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Unread 11-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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exhaust manifold leak... headers?

So my manifold is leaking. I understand a little about upgrading to headers in general... But not in an old Jeep. Is it a viable option or a good idea in general. I require no emmision testing so leave all that discussion out.

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Unread 11-04-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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It would be helpful to know what engine.

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Unread 11-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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sorry matt. It's the 4.2 i6 1982


the thing is. new manifold = 160... used under 100... new headers 250-450. Thats quick searching not alot of price checking
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Unread 11-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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just so i'm not wrong... does this look off to any of you. It's exhausting from the real bad looking part. Also should the gasket be sticking out like that?
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I personally don't think headers are worth the money on a 258. They seem to have their share of problems, too.

...but that's just my $.02 and a pocket full of lint.

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Unread 11-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #6
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What you see sticking up is the intake manifold gasket. Yes, since it covers 3 sections, they are joined by what you see. The exhaust manifold gasket is behind that, and has small perforations in it.
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great thanks...

is it safe to wire brush and paint the engine or will wire brushing it remove too much material. Sometimes a good oxide layer can help... is this one of those times or am I safe to bust out the angle grinder and bristle brush?
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I personally don't think headers are worth the money on a 258. They seem to have their share of problems, too.

...but that's just my $.02 and a pocket full of lint.

Matt
You have to try them first. I bet I have less change and more lint


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Unread 11-04-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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You have to try them first. I bet I have less change and more lint Shawn
That's true, I've never had headers on my CJ.

I have a buddy who had them, however, and I know he constantly fought them. It could have been a crappy brand.

Anyway, I've always had decent success with factory manifolds. Sure, you have to keep an eye on the bolts, but I think that applies to any style. I'd have to see some concrete performance data to convince me that headers make much of a difference on a tractor engine.

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