Up Pipes replacment tips. Easy with right tools.
Well, after reading and reading about changing up pipes, I dove in and did it without much trouble. Thought I would share my experience and possibly save some of us some time and anxiety.
First, I used MANY swivel sockets, elbows, extensions and reducers/adapters. I kept reading how you needed to pull the trans, or fabricate tools, tie them up with string, etc., to get the job done. I'll start with the turbo manifold first. Used swivels and elbows to get to all the 15MM bolts. No problem. No need for using a hammer and wrench.
Second. For the 10mm bolts holding the up pipes in at the turbo manifold, I used from UNDERNEATH ON DRIVER SIDE, lots of extensions, an elbow in the middle, a 3/8-1/4 reducer at the middle elbow and an additional 1/4 elbow right before the 10mm socket. You may can get away with a 10mm swivel straight to the extension, but I didn't try since the first combo worked.
PASSENGER SIDE was easy, not so many extensions.
Third, with all the extensions/elbows/etc, you are going to lose torque setting accuracy....so I just tightened the hell out of it best I could. Broke one or two 1/4 elbows, but they are CRAFTSMAN, I get new ones for free :)
I used stock donuts and they seem to be working fine. I went against advice and used "used" up pipes and they seem to be fine for now. No machining, etc. The used up pipes did not have many miles on them.
Hope this helps, as I had MAJOR anxiety before crawling up under there and just doing it.
95 F350 OBS Dually, 2wd, LB, EC, 5SPD 310K!
New: Clutch, Fuel Pump. CCV MOD, FB Rebuilt, 3" DP, Tyler Performance Cold Air Intake, Rebuilt Oil Cooler, Used turbo just installed with 90K. 15.5 MPG pulling one-car trailer loaded.
Appears all original. Not even burning oil!!!