(approx) 30 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to Install Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit w/ 2.5-Inch + Lift on your 2007-2013 Wrangler
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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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
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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February 08, 2020
The spacers worked perfectly. Just difficult on the installationHelpful (0)
February 06, 2020
Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit
Definitely a must if you’re going to lift your Jeep. I had to cut the factory exhaust clamp off the Y pipe, as the nut was rusty could not move it, no matter how much PB blaster I sprayed on it. Replaced the factory exhaust clamp with a two and three-quarter one from the auto parts store. The spacers went right in after I was able to move the exhaust pipes back from the flanges.Helpful (0)
October 27, 2019
Did their job
They fit as intended and are easy to install with a long pry bar. All hardware was provided and the install took only about 15 minutes. I would strongly suggest spraying the nuts/bolts on your exhaust with penetrating oil well in advance of your install...it will come in handy! They take a little extra time to install by yourself when you have to push the rest of the exhaust back and fit them into place at the same time. This does not effect the rating of the product itself, but I thought I should mention it to help others troubleshoot if they run into the same problem I did...After the install, I began hearing a rattling noise at idle and during acceleration (depending on what rpm the engine was at). Ultimately, I discovered the heat shield above the muffler was just barely touching the muffler, which was caused by the muffler's new location. I just had to reach up there and push the heat shield away, which completely fixed the problem. Hope this all helps.Helpful (3)
October 14, 2019
A must have for off-road use
The product is a simple design. It’s also a little time consuming do to the lack of space under your Jeep. You will need to add about 3 washer to each bolt, due to running out of thread, thus not being tight. Other then that I’m happy with this product.Helpful (1)
August 24, 2019
Not much to say, install was easy and fits correctly.Helpful (2)
June 15, 2019
I cannot get past the fact that the whole part is only 6 pieces (2 spacers and 4 bolts) and they manage to get 4 of the six parts wrong. Why would a company send bolts that are too long and don’t have enough thread to use the product for its intended use?Helpful (1)
June 11, 2019
It was a bit of a struggle to get on. The driver side exhaust was hitting the rear spring. I was able to get it to finally fit with the help of a friend. Tip would be to install when the rear springs are removed. It would be very fast and easy then.Helpful (1)
May 28, 2019
Bolts are too long
The spacers are solid and this would be a great kit if the bolts were either fully threaded or were shorter. I am either going to have to add washers to take up some of the length or just get new bolts. This was a great price, but after having to buy extra parts and the extra time to take it apart again. I'd pay extra for less of a hassle.Helpful (1)
May 07, 2019
Good kit, and does the job well. A cheaper option, but not a bad option.Helpful (1)
April 09, 2019
Perfect little extension
Perfect little extension pieces, easy install, no fuss. Gave my drive shaft plenty of clearance.Helpful (1)
Are these exhaust spacers needed for a 2.5IN JEEP SUSPENSION LIFT KIT even if you are just a daily driver and will not offroad?
The exhaust spacers are required for any lift over 2.5" regardless of use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rugged Ridge Exhaust Spacer Kit works with all Wrangler Unlimited models with a 2.5" or larger lift installed.
Hello, this Spacer kit is not required to be Carb Legal.
(approx) 30 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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