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installing headers

my parents are getting me a set of the JBA chrome headers for christmas, and im hoping to get them installed in a weekend. for those who have done a header install on a 4.0, any tips, pointers, general advice to make it go as smooth as possible? im gonna spray penetrant on the manifold bolts every other day this week too let it really get in there.
ill prob do a lil write up on the install and overall gains and a video clip of headers b4/after with stock muffler, no muffler, and a cheap-o 20dollar muffler from pep boys.
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Remove the wheels/tires and plastic inner fenders. It is worth the time and will make your life easier. It also helps to have an assortment of ratcheting box wrenches, universal sockets and wobble extensions.
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have a long extentsion and a swivel... you will be done in about 3 hrs.. inner takin out will make is a huge + as well. i installed my headers in about 2 hrs.. rachet wrenches are also a bonus.. if your not great at wrenchin im bettin it will take you about 5 hrs. also the egr tube was a pita on mine
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and wobble extensions.
i just bought an extension and was-"what the heck", then I was "cool, it's like a flex joint". I didn't know they existed until then.
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ha im good at wrenchin.. i do it everyday at work ha. but never have done headers on a truck. only a mustang where we pulled the whole front k-member and suspension off.

are they metric or standard sized bolts/nuts? i have standard ratched wrenches. ill probally go to sears and buy an assortment of extensions and flex joints and such after i get paid friday.
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Eric, looks like were having a small mod day at my house Sunday if you want to come.
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are they metric or standard sized bolts/nuts? i have standard ratched wrenches. ill probally go to sears and buy an assortment of extensions and flex joints and such after i get paid friday.
Metric.

Also, if you have or can borrow an E7 Torx socket, it will speed up removal of the factory exhaust studs. If you can't lay your hands on one, you can just double nut the studs instead.
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my parents are getting me a set of the JBA chrome headers for christmas, and im hoping to get them installed in a weekend. for those who have done a header install on a 4.0, any tips, pointers, general advice to make it go as smooth as possible? im gonna spray penetrant on the manifold bolts every other day this week too let it really get in there.
ill prob do a lil write up on the install and overall gains and a video clip of headers b4/after with stock muffler, no muffler, and a cheap-o 20dollar muffler from pep boys.
I can't wait to see a video and your opinion of the header install. I've been wanting to get headers, but I'm not sure if it's worth it.
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it was deffinately worth it in my book
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My headers had a bit of "slag" or something that I had to grind off before it would mount flush on the drivers side. Make sure it is seated before you go putting all the bolts on. PITA, believe me
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Metric.

Also, if you have or can borrow an E7 Torx socket, it will speed up removal of the factory exhaust studs. If you can't lay your hands on one, you can just double nut the studs instead.

thanks, im sure i can get a set of those type of sockets from the matco or snap on guys that come up to the shop all the time.

i should have some video clips(maybe a all in one video if i can get my buddy to edit them all together) by mid january?
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