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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
    Tech Specs
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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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    Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.3

    out of 5 stars

    • Fit 4.35461 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.524823 4.5



    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 2/5

      December 01, 2017

      Bolts too long

      Had to give it a 1 star for bang for the buck do to having to go to hardware store and buying $8 worth of new proper sized bolts, ran out of thread before they would tighten up. Fit was fine was just a pain to get them in, as I am sure that would be the case with all brands.

      ScottR

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 2/5

      November 27, 2017

      not as simple as advertised

      I just finished the install of these spacers on my 16 jk. After attempting to complete the install my self i gave up and went to an exhaust shop where they struggled for an hour and a half to get these spacers in. In all the bolts were to long and they had to place nuts on the other side and in order to get the spacers to somewhat seat they had to torch both sides of the pipe repeatedly with high heat. If i had known it was going to be that much trouble i would have just gotten an new exhaust now.

      UMassWrangler

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 1/5

      November 17, 2017

      N/A

      Not needed not needed not needed not needed no need everything fits as stock

      DaveM

      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      November 15, 2017

      Spaced out

      The product does what it is intinded to do. I am 100 satisfied with my purchase. Thanks XT!!!!

      MattB

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      November 09, 2017

      Great

      This is a great kit for its price. But the bolts are the wrong length. Be ready to either use lots of washers or get a different set of bolts

      BrianS

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      November 07, 2017

      Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit

      Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit is easy to install and works well.

      JudeS

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      October 31, 2017

      Had to Replace Hardware

      The hardware supplied ran out of threads before I could tighten the longer (right side) spacer. I got some fully threaded M8 hex bolts from an on-line supplier and could fully tighten the spacers. Adding some copper anti-seize to the threads is a good idea. An set of ratcheting box end wrenches really helps with this install.

      ChandlerGary

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 1/5

      October 10, 2017

      Didn’t need it

      Didn’t need the part even though it was suggested to buy with lift

      BrianH

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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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.

      nate1919

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      September 30, 2017

      2017 JK

      I am a new Jeep owner and this is my first time ordering through this company. It was called with some questions and they where incredibly helpful. I will be looking to this company first for all my jeep need.

      BrianW

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      September 30, 2017

      Didn't need it

      Got it because it was suggested but I don't need it so I never put it in

      CarlaM

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      September 29, 2017

      Awesome

      I am new to rough country since I just got my jeep. I am so pleased with this company. From my lift to the little things like this they just own it! Product is very well made and simple to instal. What I love about these guys is they have pictures on the instructions. That helps so much. Thank you RC! Y’all are awesome

      KaliB

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      September 25, 2017

      good product

      Fairly easy to install, they fit well and they move the cross section of the exhaust closer to the front of the cross member so you can clear the front drive axle on a lifted vehicle during the full extension of the front suspension.

      EliasK

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      September 19, 2017

      Works well

      Wasnt sure I needed these but i went ahead and put them on anyway. These spacers installed easy and do the job!

      BntyHntrMoco

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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