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Best header for the money?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BigOrange90Jimmy, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. BigOrange90Jimmy

    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Looking for some that won't break the bank. Maybe around the $300 range.
     
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    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    The only one in that range that comes to mind is the Hedman Elites. I've only used them on my cuda, don't know how they are on trucks. They have the thick flanges, very important, and heavy gage tubes. They are also ceramic coated.

    The one I would recommend, money not a consideration, would be Doug Thorley's. But then you are pushing closer to $400.
     
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    hookers /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Gibson stainless steel, they have 3/8" thick flanges both at the head and the collector and are made of 14 gauge 303 stainless.
     
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    Thorley Tri-Y's.
     
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    Thorley Tri-Y's.

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    Yeah save another 100 bucks and get them, the best headers! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Had my Hookers on three years with no problems. I think they were around $150. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I also had the Doug Thorley Tri-Y's on my blazer. I had some other generic headers that were a little longer and had the tubes meet at the end. When I swapped the Thorleys in, it seemed to pickup some bottom end. The gaskets that come with them are also really good. I think they are better then the copper ones. /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    Gibson stainless steel, they have 3/8" thick flanges both at the head and the collector and are made of 14 gauge 303 stainless.

    [/ QUOTE ] except that they are shorties and a simply bad design. They flow better than a manifold but anything with tubes is bound to, they are no where near designed to produce efficient power.
     
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    Gibson stainless steel, they have 3/8" thick flanges both at the head and the collector and are made of 14 gauge 303 stainless.

    [/ QUOTE ] except that they are shorties and a simply bad design. They flow better than a manifold but anything with tubes is bound to, they are no where near designed to produce efficient power.

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    Well from personal experience with the Gibson i was very happy with the quality and the performance they brought. Over the years i have ran Blackjack, Hedman, Hooker, and Gibson. The Gibson headers were the best by far. Yes they are a shorty header but there has been much R&D put into their design and they perform well. Not to mention that they are stainless and will NEVER rust and they have the 3/8" thick flanges at both ends.

    Did i mention that shorty headers don't get caught on stuff when you're wheeling. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Stainless still rusts. Depending on the grade it may take a long time, but stainless will still rust.
     
  13. BigOrange90Jimmy

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    I was either looking at those or the Tri-Y's. It was a toss up between the two.

    Where are you guys buying your headers?

    Final vote: Thorley or Gibson?
     
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    I vote Doug Thorley Tri-Y's. You can get them from Summit.
     
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    I gots flowtech. Really heavy, and not expensive at all. I dont know how long they last but ive had them on for a year and they havent had ANY problems. I havent even blown a gasket.
     
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    I vote Doug Thorley Tri-Y's. You can get them from Summit.

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    I'll second that motion on both counts.

    All those in favor...
     
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    I vote Doug Thorley Tri-Y's. You can get them from Summit.

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    I'll second that motion on both counts.

    All those in favor...

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    Aye
     
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    I will agree that the Thorleys appear to be an excellent header as well. I have never ran them myself but i know people who have with great reseults. The main question is do you want a long tube header that will have less clearance than a short tube header. Also if you go with a long tube header you may need to run a heated 02 sensor instead. The nice thing with a short tube header is that the factory 02 sensor will still work.
     
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    Long or short, it doesn't make a damn to me cuz this truck won't see much off road.

    A heated O2 sensor? I've been out of the game way too long. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    The farther downstream in the exhaust that the 02 sensor is it will not get hot enough for the computer to go into closed loop, this is why you may end up needing a heated 02 sensor, to allow the computer to go into closed loop. When the computer is running in the open loop it is running on set parameters rather than all the sensor inputs in the closed loop mode.
     

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