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Old 11-08-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Ebay (aka pain in the ass) headers

Hello, my name is Jeremiah Pacheco I have owned a BMW 325ci 2002 for six years going on seven. I purchased the car because I felt it was a great deal. I am not rich but I am not poor either. So when I purchased headers for my car I installed them myself. Which brings me to this question have you ever installed those pain in the rear ebay headers?

The ebay headers look great out the box but the problem is they do not fit. The headers come as two pieces, three pipes on each headers, and one of them hit the engine mount. Why does this matter?

Well when you install or are taking off the stock exhaust manifolds you have to lift engine up to be able to get to them nuts. You take off nut from engine mount and lift the passenger side of engine up. This allows a better view and easier access to them. I installed them and was like wow everythings fits good on the engine block but it's when you lower the engine down into the engine mount hole to put the nut you notice it won't go.

So what you have to do is actually machine the engine mount. I proceeded to take engine mount off put it into a vice grip and grab my electric grinder. I had to grind at least two inches of aluminum magnesium whatever it is out. I made a notch so the header pipe had more room and it set inside of the notched out. To my surprise now they allowed me to lower my engine. Now I know why they where so cheap.

I love my headers and am greatful for the reasonable 150.00 dollars I paid for them but did I get what I pad for yes. I got 150.00 headers that you had to machine a litte other parts to get them to fit. The other reputable headers out there will run you nearly 2,000.00. Well for a final thought I also had to machine some of the bottom of a header so it wouldn't bind with my transmission but that is a whole another thread.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: Ebay (aka pain in the ass) headers

Should of got bimmerbrake headers. Great fitment for a couple hundred more

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Old 11-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #3
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only a couple hundred more! now that's a deal/ just joking.

I am poor and most of the jobs I have worked pay me close to minimum wage/ the only way I got the bmw in the first place was luck.

thanks for the advice though. a link would be nice too. wink wink.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:31 AM   #4
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thanks for the advice though. a link would be nice too. wink wink.
On my computer, if I left-click & highlight "bimmerbrake headers" then right-click and hit "search" I'm shown a number of links to the subject.
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