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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Z3PR, Oct 25, 2002.
I like Hooker headers, what do you like ???
In my case I'd have better luck telling which ones I dont like..LOL /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
Headers are a PITA they leak after a short time so keep a stock of collector & header manifold gaskets in your truck at all times. Some are better than others like the ones with thick manifold flanges & collectors.........Those don't leak near as often as the rest , just can't remember which brand I was looking at on this awsome trail rig in Washington and he said he only changes his gaskets out once a year!
me have elcheepo headers with felpro blue head and regular collecter gaskets and over 800 miles and 2 years no leaks. I dont overtighten and only had to retorq once after 100-200 miles.
800? I drive that in a bout 3 weeks! Mines D/D & Trail rig!
If you are having a problem with collecter gaskets, try using a collecter that has a flange welded on. Hooker makes one thats 2 1/2 and trans-dapt makes one thats 2 1/4. Also, I use the felpro O.E. style manifold gaskets instead of overpriced header gaskets. They have a steel surface and don't burn out as much.
Hmmm FelPro O.E. Steels? Sounds like thats the ticket! Sorry didn't mean to Hi-Jack your post Z3PR!
I like hooker. flanges are thicker and the collecter end has a flange thats fully welded on. They dont warp. matched with their collecters which are also welded flanges, you won't have any leaks. that, to me, makes them worth the extra price.
Ditto! Sometimes it pays to pay close to top dollar for quality products!
Stans headers out of Auburn Washington makes the best 4x4 headers around They are tri y design with a ball and socket lower flange. I am not sure of the website but do a search.
Site under construction?
I seen in a Jegs catolog some donut gaskets for header collecters, and a simulair style for the flange gaskets.
First I had Flowtech Afterburners in my 350 engine. Great headers. No leaks at all. Had them for about 2 years.
Now I've swapped a 454 with a set of Thorley headers. Awesome power (not necesarly because of the headers), no leaks, but it's too soon to tell because I started the 454 for the first time in June, and have driven it only about 2000Kms. I like the thick tubing and flanges also. I'm also using Felpro manifold gaskets.
The headers bolt to 2.5" dual pipes with an H-pipe behind my NP203 and end in a pair of flowmaster 40 series.
As of today, my Blazer is on jackstands as I'm swapping a 14 bolt and a Dana 60, so no more driving it for a while.
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