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    I was woundering if are header studs pressed in or screwed in? if so all i got to is screw it out with visegrips maybe? whos done it an how much of a pain this is going to be. i broke 1 an can still grab w/out the thick washer.,i just want to replace it. i got out of hand when putting my manifold on lol.

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    Re: Header Studs

    Yeah there screwed in as far as I have heard. Double nut them maybe but its steel on aluminium so theres gonna be trouble. If you can heat up the alum a little it will expand and hopefully help get them out.

    Best bet it to try and use what you have it can turn into a mess.


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    Re: Header Studs

    ya i would try a double nut setup

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    Re: Header Studs

    from waht it sounds like, he's bust half a stud off so double nut might not work.
    there are a few stud extractors on the market that work all right.
    there are easy out .which are only really usable if the stud is bust off flush.
    the ones i like go over the stud and grip the sides of it, but require most of the stud be there to get a decent grip.
    but vice grips and a can of wurth rost off ice or similar may be the go if either of the above are out of the question

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    Re: Header Studs

    yea its busted off flush and i can still grabs with a nut with the manifold on but not much 3 maybe 4 turns but i just want to replace it...ill see what i can do or have a friend give me ahand


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    Re: Header Studs

    Quote Originally Posted by Rendon LX-i View Post
    yea its busted off flush and i can still grabs with a nut with the manifold on but not much 3 maybe 4 turns but i just want to replace it...ill see what i can do or have a friend give me ahand
    do you have access to a welder? you can screw on a nut and weld it to the broken off part. then you back it out with a wrench. I got sick of messing with the studs and helicoiled everything. I also went to a 5/16 fine on one end in the head, and 5/16 coarse on the manifold end. thats a common exaust stud. i had to drill the holes in the manifold to make it just slightly bigger. not much.

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    Re: Header Studs

    sounds like a plan....i was thinking of that to but what if it breaks again lol...well worse case is just tap and die the fucker..thanks again..

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    Re: Header Studs

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a

    might be a lil expensive but they will get used more then you think lol

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    Re: Header Studs

    I drove around for who knows how long with an exhaust manifold nut missing. Never had any noise or other problems.
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    Re: Header Studs

    well its on now and if it leaks im going to let it warm up for 5 minutes to let the alum. explan then take take some PB and vise grips and let her rip i did some research shouldnt be that much of a pain...im just thinking bout it way to much lol....im lucky its didnt break flush with the head.

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    Re: Header Studs

    when i was changing my header one of the tips broke off so i just didnt use the washer for it and it still fine

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    Re: Header Studs

    Quote Originally Posted by MessyHonda View Post
    when i was changing my header one of the tips broke off so i just didnt use the washer for it and it still fine
    Yeah I don't have washers on two of mine. I also don't have any flexpipe in my exhaust so it moves the whole exhaust when the engine moves. The exhaust mani is still nice and tight.
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    i should b fine....seems like im not the only one lol.


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    Re: Header Studs

    Quote Originally Posted by ghettogeddy View Post
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a

    might be a lil expensive but they will get used more then you think lol
    I've broken a few of those. I need to take them back and make them replace them.

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    Re: Header Studs

    Harbor Freight has kits for $8. You won't feel bad breaking those.
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    Re: Header Studs

    damn cheap..


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    Re: Header Studs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Harbor Freight has kits for $8. You won't feel bad breaking those.
    ya buts craftsman i wont feel bad eather having them replace for free lol

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    Re: Header Studs

    HAD same problem. So i went to the pull and pay and got me a new one with o2 sensors for 23 bucks

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    Re: Header Studs

    Quote Originally Posted by EricW View Post
    I've broken a few of those. I need to take them back and make them replace them.
    Good luck. They don't have the warranty on stuff like that.
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    Re: Header Studs

    Quote Originally Posted by ghettogeddy View Post
    ya buts craftsman i wont feel bad eather having them replace for free lol
    I'm finding that a lot of Craftsman stuff is really overbuilt and awkward. I have a deep well impact socket that I use for lug nuts. I can barely fit it into some wheels. It's decidedly thicker than my Harbor Freight sockets. The Harbor Freights are not as strong, but I'm okay with that.
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    Re: Header Studs

    they should back out without much trouble, just soak them with PB Blaster everyday starting tonight, and by the time Saturday comes around, they'll damn near back themselves out. Mine accidentally came out when I was trying to back the nut off the stock exhaust manny. I was like WTF? Two birds, one stone with that one b/c I had new ones ready to replace the original rusted up ones.
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    Re: Header Studs

    Thanks mike...i got it all handled i had a exhuast leak anyway so i went ahead replaced it.

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