I went to Midas today to try to have my exhaust spacer welded in.
I have a 2014 JK Manual Rubicon with a Rancho 3" lift and 35" tires.
This is the spacer I have:
Rancho RS720003 - Rancho Exhaust Pipe Kit for 12-14 JeepĀ® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with 2-5" Lift - Quadratec
I would rather have it welded in than use the exhaust bolts. My buddy had the same kit welded in at a Midas across town with no problem.
They got it up on the lift and the old guy that was supposed to be "the best exhaust guy at any Midas in town" started off by telling me that the pipe is cheap and won't last long compared to the stainless steel that my OE exhaust was made of. Then he couldn't figure out where to cut, despite being given the instructions. Once I convinced him where to cut, he then got argumentative with me about how he couldn't get the welder up to the top of the pipe.
When I told him that my friend had the exact same piece welded in at a Midas across town, he said, "Then just have your friend do it!"
Needless to say, I'm upset with Midas and confused as to how one shop did the same install on a 2013 JKU in 20 minutes, and this shop argued with me for 20 minutes about how to do it before I gave up.
Has anyone else had any issues with getting an exhaust spacer welded in?