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Old 03-14-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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Solo Hi-Flow Installation

I cant get the bolts off connecting the manifold to the cats......i sprayed them with WD40 hoping that it will help loosen them up later. What was easiest for you guys and what size drive ratchets and extensions did you use
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:16 AM   #2
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let me know how the installation goes. My Solo High Flows are coming in tomorrow.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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well right now its horrible haha
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haha, I suppose it is. I am thinking about having someone else do it. I have little patience when things aren't going smoothly.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:48 AM   #5
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You aren't trying to remove the studs from the stock mid pipes are you?

A soaking with PB Blaster and letting it sit for a while can help with removing the nuts.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:57 AM   #6
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i used every extension I had and a LONG breaker bar to get enough torque on those suckers. thought I was going to break my ratchet.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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I took mine apart for shipping when I sold them. I don't remember it being that bad. Try spraying liquid wrench or some other brand of penetrating oil.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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you will want a good 24" breaker bar. I just used my torque wrench, which was about that length I think. I also had a 18" extension to reach down into the engine bay and a swiveling joint before the socket to reach the back bolts. You'll get it. I have no car experience at all and I got it done.

Believe it or not, the hardest part is removing the O2 sensors... go to Oriley auto parts and get a free loan (just need CC for deposit) of a O2 sensor socket (if you don't, you will have to use an open end socket) and use the same breaker bar to remove the sensors. Also buy some anti seize lubricant for the threads when you put the O2 sensors back on...

Oh and I also used PB blaster on the O2 sensors because even with the breaker bar they were not budging because they had seized... I had to replace one sensor @ $70-$80. Don't use a hammer.
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I just got my Solos in today. I thought they were going to be marked left and right, but I think I can figure it out that the O2 sensor tilt in towards the center.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:18 PM   #10
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I just did this install a couple weeks ago. The O2s were easy with the car hot. As far as the OP's question, once I had the right tools, it was easy. First, have the car heated up. Then hit the nits with PB Blaster. Using about 2ft worth of 1/2" extensions, a swivel, and a breaker bar, they broke free and then I used a ratch to get them off the rest of the way. For one of the nuts, it didn't break free of the stud before the stud started to wind out of the factory midpipe. This is no big deal, and once out, I took care of it off the car. The key is having enough extensions to get clear of the engine. I tried everything, every angle and every different socket, wrench, ratchet.... that I had and nothing would work until I went and borrowed anouther extension to get be up by the cowl and clear of the engine so I could hold the extension and put some weight into the breaker bar.

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Old 03-14-2012, 10:42 PM   #11
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well i finally got the front ones off (one of the nuts started to warp and strip so i had to jam a smaller socket on) now i just need the right extension and a 1/2 swivel socket.....everytime i get a step closer im missing a tool haha but it sucks cause i live 30min from the closest shop
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well i finally got the front ones off (one of the nuts started to warp and strip so i had to jam a smaller socket on) now i just need the right extension and a 1/2 swivel socket.....everytime i get a step closer im missing a tool haha but it sucks cause i live 30min from the closest shop
trust me I feel your pain. I had my cats off and couldn't get the O2 sensors off so I had to ride my bike to the auto parts store. It was pretty funny actually. But since I took the day off work, I had skipped working out already, so the bike ride was some good exercise.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:02 PM   #13
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well i got mine put in havnt driven it around yet but finally got it
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #14
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So I got a CEL I'm guessing it might be wd40 in the pipes or i have messed up the wires on the O2 sensors....thoughts any1?
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #15
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Check your connections. If all is good, then most likely something is up with the sensor.
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Go to auto zone and get your codes read. Then come back here and post them.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #17
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when you say check your connections do you mean the O2 sensors or the harness plugs?
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Make sure they are gud-n-tight (like a German virgin) and the connectors are well connected to the harness. Any air leak at all will cause a code. Make sure you didn't twist or crush the sensor wires as I believe there is an air tube for ambient air inside. Damaging this will cause a code. Like others have said, knowing what he code is will help. You can have it read at most any auto store, they just can't clear it. You might also find something more helpful in this thread:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=193058
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when you say check your connections do you mean the O2 sensors or the harness plugs?
Anything and everything that was disconnected during the install process.
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