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Shackle flip interference w/ exhaust

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by blk87K5, Dec 30, 2001.

  1. blk87K5

    blk87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Would the 4" shackle flip hit the Gibson cat-back exhaust system on an '87 K-5? How much longer is the 4" shackle flip than the normal shackle?

    '87 K-5 w/ 350 TBI, 700r-4, Atlas II, D60 & 14Bolt, 6" susp., 1" ORD body, 35" Claws
     
  2. jekbrown

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    I am in the process of installing the flip right now. I havent mounted the brackets yet...I am waiting for the paint on the frame to dry first. At any rate, I chopped off the last 18" of my flowmaster exhaust because I couldnt reach the bottom-of-the-frame factory rivets that hold the factory hanger on. If I had realllly long drill bits maybe...but it was easier for me to just chop the exhaust. I really dont mind...4WPW, when they put it in, did 2 of the three things I asked them not to do. The first being they made the tip extend past the edge of the body, so water and crap was always dripping off the body and on to it...and second, the made the exit to far back, it actually robbed some departure angle. yuck! At any rate, neither is a problem anymore. =)

    Wow, that was long-winded. I guess the answer is: I dunno if the hanger itself will hit your exhaust system....but getting the factory hanger off might.

    Another thing to look for, when you get the kit, is to check to see if the ORD bracket will fit with your trailer hitch installed. I actually had to trim my hitch a little. Not really a big deal, but something to keep in mind.

    J


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  3. blk87K5

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    Thanks for the reply. I am thinking that it will hit my exhaust considering that my stock setup is only about an inch away from the exhaust. I will probably just install a dump on the end of the muffler for now. I don't have a trailer hitch anymore. I cut it off with a torch one night while working on the truck. I installed a Ranchhand bumper that is welded to the frame instead. Much stronger, and it has an integrated hitch.

    '87 K-5 w/ 350 TBI, 700r-4, Atlas II, D60 & 14Bolt, 6" susp., 1" ORD body, 35" Claws
     
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    Yeah, when I have a new reap bumper built, I am going to have the hitch integrated...I don't like how the one I have now hangs down and robs clearance.

    AFA the exhaust, who knows, you MAY be able to install the kit without cutting it...have to have the brackets to know for sure.

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    Don't know about the Gibson system, but walt88 had to cut his Flowmaster Force II to install his 4" flip.

    Ken

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    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    We've worked with aftermarket exhaust systems that did work out OK with the flip, but you can usually plan on some kind of exhaust mods since there's so much going on in that area.
    I know this doesn't help much...

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