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Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit for 2.5+ in. Lift (12-18 Jeep 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

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    What's in the Box
    • (2) Spacer Flanges
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
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    Questions & Answers (6)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    Is this necessary if using a leveling kit with 2.5" of lift (or more) on the front only, with less lift in the rear?

    • For a 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models equipped with 2.5 or more inches of suspension lift it is recommended as the exhaust piping would come up short and disconnected with that size lift or greater.

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    I'm not planning to lift my jeep. I need to extend my exhaust to level the axle back muffler system. Will it work without lifting the jeep?

    • The Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit will install with or without a lift but we can not guarantee it will give you the ability to level your axle back exhaust.

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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?

    • 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.

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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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    Overall Rating 4.3

    out of 5 stars

    • Fit 4.341317 4.3
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.473054 4.5



    • 4/5

      October 30, 2018

      Worked as described

      A little hard to line up but worked as they needed to

      JP

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 1/5

      October 10, 2018

      Unsatisfied.

      First let me say I was a ASE certified vehicle mechanic for over 20 years. I have since found a different career path, but I still do most of the wrenching on my own vehicles. I only say the above to acknowledge that I have some idea of what I am doing when working on a vehicle. The kit looks like most kits on the internet and I figured how could they mess it up. But Rugged Ridge proved me wrong. The provided bolts did not have enough threaded area to tighten the flanges properly. I tightened all four bolts as far as they would go and I could still wiggle and move the exhaust flanges. I ended up taking all four bolts back out and putting nuts (used as spacers) in between the washer and the head of the bolt to allow me to tighten my exhaust back up. This is the second (and last) product I will ever buy that has the Rugged Ridge's name on it. Needless to say I was unhappy with the other item also. Other than the bolts (which is a major part of this item) the spacers worked as advertised and the instructions were much better than I had received from another Rugged Ridge product.

      Krazy

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 1/5

      October 05, 2018

      problems

      Installer could not get the bolts to fit and the spacers had a problem lining up. Went with another spacer my installer had on hand luckily.

      JoshuaW

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      September 16, 2018

      Easy install

      Easy install just spray a lot of WD-40 depending on how rusty it is

      DustinB

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 2/5

      September 15, 2018

      Returnable item

      These exhaust spacers are not required when ordering the Rugged Ridge 2.5" coil spacer lift kit as the website claims..installed the lift on a 2015 Sahara without exhaust issues.

      jumpmanpz

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      August 28, 2018

      Pretty good for now!

      Seems to be good quality! Even if it seems self control explanatory I still would have thought it would have had some instructions of some kind.

      ZB

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      August 23, 2018

      Good Fit.

      I had these installed. The installer had no problems. And there have been no exhaust leaks. Great deal and must for automatic transmissions.

      BonnyB

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      August 20, 2018

      I need some space

      I did a 3inch lift on my 13 cj and they recommended that you use a spacer and you do. Easy install basic tools and a little wd40.

      Soonerbassn

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      July 19, 2018

      Great

      Not to much to say about this. But have to fill this up with 50 characters. Does what its suppose to do and I am happy with my purchase

      ClayW

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 1/5

      July 13, 2018

      Bolts don't fit!

      Would give it zero if I could. The bolts are too long / the threaded section isn't long enough. I cranked these all the way into the flange up to the last thread and there is still about a half inch of play. Impossible to actually tighten the two flanges around the spacer

      bostonjeep

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      July 10, 2018

      Need torch

      I need to heat them up to get them off l little tougher than I was expecting just took longer than I thought to get old bolts off

      JimW

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      July 02, 2018

      Good Spacer Kit

      I always hate working on exhaust but this kit is easy to install and in you go off road, always better to be safe.

      BrianD

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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 (3)

    • 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

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    • 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

      Helpful (3)

    • 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 (2)

    • 5/5

      April 19, 2018

      jeep jk

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

      PhillipS

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

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