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Old 07-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Taking off exhaust manifold

I got all the bolts and nuts off except for the ones to the exhaust pipe. I'm replacing the head gasket and I don't have a deep bolt socket to get the nuts off where the exhaust pipe and manifold are put together just curious is I really need to take it apart there because it's yet another trip to the auto store. Also the manifold seems really tight on the 2 studs that are on the corners like I'd have to pry it off and the manifold might damage the thread on the studs is this normal? Am I doing something wrong?

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Old 07-28-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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Don't know off-hand, but someone should be able to respond soon with an adequete response. More-so concerned about getting a look at the rear stud when you take it out. Mine's apparently missing, and I don't want to go through the hassle of taking the whole manifold off to see what size I need.

Do you mind taking a photo of the rear bolt so I can see it, and what size it is? If you can, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 07-28-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Yeah for sure I can't see it at all at this point but the nut was the same size as the front corner so I'd imagine they are the same size
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:50 PM   #4
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I swapped intake manifolds on my 4.2 a few weeks ago. didn't disconnect the exhaust pipe, there was enough flex in the exhaust to remove the manifold from the studs.
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