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Old 11-09-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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best budget headers?

Hey curious what would be the best budget headers for around 800-1000 with converters? And what is the benefit of a pricier header? I know the coated ones last longer and do they also put out less heat?
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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The 2 biggest reasons some headers cost more are:

1) Where they are made. USA versus God knows where.

2) What they are made of. The better headers are made of 304 stainless. They are corrosion resistant and lighter without coating. Cheaper headers will use cheaper material that will corrode and they have to be coated. Like most things, you will get what you pay for but that doesn't mean you have to over pay.

There is a really good article getting ready to be posted on TheHorsePowerJunkies.com sometime this week about selecting headers. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:38 PM   #3
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Don't go cheap. Go with KOOKS. Check out IPS motorsports. Give them a call and they can hook you up
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:52 PM   #4
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or go with KOOKS from Maryland Speed.

Personally I would tell you to spend the extra money for the ceramic coating. Not for performance but for looks.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:57 PM   #5
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OBX!! Although they are Chinese made, they seem to be very good for the price and they are stainless. PMed.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:43 PM   #6
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:53 PM   #7
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Turn off the lights and see if the OBX glow.......

I went with coated Kooks from Maryland Speed.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:55 PM   #8
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Here you go... Polished...

http://www.bigflowexhaust.com/camaro_2010_exhaust.shtml
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:02 PM   #9
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I got Doug Thorley tri Y long tubes for 508 and 35 shipping. Magnaflow high flow cats 75 ea. Ceramic coated inside and out. 1 3/4 inch but they way they scavenge exhause they are equal to a 4 1/4 collector. Plenty of exaust for my little 418 stroker with 700 plus rwhp. Fits into stock exhaust as well with no problems.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:04 PM   #10
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OBX!! Although they are Chinese made, they seem to be very good for the price and they are stainless. PMed.
It's been speculated that OBX headers are made overseas but that has never been proven. There were no "made in China" stickers anywhere on my OBX headers, original box or instructions.

Regardless, OBX are the best best priced long-tube stainless steel headers out there for the 2010-2011 Camaro.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:21 PM   #11
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^I'm most likely going with these.
Not the cheapest of them all, but seem excellent for the money. Waiting for the mid-pipe to be available. I think they'll be coming with a 3" axleback later to finish it off.


My back up selection right now is BBK's that are coming out. You can use anythingauto.com 15% off coupon to get the silver ceramic coated version for $722 or full SS for $849. That's headers, cats, and x-pipe. My only reservation is they're 1.75", but I'm not sure it's a big difference for that 1/8".


There's also that XS Power system in the vendor classifieds. Full 3" header to tip for $850. I just prefer to have bolt in cats.


IMO, the only problem with these budget brands is they're all newer, so there is a bit of risk. I decided against OBX because by the time you add some Kooks cats, they're not really that inexpensive. (would pay a few hundred more for some Dynatech or Stainless Works).
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:58 AM   #12
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Value per dollar....

Doug Thorley 1 3/4 Tri Y's.....Made in USA...Ceramic Coated....Lifetime Warranty. Nothing more, nothing less.

Lemme know if you need a set....we have em ready to ship out!

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:10 AM   #13
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Thanks guys....ill go with kooks if I win this 200 dollars off, maybe even if I dont, but the doug thorelys sound pretty nice too.
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Thanks guys....ill go with kooks if I win this 200 dollars off, maybe even if I dont, but the doug thorelys sound pretty nice too.

Thorley doesn't have cats.
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Thorley doesn't have cats.
I could live without cats
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Says who???

I've had them with and without for a while now.....

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Old 11-10-2010, 10:22 AM   #17
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Thorley now sells high flow cats?
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You could keep checking the classifieds here. People always seem to be selling headers. No reason why you couldn't get a set of Kooks/Stainless Works/Dynatech/American Racing for under $850 or so with cats.
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You could keep checking the classifieds here. People always seem to be selling headers. No reason why you couldn't get a set of Kooks/Stainless Works/Dynatech/American Racing for under $850 or so with cats.


That's what I did. Got a smokin' deal for some used 1 3/4" KOOKS from ADM. He made me a pkg deal on headers, ceramic coating, HF cats, 3" Magnaflow, install, and tune. Based on previous quotes on the individual parts I got my headers for about $500.

Some look down on 1 3/4" (which is why I probably got such a good deal) but for what I'm going to do mod wise they will be just fine. I still put down 411 rwhp and shaved .5 off my 1/8th mile times immediately. I'm sure I'll get better ETs with more practice.
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I went with the Coated Kooks. Not trying to Hi-Jack. Caverman, how much off of your 1/4 mile times and what were they before and after? Thanks,
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Says who???

I've had them with and without for a while now.....

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I hadn't seen them anywhere.

Please PM pricing for LT with Cats.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:29 PM   #22
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Just went with 1 7/8" coated Kooks with hi-flo cats from Maryland speed.
Cant wait to get them delivered from Jet Hot Coatings!!
Didn't want to chance any other brand, and wanted coating for heat and looks. I have seen the uncoated headers, and they look like shi... after a while.
Plus, they are American Made, after all, aren't we all American??
Worth the extra $$ IMHO, don't support offseas products when you can opt for American Made!!
Its one of the reasons why our economy is in the shitter!
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I paid $485 shipped for for the pace setter 1 3/4" LT headers with the armor ceramic coating(2000 degrees) and catless mids from amazon.com

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fitment was great and install was easy for me. I would consider myself a shade tree mechanic. I plan on installing a TSP cam soon.
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Nope....but Southwest Speed always has offerred them with them.....

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I hadn't seen them anywhere.

Please PM pricing for LT with Cats.
They don't sell them with them but I've always had the option available.

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