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Old 12-23-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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BBK Shorty Install....WOW!!

I got these for a great price and then I had an issue in my audio system so I decided to sell them....I got such a great price I couldn't let them go. I figured out my audio problem a different way.

I was able to get off work early today, it was a beautiful day here so I went for it. Keep in mind I did this by myself. I started with the hard side, the passenger side. Holy crap what a *****!! I think I spent 4 hours on that side alone. I'm pretty mechanical but this was challenging. After I was done I figured I'd start the driver side. Taking it apart is a breeze. I got it all put back together except I can't tighten 2 of the bottom bolts, the 2 outside ones. I had to stop. I'm beat!! Those bolts will be a nightmare that I'll tackle later. Luckily my wife is off tomorrow so I can borrow here car for a stupid half day....
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Goodluck! I have a pair sitting in my closet, not looking forward to putting them on myself, are you using ratcheting wrenches by any chance? Ive heard it can make installation just slightly better.
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Goodluck! I have a pair sitting in my closet, not looking forward to putting them on myself, are you using ratcheting wrenches by any chance? Ive heard it can make installation just slightly better.
They made life a little easier for me during install.

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I used so many different tools just to make it work. Sockets, ratcheting wrenches, regular wrenches, extensions and universal joints....thus really isn't any easy job.
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I didn't know Borla made shorties?

And I'm gonna pay a shop to do my headers and H-pipe, lol.
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Lol...I didn't even notice. Sorry BBk
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Except for the one on the Bottom of number 6 I can get to all the left side from the top going through the header, with a ratcheting 1/2 it is not to bad.
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Mac shorties a hand and knuckles best friend lol
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Mac shorties a hand and knuckles best friend lol
I would have done Mac if they were 50 state legal. I never want to do this again...

I'm pretty sure I'm getting some cash for Christmas so I think a CAI is next. Probably Airraid.
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I used so many different tools just to make it work. Sockets, ratcheting wrenches, regular wrenches, extensions and universal joints....thus really isn't any easy job.
You forgot the most important tool of them all; patience
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Oh yeah...bring lots of this.
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Oh yeah...bring lots of this.
And PB blaster. Try Longtubes next time. I don't think I've swore so much out loud in my life. Hahaha

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Ive given a few guys this advice in the past and it works well. if you know your going to order headers for your car, while your waiting for them to arrive jack up your car and break all of the oem bolts free and lube them and then retighten one at a time.. This will save you time and stress once your headers arrive. Instead of an all day job you can break it down to what works for you. It took me less than 4 hours from start to finsh installing the macs on my car. Everyone works at different paces so times will vary. But the main tine consumer is the oem bolts especially the midpipe to header flanges.
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I would have done Mac if they were 50 state legal. I never want to do this again...

I'm pretty sure I'm getting some cash for Christmas so I think a CAI is next. Probably Airraid.
I know just had to mess with you lol.
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I would have done Mac if they were 50 state legal. I never want to do this again...

I'm pretty sure I'm getting some cash for Christmas so I think a CAI is next. Probably Airraid.
I had the airaid and the c&l save the coin and buy the aem reuseable filter the cone shaped one with the airraid tube. If I decide to buy one again this is the route I will go. About $160 for both at autoanything
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Just go Ebay SoCal...none of the CAi for the 3.7 are CARb legal so you mine as well get a cheep one. mess with it a bit, do some data logs and be on your way...use that extra bit of coin you saved for something else.
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Ive given a few guys this advice in the past and it works well. if you know your going to order headers for your car, while your waiting for them to arrive jack up your car and break all of the oem bolts free and lube them and then retighten one at a time.. This will save you time and stress once your headers arrive. Instead of an all day job you can break it down to what works for you. It took me less than 4 hours from start to finsh installing the macs on my car. Everyone works at different paces so times will vary. But the main tine consumer is the oem bolts especially the midpipe to header flanges.
Thats pretty solid advice...Personally i just had someone else install them. i was sitting cool and comfy in a waiting room LOL
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Ok. I just did this install yesterday.

