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Old 10-22-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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Bbk shorty ceramic header install tips for large handed people

Tip for bbk ceramic shorty headers. Use a ratcheting 1/2 wrench for all the bolts. Use pb blaster and seperate studs and bolts. Stud socket size is 8mm. Put all studs in the cylinder head first. Drop cats and x pipe completely. Remover intake. Remove battery and tray. When reassembling, put a jack under the exhaust to lift and align it. Retorque bolts from inside to out after exhaust is connected. Put it all back together. Carry 1/2 ratcheting wrench with you in your glove box to tighten headers at any time if they leak. The ceramic headers smoke and smell when you first start the car and they heat up. This is with the gaskets from bbk as well. I hope these are good tips. I am a huge guy with large hands and this made my life much easier for the install.

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One question why did you have to remove the intake??


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Gives room to position yourself to get to the get to the bottom bolts and have leverage.

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The space really helps if your a big guy and can't get your hands into the middle of the header and need to reach underneath

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Gotcha, may help with the bbks. Im 6'3 350 and was able to install the Mac shorties without removing the intake, the tubes of the bbks may need the extra room. Good tip though!!
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I always Heat Cycle them and retightening them before even get the car back on the ground, on the BBK's I got about 1/2 turn more after that.
Stud size on mine was 5mm and so far you are the only one that picked up on the 1/2" and not 13mm on the nuts. But they are a metric thread so don't think it is 5/16 if you lose one of the nuts.
Also after telling people to put the studs back into the head many times still had people complaining they could not get the studs back in a few and had leaks until the were taken off and all the studs put back in (wonder why) or cut the end off the stud to get is started.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:55 AM   #7
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They are not 13mm. They are 1/2 13mm is slightly too big. I took one to home depot and measured the size. People use the 13mm to get them out but to tighten them and not risk damaging the nuts use 1/2. it's an exact fit

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Your right they were 5mm. I was thinking of soemthing else when I typed it

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Having the studs in the head helps align everything and hold the gasket on. It is also impossible to get a few studs in if the headers are in the car. No clearance for the length of the stud with the tubes blocking the hole

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I pb blasted the studs and nuts. It made everything go together with just the slightest effort. Pb blaster is a must

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