It took some imagination and varietal wrenches, sockets, swivels, and extensions to access some of the header bolts but all is good now. I haven't found any leaks nor the "ticking" sound that some have mentioned. Mine is quiet (with 24" Magnaflow duals) but it gets plenty loud at WOT--just the way I like it. Excluding WOT though, my Vararam Air Grabber is almost as loud as the exhaust. That Vararam moves
some air...! I cut the drivers side OEM gasket to ease access to several bolts (especially the second from the rear, top) which helped greatly. After studying the situation carefully, I don't expect any problems from cutting the gasket heat shield. So far, so good. The sturdy OEM gaskets are a first-class fit and, when all the bolts are started through the gasket holes, you can be assured the ports are then well matched to the gaskets. The header installation was..."interesting" but I don't want to do it again. I removed both fender well liners and the steering link (easy). The installation was done by me alone in my home garage but I strongly recommend a mechanically-adept helper
. I would have cursed less with a good helper.
PS-JBA says to torque their bolts to 23 ft/lbs. Ha! There's no way to get a torque wrench on most of those bolts so you better have a good feel for bolt tightness. Not too tight. Not too loose. Otherwise, you may have problems. I was not very impressed with the JBA bolts. I had no bolt failures but they looked and felt like mid-to-low quality hardware to me. I had the impression that the heads would twist-off without much effort. Maybe I am wrong but be careful.
Here are some obligatory pics:
Many thanks to the members who have posted pics and information about the installation. Knowing what to expect makes it much better when you do it yourself.
Next mod this week--4.10 LSD OEM gear installation.