Installation Time: Weekend
July 27, 2012
The headers fit great. They were chrome in color and came with all necessary hardware. Although I didn't like the idea of going gasketless I had decided to reuse my stock metal gasket and torqued the downpipes to it's rated torque and everything was great. If you got the money, pay for the install. If you want to prove to yourself that you can do it then by all means. You have to disconnect the steering wheel shaft and move to the side on the driver side and remove the oil dipstick and also disconnect the O2 sensor harness then pretty much it comes right out from the bottom after taken out all of the studs with a 5mm socket. You must have patience with this because it can take awhile. On the passenger side, which to me is the hardest. You must also take out the battery box and take off the starter. While the car is raised on jack stands you must put a jack up to the motor and take off the motor mount bolts (1 on each side) and raise the engine about 2 inches. After that you have to take out all 4 bracket to engine bolts and then either move it to the side or take it completely off. I found out the stud for the motor mount bolt swivels so with a couple of good tugs I could take the bracket all the way off and take it through the bottom of the car. You have more room to work in with it all the way off then you can get to the bolt and studs. You have to do these things. There is no way around it. I tried to look for the easiest ways to install and this review sums it up. I did this install in my garage with my car on jack stands with a whole lot of patience, sweat, and tears but I got it done. Oh yea, I forgot, when you disconnect the steering wheel shaft you must mark the location where it is with permanent marker or white out and lock the steering wheel in place and take out the key before you disconnect the shaft or your airbag spring will be messed up and you will have to take it somewhere to get it reset. My Haynes book was my guide in helping me with this install. I have done home jobs that the dealership was going to charge over three thousand dollars and more for. I would not attempt any job without reading the chapter in my haynes book for the install first. I did this alone with no help. It would help you greatly to at least have a second person to help. I hope this helps.