My original motor had some issues with bolt heads poppen off too.On my 96 1 ton i had the drivers manifold warped so bad the back bolt head broke off. A friend of mine at work is a machinist and he planed in down for me, and it worked perfect w/o a gasket. I would definitely remove the fender well. I removed mine and it helped alot. Hope it all goes well. Roger
so the sd pipes wont connect to the obs manifolds? and do i need both drivers and passengers side manifolds off a sd? i've heard i only need the drivers side and i've also been told the 97's work with the pipes on a sd setup.If you already have the bellowed uppipes and 38r then yes now would be the time to change it all over.