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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, kooks header install in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Any suggestions on the easiest way to install the driver side header? Any tricks or remove steering shaft? Thank you ...
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    kooks header install

    Any suggestions on the easiest way to install the driver side header? Any tricks or remove steering shaft? Thank you in advance

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    Re: kooks header install

    unbolt the steering shaft bolt that is visible from the engine bay and it will slide right up.. its very straightforward once your in there working and the driver side is the easiest side ..i did the entire install by myself on jack stands in one day, its really not that bad.

    search there is a ton of info on this with pics... btw all the hard work and frustration now will definitely pay off.. headers are the ::
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    Re: kooks header install

    yup. just unbolt the steering shaft at the lower connection and the shaft pushed back up into the firewall. Remember to be sure your alternator / starter cables are well clear from touching the headers. I wrapped mine in some inswool and then coil wrapped it in reflective heat tape. I know some had arcing and it put a hole in the manifold and had to replace a 900$ harness. Wrap that stuff up. I also used some taylor cool sox on my plug wires. re-torque the bolts (I got ARP studs) after a few hunderd miles

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    Re: kooks header install

    The steering shaft puts up a good fight but be patient. Ones it breaks loose you'll be calm again.

    Plus putting on the kooks is alot easier then removing the old ones.

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    Might as well change the plugs while you are in there, they are soooo easy from underneath with no headers on the car.

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    Re: kooks header install

    When you reconnect the steering shaft don't tighten it too much. It may 'pinch' and not disconnect easily again. Ran into that after I put a hole in my header. As mentioned wrap the alternator cable and get it out of the way.

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    Re: kooks header install

    Headers are in thanks for the help....

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    Re: kooks header install

    I'm going to be doing mine in the near future. I will be doing mine at the same time I swap my heads for a set of TF. Once I have the heads off I'm planning on sliding the headers in then bolt the heads on. I should have plenty of clearance then.

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    Re: kooks header install

    Steering shaft is a piece of cake.

    It's the dipstick tube that's scary.
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    Re: kooks header install

    Reviving an old thread, as this came up when I searched for "Kooks header steering shaft".



    This is the part of the steering shaft that we're talking about, right? It looks like it should slide, but damned if I can get the thing to move. Since I'm not sure which part is supposed to be sliding, I've had both bolts out, and I've had just the bottom bolt (the one on the left in the picture) out, but either way nothing wants to move.

    (The end of the zip-tie is not jammed into the steering shaft - that's just an optical illusion from the picture.)
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    I think I remember taking the furthest forward of those 2 out and the lower part of the shaft (hehe I said shaft) toward the front of the car dropped out. Is it rusted or something? I remember mine literally sliding out when I yanked on it after the bolt was out.

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    Re: kooks header install

    I think I'm being bitten by what UnsafeAtAnySpeed mentioned - that if the bolts are tightened too much, then that sleeve pinches down tight and doesn't want to let go even after you pull the bolts.
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    Just did this last weekend. Bolt closest to firewall and bolt on u joint at rack connection.

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    Re: kooks header install

    I second that it should be the bolt closer to the firewall. That's where I separated it when I had the column out for a steering wheel position sensor replacement. The two pieces that have red arrows on them in the picture should slide into one another.

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    Re: kooks header install

    OK, thanks. This had to take an unexpected back seat after I stupidly managed to hydrolock the engine in car #2 Monday evening. Got towed home, went into the garage and began re-installing the Kooks headers so I could get the V back on the road and have a car to drive to work in the morning. Finished that up about 2:30am.
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