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    Modifying headers

    Just measuring up for fitting the headers.
    They are obviously not going to fit straight out of the box, see pics.
    The header bottoms need to clear the chassis and the front bend needs to clear the front A arm mount.




    Do you think I can heat the bends with a propane torch and straighten them out for clearance or do I pie cut them and re weld.
    The headers are just painted mild steel nothing fancy.

    To heat and straighten I would have to bolt the flange to the bench and then possibly use a piece of 4x2 on a trolley jack to do the adjustment whilst I heated the bends.

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    Never had any luck heating and re bending thin walled tube; always kinks and then I get pissed off and have to start all over, you may do better....

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    Ditto on kinking, I also tried using a proper hydraulic pipe bending machine with the correct dies and still the buggers kinked, ended up pie cutting and rewelding, put enough weld on and you can always grind it down to look factory afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    Ditto on kinking, I also tried using a proper hydraulic pipe bending machine with the correct dies and still the buggers kinked, ended up pie cutting and rewelding, put enough weld on and you can always grind it down to look factory afterwards.
    Thought that may be the case . Going to have to practice my welding on thin steel, TIG or MIG?

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    MIG should be fine and gets a bigger build up to smooth off.

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    What Uncle FAD said

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    Thanks guys. Pics will appear when I get round to it. Got some house stuff to sort first.

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