Modifying mustang longtubes
I wanted longtubes for my mark viii instead of midlengths, and I wanted to do my headers on a budget also. I just ordered a set of painted flowtech 96 cobra longtubes from jegs for 290 bucks, which includes all mouting bolts, gaskets, and 02 extensions.
I know that before there were midlengths, mark viii guys used to modify cobra headers for their cars, and I think I remember some 4.6 thunderbird guys doing the same things with GT headers. My questions is about the actual modification that needs to be done to the drivers side for the steering shaft.
These headers on the drivers side are divided up into 2 parts for the installation, you install the rear 2 primaries, then run the steering shaft, then bolt up the other 2 primaries and then slip the collector on kind of like bassani headers.
Through my research, I have found that the passenger side typically fits without too much drama, and that the drivers side typically only needs 2 of the primary tubes modified to clear the steering shaft.
Would anyone happen to remember which tubes were typically modified and how? My search didnt turn up any pictures. I am hoping to do my longtubes in march, along with a full 2.5 inch X-pipe with twin dynomax bullets, and muffler tips out back that are like the ones that are sold by a couple of vendors on here, but off brand. I am hoping it wont drone with the X, the bullets, and the rear mounted mufflers, and I am hoping to pick up a 25 rwhp increase with the full exhaust.