tips for removing header bolts


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tips for removing header bolts

Postby made2care » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:23 pm



Purchased a nice complete stock muffler and just need some tips on how to remove the header bolts. Seem to be on pretty solid and don't want a broken bolt situation. If anyone out there has removed these bolts successfully, please let me know . I've read different strategies from penetrating oil to applying heat.

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Re: tips for removing header bolts

Postby made2care » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:15 pm

removed them , no problem. no oil, no heat. just a few taps with a hammer on socket wrench and Presto!! on some the entire bolt came out, others, just the nut.

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Re: tips for removing header bolts

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:12 pm

made2care wrote:removed them , no problem. no oil, no heat. just a few taps with a hammer on socket wrench and Presto!! on some the entire bolt came out, others, just the nut.

good job!
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Re: tips for removing header bolts

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:04 am

I would use a decent penetrating oil first (I use PB Blaster, but there are others), and let it sit for an hour or two. Sometimes it helps to very slightly tighten them before backing them off. When it comes to bolts/studs like this that are superheated with exhaust on a regular basis, I generally like to have a few ordered and on hand beforehand to replace the ones that I might end up breaking. :)




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