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Old 08-12-2010, 10:50 PM   #81
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Want to add a few tips of my own after the install.

If you're going to spray ceramic paint on your headers - make sure you prime them. I was scratching them during the install

To make the install easier
- Remove the motor mount, air pump and reservior. There isn't much room
to work with.
- Use advice mentioned in this thread - buy racheting wrenches, swivels
and extensions.

Here are some pics of clearance. The headers I got from bimmerbrakes cleared everything nicely as seen below. And yes, I need new motor mounts.





Do yourself a favor and PB blast the bolts. Removing the nuts removed the bolts at the same time for me. Buy new nuts and bolts



A shot from below of the manifold mating with the head.



Bimmerbrakes Header O2 bungs clear each other.



Image of how much room you'd have with the air ump and windsheild reservior out of the way.



Lastly, the stock manifold comparison vs the header. Stock manifolds are very restrictive. If you want an engine mode with proven numbers, do this first. It's $10 a horsepower (Generic Brand)



I'll provide an update of where and how I mounted and installed the O2 sim if there is vested interest. I'm looking to install cats; the car at the moment stinks sitting in traffic.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:50 AM   #82
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great addition as always. people like you help me keep my faith in e46F
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:59 AM   #83
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Great Update Phamine!

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Old 08-13-2010, 01:30 AM   #84
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Great Update Phamine!

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+1

And bump for a guy who knows what he's doing...this is super helpful for lots of fanatics I'm sure
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:05 PM   #85
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And bump for a guy who knows what he's doing...this is super helpful for lots of fanatics I'm sure
Just trying to spread the knowledge.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:35 AM   #86
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Just an update...

When buying ratcheting combo wrenches to tighten your nuts on the headers, MOST of the metric sets out there dont have a 11mm wrench in them. 12 is too big. 10 is too small, naturally. However, 7/16 is very close to 11 mm.

I found this out 2 min ago when opening my new 7 piece metric ratcheting combo wrench set...

Guess whos going back to the hardware store...
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:33 AM   #87
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If you're going to spray ceramic paint on your headers - make sure you prime them.
what are you priming them with?
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:23 PM   #88
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Just an update...

When buying ratcheting combo wrenches to tighten your nuts on the headers, MOST of the metric sets out there dont have a 11mm wrench in them. 12 is too big. 10 is too small, naturally. However, 7/16 is very close to 11 mm.

I found this out 2 min ago when opening my new 7 piece metric ratcheting combo wrench set...

Guess whos going back to the hardware store...

lol
that sucks but is a good reminder. good luck with install.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:31 PM   #89
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what are you priming them with?
Use VHT primer. They have a high heat primer.
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Use VHT primer. They have a high heat primer.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:05 PM   #91
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Lol, I may end up just gleaning all the info from this thread as it comes up and never getting these damn things on the car! Every time I get on this thread some new trick or tip is posted!

Props guys! Making a challenging thing a little less challenging one post at a time! Now, can you pave my driveway, get me a day off, and make the summer temps go down? TIA!
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Lol, I may end up just gleaning all the info from this thread as it comes up and never getting these damn things on the car! Every time I get on this thread some new trick or tip is posted!

Props guys! Making a challenging thing a little less challenging one post at a time! Now, can you pave my driveway, get me a day off, and make the summer temps go down? TIA!
sorry I only play god on the weekends.
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I have been getting a lot of PMs and questions so I think it is time to bump this bad boy.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:48 PM   #94
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Want to add a few tips of my own after theZZcdOeufFfs/s800/DSC01005.JPG[/IMG]

I'll provide an update of where and how I mounted and installed the O2 sim if there is vested interest. I'm looking to install cats; the car at the moment stinks sitting in traffic.

Please provide the update re: the O2 sim, thanks. BTW, great post!
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the thread is kinda old so you may wanna pm him.
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this thread is totally worth a sticky btw
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:23 PM   #97
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Hey guys just a heads up. Anthony is doing another Group Buy fro headers. If you need more info look here

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...1#post12445418
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Someone mentioned that they would post about installing the sims. Can someone do that? I have a check engine light on.

Thanks!
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Someone mentioned that they would post about installing the sims. Can someone do that? I have a check engine light on.

Thanks!
it is linked in the OP and I have also linked it here for your convenience
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