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That does make sense. This is my first time doing any of this and I’ve watched YouTube installs and read the directions but I always seem to have a question that I haven’t heard answered when I’m doing this sort of thing. Given you can make some costly mistakes with exhaust I wanted to double check. Appreciate the feedback.
No, they do not have to be flush.
Be careful, if you break an exhaust stud you're in a world of sh!t.
Shop manual says 15 ft. lbs.
All you're trying to do is compress the gasket. You did use new gaskets, right?
If you don't have a manual you can download one at mediafire.Bbob a member here and the VOG has uploaded all the manuals.
 

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I don't think they should be flush. As you tighten the exhaust flange bolts, they compress the pipe against a crush gasket that is inside the port opening. If the flange hit the head (i.e. flush with the head), then there would be no further crushing of the crush gasket. Since it is important that this crush gasket be properly squeezed, I would think it is critical that the exhaust flanges NEVER touch the head.
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Glad I checked in here before finishing. Yes, I did use new gaskets. May have to get another set of gaskets if I loosen these up and tighten again. There was a little smoke coming out of the front and rear exhaust connects so it’s not where it needs to be. I’ll download the manual. Thanks!
Both the VOG and this forum are extremely helpful.
Lots of real life experience.
 
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