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post #1 of 9 Old 09-12-2008, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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installing pyro probe....

well ive gone to a few local shops around my area to try and get my exhaust manifold drilled and tapped for the probe but no one wants to try. Ive seen in the instruction that it can be done mounted on the truck but im not sure. Also does it matter what side its mounted on?

Ive been thinkin of doing it myself now but im pretty sure i need a special drill bit for cast iron. Ive never worked with cast iron before and dont want to ruin the manifold.


any help is appreciated.
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nevermind i just found a thread on this topic,,,,

but what kind of bit do i need to use?
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Just did mine a week ago.
I started with a small bit and worked up to the "R" size bit that the instructions called for. Just used a regular drill bits from a big set I got at Harbor Freight. I don't remember the exact sizes I used to but I used 4 smaller ones before I got to the R size.


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Stang, I think you're thinking of stainless, cast iron is weak and porrous.

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Any bit should do. You might be able to find a chart online showing what size bit to use to get the proper size hole for the tap.

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ahhhh! ok, cool guys , thanks.... last gauge to get done.. sweet.
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I haven't heard of anyone cracking a manifold by installing a pyro probe. I stepped up in bits and dipped them in grease. You can also use the clamp on probe and then all you need is a hole and no tap. Just another option.

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Yeah very simple. Just be careful when you tighten the probe in not to strip out the hole. And use nickel anti-seize(good up to 2000 degrees)

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Chuck (Chuck) did mine for me. PM him. He'll be able to answer all of your questions.

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