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Offline Fred_Harmon_TX

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Tools for Tightening the header nuts
« on: February 08, 2011, 02:15:35 pm »
Many folks have had leaks after the header gaskets soften up a bit from heat cycles, and so it's a good idea to go in and tighten them periodically.

Yesterday I removed my header completely to get an O2 sensor bung welded on it, and I just thought I would share with you some of the tools I used that helped me get those nuts on and off.

This tool is a Sidewinder ratchet. It allowed me to get it on the nuts and turn the T handle on the end so I didn't have to swing the ratchet. I used a deep well 12mm socket on some of the nuts, and a standard depth socket on others. The down side is that head is rather large, which can sometimes make it hard to use in tight locations. I also like to use it to remove the drain plug when I change oil so I don't have to get oil all over my hand. Just twist the end and you never have to swing the handle or touch the drain plug with your fingers.

You can find the Sidewinder ratchet listed at Harbor Freight for about $25

Another tool that helped me was a 12mm ratcheting box wrench from sears, though I think next time I'll buy the set that has flex heads like in the photo below instead of the fixed ones like I have.

I also have a Husky Pro double jointed 3/8 drive ratchet wrench that I used on a couple nuts that has the a couple flex joints in it that let it get in places others won't reach. I used to be able to find them at Wal Mart and Home Depot, but I haven't seen any there lately. Harbor Freight also has this tool listed on their site.

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Re: Tools for Tightening the header nuts
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 03:39:14 pm »
The tool junkie in me is starting to salivate.
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Re: Tools for Tightening the header nuts
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 07:25:48 pm »
Thanks for the timely info Fred. I just picked up some Fuji-Lok nuts to replace my OEM header nuts. Guess I'll make a stop at Harbor Freight first. I have a set of the Gear Wrench ratchets you have pictured. I have been impressed with the quality of the Gear Wrench stuff. I bought a torque wrench of theirs also. Menards sells their tools also and regularly has them on sale. They are a good alternative to those of us who don't need to spend the extra  $$ on Snap On , MAC etc.

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Re: Tools for Tightening the header nuts
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 07:07:02 pm »
I swapped mine out for regular nuts and split lock washers. Installed them with a box end wrench and 1/4 inch ratchet with shallow socket. The bolts are readily accessible if you pull the lowers off.

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Re: Tools for Tightening the header nuts
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 10:46:01 pm »
is easier and cheaper by removing the radiator, in my connie were very loose and after torque them found a big impruvenment on my hands numbness problem
« Last Edit: May 13, 2011, 10:52:02 pm by Gildaguz »