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Old 04-23-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default What's the best way to clean uppipe/header flanges?

My uppipe is leaking and I am going to get some new OEM gaskets for the uppipe and the passenger side header just in case. What is the best way to clean the flanges for each piece? Just get a wire brush and scrub or is there a chemical cleaner?

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Old 04-23-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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Spray some carb cleaner and let sit.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:13 PM   #3
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you will need a circular wire brush bit for your drill and then use that to grind all the old stuff off and you wont damage the flange this way.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:18 PM   #4
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Rotary wire brush on a drill. Worked great for me.
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Old 04-23-2005, 08:15 PM   #5
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....green scotchbrite and some solvent......no smoking
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Old 04-23-2005, 08:56 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys!
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Old 04-23-2005, 09:21 PM   #7
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FYI, carb cleaner is strong enough to take the STi paint off a TMIC. Don't ask why I know . Just do it in a well-ventialted area.
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