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Old 03-21-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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header help

just want to say hi to the family here at c5 and ask for some help/tips on my header install. I have been struggling with this install for about 2 days now, the problem is that the back two bolts on the headers(driver side) got really really hard to turn and are about halfway in. I got scared and stopped turning them so i went to the pass side and started with the middle bolts and they are doing the same. Btw how are you guys working around all the crap on the pass side? I got the stock manifolds out no problem

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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Try using some WD-40 on the bolts. Might help. Also, for the rear driver's side bolt. I used a 1/4" drive with a short extension to get it out. You might also have luck trying with a swivel socket
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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Try using some WD-40 on the bolts. Might help. Also, for the rear driver's side bolt. I used a 1/4" drive with a short extension to get it out. You might also have luck trying with a swivel socket
ok wd 40. i got them out no problem its going in with new headers that is a pita. every bolt but the last two spin easily and freely in i just dont want to force them. i talked to a few people and they say maybe the holes on the flange are off a tadd or i cross threaded them by letting the headers hang on the nuts while tightening

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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best to go with two people for install. I had my 13yr.old son help me with the passenger side cause he has smaller hands to get in there. The driver side was a breeze.You might not be aligning the headers right or not supporting them properly.Use a floor jack to hold them up,put all the bolts in with blue loctite then torque them starting from the middle out and alternating from front to back. On the passenger side,I held up the headers with my hands(for better adjusting)while my son put in the bolts
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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Take one of the bolts out and inspect it. Make sure it doesn't look like you have already cross threaded them.

If all looks good take the bolt and touch them up with a wire wheel on a bench grinder to get and gunk off. Then put some anti-seeze on them before going back in. Other that that you my have to take the header back off and run a tap back up in there to clean out any threads you might have bugered up.

BTW: which brand of headers are you installing?
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:47 AM   #7
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m.b.s headers and plenty of jackstands. my helper bailed after two hours im 2 days in now. i looked at the bolts and i can see the treads some of them not as sharp but they dont look stripped to me
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:55 AM   #8
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just hope i dont gotta get a tap and re thread them.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:00 PM   #9
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Oh,when i took the bolts off I cleaned them real good with wire brush. Hmmmm,I used the barbeque pit wire brush It worked just fine
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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thanx man this is kicking my butt so the bolts should screw almost all the way in by hand right?
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:10 PM   #11
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Dont know where u at but if your close. I wouldnt mind going over and giving u a hand. Off from work today and just chillin
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
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Are you reusing the stock bolts and if so did you remove the thread lock on it? I put antiseize on new stainless bolts because the stock ones fought me the whole time coming out and the threads looked like crap.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:21 PM   #13
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What I did was put the pita ones in first and they threaded in easy with a short well socket and a flex adapter...I would take the bolts out and blow the hooles out with compressed air, their might be a little crud in there.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:42 PM   #14
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sorry took so long to reply the fight continues! yes they are stock bolts the ones that came with the headers are cheap looking and feeling so i reused stock gaskets and bolts. another member recommended scrubbing the bolts clean i will try that and maybe some pb blast
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #15
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Dont know where u at but if your close. I wouldnt mind going over and giving u a hand. Off from work today and just chillin
oh your in texas how fast can you drive that camaro down i 40 to n.c. lol thanx though yall are great man not one flame yet
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:24 PM   #16
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Lol. be there in 10MIN.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:38 PM   #17
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You must have a real transformer.I will post if this works thx everyone for the input.gonna take break whole body is aching right now and fustration has set in
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:50 PM   #18
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I had the same problem too. What I did was I took out the bolts that went in easy and switched them with the ones that were hard and it worked. I think it got a little crossed treaded and the good bolts retreaded them so it screwed in.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:22 AM   #19
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ok i will try a few new bolts i have all but 3 secure. i got it all done with the help of my friend and man my car sounds completely different. thanks for all the ideas/tips. gotta get those bolts down cuz on cold start the side with 2 bolts loose was leaking but after warming up they got quiet. now only problem is my dic said "AC OFF HIGH ENGINE TEMP" and that was after 2 mins at idle i know they get hot but damn maybe they wont heat sink so bad if im driving and air is flowing... anyone get this message? my temp gauge never reached the quarter mark. gotta wait til daylight to drive cuz when i started the car 3 of my neighbors cut all of their lights on lmao.... "you gone learn today" in my kevin hart voice
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:24 AM   #20
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didnt get this message once mine where in. dont have any problem with the heat so dfar in Saudi Arabia. maybe you damaged a wire or hoist from the ac? check all lines maybe.
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