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Old 09-13-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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Need a little help...Exhaust Pipe

Well I thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone had an opinion. After installing the Banks Exhaust Kit I started hearing a knocking/tapping in the rear of the Jeep. Turns out the exhaust pipe it hitting both my gas tank skid plate and my passenger side rear shock. I only have about 1/4 of an inch clearance on both sides. So I don't have much room to bend the hanger any. What if I tacked the pipe to the gas tank skid plate? Does the tail pipe move when you're in offcamber situations? I just wanted to run it by someone first before I destroyed something. If I'm missing something please let me know...





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Old 09-13-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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I've looked at this at work and now home and I see a couple others have too. bear with me while I try to think it thru. the pipes are rubber mounted to minimize vibrations and when the motor twists so does the exhaust, I would try to clearance the exhaust itself 1st, a little dent that close to the tailpipe should not affect flow very much, maybe call Banks and see what they think or better yet send them an e-mail with these pics attached.

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I guess that mine got bent differently, cause it barely heats up the dust sleeve on the shock absorber. I also don't get any banging against the fuel tank skid plate. I think that Scotty355 has a very good idea. See if you can email those pictures to Banks, and see what they have to say.

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Can't really tell from the angle, but do you have room to lower it a little, or run a different style mount that brings the exhaust down a bit?
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I've looked at this at work and now home and I see a couple others have too. bear with me while I try to think it thru. the pipes are rubber mounted to minimize vibrations and when the motor twists so does the exhaust, I would try to clearance the exhaust itself 1st, a little dent that close to the tailpipe should not affect flow very much, maybe call Banks and see what they think or better yet send them an e-mail with these pics attached.

That makes sense. If the motor moves/twists so is the exhaust. I'll send these over to Banks or give them a call and see if they have any ideas. This one has just had me stumped?!?!
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I guess that mine got bent differently, cause it barely heats up the dust sleeve on the shock absorber. I also don't get any banging against the fuel tank skid plate. I think that Scotty355 has a very good idea. See if you can email those pictures to Banks, and see what they have to say.

I know this is off subject, but how are you liking your claws?

So far so good on the claws. I've only put about 2k on them on the pavement. I haven't had them offroad yet.
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Can't really tell from the angle, but do you have room to lower it a little, or run a different style mount that brings the exhaust down a bit?

I know they're not the best pictures. It's hard to get a good pic from any angle.

I'd rather not drop it down. The only way to do that would be to drop it below the gas tank skid. If I did that it would certainly crunch the first time I slid over a rock.
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If you're worried about lowering the pipe or reducing your exhaust flow, how about clearancing the skid plate? I know it's a lot more work, and I don't know if you have tools or can fabricate. But the psc plate looks wider than stock. You could use a cutoff wheel to remove that corner and weld some flat plate back on to retain the structural integrity of the piece. All depending of course on how much clearance there is between the skidplate and the tank.
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If you're worried about lowering the pipe or reducing your exhaust flow, how about clearancing the skid plate? I know it's a lot more work, and I don't know if you have tools or can fabricate. But the psc plate looks wider than stock. You could use a cutoff wheel to remove that corner and weld some flat plate back on to retain the structural integrity of the piece. All depending of course on how much clearance there is between the skidplate and the tank.
That's a good suggestion. However it is SUPER tight between the factory gas tank and the skid plate. There's less than 1/2 an inch.

I plan on taking it to a local muffler shop on Wednesday and get them to look at it. The guy I talked to seemed to think he could do something with it. I'll give him a try and if that doesn't work I'll have to get creative.
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:35 PM   #10
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**Update**

I finally broke down and took my Jeep to a local muffler shop. They pulled the exhaust off, heated it up and put a very small dent in the pipe. This gave it just enough room to move around without hitting anything.

On top of that, they worked on it for almost an hour and a half, using three guys and didn't charge me a dime. I forced the guy to take $ 40 from me for his time. It's nice to see a local shop go out of their way to help someone out!

Thanks for all of the ideas and replies!

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