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Old 12-08-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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Question about installing headers by myself

Hey guys, I finally got a set of kooks headers yesterday and im planning on putting them on this weekend myself but ive heard about two things that im a little confused about and thats the gaskets and the clamps that connects the cats. Ive heard that the gaskets that come with the headers are poor quality so should i get a set of gm gaskets or reuse the stock ones instead of those ? And with the connectors are those good enough or are there other types of clamps that are better ? Thanks in advanced for the help
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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For the gasket don't use liquid sealant. Some people reuse the ones they took off but I said why risk it over $24 and bought new OEM ones off Amazon.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:11 AM   #3
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Reuse the stock gaskets or get a new set from the parts counter at your GM dealership. The clamps are fine. Get someone to give you hand and it will be a whole lot easier.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:25 AM   #4
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:55 AM   #5
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Get new GM Gaskets for sure, better to pay the Extra $30 then have to even remove the bolts alone to put replacements in.
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:30 PM   #6
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GM gaskets all the way. I reused mine but at the time I had miles on the lower side on the car. I guess it would depend on that whether or not to just grab some new ones.
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Okay thanks guys, and ive been looking on amazon and ebay and i see ACDelco GM Original Equipment Exhaust Manifold Gasket but is that actually the original gasket or is that a different type ?
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:48 PM   #8
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Okay thanks guys, and ive been looking on amazon and ebay and i see ACDelco GM Original Equipment Exhaust Manifold Gasket but is that actually the original gasket or is that a different type ?
Search amazon or call dealer.

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Okay thanks guys, and ive been looking on amazon and ebay and i see ACDelco GM Original Equipment Exhaust Manifold Gasket but is that actually the original gasket or is that a different type ?
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Hey guys, I finally got a set of kooks headers yesterday and im planning on putting them on this weekend myself but ive heard about two things that im a little confused about and thats the gaskets and the clamps that connects the cats. Ive heard that the gaskets that come with the headers are poor quality so should i get a set of gm gaskets or reuse the stock ones instead of those ? And with the connectors are those good enough or are there other types of clamps that are better ? Thanks in advanced for the help
1) Yes reuse the stock gaskets or get new ones from the dealership as everyone is recommending. When you see brand new GM gaskets and compare them to the Kooks gaskets you will see why everyone recommends against their gaskets.
2) The connectors are fine.
*3) Get some anti seize for the threads on your O2 sensors, should you ever have to remove them. It is really cheap and can be found at your local auto parts store.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:49 PM   #12
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I am set to go thanks for the info !
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So I guess you are getting a tune or have a tuner.......
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