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Old 01-14-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Question About LT Header Installation

So, this summer I'll be getting some stainlessworks LTs installed and have a couple of questions on what to expect. Myself and my brother are fairly capable of installing bolt on parts, so we could do it ourselves if installation isn't overly complicated. I just have a couple of questions:

1.) What should I expect to pay to have a performance shop install them?

2.) What sort of work goes into installation (Ex. Welding/Allignment)?

3. If instalation methods aren't difficult, would it be a good idea to just install myself?

Any input is welcome and appreciated!
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Do it yourself. Its not hard at all. Couple of bolts thats all it takes. Maybe a 2-3 hour job.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Just did mine the other night, not bad at all, there are some good threads on here with tips
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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Very simple and straight forward. It all just bolts right up into place. Save the money and do it yourself, more money for other mods.
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Do it yourself. The new Camaro is probably the easiest car I've ever installed headers on. It's a 3 hour job at the most.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:39 AM   #6
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Sweet, thanks for all the helpful input. I'll definitely do the installation myself and use the money saved to get a proper tune after I get a cam this summer.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:43 AM   #7
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SOme of us slow folks gotta take it in to be done lol. Me for example. Maybe it was just that the 2001 mustang cobras were a PIA to mod with anything that makes me not wanna try and put the headers on my maro myself. But like others stated doing it yourself and saving money is the way to go. If you wanna know the price range, I'd say it would be anywhere from 100-200 around where I live. (thats bolting them up and hooking up the rest of the exhaust)
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:14 AM   #8
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Definitely no welding. You just need to know what you're doing. The old manifolds come out easily and the headers bolt right up to the head and stock exhaust.

Buy some new GM gaskets. You can reuse the head bolts if they look good. Use blue lock tite on them. Torque to 18 lb. ft. from the inside out. Retorque after 4-5 heat cycles while cold. Enjoy!
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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A good set of long tube headers are easy to install on these cars. I have heard the LS3 is easier then an L99 which is what I have but mine went in really easy.

If you have an extra set of hands to help line up the headers and start the header bolts. I think this is the most critical part. I recommend starting all the bolts by hand until you KNOW they are started well into the heads. You can bugger up these aluminum head threads easily if the bolts are not started right before you put the wrench to them. Other then that, its DAMN easy.

Especially if you can get your car at least 18" off the ground in the front end. IF you can get it higher, its even easier. If you have access to a lift, piece of cake, you would be silly to waste your money having someone else putting them on for you.
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So ok... if you install these headers on your own, do you still need a tune. I was reading somewhere that if you use shorties you dont need a tune?? Also if you install headers and have to take it in for warrenty work, could you just replace them with the factory and no one would be the wiser?
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Shorties dont improve the airdlow enough to need a tune, but LTs do, some people say they dont but dont listen, LTs need tunes

Headers dont void warranty, tunes do
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If you do choose to have a shop install them, you can expect 300-600 for an install, depending on what system.

We are very very good at installing headers, and charge 600$ for install AND dyno tune.
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If you do choose to have a shop install them, you can expect 300-600 for an install, depending on what system.

We are very very good at installing headers, and charge 600$ for install AND dyno tune.
If only Texas wasnt so far away. I'll likely install them myself, but I really wish I could come to Texas to get it tuned by the pros.
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Ill walk you through the install! If you are handy with tools, and dont mind getting dirty, its not bad at all!

Maybe I need to take a road trip
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seriously, it is one of the easiest jobs you will do, if you have 2 people it is SUPER easy, the only parts that might give you ANY trouble are the oil dipstick (not bad if you look at it from under the car to see where it goes into the block) and just lining everything up again super easy just loosly bolt everything up, wiggle it as needed to line up the bolt holes, then once all the bolts are started crank it down, again several good write ups with pics on here, we did it with two people and jack stands in a couple of hours
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Hi all, did anyone install LT headers with their car only on ramps? To tell you the truth I don't know how to properly jack the car up on stands. I also don't know where the lifting points are and the location to put the stands under. Please help.
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Hi all, did anyone install LT headers with their car only on ramps? To tell you the truth I don't know how to properly jack the car up on stands. I also don't know where the lifting points are and the location to put the stands under. Please help.
Do a search. There's a thread on how to jack up the car onto stands.

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Do it yourself. The new Camaro is probably the easiest car I've ever installed headers on. It's a 3 hour job at the most.
Yup...incredibly easy. Took about 3 hours on my car...including a lot of standing around not really doing much work.
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seriously, it is one of the easiest jobs you will do, if you have 2 people it is SUPER easy, the only parts that might give you ANY trouble are the oil dipstick (not bad if you look at it from under the car to see where it goes into the block) and just lining everything up again super easy just loosly bolt everything up, wiggle it as needed to line up the bolt holes, then once all the bolts are started crank it down, again several good write ups with pics on here, we did it with two people and jack stands in a couple of hours


AMEN on the oil dipstick.....took me longer to get get that damn thing back in then the whole install.....
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The oil dipstick took me like 30-40 minutes on it's own. Stupid dipstick.
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Replied below.

1.) What should I expect to pay to have a performance shop install them? We usually charge $299 for a good set of headers installed, the knock-offs can go to $400-500 depending on what modifications are needed to make it fit (Yes you should not have to modify a header to make it fit in your brand new Camaro)

2.) What sort of work goes into installation (Ex. Welding/Allignment)? No welding for most of the good LTs, no alignment.

3. If instalation methods aren't difficult, would it be a good idea to just install myself? Not a bad idea if you have mechanical skill. Do remember you are modifying your own very expensive car, so if you do not feel 100% comfortable I'd let a shop put the headers on. That is your personal choice though.
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Anybody have a link to the threads listed earlier on how to jack your car up using jackstands and installing headers.
I have not figured out how to use the search button very well. Every time i type something in, threads come up that have nothing to do with what I wanted.
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