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Thread: Installing Headers on the ZHP

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    Installing Headers on the ZHP

    Hey all, I bought used Active Autowerke headers quite a while ago and I'm finally getting around to installing them. This will be the most challenging thing I've done to my car so far but I'll have some friends to help me out with the process. I have a couple quick questions about the install though.

    For the install, is the only new item I need the header gasket http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-17...60-z3-z4.aspx? Or do I need new everything like this http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-58...4-engine.aspx?

    Also, I assume aftermarket headers must be either ceramic coated or painted correct? I can't tell if these were previously coated and just worn or not coated at all. Here's one of the headers, by the looks of it would I have to paint/ceramic coat these? What is the best and/or cheapest way to go about doing this?



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    CDV Delete, AUX Input, Clear TMS Lights, Stealth Bulbs, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, Black Grille,
    aFe Stage 1 CAI Pro 5r, Dinan Front Strut Brace, CF Splitters, Active Autowerke Headers

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    The two links you posted are wrong and those are not the correct parts.

    You need the exhaust manifold gaskets and hardware to install the headers. These are the factory ones but I am not sure if they work with aftermarket headers. https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-33...mance/ES26135/

    Honestly I would reach out to Active Autowerke and see if they sell an install kit. And inquire about their headers and if they need to be coated or if they can just be wrapped using Heat Wrap.

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    I would say just unbolt and if they fit correctly bolt back up. My thought is they should produce less heat than stock if they flow exhaust quicker. install should be the reverse of removal again coating or wrapping does keep the heat isolated from the bay and heat resistant paint will prevent rust and will look better in the long run. It all depends on your preferences in my opinion.

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    Those are SS headers. Don't heat wrap them as it will cause corrosion from moisture being trapped behind the wrap. You can get them ceramic coated. Swain Tech is one company that comes highly recommended. The cost will be between $200-$400.

    It you need to remove those O2 sensors spray them with BP Blaster and let them soak over night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WOLFN8TR View Post

    It you need to remove those O2 sensors spray them with BP Blaster and let them soak over night.
    I know you meant PB Blaster but I chuckled when I read that. We could definitely use something to blast BP with
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    Ha Ha... Oops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WOLFN8TR View Post
    Those are SS headers. Don't heat wrap them as it will cause corrosion from moisture being trapped behind the wrap. You can get them ceramic coated. Swain Tech is one company that comes highly recommended. The cost will be between $200-$400.

    It you need to remove those O2 sensors spray them with BP Blaster and let them soak over night.
    Ok thanks, how can you tell they are SS headers instead of AA headers?
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    CDV Delete, AUX Input, Clear TMS Lights, Stealth Bulbs, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, Black Grille,
    aFe Stage 1 CAI Pro 5r, Dinan Front Strut Brace, CF Splitters, Active Autowerke Headers

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    Ss= stainless steel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnmadd View Post
    Ss= stainless steel
    Wow, I was thinking he meant Supersprint for some reason and was confused Yeah they are stainless steel.
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    CDV Delete, AUX Input, Clear TMS Lights, Stealth Bulbs, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, Black Grille,
    aFe Stage 1 CAI Pro 5r, Dinan Front Strut Brace, CF Splitters, Active Autowerke Headers

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