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Unread 12-24-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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The Infamous Manifold

Well, my manifold finally gave up on me. It is cracked about 10 inches from where it meets the exhaust pipe. It is only about half cracked. I am going to order a new one, but it might take a little while due to the holidays and need my Jeep. I have heard of some type of exhaust tape that can be wrapped around. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have to go to school next week and its a decent drive there and might have to put it on after the drive. Let me know what anyone knows about the tape or any suggestions. Thanks alot guys.

P.S. I found a new one on Ebay which I used to replace the cracked one on my old TJ for around $88 shipped. Let me know if anyone has another website for one.

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Unread 12-24-2007, 02:21 PM   #2
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Make sure that eBay header (it's a header, not a manifold) you found for $88 is not just an one that had a crack welded up. The type of header to stick with has a flexible accordian-joint added at each of the two points where the OE header tends to crack at.
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Unread 12-24-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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I bought an $80 odd dollar exhaust off of ebay about a month ago. It has the accordian joints. Installed fine and has been working great (I even used the China gaskets).

In the interim, I would just drive it. Just don't sit in it with the jeep idling for 20 minutes. It should be OK.
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Unread 12-24-2007, 04:48 PM   #4
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/97-98...spagenameZWDVW

This is the one I found, it has the accordian parts, but they aren't where mine broke.
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As long as it has the two accordian joints, and the one in that photo does, it should be fine.
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Unread 12-24-2007, 07:08 PM   #6
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I purchased the same manifold from EBay about a year ago. It appears to be good quality, fit perfectly and has not given any problems in a year of driving. The gaskets, however, were completely bogus. I pitched them and used a Felpro manifold gasket and a ?? donut gasket from NAPA.
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Unread 12-25-2007, 08:30 PM   #7
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I just replaced one on a 99 TJ about 4 months ago and the funny thing is, the one I replaced was just like the one I bought on ebay. Regardless, it fixed it and I sold the jeep. Hopefully the new exhaust will last you for a good while.
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Unread 12-26-2007, 06:25 AM   #8
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...The gaskets, however, were completely bogus. I pitched them and used a Felpro manifold gasket and a ?? donut gasket from NAPA.
Good point.

The gaskets that come with those cheap headers is questionable.

An OE gasket will run you about $15 from the dealer and its raised around the ports for a better seal.
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