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Old 11-07-2013, 02:10 AM   #1
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motor mount bolts squeaking

Hey all,

Newbie here who decided to tackle a long tube header and off road x pipe (bbk ceramic l/t) install on my own, in the garage, on jack stands. I'm almost out of the woods but have a problem. Drivers side header hung and everything reattached. Passengers side header hung.

Problem: It appears the motor mount bracket and bolts did not line up correctly upon reinstall b/c I'm having a heck of a time screwing them in. 1st one went in fine. 2nd one developed a nasty squeak half way in and became extremely hard to screw all the way in, I got it in just barely but only b/c it was the middle bolt and I was able to get enough torque on it. The other two bolts in the back are going in the same way as bolt No. 2, however given their position I will not be able to deliver the amount of torque necessary to drive all the way in (well maybe if I spend 4 hours on each bolt).

I don't know if I stripped the bolts and if taking the 2 out and trying to realign the mount plate would be possible (if stripped) or recommend.
Am I able to run with just 2 bolts securing passenger side?
Other than the top starter bolt (which I threw in the fking river) this is the most trouble I'm having.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

GB

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Btw I have a 2013 GT. 6spd.
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I would start over, run a tap through the holes. Make sure you start them all before you tighten any of them. Also a good idea to use antiseize on the bolts for lubrication. If you can't start them by hand, somethings wrong.
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I assume the k member would have to be removed to perform a tap.
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I assume the k member would have to be removed to perform a tap.
No, just back up a few steps and take your time. When things don't fall together, stop, take a smok break, when you come back things usually fall together. But don't force anything!
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No, just back up a few steps and take your time. When things don't fall together, stop, take a smok break, when you come back things usually fall together. But don't force anything!
I recommend removing the k-member for the header install. I did it on my '13 and it really wasn't difficult at all. The benefit of removing it is, you'll be able to access everything with ease (including all the starter bolts and motor mount plates). I wonder how many have left out the top starter bolt after installing headers? That is just something that would have bugged the crap out of me and therefore, wasn't an option when I did mine. BTW, I did buy a thread chase kit and chase all of the bolt holes before hand too.
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Holes tapped and bolts reinstalled. Kept k member on. Thanks all for the comments.
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