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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by rzaucha, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Nov 5, 2009 at 5:02 PM
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    rzaucha

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    So I was replacing my front catalytic converter when the studs holding it on broke. Figured the best way around the problem was to remove the headers and have a machine shop drill out the studs. After 6 hours going at it I almost kicked my dog in frustration. The driver side has ZERO working room. Does anyone know any tricks on how to get the driver side out? Also, since the headers will be off, at this point I'm also thinking about getting aftermarket headers. What are the best choices out there? 2001 V6 4x4. Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    For new headers I'd look into some Doug Throurley headers
     
  3. Nov 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    Don't kick your dog man...
     
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    DT headers are the way to go
     
  5. Nov 5, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    DT vs JBA - cost differences are extreme. Will either allow passing smog in CA?
     
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    i think dt come with carbs dont they?
     
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    Hey at least you dont fix cars for a living like me. You would have got paid your 10 bucks for the half hour labor that warranty pays to replace that cat weather the studs broke off or not.:mad: Yea I have been there too many times spend 6 hours drilling out broken studs geting paid for .5 hours for the work. Anyone else that works at a dealer here can tell you also.

    That will really make you want to kick something:eek:
     
  8. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:05 PM
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    That's what cats are for.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    So after lots of researching the internet, seems the only way to get the y-pipe out is to cut it. How then can you install the aftermarket y-pipe? Thinking of shorty JBA headers model 2032S. Much cheaper than the DT and I'm sure the difference in performance between the two is not noticeable or worth the extra cost.
     
  10. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    Threesome in a reg cab.


    The constricted quarters make it more intense.
     
  11. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    Dont go JBA! Ive Heard too many complaints about them warping and cracking. Thats why I went with TRD.
    TRD's ant DT's are very close to the same, in style, form and function. There the best built headers out there. JBA's are still good, but its hit and miss... I think.
    ~Just my .02~
     
  12. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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    TRD's are the way to go for the 3.4L!
    Just ask the man, Chris4x4..:)
     
  13. Nov 5, 2009 at 8:13 PM
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    I too have heard and read things about all three brands of headers talked about. I'm more specifically looking to speak with someone who has actually purchased and installed the JBAs...
     
  14. Nov 5, 2009 at 9:40 PM
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    PM mathew5olson about the DT headers and Install, and then PM cole47 about the JBA's ..:)
     
  15. Nov 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM
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