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    How do you tighten bottom exhaust nut on 98 xp

    I had water leak around my exhaust manifold so I purchased a new gasket. I loosened the bottom left nut and removed the 3 allen head bolts. After cleaning and applying new gasket and silicone I could not get to the nut to tighten the nut on lower left side. What is the trade secret to snugging this bolt up. Thanks in advance for any help!

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    15mm box wrench with the carbs removed...

    They make a special tool (wrench) for it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    15mm box wrench with the carbs removed...

    They make a special tool (wrench) for it..
    Where can you purchase the special tool? I douldn't get the boxed end of the wrench over the nut because I didnt have enough clearance between exhaust and nut.

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    I have snap-on wrenches.. They tend to be thinner walled..

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    You don't want to remove the carbs, and don't have to. There is a special tool for this; essentially a 15 mm box wrench with a thinned head and a 45 degree bend an inch from the end.

    I made my own using a Craftsman 15 mm box wrench, heated and bent, and ground thin on the box. Only took like 10 minutes to make it. It also needs shortened a bit, just cut off the other end.

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    even sent pic!! Thanks for the help. I believe i will get the grinder and torch ready. You are the man!!

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