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Leaf Spring Touching Exhaust

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I just installed Belltech Shackles 6400 on my Ranger but the Magnaflow catback exhaust (rear side exit) is almost touching the bottom of my leafsprings now, It actually makes contact on sharp bumps. Anybody have any ideas how to fix this... Are there longer exhaust hanger bushings I can buy?
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kinda like this?

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Just cut it and dump it out the muffler under teh truck
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Yup.. pretty similar!!

Don't think I want to cut a catback system.. paid too much for it lol!!
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take it to an exhaust place and have them re locate it in front of the right rear wheel. looks better and eliminates your issue.
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do something soon, mine broke off because of it rubbing
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Hack it. It's not going to do anything to exhuast really...

OR

Take it in and have it reloacted as said above..


Only options if you want to keep the shackle still on the truck.
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take it to an exhaust place and have them re locate it in front of the right rear wheel. looks better and eliminates your issue.
i agree it looks good but in my pics above mine exits out there and mine hits sometimes.
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OP, your only option is to A: Cut the pipe before it 'kicks' outside the truck. B: Head over to an exhaust shop and have them relocate the tip, like under your bumper. or C: Have the exhaust shop put a slight kink in the tailpipe so that it'll put the tip lower than it currently is.


Imagine if you've got a bodylift AND shackles AND hitch.....no good looking exits would work. Ask me how I know. lol.
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Go to a shop and have them relocate it. Could they possibly bend the pipe so its lower?
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What if I replace my 2008 1.25" rear block with a rear block from an 2006 Ranger I think they had 2" blocks in the rear? Will that give me more height between my leaf spring and exhaust tip?
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No it wouldnt..
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Quickly take a hacksaw and cut the tip at a straigh tpart of the pipe - it can easily be re-welded onto it by a shop - then go ahead and do yoru shackle setup... bring it into a shop and have them take care of the rest of it!


as mentioned above by like 20 people.. shoudl only cost you maybe 40-5 bucks for them to quickly do that
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That won't change the gap between the spring and the exhaust tip. Putting a block in there merely moves the axle away from the leaf spring, and creating lift. 2wd Sports/Edges came with 2" blocks...4x4's came with 2.5" blocks.

If I were in your shoes, take a peek at Cooke15's truck. He's an '08 with BL and 6400 shackle AND probably that same Magnaflow cat-back...and I think his tip is still there.
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Wait a sec...with you NOT being prekeyed right now, how about you put your leafs in the 2nd from the bottom hole? Thats's goodfor 3/4" lift, and will clear that exhaust better since it sounds like you're totally against cutting.
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I've got it on the 2nd from the bottom hole and its alot better it only hits on the exhaust tip now on sharp bumps.. think the 3" body lift would solve this?
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I've got it on the 2nd from the bottom hole and its alot better it only hits on the exhaust tip now on sharp bumps.. think the 3" body lift would solve this?
Body lif twont do anything - Its only lifting the body up - yoru engine, frame, and suspension all stay just where it is...

HOWEVER - a body lift will allow you to hug yoru exhuast even further up in places it wasnt able to go before... you could move your exhaust around if you bring it to a shop.
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Can you loosen up any of the clamps to sorta 'twist' that rear pipe clockwise to kick that tip down a little bit? Really, your only realy 'cure' has been mentioned many many times. Cut the tip off before it kicks to the side. That's one of the humongous downsides to buying an exhaust that runs about $500 here in the states. You spent so much money and you really don't want to be cutting it up, but it is basically your only option other than going to an exhaust shop and spending more money.

Add a bodylift on top of those shackles, and it's just ugly looking IMO. Add a hitch, and you really don't have any good looking exhaust exit in the back. Here's how I went around it....same idea can be applied to your EXISTING tailpipe....:




And.....bodylift just lifts the body off the frame....everything frame related stays right where it was before(engine, trans, axles, springs, exhaust, etc)
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Shane you just wanted to ***** that out. lol
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Thanks FX4wannabe... loosening the clamp and turning the exhaust tip down a bit solved my problem atleast with the shackle on the second from last whole. Still gained 1" in height in the rear and not having to hack up the catback makes me happy. Exhaust tip looks very similar to Cooke15's set up too.
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