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Old 11-09-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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I'm probably going to go with some shorty headers. I want to do the install myself. The driver side one looks easy enough to access from the top once I break the bolts loose. My question is just how difficult is the passenger side one. That's really a tight space. I figured at that point I will have to drop my mid pipe to get it out. Do anyone one know of any tricks to make that install a little less painless. I'm really not trying to pay shop prices for the install since I'm going to spend the extra $100 for ceramic coated ones
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Get long tubes
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That's really expensive since there's admission testing in my city. So the cats will have to stay
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I'm probably going to go with some shorty headers. I want to do the install myself. The driver side one looks easy enough to access from the top once I break the bolts loose. My question is just how difficult is the passenger side one. That's really a tight space. I figured at that point I will have to drop my mid pipe to get it out. Do anyone one know of any tricks to make that install a little less painless. I'm really not trying to pay shop prices for the install since I'm going to spend the extra $100 for ceramic coated ones
You don't have to completely drop the mid pipe. Just unbolt them and let them hang. Driver side is pretty simple. Don't be surprised if the studs come out along with the nuts. Lol. Just take them apart and put the studs back in. The passenger side is just a pain and will just take longer. Take your time an it can be done. And if you can lift your car to get under it will be a great help. There is a thread here with a link to a tool that might make the tighting the bolts and loosening them a lot easier. I'll look for it.

Found it! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009VF...f_=cm_sw_su_dp
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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I'm probably going to go with some shorty headers. I want to do the install myself. The driver side one looks easy enough to access from the top once I break the bolts loose. My question is just how difficult is the passenger side one. That's really a tight space. I figured at that point I will have to drop my mid pipe to get it out. Do anyone one know of any tricks to make that install a little less painless. I'm really not trying to pay shop prices for the install since I'm going to spend the extra $100 for ceramic coated ones
Honestly call some shops around your area and get the cheapest quote. $150-250 is a fair price. I just installed these sunday and I wouldn't do a header install again..it's a PAIN! it took us about 6 or 7 hours.. We didn't have that tool though, so unless that makes it 100x easier take it to a shop.
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If I may ask, why was it a pain? Just time consuming to remove the intake to get to the passenger side, but again, that's just time.

What was the pain part?
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If I may ask, why was it a pain? Just time consuming to remove the intake to get to the passenger side, but again, that's just time. What was the pain part?
Well my pain was that it was hard to get the the damn stud nuts to tighten them down. As plus all my studs an nut came out. It was a pain but I knew it was doable.
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Well my pain was that it was hard to get the the damn stud nuts to tighten them down. As plus all my studs an nut came out. It was a pain but I knew it was doable.
+1..It's hard to tighten the bottom bolts, very small space on the passenger side, some of the studs come out of the block, etc. I'ts completely do-able if you dont mind spending a good 6 hours doing it, and down here in Texas even in november the humidity sucks, so it makes keeping a grip hard when you're sweaty. I wouldn't mind paying someone now that I have done it myself.
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Get this tool, and be sure to put on all the bottom bolts on before you torque down. The bolt will not go on #6 on passenger side if you don't do this. I bought this tool a couple months after install to re-torque the bolts, which only took me 10-15 mins. Here is a short vid of the tool:
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edit: I was tipped to torque them down while heat cycled. May be more of a pain, but worth it.
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That's really expensive since there's admission testing in my city. So the cats will have to stay
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Someone said on here that he had long tube headers and his buddy with the same exact set up, but shorties was faster off the mark than him. So I see no need to replace my mid pipe when I don't have to
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I remember seeing that. I think he said the shorties got off the line faster and was ahead of him till high speeds when the long tubes started eating and caught up
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I'm probably going to go with some shorty headers. I want to do the install myself. The driver side one looks easy enough to access from the top once I break the bolts loose. My question is just how difficult is the passenger side one. That's really a tight space. I figured at that point I will have to drop my mid pipe to get it out. Do anyone one know of any tricks to make that install a little less painless. I'm really not trying to pay shop prices for the install since I'm going to spend the extra $100 for ceramic coated ones
It was well worth the money to have someone else install my shorties.
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