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installing LT's tomorrow... got a couple q's

This is a discussion on installing LT's tomorrow... got a couple q's within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; How long should this take? any tips or anything like that? is there a write up for this to make ...

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    installing LT's tomorrow... got a couple q's

    How long should this take? any tips or anything like that? is there a write up for this to make it go smoother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emoFTW View Post
    How long should this take? any tips or anything like that? is there a write up for this to make it go smoother?
    how hig will you be able to jack the car up??? you probably going to take about 2-3 hours...

    make sure you change your spark plugs when you get your stock manifolds out... no better time than then!!!

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    2-3 hours? Thats pretty quick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    2-3 hours? Thats pretty quick.
    if all goes well... that is with out farting around and going non stop... takes me a few beers and about that time...

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    im going to be using a friends lift... yes the plugs will be changed at that time as well.

    should i just use the stock exhaust gaskets? or should i use some new ones? i hear the stock ones are fine because they're metal

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    Quote Originally Posted by emoFTW View Post
    im going to be using a friends lift... yes the plugs will be changed at that time as well.

    should i just use the stock exhaust gaskets? or should i use some new ones? i hear the stock ones are fine because they're metal
    no... get new gaskets... do you have high flow cats or an ORY???

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    ORY, where can i get new gaskets from and how much will they be?

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    your looking at about 30 bucks from a GM dealer unless you know someone who can hook you up cheaper.

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    a 10mm ratchet wrench will save lots of time too

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvbroham1 View Post
    a 10mm ratchet wrench will save lots of time too
    a swivel socket one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    2-3 hours? Thats pretty quick.
    Yeah it is!!!! It's fairly common for people new to installing headers to take a day to get them done...

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    Quote Originally Posted by emoFTW View Post
    im going to be using a friends lift... yes the plugs will be changed at that time as well.

    should i just use the stock exhaust gaskets? or should i use some new ones? i hear the stock ones are fine because they're metal

    The stock GM gaskets are excellent to use....but make sure you buy new ones & don't reuse the old....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jujofields View Post
    Yeah it is!!!! It's fairly common for people new to installing headers to take a day to get them done...
    i can see the first time taking 4 or so hours... but i can't imagine any longer than that if you're working on it the entire time...

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    I'll be doing the same thing starting tomorrow night along with some other mods. Hope it all goes well

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    i reused my original GM gaskets, havent had any trouble. i know of several others in st louis that did the same thing. no need for a new gasket if yours is in good shape stil

    have wrench-ease handy.

    my buddy found a write up that helped me on my first LT install... do a search on that other 'tech' board for 'LT install'.

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    Reusing old gaskets is a bad idea period. $30 is pretty cheap insurance against a leak.

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    god we just finished it at around 9:30 and we started it around 2:30. so time consuming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OMGls1jz View Post
    god we just finished it at around 9:30 and we started it around 2:30. so time consuming!

    yea it was a 7+hr job! but it went pretty smooth!

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    Took me an entire day as well. If I did it again I could probably do it in half the time. I also re-used the stock gaskets, but my car only had 5k miles on it at the time.

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    it took me a week or so to do my headers on my LT1......but I heard if you can do headers on this car.....everyhting else in the world is pretty easy.

    btw, I did just about EVERYTHING myself, and hour-wise....I'd say a good 40+......all I had was 2 crappy jackstands, and a socket set. no swivels, a one size extension.....it sucked.....


    but supposedly the LS1 is easier.....goodluck any way

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