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Old 03-23-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Thumbs up DPT (eBay) headers for LS3 Camaro

Hey guys,
when I went to buy these, dynamic performance team (or DPT) long tube headers, I found not a single review for them.

So now after I bought them, I figured I would do the world a favor and give my opinon on them.

First of, is price.

Its low.

Which is why I was tempted to buy them at all, and also why I was scared to buy them.

Of course, these are no ARH headers, you can see scuff marks on the tubes from being bent, and the welds...well, they work, but are not pretty to look at.
My biggest beef is where the tubes and the flang that you bolt up to the block, the welds there where uneven, and some where pretty high, I think.

Not the end of the world, a little grinding and they where just fine.

These headers also do not have cats, and have no provison to drop them in.
If you want cats on them, you will have to do some cutting.

There is also only two O2 sensors on them, so tuning is a must if you dont want a check engine light on.

They will also need O2 extensions, of course.
A little detail I overlooked.

The gaskets and bolts that come with them, are utterly worthless.

I had mine installed (for 650 dollars!!!!!!! ) at minute muffler, and they used there own bolts, and GM gaskets.

So far, they work just dandy, sound like a racecar, and smell like one too.

My thoughts are, if you don't need cats, buy them.
If you do, buy OBX headers.

And to the header snobs, I dont care if $1500 dollar headers would have been a bit better quality, I don't care, I just want them to work.

Hope this is helpful to some of you!
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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Just an FYI. I don't know of any LT's with rear 02 sensor bungs in them. You either buy aftermarket cats or catless midpipes with 02 bungs in them etc... Almost all header gaskets are crap besides OEM.

$650 for install is getting utterly RAPED and defeats the purpose of buying cheap headers IMO. However, if they work they work. Just keep an eye on those welds.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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paid roughly $2K for my ARH setup (LTs, cats, O2 ext, bolts, gaskets, xpipe….) everything minus the axle back…

Installed myself in 4 hrs

$650 is crazy for install
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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Glad they worked out. Should have just thrown them in yourself though. Very easy to do.

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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LMAO, you got it jammed in you on the install price. Hell me and my wife done mine in 2 hours on jack stands.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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I know the install price was daylight robbery, but, being cheapo headers, I was worried about fitment.

Hind sight it would have been not that hard to put on myself, but I had no way of knowing how they would fit.

So I was a guinea pig for everyone else who might want to know.
Your welcome.

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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If you can spare the wrenching time, it's highly suggested you do the install yourself. You will be surprised how easy the install is, especially with a heavier wallet.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #8
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Glad it worked out for you....
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #9
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Just curious...how much were they?
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #10
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Bump for buying the cheapest junk, your welcome.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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I said DID say header snobs need not apply....and yes I am talking to you Smirnoff.

I paid $264 for them.

Honestly, I was just plain curious how they where.
And since no one had seemingly wrote about them, I thought I would let anyone who was wondering know.

And like I said, the reason I got a over priced shop to do them was because I had no idea if they would drop in, or if it was going to get messy.
As it turned out, they went in pretty good.
Though shop was shockingly clueless, but anyway, they are in now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #12
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They look a lot like my MBS headers I put on mine, which ironically look just like borlas..........
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:20 PM   #13
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Good feedback, thanks for sharing. For my opinion on the price you pay for installation, pls see link below(you got raped)

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:42 PM   #15
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Hahaha, yeah yeah.

I knew I was going to get a few comments on the price, but thanks to me, now you know eBay headers CAN be simply a drop in mod.
I would have had a shop install them regardless of the brand, since moving out here I left all my tools 1,800 kms away.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #16
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Thanks for the review!
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:29 PM   #17
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I couldn't resist to coment on this one. I know how this board is and knew you were going to take some heat. I can't believe the headers were that cheap but I don't understand how you can afford to pay that for install. It just seems that if you were on a budget for headers, that you would have kept it cheap and did it yourself. Then, everyone on this board would have been thinking twice about their headers that they paid $1500 for. Anyway, with the price of the headers and install, you were close to the price of some of the better headers without the install with no second guessing for fitment. Great that they work well, however, I'm sure everyone here is wondering dyno numbers.
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I couldn't resist to coment on this one. I know how this board is and knew you were going to take some heat. I can't believe the headers were that cheap but I don't understand how you can afford to pay that for install. It just seems that if you were on a budget for headers, that you would have kept it cheap and did it yourself. Then, everyone on this board would have been thinking twice about their headers that they paid $1500 for. Anyway, with the price of the headers and install, you were close to the price of some of the better headers without the install with no second guessing for fitment. Great that they work well, however, I'm sure everyone here is wondering dyno numbers.
And what size are they. They seem very skinny if you ask me. I wonder where litle is I would like to see what he has to say bout this lol
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And what size are they. They seem very skinny if you ask me. I wonder where litle is I would like to see what he has to say bout this lol
He would say throw a cam in that biotch. And get some BTR lifters and valve springs.lol

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Well, it sucks yo have that much invested some them but thanks for taking the plunge and public lashing you'll receive on here.
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paid roughly $2K for my ARH setup (LTs, cats, O2 ext, bolts, gaskets, xpipe….) everything minus the axle back…

Installed myself in 4 hrs

$650 is crazy for install
holy crap thats almost twice what i spent for kooks with green cats


to the op you can see those marks because they are not mandrel bent....i would also question the materials they are made out of...wonder how soon they rust. I would be checking to see if the they warp and or the welds are no beuno
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:49 AM   #23
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It's kinda weird how people look down on cheap headers when there are soo many cars out there that can look down on us, lol!! I mean, people straight up act like we're driving Corvettes or Vipers or something. As great as the 5th Gen Camaro is, it sure has turned ordinary people into snobs.

Anyway OP, I was actually planning on doing the same thing you did back when I got my OBX headers. The only reason I didn't get them is because they are not compatible with HF cats. In any case, I sure appreciate your write-up. The only thing I wish is that you had done the work yourself. But considering all the modifications the headers needed, I can see why it's a good thing you had a shop do the work. But it's good for people to see what they're getting in to. Regardless of everything tho, I am sure these headers will give you the same gains as any other brand.

Questions tho. What size and material are they? Did you get it tuned? How are the results?!
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You are on a roll sir
Friday bump for the recognition - it continues to amaze all of us, especially a noob that purchases the cheapest crap on a quality vehicle & then pays a ton of dough $$$ to install.....

As previously mentioned, during the Woodward Cruise last year, a fellow C5 member drove 1,000 miles to attend & had several chinese welds on the headers come apart & the pipes were actually dragging on the pavement.....
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:59 AM   #25
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Bump for using minute muffler for the install.
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