lift, when off roading the factory front driveshaft can easily make contact with the exhaust Y-pipe, resulting in a melted CV boot and endangering the driveshaft. We would suggest taking your Jeep to a shop to have them diagnose the clicking noise.

      XTHelenW

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    Do I need these if I replace the front driveshaft with an aftermarket one for example the Yukon driveshaft?

    EricB

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

      XTHelenW

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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?

    ZachS

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

      Rob D

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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?

    OCdad

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

      XTNunoP

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    Overall Rating 4.3

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    • Fit 4.36129 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.522581 4.5



    • 4/5

      June 03, 2018

      exhaust spacers

      not very clear on how to install had trouble getting them not to leek the bolts that come with are good for one use I hade to adjust them a couple times to get a good tight fit and had to find different bolts

      Les

      Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (1)

    • 3/5

      June 01, 2018

      Exhaust spacer

      The spacers were built nice and good quality but the bolts were to long, not enoph threads I had to get different bolts

      NickW

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      May 15, 2018

      Spacer

      Does exactly what it says! Only thing living in New England bolts were a little tough. Next time I would spray down a day or two before install.

      BigTank

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      May 14, 2018

      Well Made

      While I did not need these for my install, I helped a buddy of mine install these on his JK and the went on well. Seemed to be of good quality. Check to make sure you need them for your lift. On a 2011 JK lift you don't need tem.

      Jim

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      April 26, 2018

      Does what it needs to

      Works like they should, only problem I had installing was I broke the bolt. I'd suggest chasing the threads before installing

      StephenG

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      April 21, 2018

      Quality Product

      Bought for 3.5” RC lift. Product works exactly as described. Factory nuts are integral to the flange. I did have to drill out one of the factory bolts because the head snapped with an impact driver. Had enough thread on new bolt to use a lock nut. I would recommend, but go ahead and grab a few spare nuts for new bolts just in case.

      Tyler

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      April 21, 2018

      Good low cost fix

      worked as described with no issues. I would recommend as a low cost solution when lifting a jk.

      Q

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      April 19, 2018

      jeep jk

      fast ship good experience parts fit perfect for my jeep jk unlimited willys

      PhillipS

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 1/5

      April 16, 2018

      Wasn't needed

      chouldn't even fit in my JK. Not mad about the lift at all as it turned out great but a tad disappointed that they said this product is required and I had not used it.

      jg

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 3/5

      April 13, 2018

      Exhaust rubs skid plate

      Purshcased this exhaust mod on extreme terrain’s recommendation for a three in lift. After doing the install I’m not so sure it was required. The front driveshaft would only touch the exhaust under full front end extension when hanging from the lift. Installation required cutting and grinding a small metal tab that prevent y pipe slide back. This was no simple task and required specialized tools as well as removal of the skid plate. In addition after the mod was installled my exhaust now rested on the mid-body skid plate and made a horrific rattling sound. I had to remove the skid plate and install extra spacers ( not provided) to get the needed clearance. Once installed it is doing what it advertised but I would not recommend this mod if lifting 3” or less.

      BenW

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      April 04, 2018

      Exhaust pipes fit but bolts don’t

      I ordered this for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4 door. The exhaust spacers fit but the bolts do not. They are not threaded long enough. Had to put the small bolts on the longer spacer just to get by. Had to go to town and get some M8 1.25 bolts just long enough to get a few threads in to hold the short spacer. Called support at XT and was told I would have to call Rugged Ridge they could not help me. I will have to order bolts for this product.

      DonG

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      April 02, 2018

      Works great

      This product fits perfectly. Did what it was supposed to do.

      MatthewA

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      March 27, 2018

      Rugged ridge exhaust spacer

      Easy to Install and does what it says it will do and cost less than other spacers.

      CaseyB

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      March 03, 2018

      COOL Rugged Ridge

      I JUST LIFTED MY 2015 JEEP AND ALL THE Rugged Ridge PARTS FIT 100 EASY TO INSTALL LOOKS COOL

      JSDIESEL

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 3/5

      February 22, 2018

      Buy your own bolts

      The bolts they provide you aren't long enough tried every way possible besides that they work good

      JustinD

      Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      February 20, 2018

      Great easy product to install

      Install was very easy. The hardest part is cutting off the tab on the exhaust. If you have an air hammer that is the best and easiest way. Install took 30 minutes and gave the clearance that was needed!

      BradenT

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      January 15, 2018

      Did it's job

      As advertised but the bolts were way too long on the short spacer. Had to use 4 lock washers to make use of the supplied bolts.

      ReyB

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      January 14, 2018

      Botls too long

      Fit great. But the bolts were too long. Thank goodness for Orileys on a Sunday night. 80mm worked for the passenger side and 70mm for the drivers side.

      MarkR

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      December 14, 2017

      Great spacers

      If you lift your Jeep, this is a must. Follow the instructions and you should have no problem with the install. Be sure soak down the hardware, it makes it easier to loosen.

      CKH

      Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      December 09, 2017

      Necessary

      All things seem to checkout. I was required to get this in order to install my 3.5" lift

      JacobJ

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

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