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Old 09-07-2012, 02:08 AM   #1
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anyone around chicago to help with headers

Looking for a hand with headers. havent done them before but have tools.

could throw a couple bucks your way for help!!
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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a couple bucks was not literal.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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Where abouts chitown are you? What kind of headers did you get?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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Ebay ones that direct bolt on and rockford

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:03 AM   #5
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Have you done work on cars before? Do you know what you're doing?
Do you have jack and stands?
Is your exhaust rusty?

Thing is... The project is somewhat straight forward. But the exhaust studs get super rusty and need to be cut off sometimes.
I'd be willing to help but I can't be held accountable if it's not doable without cutting stuff up. And if they don't fit.
Let me know if you'd like my help brotha. I live about an hour 15 out.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:18 AM   #6
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ive done headers, ecu wiring, swapping out intake manifolds, suspension work... pretty much have done most everything outside the engine or clutch.

I've got an air compressor and tools. I hear there is some flexible thing for sockets but i dont have one.

exhaust is rusty but doesnt look too bad. are you talking about the exhaust studs that connect to the cat? or to the head?


Have you done them before?
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:14 AM   #7
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Both bolts will prolly be difficult.
I've done them on an e30.
If you've done them what exactly were you looking to get help with? And do you have new gaskets?
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Spray both bolts with pb blaster few times. Drive the car so it the exhaust gets hot, and the pb blaster can penetrate .

Make sure you have new oem gaskets, and not the shitty ones that cone with the headers.

I had flexible sockets when I did my headers and they make the job a lot easier.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:21 PM   #9
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Which seller did you buy Your eBay headers from?
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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Sorry, I meant that work has been done on civics and svt focus'. I hear you have to remove the engine mount and jack the engine up. I have no experience with that. I want to make sure I'm doing things properly.

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Old 09-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #11
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What's the average time on this and where can I find flexible sockets? I'm going to buy some of those ratching hand wrenches just in case.

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Did you install these yet? You don't need to remove the engine mounts if you have a non xi car. Just pull the firewall back a bit and maneuver the headers out from underneath, I think I pulled the second one out first .
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