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Old 06-13-2016, 06:54 AM   #1
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Realistic long tube install expectations

Anyone tackle this project yourself in your garage?

I was looking at my 12 year old studs/nuts on my factory manifolds last night and man do they look rusty. I can just see myself stripping one of these things out and having to remove a head.

Im pretty mechanically inclined and have a great tool collection. Im just too chicken to dive into this myself I guess.

I would go with the JBA with off-road h-pipe and Flowmaster American Thunder catback if/when I decide to do it.

Any horror/success stories from you weekend warriors out there?




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Soak the bolts with PB Blaster for about 24 hours and then give another spray about 30 minutes before you begin taking things apart. The oil should soak in and allow the bolts to be removed a lot easier than if dry.

If a bolt or stud breaks I can assure you it was already worn last its usefulness.

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Very true.

I didn't have issues when I installed my X pipe a few years ago. Those were pretty rusty then if my memory serves correctly.

This isn't my daily driver, so I could take my time on install.


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Go to Harbor Freight and buy the engine support bar. Its cheap. Use it to support your motor and pull your K member or at least drop it. After that its not hard. I'd recommend getting Stage 8 locking bolts for the headers.
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It's pretty straight forward ..

Jack the car up on all 4 corners as high as you can go ..
Soak the studs with a good spray ..
Put a jack stand and a block of wood under oil pan to support it
Use a jack to support the cradle , and remove the cradle
( cradle bolts , struts , brakes , whatever lines )

Use the jack and a block of wood to support the engine , and lower the engine .. and you'll have a fair amount of room.
Manifolds come off easy , Becareful not to round off the mid pipe bolts like everyone does.

Reuse the stock manifold gaskets to the block , Or get new oem ford ones.

Do not use the bolts or gaskets that come with the kit , reuse the studs or stage 8 locking bolts.

I'd remove egr and buy the delete kit to save you the hassle of installing it back on.

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Good suggestion on the EGR delete. Really cleans up the engine bay.


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What you think is a good estimate on time for the install take it times 4... #becauseroadkill.

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