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dakotamatt
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12/18/2002
09:36:47

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I finaly get back from Kuwait and my headers are waiting for me. I am having a problem though. I can not get one of the exhaust manifold studs out. I am using the two nuts that came off of the studs to tighten the inner against the outer nut and the stud will not budge. The two nuts are coming off instead and they are very tight against each other. Is there any onther ideas to remove the studs? I am stationed in Italy so if something goes wrong it will be a huge hassle. The engine is cool and I am using WD-40 on the studs.

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12/18/2002
11:16:42

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Soak the stud with penetrating oil, and tap on it with a hammer. This may help loosen it. Try to take it off with the nuts now.



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12/18/2002
11:42:58

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Let the engine warm up then try to take it out. Be careful not to burn yourself...Danny



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12/18/2002
11:47:56

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Thanks Troy I tried all of that and it didn't work. I also took a can of spray air to the stud because it gets cold if hold it upside down and continue to spray, thinking it would cool and shrink the bolt a tiny bit. Still no help. Finally I got it with vise grips. I was reluctant to use them because I figured worse case is it wouldn't come out and I would need the stud to put the stock mainfold back on. Now to press on with the rest of it. I spent twice as much time on that one stud as the rest of that manifold.

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12/18/2002
11:48:26

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Wht would he want to start his engine with the headers loose or off?



dakota matt
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12/18/2002
12:23:42

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Starting it with the header off and running it for a few minutes should not hurt anything other than my hearing and the hearing of my neighboors. Thanks Dan for the suggestion. I would have had to pull it outside and onto the street before doing that, although it was an option I looked at. I live in an apartment and the truck is in the garage so it would not have gone over well with the neighboors.

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12/18/2002
12:50:39

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I had to cut that bitc* off with a dremel tool, your new headers should come with new studs and nuts.

The factory had it so tight the stud was bent some. No way to take it off without messing up the nut.



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12/18/2002
12:54:14

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Doh, if it's the stud in the head then take a few nuts and screw them on, tighten them until they jam them agenst each other to remove the stud.



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12/18/2002
14:14:04

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Oyea, sometimes you can add pressure in a counter-clockwise direction while tapping on the wrench with a heavy item.

The shock helps losen the stud if frozen.



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12/18/2002
15:09:57

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All of the suggestions are good and haven't worked. Just leave the stud there and use it for a header stud. Just my $.02



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12/18/2002
15:42:05

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That wouldn't work due to the header pipes or the stud not having thread down where the header flange meets the nut.



dakota matt
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12/18/2002
17:12:56

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Its all good because I got it out. I had the same problem with one on the other side and went right for the vise grips. Why waste time like I did on the first one? Now I am stuck on the Y-pipe. Should have read the instructions better then I did. They say I need a torch to get the old one off and get the new one on. I think I know somebody with one so I should be ok and I can still attach the stock Y-pipe until then. This is my last performance mod and I will be glad when they are done.

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12/18/2002
18:37:43

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Matt,

The Y-Pipe was surprisingly easy to remove from mine, after I figured out how to do it. I removed all exhaust hangers and tugged from the back, twisting and turning the whole exhaust back and forth. Have a buddy watch the fitting so he can tell you which twist or turn works the best.

cryppie



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12/19/2002
08:56:21

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For the y-pipe: I just sawed the old screws between the header and the y-pipe and used some new ones lying around. Worked easiest for me...



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12/19/2002
09:11:29

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Thanks for the ideas. I am going to tackle the Y-pipe tomorrow since I will need to heat part of the new one just to get two pieces together. I have friend that will help me and a place I can take it that has a torch. If it wasn't for a couple of the studs being a pain the headers would have been pretty easy.

MSD 6AL, SS blaster coil, 8.5mm wires, Accel cap and rotor, autolite 3923 plugs, K&N FIPK, 180 degree T-stat. Gibson single CAT-back, Carsound CAT, MOPAR PCM. Crower 1.7 RR's, F&B 50mm TB, M1 intake and turtle, Black Magic 150 electric fan

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