Got JBA longtube headers on the way. Was wanting tips and tricks on the install! Will the headers slide in without removing anything? If not, what needs to be removed?
Top shaft does not move unless you purposely move it, but I taped it off to prevent it from spinning when bumped by my arm. The bottom shaft is essentially locked by the rack and pinion. Not using locking bolts but the bolts that came with the kit. I am using factory gaskets which requires some grinding on the SW headers to use. As for tuner, I already have a SC so yes. I also installed extra bungs on the headers and have a wide band from Innovate to help with dialing in the tune to safe limits until I get it on the dyno. My only unknown is the dipstick and if I need to insulate the wiring on the passenger side as I read that some had to do this. My only regret is not getting solid engine mounts as the factory ones are soft even though I have a manual.Make sure you don’t move the steering shaft or you might have an air bag code. For the passenger side you will need to remove the starter, make sure batt is disconnected. Are you using locks on the bolts? Are you using factory gaskets? Do you have a tuner?
Mounts on the earlier years are different and the SW headers I am installing use 2" primaries...even less space. They are bolted up now but I had to trim the passenger side stud otherwise it would hit one of the pipes. Other than that not too bad, but definitely time consuming.Read all of this thread. It should answer all of your questions.
1) To sacrifice some low end torque for power at the top endWhy did you choose 2” primaries ?
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Mine is a 2014...Mounts on the earlier years are different and the SW headers I am installing use 2" primaries...even less space. They are bolted up now but I had to trim the passenger side stud otherwise it would hit one of the pipes. Other than that not too bad, but definitely time consuming.
What year and engine?Just did the install today. Wasn’t as bad as expected but still a PITA. Didn’t remove steering column or motor mounts on the drivers side. I was able to wiggle the header into the spot and get to most bolts with the help of my buddy’s small hands. (good advantage to have) On the passengers side, didn’t have to remove anything either but was more of a tight space. I fit my hand through the top and got the bolts out with a ratchet wrench and that helped a lot. Getting the car up pretty night, having a creeper & a friends small hands will get the job done fairly easy. Job took about roughly 6 hours, excluding breaks. I’d rate the difficulty 6 out of 10.