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    Header install with no heads?

    Looking to install some headers while also doing a head swap. Im thinking with the heads off and the car on stands, the headers will slide in from the top. Has anybody done or tried this? Did it work or was there a problem doing so?......Thanks

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    I would think your headers would get in the way of your head bolts.

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    yeah, you can put em in from the top but you'll have to push them all the way out the bottom to get your heads on then come back in from the bottom Like he said, the headers will get in the way when you're trying to feed your head bolts in. Not that big a deal pushing them up from the bottom anyhow. What brand of header do you have? If pacesetters the drivers side header will take some patience but it will fit in there.

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    I've installed from the top, but you'll have to have the car up enough to let the headers sink below working level to get the heads back on. Probably just as easy to install from under.

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    Ya im going with Pacesetters. I dont have a hoist and I dont know if my jackstands will go high enough. I guess the only way to find out is try. Did any of you guys use just jackstands or did you have a hoist?

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    I did mine on just jackstands and although it's not the safest feeling in the world it works. What I did was raise the car high enough to get the headers started then lowered to where I felt a little safer to finish the install. The key is to have a big enough jack to get the car that high. You can stack blocks on top of your jack if it's not tall enough although that also isn't one of my favorite things to do. My jack was able to get it high enough without using blocks. Raise the front and the back. I put the front up first then got the back in the air then went up again with the front.

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    I used 21" 6 ton jackstands from Harbor Freight when I did mine. They were about $20 per pair. If you go from the top, you still have to raise the car, just not as high.

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    Thanks guys.....im going to give it a try.

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