I had previosuly looked at exhaust tips LOCALY but could not get myself to buy one .. I've had them on other cars and the chrome always peels off and they look worse than stock in a short time
THEN I saw a thread here at jeepcommander.com started by "Black09Commander" about a Stainless Steel exhaust tip ... my 06 Limited has quite a bit of chrome and the stock exhaust tip looks a bit crappy in comparison.
The Stainles Steel tip from ebay looked like a great idea, so I just ordred one. Some of the guys in that thread asked if anyone bought one could they post some pics and how the deal went .. so here I go.
First the unboxing ...
The tip comes in a big box with lots of newspaper stuffed in and it's also rolled up in bubble wrap.
The tip is made of heavy guage Stainless Steel pipe and polished to a deep shine, the end is roll formed somehow for the finshed look, it has three bolts to attach it, two are regular grade 5 plain steel bolts painted black, but the bottom one is a real stainless steel grade 5 bolt, they use a 3/8" wrench .. more on that later.
Sorry this pic is so blurry I am trying to highlight the fact is has a small drilled hole just before the tip's rolled end .. this hole serves as a drain for condensation and water that might get splashed up into the pipe .. and ...
It ALSO serves a great indicator which way is DOWN on the pipe .. put this hole exactly at the bottom so the install looks nice and straight.
Here's a before shot of the stock exhaust pipe
Ok now for the install, the first thing I did was do a trial fitting, my tip fit a little to tight, my exhaust pipe had been bumped before I guess as it was a little bit oval, so I took a grinding stone in the drill (a good file would work just as well) and ground down the top two protrusions (where the top two bolts go in)
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