Here's the summary:

1. Spray each manifold nut and x-pipe nut with PB Blaster
2. Remove battery and tray.
3. Remove x-pipe nuts. I was able to remove the passenger side from up top using a 15mm wrench. The driver side had to be done from underneath with a deep socket and about 18 inches of extensions and a u-joint. I had to also disconnect the passenger side O2 sensor, the wire was not long enough to let the pipe hang down.
4. Remove all manifold nuts with a 1/2 inch deep socket using various extensions as needed.
5. De-nut any studs that came out of the heads and reinstall studs.
6. Remove exhaust manifold gaskets and install new genuine ford gaskets.
7. Install driver side header using a combination of 1/2" wrench and 1/2" deep socket. Patience is the key. I did not have a ratcheting wrench, but was able to get all header nuts tightened. It took a long time, and I took several breaks.
8. Install passenger side header. You can access the lower rear header nut from behind the collector with a small 1/2" wrench. This side will also take a long time. Be patient, take breaks, try to enjoy the work.
9. Re-check all header nuts to make sure they are tight.
10. Re-install the x-pipe from underneath. I loosely attached the passenger side first, then moved to the driver side. It can be a bit difficult to line the pipes up, after both sides are attached, then tighten them down.
11. Reinstall battery tray and battery.
12. Remove all tools and lower car to ground. Start car and listen for any leaks.
13. Enjoy that initial burn in smell of your new headers and go for a ride!

All in, this job probably took 4-5 hours, but I took several breaks when installing the headers to keep a positive attitude. It really helps.

Dropped a lock washer from the passenger side x-pipe and it landed in the frame, and never came out. Grrr! Searched and cussed that for awhile, then got a new washer and kept going...

Only specialized tools needed are several socket extensions and a u-joint. A ratcheting wrench would have been great, but it's not needed.
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Based on the tools you say you used, I'd say you didn't install BBK shorties. Correct??
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I did 2 sets with a 1/2 inch wrench.

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Based on the tools you say you used, I'd say you didn't install BBK shorties. Correct??

Yessir. It can be done.Click image for larger version

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Yessir. It can be done.Attachment 172500
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Yessir. It can be done.Attachment 172500
My apologizes!
It's been a while since I did mine but I didn't think I could use sockets on the new header. I used racketing box end wrench on all but one of mine.
So you used an open ended wrench on many I assume.
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Actually, I used a 1/4 drive half inch socket with a u-joint to run several of the header nuts as far as I could. Then I used the box end wrench to tighten them down. I only got about one point of rotation each turn. It took a long time...

A ratcheting wrench would have been great, but it was Christmas Day, and no stores were open.
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I was able to use a socket on a couple of the bolts. I didn't drop the mid pipe though. I was able to do it with it in place. I found the instructions after I was done and I says it should take an hour...HA!!
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I was able to use a socket on a couple of the bolts. I didn't drop the mid pipe though. I was able to do it with it in place. I found the instructions after I was done and I says it should take an hour...HA!!
I still want to talk to the guy that can do that LOL

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I still want to talk to the guy that can do that LOL

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There's no way you could do this in an hour.
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Gonna have to tackle this myself since a local Mustang shop quoted $750 to install. Looks like I get to buy some new tools!
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Gonna have to tackle this myself since a local Mustang shop quoted $750 to install. Looks like I get to buy some new tools!
750.00 is a lot, but after you do it you'll see why places charge so much.
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750.00 is a lot, but after you do it you'll see why places charge so much.
Oh, that was the "reduced" install price if I purchased my exhaust from them at $1450+tax versus what I found online for around $850... And dyno tuning was only $400 (20% off!) if I buy my X4 there...
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I was able to use a socket on a couple of the bolts. I didn't drop the mid pipe though. I was able to do it with it in place. I found the instructions after I was done and I says it should take an hour...HA!!

The mid-pipe "drops" when you unbolt it from the manifolds. I don't think anyone is actually unbolting the rear. It has to be moved out of the way in order to get the header onto the head studs.
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The mid-pipe "drops" when you unbolt it from the manifolds. I don't think anyone is actually unbolting the rear. It has to be moved out of the way in order to get the header onto the head studs.
+1 you just need to disconnect the forward o2 connectors to allow the front of the midpipe to lower off the manifold studs


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I didn't take off either one
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Gonna have to tackle this myself since a local Mustang shop quoted $750 to install. Looks like I get to buy some new tools!
Damn!!! Me and Shunc01 both paid $200 to have a local shop install. Even after he did Shunc01 firs, he still quoted $200 to me which was 2 weeks later...Just might be your area and where you live. I'm sure you can find a shop or guy to do it for much cheaper. I'd have paid $500 max though.
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