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Old 05-31-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Help with buying headers

What do the different sizes mean and does it matter which brand? I know I need stainless so it wont rust but why do some cost twice more than others when it's all metal and does the same job?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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This is in the wrong section....

You want the highest quality headers that you can buy. The more expensive ones (Kooks, SW, ARH) are hand welded exclusively in the US, with the highest grade of stainless. The also have features such as integrated merge spikes etc. They also fit better and have a lifetime warranty.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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What do the different sizes mean and does it matter which brand? I know I need stainless so it wont rust but why do some cost twice more than others when it's all metal and does the same job?
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This is in the wrong section....

You want the highest quality headers that you can buy. The more expensive ones (Kooks, SW, ARH) are hand welded exclusively in the US, with the highest grade of stainless. The also have features such as integrated merge spikes etc. They also fit better and have a lifetime warranty.
That about sums it up. When it comes to headers typically you get what you pay for. The quality of American Racing Headers or StainlessWorks or kooks are second to none and are all on PAR with each other for the most part.

Different sizes are exactly that...1 3/4" 1 7/8" 2" etc. Different diameters typically for different purposes... The normal header for most is the 1 7/8, better flow then 3/4 and not overkill since you don't have a ton of air to move like the 2" would be. It is the one that best suits most.

FSP has some of the best prices around on American Racing Headers, pm me if you are interested.
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Also, stainless will hold heat in much better then cheaper metal. +1 for ARH...top notch.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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What do the different sizes mean and does it matter which brand? I know I need stainless so it wont rust but why do some cost twice more than others when it's all metal and does the same job?
Give the thread below a look. If you have any questions afterwards feel free to hit me up.

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Old 05-31-2013, 10:12 PM   #6
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Do a lot of research, there are plenty of quality headers out there at a reasonable price. If you are dead set on paying extra for a nameplate, then you are spending money foolishly. Don't get me wrong, the 3 named above are quality products........but don't play follow the leader. One thing I like about Stainless works, is they have got with the program and offer a super quality lower priced header (Stainless Power), which in my opinion, puts them miles ahead of the others. TSP offers some great products at good prices. And yes, I'm man enough to throw it out there, OBX makes some really good budget headers (just be sure to buy from an OBX dealer, NOT Ebay). 99% of the long tube headers will offer the same hp/tq gains. 99% of stainless long tubes will outlast you automobile. 1 3/4" is usually good enough, but recently 1 7/8" have become the norm. 2" are useless unless you are pushing ubergobs of hp.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:33 AM   #7
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I am as penny-pinching as they come but, some of us buy the "nameplate" to support the "Made in the USA" philosophy.

All of the headers mentioned though are good products. The thread from Apex Chase is a great read to get you started.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:50 AM   #8
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Buy what you can afford. Quickly. Times a wasting. Sizes depend on ow much your going to add later, 2" are for big builds. 1 7/8 is usually the size to get for moderate builds. Enjoy
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1 7/8 is what you want unless your building a highly modded supercharged engine then you want to go bigger.

although the brands listed above are well known, i'd take a look at the Dynatech Longtube headers that Jannetty Racing sells. I've installed a few sets of these headers and they are really nice , fit perfect, and have the right price.

Ted has done the dyno testing on these as well to show that they perform right on.
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I just installed a set of stainless power headers. They fit nice and for the amount of money I saved compared to others I can put that money towards a tune.
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