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Old 07-30-2011, 08:42 PM   #26
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Can you screw up hooking the steering wheel column back up? I think I got it put back together OK but it is concerning.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:56 PM   #27
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I am doing this install, just the short system though. No problem disconnecting the steering shaft, once I got it off it was obvious that it only goes on one way. I know I was concerned about this part of the install too, however there really is nothing to worry about guys. Remove the bolt and compress the shaft toward the firewall and out of the way. Then remove the OEM exhaust manifold and install the header, I had no problem sliding the u-joint back over the lower steering shaft.
Thanks Nine Ball for the DIY thread, can't wait to fire this thing up. Good luck all with your installs.

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:53 PM   #28
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bump for an old great thread, my new LT's should be here thursday, cant wait, this will definitely help
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:51 PM   #29
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I plan on installing my Kooks 1 7/8 and high flow cats with Borla Atak catback, will I have to cut anything or will it just connect without issues? Thanks
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:57 PM   #30
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Same question, there's some confusion about when cutting is required.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:34 PM   #31
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I plan on installing my Kooks 1 7/8 and high flow cats with Borla Atak catback, will I have to cut anything or will it just connect without issues? Thanks
I put a set of 1 7\8" Kooks, Cat deletes, etc. and it was all done in less than 2 hours. Didn't remove or cut a thing. Not sure what the H is going on as far as this whole steering column deal, etc.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:43 AM   #32
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When installing Headers and cats, typically no cutting. There's a sleeve after the cats that hooks up to the catback exhaust. All the brands I've seen are designed to fit in this sleeve.

If your just doing exhaust and not headers you'll probably be cutting your exhaust, varies by brand.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:56 PM   #33
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Dose anyone have a photo of the steering shaft hook up? I am doing this job very soon and would be interested in seeing it.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:38 PM   #34
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OK, i got my Kooks long tubes, off road x pipe and mufflers installed today. it was a pain in the ass getting the stock manifolds off, both pre cat o2 sensors threads broke off while coming out of the pipe (yes i am being serious). On the plus side both new o2 sensors will be here tomorrow, and it only took me like 2 minutes to get the headers slid into place and bolted in and another 30 minutes later i had the rest of the exhaust put into place. by far the best and easiest install ever minus having to spend almost another $300 on my o2 sensors.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:14 PM   #35
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Did you heat the O2 sensor bungs prior to trying to remove them? I am doing this install tomorrow and trying to be ready for any potential hick ups. From what I am reading they come loose much easier if you do it while they are still hot or hit them with a heat gun and some liquid wrench first.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:15 PM   #36
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yea i heated them up.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #37
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Well, not much for me to do now except take my best shot at it in the morning.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:51 PM   #38
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Like I said it was easy as can b. the threads just broke on me.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #39
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Keep a good thought for me! I would really like to avoid having to buy new sensors right now. This seems to be the most common problem. Apparently GM didn't bother with anti-seize and got a bit carried away with the torque as well.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:14 PM   #40
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Well did u get it done today? I took mine out today and wow does it sound good! It's louder and deeper than I thought it would b and that's a plus
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:45 PM   #41
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I got it done and my O2 sensors gave up with only a small fight and were in plenty good shape to reuse. Thank Goodness! I unhooked the firewall ends and dropped the manifolds so I could have lots of room while I worked on the sensors. A little soaking with liquid wrench while I worked on other stuff and then I hit the other side of the pipe with a torch for a couple minutes till the liquid wrench started to smoke off. The base hobby shop had good high quality O2 sensor sockets and that made all the difference. They gave up with only a few grunts and groans from me. Thanks for the heads up. Being really ready for a fight made me come out on top.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #42
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Installing LT's with the guidance of some more knowledgeable friends sometime in the next few weeks... this was extremely helpful. Bump for a great thread!
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:15 PM   #43
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Did kooks lt with cats attached to ghl stainless exhaust. Along with pipeline intake. Pat g tune scheduled for tuesday. Wasn't hard but 18 lbft just doesn't seem tight enough.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #44
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Getting ready to install some lt headers hopefully the sensors dont give me to much trouble
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:07 PM   #45
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Bump, my Kooks stepped LT's with cats will be here tomorrow. It will probably be a month before I get them on with all this snow and cold weather.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:11 PM   #46
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Sorry if this was covered.. I read this thread and didn't see it.. There are Headers I am considering from texas speed.. with high flow cats.. I have a flowmaster axleback that I am keeping the midpipe is stock which I am keeping as well.. Would they connect right to the stock mid? I guess all I would be losing is 2 cats right?
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:54 PM   #47
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I'm looking for the same answer on this as well. Just ordered the TSP Long Tubes and they come with off-road extensions... This is my daily driver, I did a muffler delete a few years back. I was under the impression that the long tubes would connect up to where I still had cats. Is this not the case?
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:30 AM   #48
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You lose your cats.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:14 PM   #49
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:27 PM   #50
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Nope, 60,000 miles later pushing this car hard. They're fine.
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