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Old 01-29-2004, 12:15 PM   #91
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Holy crap dooooood. Definetly get that flase knock taken care of! Maybe some Double sided tape, or bend the dipstick a little...
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Looks VERY nice, however beware the dipstick banging the headers and causingn false knock. This has been a major complaint on the clubgp forums with these headers.
Thanks guys.
Yes I can see how that would be a problem if one didn't bent the new trani tube a little to gain some clearance.
You can only bent it so much or the top of the tube hits the brake reservoir.
Still, I'm hoping that 1/8" clearance will be enough so it won't hit.

PontiacDad - No, the crossover seems to be in the same location. I plan on re-using the GP Store heat deflector shield that bolts under the throttle body for additional heat shielding. Probably won't need it with the ceramic coating, but why not.

I think I will leave off the original engine lift brackets and engine cover rear bracket.....to save another 2 lbs or so.
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I've heard on some years, the lift brackets are atleast 4 lbs....
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I've heard on some years, the lift brackets are atleast 4 lbs....
You're absolutely right

I just weighed them and they are 4 lbs.
Now I'm definitely leaving them off.
So let'* add up the weight savings....4(brackets) + 2(headers) + 15(CAT) = 21 lbs....and that'* all off the heavy front end.
Not too bad but there goes some more traction.
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Can you show us what 4lb brackets you leaving off. Not to familar with everything under the hood. Still learning.
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Old 01-30-2004, 10:39 PM   #96
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There are the two engine lift brackets and the rear engine cover hold down bracket....next to the new and old wires.
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Those headers look awesome. Great work, and thanks for the write-ups!
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We've had those brakets off the SSEi and GTP for probably over a year now at least. Not only do they save 4lbs., but they make it A LOT easier to get to the spark plugs to change them.

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We've had those brakets off the SSEi and GTP for probably over a year now at least. Not only do they save 4lbs., but they make it A LOT easier to get to the spark plugs to change them.
Yes you certainly are right about that. Opens up the back side real nice.
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Another flash alert

There is a large stainless metal heat shield over the steering rack just under the rear header that requires trimming to clear the new location for the O2 sensor.
You will need to trim a small corner of it out so it doesn't contact the sensor.....and create the dreaded knock retard.....hell, you have to trim it just to get the O2 sensor to thread into the coupling.
Good thing I have air tools with a cut off wheel or I would have had to remove the rear header to remove the shield.

I wish someone had warned me about this trick before I installed the headers.
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