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Old 08-09-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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Smile BBK Shorty Headers Ordered!

Just ordered a set of the BBK Ceramic Shorties from autoanything with a nice 22% discount !

Now the question is whether I should attempt the install myself or let a mechanic do it for $250..what do you guys think!

Hoping to see a little difference in sound and power!
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Just ordered a set of the BBK Ceramic Shorties from autoanything with a nice 22% discount !

Now the question is whether I should attempt the install myself or let a mechanic do it for $250..what do you guys think!

Hoping to see a little difference in sound and power!
Here's my thoughts...
If you've done any minor mech work on cars in the past and have the appropriate tools, I say go for it. After it's all said and done, you'll be glad you did.

On the other hand, I think the $250 is a reasonable price to pay and you won't get you hands dirty and scraped up.

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Just ordered a set of the BBK Ceramic Shorties from autoanything with a nice 22% discount !

Now the question is whether I should attempt the install myself or let a mechanic do it for $250..what do you guys think!

Hoping to see a little difference in sound and power!

Glad the code finally worked. But on a serious note install them yourself. I did it with a set of ramps and a few hand tools. I took my time and finished it in around 4 hours. The part that took the longest was unbolting the midpipe to manifold bolts. Trust me if you have the time an a good location go for it.


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The Universal joint things for socket wrenches and ratcheting wrenches will make the job much easier

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Glad the code finally worked. But on a serious note install them yourself. I did it with a set of ramps and a few hand tools. I took my time and finished it in around 4 hours. The part that took the longest was unbolting the midpipe to manifold bolts. Trust me if you have the time an a good location go for it.

Patience is key. Allow yourself plenty of time to take it slow and take some breaks. Don't be afraid to ask if you get stuck! These guys were a big help for me when I installed my headers

There are a few threads floating around with (many) more tips and advice. Only suggestion I have it to be careful and/or wear gloves when handling the OEM gaskets as they have give your hands a nasty cut!
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Plus one to that just asked shunc01 about the gaskets lol


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So what exactly was the price you ended up paying altogether for them with tax and such??
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No tax, free shipping, 311.99 total.. Good enough for me! I was getting tired of waiting
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For all of you that did the install, what kind of tools did you end up using and were the bbk provided instructions adequate?
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I posted an detailed instruction list in the DIY section. I can email it to you if you want it


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That's $250 toward your next mod or a good weekend. I say do it yourself. Even if you don't have the proper tools, it won't even cost you $50 to get them.




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Is there a code floating around that I don't know about. I wanna make AM match autoanything. After AM hooked me up, I would regret shopping elsewhere


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Is there a code floating around that I don't know about. I wanna make AM match autoanything. After AM hooked me up, I would regret shopping elsewhere


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Code expires today, by the time AM is in the office tomorrow it won't work if they try to verify. Otherwise I'd strongly consider trying the same thing.
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For all of you that did the install, what kind of tools did you end up using and were the bbk provided instructions adequate?
Just FYI, I bought this on a whim (on sale for $10 at Harbor Freight that week) when purchasing a set of flex head ratcheting wrenches, and I must say, it was $10 well spent. I probably used this tool for 75% of the install, if not more.
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Here's the thing - almost anyone can do it. But breaking head studs and creating exhaust leaks is not fun to deal with.

$250 is completely reasonable for a skilled mechanic whose done the install or similar before.
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Most I've paid for headers is $180 with a mechanic. Keep searching


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Just finished my installation of the BBK shortie headers on my '14.

Bought a 13 mm ratcheting wrench with flexible head from Home Depot, couldn't imagine doing the job without it.

Was able to tighten all bolts from the top, only time I had to get underneath the car was to loosen the X-pipe bolts from the exhaust manifold (new impact gun came in handy here). Total time was around 4 hours not including a few breaks. Did remove the battery & tray for a little more clearance on the passenger side.

No leaks or issues after install.
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Could you post a link to the wrench you bought?
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Its cool you got it done for this price, but I hate when people say this. The price of an install is very dependent on where you live. By you it might be 180.00, by him its 250.00. I live in a smaller city in Socal and I got a quote of 400.00. To be honest its not always easy to find some one to do a job like this. Heres another example...I bought a Tru Fiber hood. There are 4 places that do body work and paint where I live, 3 of them wouldnt even touch it. Why? Because they dont mess with aftermarket parts because it can be a pain. The 4th place wanted almost 700.00 to do it...why? Because they really didnt want to do it. I found a guy who os painting it for 380.00 out of his garage...he's painting it for the second time.
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Its cool you got it done for this price, but I hate when people say this. The price of an install is very dependent on where you live. By you it might be 180.00, by him its 250.00. I live in a smaller city in Socal and I got a quote of 400.00. To be honest its not always easy to find some one to do a job like this. Heres another example...I bought a Tru Fiber hood. There are 4 places that do body work and paint where I live, 3 of them wouldnt even touch it. Why? Because they dont mess with aftermarket parts because it can be a pain. The 4th place wanted almost 700.00 to do it...why? Because they really didnt want to do it. I found a guy who os painting it for 380.00 out of his garage...he's painting it for the second time.
Same type of deal with Austin, TX and gear installs.
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Here's a link to the wrench set at Home Depot:

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Metric-Flex-Ratcheting-Wrench-Set-5-Piece-HFRW5PCMM/202934581/
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That looks like a good price from Home depot.
Harbor freight has them as well.
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Do I need the Metric or SAE version of the wrenches?
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Metric or sae 1/2 inch lol but metric would be preferred


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Going to be attempting the install tomorrow! Hopefully I don't screw up the car too badly.
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Good luck man! If I can pull this install off, anyone can


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Going to be attempting the install tomorrow! Hopefully I don't screw up the car too badly.
Just thought I'd mention a small problem I had when doing mine.
When it came time to reconnect the mid-pipe to the new headers I had to put a jack under the x-pipe to help be align the connection to the headers. It was more of a nuisance thing as I had to squeeze in and out from under the car since it was on low ramps.
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Going to be attempting the install tomorrow! Hopefully I don't screw up the car too badly.
You can do it, just be patient during the install.
I cant believe anyone being quoted over 400 for this type of install no matter where you live, geez how much is a brake job?? I've seen people with little to no experience in mechanics do this job with nothing more than a couple of tools purchased and about four hrs of labour. I cant see a qualified mechanic in a garage with actual tools charging anyone over 400$ for a shorty install. #CRAZY

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