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headers..what do yall run?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by broncoman6524, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    i bought a set of cheap hooker steels. and i think i warped the flange.:doah: (overtightening)

    i know the thicker flange is better (3/8s right) adn the bigger the tubes the more hp sooo if i go with the 1 1/2 primaries that would create more torque correct?

    what material for the actual headers should i use? steel or stainless, and use ceramic coated right?

    lotsa questions but if i end up having to buy another set...i want them to last and work best.

    thanks brothers
     
  2. wasted wages

    wasted wages 3/4 ton status

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    Hooker Pro Comps:bow:
     
  3. gmc4cw

    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have a set of hedmanns now. part number 69230. they are painted steel but you can get the same ones already Jet-Hot coated for $420. they fit great and have a ball flange for the collector. I have pictures in a thread somewhere.

    I ran dynomax before and the collectors hit the shackle bolts. they were coated but the finish didn't last as long as it should. apparently Jet-Hot has an even better coating then the previous one I got.
     
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    Stainless is always the best way to go, but I think that Edelbrok is the only mfg that makes headers out of it. But their headers are the smog legal shorties, no long tubes from them.
     
  5. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    you mean the super comp series?

    i want/need long tubes. i just redid my entire exhaust and its 1 piece collector to tip...so i REALY dont wanna have to do MAJOR mods to it...
     
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    For a long time I ran Flowtech headers from Autozone. They are cheap ($78) and pretty flimsy. They do have a lifetime warranty. I really only had problems with the collector flanges leaking. I found that after installing new header gaskets, it's best to re-tighten after the first three or four heat cycles and at every oil change after that.
     
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    Thorleys. Ran em on my smallblock, now I run em on my bigblock.
     
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    Avoid Dynomax headers, they are more trouble than the savings is worth. My next set will be Doug's or Hooker.
     
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    Cheap Flowtech's with good gaskets.
     
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    Hookers are available in stainless, as are Thorleys and Stan's too...

    I've strongly considered the Hooker stainless ones... They run about $600...
     
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    i have the cheap flowtech's but they work good for me
     
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    Really? I did not know that!! I will have to look them up.
     
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    http://www.holley.com/types/Stainless Steel - Vibratory Polished.asp

    Being in the marine biz, I've worked on boats with $5000 sets of headers.. my buddy builds em.. I've seen the benefits of stainless firsthand...

    I'm more than likely doing the SS hookers, just need to figure out if I can run full tubes...

    SS generally will be in $600 to 1000 range.. iirc, Thorleys and Stans versions run in the $900ish range... :eek1: :doah: :eek1:
     
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    I like Hooker the best, right now I run part number hkr2453 (for 1st gen blazers) and love them. I had both Dynomax and Hedman before these ones and won't go back. Headmans were okay but the Dynomax just plain sucked and never stopped leaking from the day I bought and installed them.
     
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    I've got Dynomax on mine and haven't had any problems with them really except for the collectors leaking a little. I've had them on there since the fall of '03 now. :D

    Rick
     
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    I have Hookers on mine but I don't know what model or part #... Came with the Blazer when I bought it. Had no trouble with it since except those damn header bolts backing out.
     
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    No problem with the Dynomax Ceramacoated headers on my 69 K20

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