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HELP with header install!

Thought I would install the BBK ceramic shorty's on our 2011 V6 today, barely started and already hit the wall. I cannot get the bolts that connect the exhaust manifold to the cat pipe off! Even went to the store and bought an air ratchet, but it is too weak to turn them loose. How did you guys get these bolts loose/off? Any tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated. At this point I am probably going to call it a day, as daylight will be gone soon.

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I used several long extensions and came in from under the car. It was a little though to get on the nut and they were super tight but it worked.


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Chris: when I went at it with extensions I almost stripped the nut! I was using a 15mm deep well socket, a swivel, and a long extension, and it was a no go. Could you please tell me the exact setup you used? What size socket, what size drive, swivels, extensions, etc. Thought I could bang out the install in 6-8 hours, pretty demoralized at this point. Thank you again for all of your help.
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Shoot the bolts with PB Blaster and let it sit overnight. Amazing stuff.

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Will do steve, should have done it last night! Thank you.
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I used that setup minus the swivel. I just wedged the socket onto the nut. Was using 3/8 tools. They were very tight and my car only has 1000 miles on it. Where in town are you?

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Southern Highlands, about five minutes from South Point Casino. Might try the install again next week.
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Chris: did you get all four bolts from the bottom? I could not get at the top bolts from under the car. I am hoping that with some PB Blaster and a clear head I will better luck next time.
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Yes I did them all from the bottom. I am by Rhodes Ranch. Ft Apache and Blue Diamond. I'll be off tomorrow through next Wednesday if you want some help next time you try.

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Chris: Thank you for the offer, but I am not sure when I am going to give it another shot. I am also gearing up to do a Roush TVS supercharger install on my 08 Bullitt, so I might put the 2011 header install on hold for now.
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You will need a Breaker bar, no swivel. there will be enough play in the extensions to get it on the nuts, I think I actually broke 2 of them loose with the Bar above the exhaust pipe.
I did use an air ratchet to take the stock manifolds off, and if you might check, they are 1/2 inch, but I did use a 13 mm wrench putting them back on, makes it easier to get the box end on through the headers.

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Just ordered some additonal tools for my next shot at the header install. Got a 1/2" deep well 15mm impact socket; 1/2" drive 20" extension bar; 1/2" drive 24" breaker bar; 1/2" drive universal joint impact socket. Bigger, better tools, and the PB Blaster should do the trick.
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I have not done this yet - BUT, it sounds like you have the right tools for the job now.

Also, make sure you apply the PB Blaster again - the night before you plan on doing the swap.
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Also ordered some extra manifold studs and nuts just in case, as well as a new set of factory ford exhaust manifold gaskets.

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