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Old 06-05-2013, 10:56 PM   #15
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If you live in Southern CA, give Banks a call, see what they will charge to install the headers. Banks Power | Diesel Performance and Gas Performance Products


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Old 06-05-2013, 11:37 PM   #16
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On our 90 Chevy 3500 with 454 developed a leak on the right side. When looking into it I found one of the bolts were broken. If I recalled right it was lower backside. These are a metal to metal surface, no gasket, but they do sell gaskets for these. I carefully got the other bolts loose (used lots of penetrating oil and dropped in a gasket. Carefully tightened everything back up, leak gone ant that was 5 years ago.

As reference, we purchased our 95 Suncruiser last year (454) dealer had to fix exhaust leak as condition of sale. They had to put new manifolds on both sides. Cost them $1400 at least that's what they showed me on the work order paper. $2000 seems high.

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As others mentioned, the $2000 quote seems quite high. Unfortunately it its a common problem with the 454 so it's not surprising that you have it. I had it done on our old motor home in Canada for about $900 I believe and repairs are typically more expensive in Canada than in the US.

Banks or an aftermarket header is probably not a bad idea but you will have to do both sides and you'll still pay most of that $2000 (most of that is labour) plus the cost of whatever exhaust you get.

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