If you are ready to install a new set of Lemons Headers on your ride, we can tell you from experience that installing headers isn’t always as easy as just bolting the new parts on. There are some tricks that can help you make the installation process much less difficult and help your headers last longer at the same time. Lemon Headers has a page full of tips on installing the headers and some of them are very important. The first item is that Lemons recommends using a flat fiber or annealed copper gasket, and not a gasket with a raised rib.
Lemons also recommends that you use Permatex Copper Anti-Seize on the header bolts to help stop corrosion and the company also recommends using the anti-seize material inside the slip on tubes of slip of the collectors. If your headers have individual tubes and slip on collectors, one pro trick is to simply snug the header bolts rather than tightening them all down as you go to make installing collectors easier. Slip on collectors that are ceramic coated need to have any overspray inside the slip on tubes smoothed off using 80 grit sandpaper.
Another tip that will help your headers stay cleaner and last longer when finished in silver ceramic is to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol using a clean cloth before installing. After they are installed, Lemons says do the same thing again to remove any fingerprints or grease. Then start the engine and run it for five minutes and then let it cool down completely. Once cool, start the engine again and run for ten minutes. This will help bake the ceramic finish on and make it harder and longer lasting. Lemons Headers offers all the install supplies you need so be sure and order them and follow these tips on others on the Install Tips page.