DIY High Clearance Exhaust Cut For 2nd Gen Tundra

DIY High Clearance Exhaust For 2nd Gen Tundra

Detailed Guide For Cutting To Increase Ground Clearance

As I continue to modify my 2nd Gen Tundra, I’m learning which mods are functional and which are purely for aesthetics. I recently watched a video on Tactical Applications Vehicles’ (TAV) Tundra build. In the video, I noticed that they had chopped the rear of the exhaust on the truck.

Then, I realized that this is one of the lowest points on the truck and if you were to smash it off a rock, could prove hazardous as your exhaust would no longer function properly. Being an avid DIYer, I decided to cut and create my own high-clearance exhaust. It requires minimal tools and is basically free to do if you already have the right ones.

Note: This mod does not provide any performance gains, but does improve clearance for obstacles on the trail.

Tools & Materials

  • Dremel
  • Metal Cutting Wheel
  • Sanding Wheel
  • Masking Tape (not required but does help create a cut line to follow)

Step 1. Tape & Cut

Dremel Metal Cutting Wheel

Before you begin cutting, it can be helpful to wrap your exhaust with painter’s tape where you plan to cut. While not necessary, this will help create a cleaner cut.

Using a Dremel with the metal cutting wheel, cut around the entire diameter of the exhaust pipe. Towards the end of your cut, you may need to maneuver the exhaust pipe a bit to complete it. Be careful not to let the cut piece hit you.

You could also try using a reciprocating saw or grinder, you might get a cleaner cut that’s easier to even out.

Step 2. Remove Excess Pipe

DIY High Clearance Exhaust Cut

After cutting, remove the portion of the exhaust from your cut to the rear of the truck.

Step 3. Clean Up Cut

Dremel Grinding Attachment

Use a sanding wheel on the Dremel, clean up the cut’s edges, and remove any burrs.

Final Thoughts

Dremel To Cut Exhaust Pipe

This fairly simple modification can be completed in around 30 minutes. Although my cut wasn’t super clean, the Dremel got the job done. If you have one, I would recommend using an angle grinder with a cutting wheel, but it’s not required.

After my initial work, I got my hands on an angle grinder and cleaned up the chop more. You may also reach out to TAV LLC to see what they specifically use to chop their exhausts.

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