Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Another dreaded exh manifold question
I guess I need to get this issue looked after sooner than later after making a highway pass and opening up that godawful exhaust leak noise to where its become unacceptable now.
I'm having a damn hard time even finding anyone that wants my money when stopping in and asking for approx costs to do the job (rear studs/bolts on both sides are broken on my 99 f150 5.4). They all do the "oh man, thats a nasty job to do, blah blah blah...." but in the end, no approx price, no interest in the job.
Now, from what I've been able to find around online a dealer job is @ $1500 including manifolds, gaskets & stud/bolt replacements with the newer stainless steel. This is only providing the heads don't have to come off for drilling and re-tap/inserts.
However, if I'm needing to go this route I find I'm at the teeter point of deciding if I should just choose upgrading to headers and possible newer heads since it would already be apart.
I'm not a rich man as I'm on disability and in the middle of a lawsuit for an accident 3 years ago, so I'm calling on the community for their experiences, prices, route taken, and the shops that have handled this repair/upgrade for them.
Any help or suggestions out there ??
Thanks in advance,
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