Originally Posted by muderxtreme
The pass side exhaust manifold is a pia. I ended up havin to put the picker on the pass side , take the bolt out of the motor mount, and pick the motor up to get enough clearance to get the gasket in properly.
You had something weird going on there friend.
I pulled my turbo and manifold off the engine without touching a thing other than pulling the inner fender well for more comfort while working in there.
The 6.5 also doesn't need exhaust gaskets on the manifold to block connection if that's what you're referring to.
They're only going to eventually blow out and require removal.
My manifolds have no gaskets on them and they are just fine. They sell 'em, but they don't need 'em.
Bill Heath also told me the same thing; no gaskets required.
Now, if your manifolds are warped......different story.
But you should be replacing them or having them trued up if that is the case.
Warped manifolds will seal at first with gaskets, but will bow them out even sooner than good manifolds....