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Old 08-15-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Bassani LT headers and exhaust

Headers do not take 2.5 hours to install. I call on whomever decided that was all the time it takes to install headers. I started at 10 am FYI

The JBA mufflers.


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Video clip of open OEM headers


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The header install wasn't too too bad. But I must have spent 30 min trying to get the dipstick back into it's hole. It was just a horrible version of ball in a cup. But with a dipstick and a hole.



Now for the gaskets. GM makes it very easy and simple so that you can reuse them on your LT headers. You have the word "Down" and an image of an arrow pointing down stamped into the gasket, and you want to be sure that the arrow is point down towards the ground.


Then you have a "Manifold side" stamp, you want this side to be facing your headers.


Driver's side completed:


So Bassani sent me off-road cats. Not what I ordered. This is strike one. I don't really have a choice but to install them and then switch them out later for their high flow cats.



:( empty pipe *tear*


I finished up the install at 4:30. So 6 hours. I figure exhaust is a 2 hour job and headers is a 2.5 hour job = 4.5 hours. So I only went an hour and a half over the "suggested" install time. At least half of which was me driving around trying to find a damn sleeve clamp

Anyway, I guess I should give my review of the headers and exhaust system now huh. Well it's pretty damn good. I was a little surprised that it was actually quieter than my JBA set up, but then I remembered my JBA system was 3" and not 2.5". There is a little bit of gurgling, not surprised considering the mid pipes to cross over are help together with a 1" wide band clamp. So the leaking I'm not shocked by, and honestly I can fix it in a jiffy once I get some sleeve clamps.

I was amazed though how quite it is inside the cabin. It's like I went back to the stock exhaust or something. Literally NO DRONE, I was shocked. I mean I had seen Bassani's videos where they measured drone with a decibel meter, but still: I'm impressed. It's like night and day going from my JBA exhaust to this. The cabin actually feels a little too quite now that the drone is gone. I did get on it a few times..... good noises is all I can say.

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Old 08-16-2011, 12:49 AM   #2
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It took me 3 hours to install my neighbors exhaust system from TSP from the headers back! However that was after installing my own MBRP exhaust, that took 2.5 hours!! I guess you learn how to do things easier the second time around right? Not soo much bc when I did my own headers it took an hour and a half!! both install had 2 people working and drinking beer at the same time if not might have taken less time? We also did this in my garage on jack stands!! Can't wait to tackle the axles next!!!
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:58 AM   #3
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Let us know when you get this thing dynoed or run it at the track to let us know how it did! Also what does it sound like? I had Bassani exhaust on my 08 Roush and loved it!! Made great power and sounded awesome!!! Congrats on the install, I have a lot of respect for the do it you selfer types!! My grandfather taught me everything I know about working on cars, he said " son they all work the same the newer car just have more wires and connectors but no carbs"!! Love that man!!
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:59 AM   #4
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Lets hear a clip of what you have now. I spend all day on my install but it was just me. I did luck out on the dipstick. It went right in.

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Lets hear a clip of what you have now. I spend all day on my install but it was just me. I did luck out on the dipstick. It went right in.

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I will get some idling videos up later tonight for sure
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:32 PM   #6
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sounds great dude, ive always liked bassani
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Nice write up, did the headers throw a code when installed?
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Sounds really good. Are you going to stick with the catless connection pipe or swap them out for high-flows?
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