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Unread 09-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Rancho Cross Over Pipe for JK 2012 up

I was concerened in extreme flex conditions my slim Tom Woods front drive shaft might still make contact
with the stock exhaust cross over pipe on my 2012 JK. So instead of the exhaust spacers I decided to try the new
cross over pipe from Rancho the RS720003 (about the same costs as the spacers) - little more involved having
to remove the stock pipe, makes some cuts and bolt it back in - well I took it a step further and had it welded
back in - The guys (Ken) at Ken's muffler in Dallas took great care of me and did what looks like a fantastic job.
Should also hold up just as good as the old stock pipe etc.
The only thing that could bang/touch now is the main frame cross member on the drive shaft - as the new Rancho pipe hangs
below it and best of all doesn't hang down to far so now I can add my armor. (thats next!!!, but now I think I need an HD cross member)

Here is the kit from Rancho - the RS720003


Install view of the kit that I had welded on.


Another view - you can see how the new pipe from Rancho is out of the way


Side view showing more clearance - make note of the front skid and brace front to back the
Rancho pipe doesn't hang down to low.


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Unread 09-19-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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For the price it is a REALLY strong deal.
That looks great welded as well.
Some more pics to add.





These clamps are from our prototype just an FYI.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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Very nice, looks like you have a 2 door, do you know if it's needed for the 4 door?
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Unread 09-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
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We suggest it for over 2" on both 2/4 doors (or exhaust spacers, AFE pipe or drive shaft).

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Very nice, looks like you have a 2 door, do you know if it's needed for the 4 door?
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Unread 09-19-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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The only problem I've heard of with this mod is that it might contact an aftermarket skid.
Nice mod, pics are great!

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Unread 09-19-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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Good point on that! I have heard that as well, and have heard that some people have thrown a few washers in to get that clearance, I know that takes away a miniscule about of clearance though.... time for bigger tires!

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The only problem I've heard of with this mod is that it might contact an aftermarket skid.
Nice mod, pics are great!

Thanks!
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Unread 09-20-2012, 02:20 AM   #7
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Was just looking at this last night. I will be picking one up when tax returns come and I can buy my lift and everything else.

One question for you. Have you had any problems installing aftermarket skid plats (engine, transfer case, transmission) with this crossover pipe installed?

EDIT: Seems like Paul up above has already asked this question, I guess he gnabbed it from my thread lol. Do you have any solution besides the washers to solve this issue? As it is a pretty big one for serious wheeling enthuisiasts
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It would probably have to be the AFE pipe, or a little grinder action ( I know this option hurts, especially on a new skid)

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Was just looking at this last night. I will be picking one up when tax returns come and I can buy my lift and everything else.

One question for you. Have you had any problems installing aftermarket skid plats (engine, transfer case, transmission) with this crossover pipe installed?

EDIT: Seems like Paul up above has already asked this question, I guess he gnabbed it from my thread lol. Do you have any solution besides the washers to solve this issue? As it is a pretty big one for serious wheeling enthuisiasts
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Rancho Lifts, I like the way you mention other alternatives especially when it’s your competition. Thumbs up to you.
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Here is an update - everybody wanted to see the clearance
with the "hang down" of the new pipe - very small amount
we are talking about few grade 8 washers. (this is what I will do)
I'll be bolting up a skid and will share my results.
(I am also replacing the cross member with an HD version)

Photograph makes the gap look big - but it really is NOT.
for reference look at the cross member brace thickness in the
the background.



Like 1222 said to you Rancho - shows you care about the customer - not just selling an item.
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Thanks for the props!
I have been wheeling for almost 20 years, and HATED (before the Internet) buying something and regretting it latter. PM coming about that pic...

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Here is an update - everybody wanted to see the clearance
with the "hang down" of the new pipe - very small amount
we are talking about few grade 8 washers. (this is what I will do)
I'll be bolting up a skid and will share my results.
(I am also replacing the cross member with an HD version)

Photograph makes the gap look big - but it really is NOT.
for reference look at the cross member brace thickness in the
the background.



Like 1222 said to you Rancho - shows you care about the customer - not just selling an item.
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Old thread, same question: Has anyone been able to successfully run this Rancho crossover pipe with a skid system?

Were the washers enough to keep it from making contact? If so, what specific skid did it work with?

Thanks ahead of time!
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Old thread, same question: Has anyone been able to successfully run this Rancho crossover pipe with a skid system?

Were the washers enough to keep it from making contact? If so, what specific skid did it work with?

Thanks ahead of time!
I have heard of guys "gaping" it with their skids systems with a couple of washers. I haven't seen it yet though....
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I have heard of guys "gaping" it with their skids systems with a couple of washers. I haven't seen it yet though....
ok, cool... so you yourself never tested the idea?

The problem is that nobody ever comes back to say what EXACTLY works... lol
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ok, cool... so you yourself never tested the idea?

The problem is that nobody ever comes back to say what EXACTLY works... lol

Truth.... I am going to be putting on some skids in the next few months, so I will KNOW then...
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