I have a question about an exhaust leak, if anybody can help. I was told by a mufffler shop that my 1998 4.0 TJ are known for this... My question is should I have the shop weld the leak or should I go with new ???
Weld Job = $175.00
New = $185.00 for exaust + $185.00
All Thumbs when it comes to mechnic work. (whewwww) but I would like to learn. this is what I heard, "Broken bolts dont have the right tools" etc. etc.
My November project... Probably for under $100.00, and the experience will be priceless. Just take it step by step, label everything, find a friend with a garage, and have at it. If you break off a bolt, panic for a second or two, then move on. You can always call a wrecker!
My suggestion would be to replace it yourself if you have the ability/time. I did not but I would also suggest you replace it with an after market manifold or most likely you will be doing this again in the next few years. I have heard the stock manifolds and OEM replacements are just poor quality.
I went ahead and replaced mine, also cracked, with a Banks Revolver and that thing is a hoss and something I shouldn't have to worry about for a long while, at least I sure hope because it wasn't cheap. That labor quote seems good as I have been quoted $332 by more than one shop, this is 4 hours according to the book and one shop said 6 hours.
I have a 98 as well. The manifold that came on it cracked and I replaced it. That one cracked as well. I then put a set of headers on. No problems and gained a few mpgs. It went from 14 with cracked manifold to 17 with headers. Just my 2 cents
Thanks for all your input I'm thinking change it myself, and puting on "headers", any suggestions as to make of headers, easy install?
The ebay ones with the bellows are supposed to hold up well. There's a write up a guy did where he went through several sets of "good" headers and finally installed the ebay ones and they're still holding up a few years later. I'll see if I can find the write up.