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Old 02 Jan 2008, 05:02 am
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Default How do i change my car headers!!?

i have a 1992 acura integra LS automatic (dohc) and i was thinking of buying new racing headers until my friend scared me and said that it is very very hard to change them and profesional instalation is recomended and they charge like 600 bucks and if i try to do it myself i can risk messing up my car because he said you have to put the new headers under the car!! please help and get me info on how much it really cost and how hard is it reallyso how much do you guys think they would charge me at a mechanic shop/car shopor what would be a fair price to pay someone to do it
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Old 02 Jan 2008, 05:16 am
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It's not hard at all. Your friend is a total jack ass. it's very simple. All you need is a basic socket set and a good cheater bar and WD-40 to penetrate the rusted and stuck bolts. Just take your manifold off. it's as easy as it looks. Goes back together how it came apart.
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Old 02 Jan 2008, 05:31 am
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haha ur friends wrong its easy all u need is a ratchet and like 5 sockets or if even that..wait til ur head is cool..unbolt it from the head then from the catalic converter then install the racing header using new gaskets
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Old 02 Jan 2008, 05:46 am
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most reputable shops should only charge 1-2 hrs in labor to replace headers. I would buy them first from a speed shop then go pay $100 or so to get them installed.
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Old 02 Jan 2008, 06:01 am
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your friend is full of it. its 12 bolts, 9 on the head 3 on the cat. spray pb blaster (wd 40 doesnt penetrate to well) and its one of the easiest modifications you can do. if your o2 sensor is old just get a new one, they are usually stuck in the factory manifold pretty good.
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Old 02 Jan 2008, 06:16 am
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Haha your friend sucks man. I hope hes just joking because headers a pretty much a bolt on install. There are 12 bolts you'll need to remove. 9 are on the head, and 3 on are the cat. Just remove all of that, plug in the O2 sensor back into the new header, install all the bolts and use the new gaskets. Thats it! Nothing hard about that, besides getting rid of the rusted bolts.Heres a team integra article on how to remove/install a header on an integra. It might be for a g3 teg, but it'll be the same for all cars.
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Old 02 Jan 2008, 06:31 am
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Pretty easy conversion. All you need is a set of socket wrenches, some penetrant (WD-40) and anti-seize compound.
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