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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 14, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

I got tired of seeing "Wheel Dollies" here every time I log on

A deep offset box wrench is pretty handy for tightening header bolts. Usually longer than a standard box wrench of the same size for more leverage - esp when a 3/8 header bolt has a 3/8 head vs the standard 9/16 and hence a much shorter wrench. Plus it will often fit where a socket won't. That's it

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 14, 05:00 PM
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Re: Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

I even used socket head screws/bolts before...worked pretty decent too

depends on tube size...


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I got tired of seeing "Wheel Dollies" here every time I log on

A deep offset box wrench is pretty handy for tightening header bolts. Usually longer than a standard box wrench of the same size for more leverage - esp when a 3/8 header bolt has a 3/8 head vs the standard 9/16 and hence a much shorter wrench. Plus it will often fit where a socket won't. That's it

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With the old 350 (before the LS swap) I had a cheap deep offset box wrench that I took to a grinding wheel. I took about half the thickness of the metal off and it made it much easier to tighten the bolts without dinging the headers.

Not rubbing it in, but with the way the LS headers are designed and the hex head bolts I have, I can reach everything with ease. I can also remove all the spark plugs in about 5 minutes or less.


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Re: Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

These are handy too. Use them with the ARP Header Bolts

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Re: Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

This deserves a story. Back in the day "I know everybody hates that" My bud Mike had a 69 GTO 400ci and was putting headers on. As we all know, you need a special "header wrench" to finish the task. After trying to saw through a hardened wrench forever we watched him sitting "Indian Style"(can I say that?)in the driveway taking a hammer and chisel to it to make a shorter wrench. Ever smacked your ankle with a hammer? From that position I never would have imagined someone could jump that high. We LOAO. Mike was not impressed.

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Re: Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

Best tool I've found so far for header bolts is Dynatechs. First ones I've ever been able to get a socket on the back bolts, and that's with a 1-3/4" tube. I've got a set of 5/16" head bolts in a drawer somewhere that would let me get a socket on all of them but with the 3/8" ones now it's already so easy compared to the past that it's not worth the time to change them out. Plus I haven't had to touch them in thousands of miles since the install and retorque with Percy's gaskets.

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Re: Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

Good point, Steiner-
I use Percy's dead soft gaskets and have yet to see a header bolt loosen up.


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Re: Tip For Tightening Header Bolts

"I got tired of seeing "Wheel Dollies" here every time I log on." ... Hilarious!
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