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Old 01-03-2003, 02:59 PM   #1
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Anyone have any advise?
I've been soaking the problem areas in WD40 for the last two days.
I wanna get some replacement bolts in case i have to cut that PITA one connecting the stock header to cat. Anyone know the size of this bolt.
Also what type/size wrench would you reccomend?
Thnx in advance
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Old 01-03-2003, 03:20 PM   #2
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1- No need to spray your problem areas with WD40 for two days
2- you will not need to cut your anything on your car
3- 12mm,13mm,14mm is all that you will need

Then I again I have a 01 RS so I'm not too sure how different it will be since you have a different cross member than I do...but it wasn't hard at all for me to install it considering that it was the first time I did a major install on my car, once you put the headers on you well get some smoke (at least I did) coming out of the engine I did the same thing I soaked the trouble places with WD40 prior to the install but after it all dried up no smoke at all enjoy you will like the sound boxer sound that scoobs are known for...
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:10 PM   #3
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I drilled out the holes a little bit the second time I put them on.. made them go on alot easier to put on. You need a 14mm deep socket for the engine nuts on the studs.
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Old 01-03-2003, 11:29 PM   #4
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I drilled out the holes a little bit the second time I put them on.. made them go on alot easier to put on. You need a 14mm deep socket for the engine nuts on the studs.
Agreed drill the holes out a little after you see where there going to be tight and it will make your life alot easier.
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Old 01-04-2003, 01:00 PM   #5
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Be careful when removing the stock headers and putting on the new ones as to not damage any of the threads on the bolds of the engine, you need a good seal there.

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Old 01-04-2003, 01:03 PM   #6
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I don't think this will be a problem on such a new car, but on the older cars for sure. The studs like to come out with the bolts (rusted on to know return) on the flange that mounts to the head. Thats not really a problem but since some of the holes have different depths, if you dont put the same studs back in the same holes some of them won't tighten all the way and your header can litterally rattle.
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Old 01-04-2003, 02:40 PM   #7
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Make sure you use the correct size wrench. I found out from experience that I can't really get the socket seated all the way on the bolts by the cat. So I use 2 wrenches to take that off. 14MM is the size I believe. Other than that its a peice of cake, you'll love them.
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:23 PM   #8
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Well I did it. I'm sore and tired, a few scratches and cuts. The bolts near the cat were 14's. I now back everyone who said it would be a PITA, I back them 200%!!!! I only have 13k on the car and one of the bolts were rusted SHUT, I mean together! So I ended up breaking it in half (on accident) but I replaced it. And yes I had to drill the holes cuz they just wouldn't fit. I actually pushed them far enough in to catch the thread of the bolt and inched them up slowly until they sat nicely. It sounds different than I expected, I CAN hear each individual engine pulse, it does sound kinda like a harley (somewhat). I am satisfied I drove it avbout 25 miles and no CEL, although a premature assessment, it is a good sign Sounds MEAN


And thanks for the info, it really did help a lot, really.
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:29 PM   #9
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sweet! So what are your opinions on they headers? any power gains?
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Old 01-05-2003, 01:58 AM   #10
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what should i torque all these exhaust bolts to when i go to install these?
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Old 01-07-2003, 02:23 AM   #11
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Can i kill a thread or what?
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:41 AM   #12
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k... ill just make em real tight like
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Old 01-09-2003, 01:50 AM   #13
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glad it went in good Buddha. hopefully worth the effort
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Old 01-09-2003, 11:37 AM   #14
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glad it went in good Buddha. hopefully worth the effort
Yeah it was worth the effort. And most thanks to you for selling those headers to me. You don't know how much I HATE dealing with shipping, too many bad experiences. I'm actually still trying to get used to the sound. My wife keeps telling me "there's a motorcycle behind us", I keep telling her "no, its OUR car"
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Old 01-09-2003, 04:03 PM   #15
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I have a question.
The front of the car now smells strongly of gas when I first start it up and it backfires a lot (from the headers and the muffler). Should I be concerned about either of these? I've checked for any exhaust leaks and found none. Thanx
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Old 06-27-2003, 10:45 AM   #16
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What gaskets, springs, and bolts will I need to replace my stock headers (from MY 02 RS 4EAT) with the Borlas?

I'd like to know what I need to pick up from the dealership. Part numbers are helpful as well. Thanks!

(Btw, BuddhaSac, you're most likely running very rich as a result of your intake/exhaust mods. Subaru's are known to run rich stock, but increasing airflow into the engine makes it even worse! It's a common problem, but it doesn't hurt anything but your mileage)
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Old 06-27-2003, 02:49 PM   #17
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What gaskets, springs, and bolts will I need to replace my stock headers (from MY 02 RS 4EAT) with the Borlas?
You'll need 2 exhaust manifold gaskets (fit between block and header) and 1 gasket from the header to the cats.

I don't know the part numbers but an part guy worth his/her salt will be able to get you the right parts based on that description.

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Old 06-27-2003, 03:22 PM   #18
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I've been driving with the borla's for 50 miles or so and i came up the the CEL . I reset the ecu and it came back on again after 30 miles or so. Not sure what to do. I guess i'll try to put some miles on it and see if it doesn't go away by itself.
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Old 06-27-2003, 04:55 PM   #19
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Power gains?

What are your impressions after this mod? Inquiring minds need more anecdotal evidence.
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