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Old 10-28-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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So over this summer I was going to get a set of long tube headers for my convertible 2002 V6. I already have flowmaster catback and MAC Off road H-pipe. I was wondering if anyone has installed Long tubes on their Convertible and if it is as big of a problem as the manufacturer's states it is? Also do V8 mustangs have this problem also? I settled on buying shorties which have yet to be installed and I know that no one likes them, but I figure I would gain a few HP here/there, but the major reason is my header flange is F#$#ed up so I have to replace them anyway as I have a bad leak. Thanks for your input.
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Re: Long Tubes and K-member

If you take off that 4 point brace that comes stock, it will be no different than installing them in a coupe. I just did tigerfan's coupe and the install sucks balls. We ended up dropping the K-Member...but getting to some of the bolts is what really sucks...and getting the EGR stuff hooked back up.

Really, it is not too too bad of a job if you don't have guerilla hands like me. It just takes patience and some creativity to get to some of the bolts and what not.

I do highly recommend removing the K-Member though as it will make life so much easier trying to get to the bottom header bolts and some of the tops.

Also, you will need a new mid pipe as yours will not work with long tubes.
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install did suck! i would definately recommend deleting the egr while your there to save you about an hour of work. that is, if your area isnt strict on emissions and you have the abilitly to turn it off with your tuner. sound wise, it is definately worth it! those bbk shorties didnt do a damn thing to my car sound or performance wise. i totally noticed the long tubes and mid pipe though. especially on the interstate where my gears used to kill me. good luck though. if you want ill point you out to the guy i bought mine from. he gets them cheap since mac sponsors him. oh and i have no idea on the convertible part, but i have heard of many being able to do it.
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So over this summer I was going to get a set of long tube headers for my convertible 2002 V6. I already have flowmaster catback and MAC Off road H-pipe. I was wondering if anyone has installed Long tubes on their Convertible and if it is as big of a problem as the manufacturer's states it is? Also do V8 mustangs have this problem also? I settled on buying shorties which have yet to be installed and I know that no one likes them, but I figure I would gain a few HP here/there, but the major reason is my header flange is F#$#ed up so I have to replace them anyway as I have a bad leak. Thanks for your input.
if i were you, id return the shorties if possible or sell them. i promise you will be highly disappointed with them. either do the long tubes now, or pick up a used header from someone who upgraded.
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:04 PM   #5
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So were you able to reuse your K member? Or did you just delete it all together? Also your car was a coupe correct? I'm not gonna mess with the install and I get most of my nitty gritty work done at Need-4-speed in Largo Florida as Tony there knows a ton and has modded a lot of V6's in our area (Tampa/St. petersburg FL). Thanks for your input.
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Re: Long Tubes and K-member

If you delete your k-member your motor will sit on the ground.

Yes, we reused his K-member...the only difference between the vert and the coupe k-member wise is the extra 4 point brace that comes with the verts. I haven't had that on my vert for over a year now.
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Ok thanks.
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Oh Nephew of mine :rofl: Get the long tubes !! the shorties won't do **** .Kyle has a turbo kit for sale you can buy me
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