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post #61 of 623 Old 04-05-2008, 04:44 AM
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Hi Eric, Sorry to be a pain and I know you are busy but could you just post a couple of pics of where your exhaust exit actually is?

I've got problems with my stock exhuast exit and the fact it's sandwiched (and touching) the rear shackle and the Skid Row Gas Skid. I've thought about various ways of routing it and I've read other peoples thoughts and opinions on this thread but a couple of pictures would help.

Thanks in advance and great thread. A couple of months ago I was seriously thinking of the T&T Y link system as my next suspension upgrade and this thread I think has sold it to me!!!


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post #62 of 623 Old 04-05-2008, 06:25 AM
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looks good Eric...you ran into a few more problems then i did when i put mine in, but all the upgrades look good. i definetly like the idea of the front stiffiners. but i too like the TnT stiffiners, my trunk used to pop open all the time while offroading, but after the stiffiners it has yet to do it. its the same for the trunk area window, it used to creak and crack all the time, but now its quiet as a mouse.

definetly looks good Eric. keep us updated.

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Okay I got the suspension on and did some testing. The exhaust is not abnoxiously loud but it can be heard at all speeds when you are on the gas. I think I like it. I've also been checking the gas tank skid and it isn't getting hot at all so I think its good. Worse case I could cut it off and do the turn down before the axle as RWK suggested.

And because someone asked, I got a sound clip for you. I rev'd it to 3000rpm. Keep in mind this is in the driveway, the exhaust was already warm, and it was a bit windy today. I think it sounds a whole lot better in person.
http://www.ericsxj.com/unibody/exhaustclip.avi
Hmm, doesn't appear to sound too far off from my Flowmaster 50... I definitely like the small form factor of that new muffler of yours... my FM50 is pretty beat up now.

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post #64 of 623 Old 04-05-2008, 08:31 AM
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Eric great write up. Question on mounting the bellypan, in the picture below I see you did not use the plates from TnT on the outside of the frame rails and just used large washers on the bolts. I am just putting mine on and with the crush sleeves could't figure why such big plates to bolt to the outside of the frame rail especially with having the frame rail stiffners on. So I assume you came to the same conclusion?
Also thanks for the tip on the frame rail stiffeners from TMR, I just ordered a set, great time to get them on.
My wife and I go to Reno alot to see our daughter and son-in-law would love to hook up sometime and take a look at your jeep. I will bring mine up when my build is complete.
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Thanks for all the comments!

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Hi Eric, Sorry to be a pain and I know you are busy but could you just post a couple of pics of where your exhaust exit actually is?

I've got problems with my stock exhuast exit and the fact it's sandwiched (and touching) the rear shackle and the Skid Row Gas Skid. I've thought about various ways of routing it and I've read other peoples thoughts and opinions on this thread but a couple of pictures would help.
I'll try and get a pic for you but you should be able to see it in the pics. Mine does not go to the side of the gas tank like the stock one does. It goes straight back from the Cat and muffler and theres a turndown right after the axle. The tip of the turndown is about 2" in front of the gas tank skid.

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Eric great write up. Question on mounting the bellypan, in the picture below I see you did not use the plates from TnT on the outside of the frame rails and just used large washers on the bolts. I am just putting mine on and with the crush sleeves could't figure why such big plates to bolt to the outside of the frame rail especially with having the frame rail stiffners on. So I assume you came to the same conclusion?
Correct. With the stiffeners you don't need to extra braces, they are just extra weight. Those add support for stock frame rail for people without the stiffeners although I've seen plenty of people still use them.

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My wife and I go to Reno alot to see our daughter and son-in-law would love to hook up sometime and take a look at your jeep. I will bring mine up when my build is complete.
Anytime! Just let me know when you'll be coming!

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I am truly jealous of that rust free underbelly.

My next XJ is coming from the desert.

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Thanks for all the comments!


I'll try and get a pic for you but you should be able to see it in the pics. Mine does not go to the side of the gas tank like the stock one does. It goes straight back from the Cat and muffler and theres a turndown right after the axle. The tip of the turndown is about 2" in front of the gas tank skid.
Forget the extra pics Eric. I've studied your other pics in detail and I can see exactly what I was looking for.

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I am truly jealous of that rust free underbelly.

My next XJ is coming from the desert.
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awesome build and xj all said

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DAMN, Looks Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I've got more work to do so I took off a few things.

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y'd you take it all off?
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Omg, PLEASE CAGE, PLEASEEEEEEE

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Omg, PLEASE CAGE, PLEASEEEEEEE
A cage is definitely in the works but not just yet. I still need to get a tube bender and learn how to work it. I may try to get that going later this year or over the winter.

I've been wanting to take off the doors for a long time now, and after getting the driver side off my biggest worry is that I won't get them to shut nicely ever again. We'll see about that. But believe it or not, I took all that off just so I can add some rocker protection. You'll see why later.

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oooooh, i think i see now, I am taking another guess on boat sides

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