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    Hello all:

    I bought new shocks. Unfortunately, the rear passenger shock can't go in because the exhaust pipe
    is interfering with it:



    There is plenty of room to clear if I can push the exhaust pipe inwards (towards the gas tank).
    I tried hammering it and leveraging it with a large pry bar, but no luck.

    Any suggestions on how to bend it?

    I thought about cutting it off before it gets to the point where the shock is, but I am afraid of
    not being able to pass inspection since it is still a street vehicle.

    Thanks,
    Neil

  • #2
    What if you have a muffler shop take care of the pipe? That's what I would do, they have pipe benders.


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    • #3
      Is your axle centered? why did the prior shock fit and this one doesn't? No boot on old one?
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      • #4
        How do the rear hangars look? You might be able to just re bend them where they should go.
        My pipe got all twisted up in a bind, had to cut and weld.
        Last edited by Greg; 05-07-2015, 10:37 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Brown Mule View Post
          What if you have a muffler shop take care of the pipe?
          I might have to do that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RedRubiconLJ View Post
            Is your axle centered? why did the prior shock fit and this one doesn't? No boot on old one?
            The prior shock had no boot and the body was thinner.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Greg View Post
              How do the rear hangars look? You might be able to just re bend them where they should go.
              My pipe got all twisted up in a bind, had to cut and weld.
              The hangars look good, but I can't move the pipe inwards any more without the end hitting the gas tank.
              I have to bend it.

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              • #8
                I had Ranchos on my lj and the didn't hit. I guess I go back to whether or not the axle is centered?
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                • #9
                  Mine is centered and it hits. Sometimes the non-mandral bent pipes are off a little bit. I bent the hanger to make it clear with my Rancho 9000. Now, I just use the tail pipe as Al calls it "inspection tail pipe" then I will put my shorty back on. Bent three tail pipes, no more!
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                  • #10
                    I was able to beat the tailpipe with my breaker bar to give me enough clearance to get the shock on.
                    It is good enough for now. I will consider a more permanent solution later.

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                    • #11
                      I had lots of problems with mine clearing everything so i had it moved out side of the frame.

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                      • #12
                        Take the boot off, all they do is hold dirt in. Oh and look pretty!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cuder View Post
                          Take the boot off, all they do is hold dirt in. Oh and look pretty!
                          I thought about that. Seems like the boots are a bad idea.
                          The problem is the body of the shock, not just the boot.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brown Mule View Post
                            What if you have a muffler shop take care of the pipe?
                            Any recommendation for a muffler shop close to west Plano?

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                            • #15
                              It's not Plano but lots of great lunch spots in Denton.
                              They are great people and understand what you need.

                              Bobby Gentry's Muffler & Brake 708 S Locust St
                              Denton, TX 76201
                              (940) 566-1440

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