Fortunately, installing the spacer is a simple process with the right tools.
Gathering the Tools for the Job
A key component you will need is the exhaust spacer kit. You can find spacer kits in different auto supply outlets. It has two spacers and installation hardware. You move the exhaust front crossover piper down and rear-ward by installing it. The front driveshaft gets the clearance needed to avoid the exhaust heat. Also, be aware that some may refer to the spacer as an exhaust extension.
Tools Needed for an Operation involving Exhaust Spacers
- A spacer kit compatible with your Jeep model
- An air hammer
- A bungee
- Anti-seize lubricant
- An impact wrench-you can choose an electric one to make your work easier
- Cut off wheel
- Rust penetrant
Follow these Steps When Installing the Spacers
Park the vehicle on a level service and put it in gear or park before setting the brake. Chocking the wheels assures you of added safety when working under the machine. Spray the rust penetrant on the dirty and stubborn bolts to loosen them and ease their removal.
- Disconnecting the Driveshaft
Disconnect the driveshaft using the socket wrench. It should be easy to remove the four bolts if you apply the rust penetrant. Note the orientation of the driveshaft and pinion flange. You will need to reconnect it the same direction. Mark a point on both driveshaft parts with paint for easy realignment and reconnection.
- Getting the Driveshaft out of the Way
Get a piece of the bungee to secure the driveshaft and keep clear. You will make the adjustment faster with a clear working space.
- Installing the Exhaust Spacer
Follow these five steps to install the spacers:
- Four exhaust flange bolts typically hold the exhaust crossover pipe to the manifold. Each part of the flange has two bolts. Use a wrench to remove all four bolts.
- The system also has an exhaust clamp where the rear exhaust and the front crossover pipes meet. You can remove it using a wrench.
- The crossover Y-pipe has an indexing spot weld. Remove it using a chisel or cutoff wheel.
- Remove the tab to create more space. The space will allow you to slide the front crossover into the rear exhaust to make room for the spacers.
- Wrench the exhaust system apart and install the spacers. You can start with the long spacer on the passenger side and the short one on the driver's side.
- Putting the System Back Together
You have to reassemble the system after installing the spacers. First, secure the exhaust crossover pipe to the manifold on the passenger side using a wrench. Secondly, check all the exhaust clearances and adjust any part dragging backward.
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Installing a spacer kit on your Jeep Wrangler is that simple. Your driveshaft should no longer touch the exhaust once you complete the process. Check out all the spacer kits on our website, and choose the ideal type for your Jeep model and modification needs. You can also get other parts needed for the lifting process.Read Less