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Old 07-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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installing long tube headers?

How hard is this? Do u have to lift engine or not? Also says bolt on no mods neccessarry taking it that means it will work with stock exhaust
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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You do not need to lift the engine. Just make sure you give yourself 2' of clearance underneath the car. With the correct midpipes you can connect to factory exhaust. You will need a tune if you don't want to stare at a CEL light.
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If you have just basic knowledge, it's an easy mod. You don't have to jack up engine, you will need to jack up the car high enough to slide the headers in from the bottom. I have a $40 jack from Oreilly and it was fine. Depending on what brand header you get will determine how they fit. Most top brands will go right in with no issues!
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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Cool thanks boys...have diablo intune sure this b fine to tune I take it I disable rear o2 sensors?
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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Get high flow cats with bungs for the rear O2's, or off road pipes. Pull your spark plugs before you start or you may break some.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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How hard is this? Do u have to lift engine or not? Also says bolt on no mods neccessarry taking it that means it will work with stock exhaust
It's easy to do, just time consuming. If it is your first time doing this, allocate at least 3-4 hours, if you have a buddy and both of you are mechanically capable you could do it a little quicker.

Besides the typical tools, you will also need a O2 sensor wrench (sorry don't know the actual name of it), a torch, a can of PB Blaster (or some other spray that help break loose bolts because getting the O2 sensors out of the factory cat's are a royal pain), and some anti-seize for when you reinstall the sensors.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
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Thanks draco my brother and I are both mechanically inclined...brother could strip engine doen to bare block put back together so I think we can handle... when we did buddys TA WS6 it was pain in butt had to lift engine to fit them...
Also do u have to heat wrap? Cant justify buying stainless if ur gonna have to wrap them
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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Very straightforward and not hard at all. I recommend you doing it with the help of a buddy just to build your confidence up. Plus when you put the dipstick tube back in (with help), you won't have to make a thread saying "HELP!! I Can't GET THE DIPSTICK TUBE BACK IN" lol.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
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It's very easy....surprisingly easy. An extra set of hands is great to have.
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It's very easy....surprisingly easy. An extra set of hands is great to have.
This. An extra set of hands definitely helps with most exhaust jobs. Just take your time and should be fine.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:03 PM   #11
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You can borrow an O2 socket from Auto Zone, just buy a small packet of anti-seize and PB blaster, That and warming up the engine got my O2 sensors out with just a grunt! Also get your brother to get under the car with a flashlight when you take the dipstick tube out. Take note of where the hole is so that when you get ready to reinstall it, you can find it again.
You will enjoy it more if you do it yourself!
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #12
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Also do u have to heat wrap? Cant justify buying stainless if ur gonna have to wrap them
Personally I would not wrap the headers. It will destroy the headers over the long term and most manufacturers will not warranty headers that have been wrapped. As large as the Camaro's engine bay is, heat is really not an issue but if you it bothers you, you can always buy coated headers.
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:02 PM   #13
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Doesn't bother me I don't want them wrapped... thanks guys...so dipstick is an issue to watch... can anyone explain lil more
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:15 PM   #14
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My o2 socket is a 7/8" wrench..
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #15
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You will have to pull the oil dipstick tube. Putting it back in can be difficult, because you cant get a eye on where the tube goes in to the engine.
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Doesn't bother me I don't want them wrapped... thanks guys...so dipstick is an issue to watch... can anyone explain lil more
It's not really an issue, just a pain in the butt if you're alone. It has to be installed from underneath but you can't see where it goes from underneath, you can only somewhat see it from up top (the cramped space makes it hard to get a light in there to see it clearly).
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #17
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Easy install, if you bought Stainless works headers the directions are in there. follow the directions and you won't have any problems. Make sure you use quality jack stands before going under the car. I used the OEM gasket on mine and not the silicone supplied in the kit. They also supplied new bolts. The sound is amazing.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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There is a 15mm bolt (IIRC) holding the dipstick to the head. Pull that and before you pull the tube out, get a flashlight on the base. You actually CAN see the hole it comes out of if you get your eyes at just the right angle (from ABOVE the car). I have put mine back in visually I don't know how many times now. Trick is to notice where it came out.

18 ft/lbs on the bolts. Re-torque after a few heat cycles. An air ratchet will be your BEST friend! Enjoy your headers!
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:55 PM   #19
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If you used some basic searching skills, you'd have found a very nice tutorial in the DIY section by our good friend nineball. I'll give you a searching hint, "header install".
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Muwahaha. Ninja vanish!
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