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exhaust manifold to exhaust downpipe question

saewoody

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I'm preparing to put my 97 SOHC engine back into my truck after having it out to replace the timing chains. I just want to be sure that there is no sort of gasket that should go between the manifold and the downpipe. I wouldn't think so because the setup looks like a flared fitting and there didn't seem to be any trace of what might be considered a gasket. If someone can confirm or correct my thoughts, please do.

Also, I had an exhaust leak on the passenger side right at the manifold to downpipe connection. Assuming I make a nice clean connection here do you think the leak should be gone. There are no obvious traces of wear on either pipe.

Thanks for any and all help!
 






eagles350

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Nope, There isn't any gaskets. just make sure you tighten the bolts as evenly as you can.
 






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Take one of those wire wheel drill attachments and run it around the connection before putting it back together to break off any rust clumps that might prevent a tight seal.

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Thanks for the info guys.
 






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