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Regular array of hand tools.
Pry bar came in handy
Deep sockets to remove header bolts from studs are nice
Plenty of light to see what you're doing
Want more street legal power out of your 4cyl Tacoma 3RZ engine? Bolt some LC Engineering headers on and hit the gas. I was amazed at how simple the headers installed. What tools do you need? Let me break it down for you:
To begin I recommend unbolting the manifold down pipe from the catalytic converter. This just involved two main bolts and then two smaller ones that connect a small air tube. Then to get started on top you must first remove the intake so that you can access the manifold and heat shield. Once you can get at it you just unbolt the heat shield from the manifold and then the bolts that are on the top and bottom around the manifold. I recommend spraying some WD-40 on the bolts earlier on just to help them ease out. With all of the bolts off the manifold should pull out without much work.
Next, just check the gasket surfaces to make sure they are smooth and clean and drop the new header into place. Make sure and grab your supplied gaskets and drop those in also. If the main header gasket doesn't seem to match up PERFECTLY <strong>flip it over</strong> and it will drop right in! Don't pull a Jesse James and try and mount it on backwards =] Once you torque the bolts down around the manifold and then near the catalytic converts you are ready to rip. Simple enough? It's that easy. Since all of the gaskets are included you really do not need anything more than what is supplied in the kit. I was impressed.
So what's next? Now that the header is bolted up tight it was time to throw out that spent Flowmaster and bring in the new Borla Stainless Pro XS muffler. The new Borla Pro XS mufflers are very nice and come in a nice compact package with different inlet and outlet configurations to match your need. I mounted mine so that it would dump the exhuast fumes right in front of the rear axle. I had to use new custom made hangers so that I would know for sure that they wouldn't pop off like my last ones did when I was in the middle of nowhere. With the hangers broke off the muffler tubing was riding on the rear axle and made lots of noise until I got back to a welder. There is now chance of that happening again. Click for the conclusion...