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Unread 09-07-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
Bienkow
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Rear exhaust hanger

I am in the process of replacing my exhaust and tried to remove the rear hanger. Tried to unbolt it from the frame rail but the bolt just spins. Any ideas?

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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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First, always spray a day or two minimum before attempting to break any bolt/nut free. If its a long bolt, grab it with good vice grips to back the nut off. If not there is always the option of using a sawzall or wizzer wheel to cut bolt out completely. With jeeps sometimes you need to be creative and think outside the box with your troubleshooting and problem solving.
Good luck......
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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I am in the process of replacing my exhaust and tried to remove the rear hanger. Tried to unbolt it from the frame rail but the bolt just spins. Any ideas?
The nut must have rusted off the nut strip. It is time to break out the angle grinder and cut it off.

After that, you are going to have to get that nut strip out of the frame (real easy to do) then fish some 1/2 inch bolts in there to re hang the exhaust.

I don't have time to find the thread with the directions to do this, but search "trailer hitch install" stuff on the site. Maybe someone will post that has it bookmarked.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:44 AM   #4
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I cut the rubber hanger and then cut the tail pipe off just enough to get to the hitch bolts. The hanger at the muffler is close enough to support the tailpipe without the rear hanger.

This would not likely pass a strict safety check though. It does help prevent you from digging in and folding your tail pipe around your axle when offroading though.

I also run a gastank skid, so I'm not worried about melting the plastic cover for the tanks itself.

The solution to run 100% stock is to remove the hitch(if present) and frame rail nutserts and either replace with new or drill and tap out when out of the vehicle.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 03:06 AM   #5
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Thank you. I will check into the trailer hitch install.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 12:57 PM   #6
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I have had no luck finding anything on replacing the nut strips. Anyone have a clue where to look?
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Unread 09-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #7
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I would just go to a local welding shop and have them weld on a bracket. Wouldn't cost more than 20 bucks
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Unread 09-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #8
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Found opening to put nut strip in. Have to cut off the bumper mount bracket, previous owner welded them to the body.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 06:14 AM   #9
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Found opening to put nut strip in. Have to cut off the bumper mount bracket, previous owner welded them to the body.
You shouldn't have to cut off the bumper IF YOU CAN just get it out of the way. You are going to want to fish a 1/2 inch bolt back through that hole and pull it down through the frame to hang the bracket.

The actual nut strip can stay in there if it is easier for you.
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