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    Cool Header Install Easy/Hard?

    I'm considering getting headers and if I get them I will put them on because i dont want to pay an install charge.

    Will this be hard or easy, I've heard its mostly easy just time-consuming

    Since my camaro SS is a convertible is this a variable that makes it harder?

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    It'll be exactly the same...it is a very easy install. I bought pacesetters and they slid right in, only removing the obvious stuff (old exhaust, old manifolds, etc). Took me about 5 hours, that includes the time I took to bullshit online here and there and get something to eat

    The only thing I can say is don't cheap out on the y-pipe...I bought the cheapest one and it's a piece. It leaks and bangs my SFCs pretty bad, drives me insane I have to adjust it all the time.

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    i'm thinking about getting mac midlengths will those slide right in like the pacesetters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keliente
    The only thing I can say is don't cheap out on the y-pipe...I bought the cheapest one and it's a piece. It leaks and bangs my SFCs pretty bad, drives me insane I have to adjust it all the time.
    thunderracing sells a brace for the y-pipe...they claim it stops the banging

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    it's pretty easy. i did mine with the help of my uncle. just make sure the front end is up high enough

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    DO you guys install the headers from underneath, ie going under the car then up? or from the engine compartment down? Plus are the any catted y-ppipes that will fit on the hooker headers? I want them for my 01 Z28 but I'm not even gonna was my time with a ORY pipe and 02 sims.

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    pacesetter makes a 50 state legal mid length...so they must not move the cats at all or they wouldn't be 50 state legal I'm thinkiong about getting those and the random tech y-pipe w/cats

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    If I were to go with the pacesetter LTs, what would be a good Y pipe to go with?

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    Get carsound cats and a flowmaster collector and have a shop make you a custom Y pipe. That way it'll fit the best, not leak, perform great, and isn't that expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleeperZ28
    DO you guys install the headers from underneath, ie going under the car then up? or from the engine compartment down? Plus are the any catted y-ppipes that will fit on the hooker headers? I want them for my 01 Z28 but I'm not even gonna was my time with a ORY pipe and 02 sims.
    All LT's will go in from the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keliente
    It'll be exactly the same...it is a very easy install. I bought pacesetters and they slid right in, only removing the obvious stuff (old exhaust, old manifolds, etc). Took me about 5 hours, that includes the time I took to bullshit online here and there and get something to eat

    The only thing I can say is don't cheap out on the y-pipe...I bought the cheapest one and it's a piece. It leaks and bangs my SFCs pretty bad, drives me insane I have to adjust it all the time.

    I'd like to know how you just slid them right in, I fought with my pacesetters all night last night and still don't have them both in. I've installed lots of headers in various cars but this was a pain in the ass

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    SLP's took about 10 hours ( no lift access...rain delays...beer runs)
    Next time I will pay someone...LOL

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    I have to agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98-LS1
    I'd like to know how you just slid them right in, I fought with my pacesetters all night last night and still don't have them both in. I've installed lots of headers in various cars but this was a pain in the ass
    My passenger side seriously put itself on the car lol. The drivers side...I stuck it up there, felt a little resistance, gave it a smack with my hand and it went right in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keliente
    ...I stuck it up there, felt a little resistance, gave it a smack with my hand and it went right in.
    I like the sound of that! Wish they all were that easy!

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