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Old 23 Mar 2005, 12:54 am
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I am looking at changing out my exhaust system and I am not sure which exhaust manifold I should use. I am already planning on using the flow master dual exhaust cat back. If I am going to replace the exhaust, I am going to do it right. But what manifold is right?
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Old 23 Mar 2005, 02:47 am
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Do you have a turbo or n/a? If you have a n/a, then I'd suggest the 4-2-1 header. If you have a turbo, forget about the manifold and leave it alone. No way to put the turbo on a header. Only way to change the manifold is with a turbo ungrade kit like Psi-Fi's. I would get a 3" down pipe from someone like MaxFab.
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Old 23 Mar 2005, 03:27 am
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For My N/A, if I did do a header I was thinking of a 4-1. I seem to find top end more useful as to keep up with someone on the freeway (for stupid example.) Is the 4-2-1 going to give me a better overall results in say a 0-60 run compared to a 4-1 header? I know 4-2-1 gives better low to mid range while 4-1 gives better mid to top end. Will a 4-2-1 hurt or help my current top end?
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Old 23 Mar 2005, 08:15 am
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Do a search and read up. One of the header makers has some quality problems, and there isn't much gain to be had with either a 4-1 or 4-2-1 - apparently stock isn't too bad. After I read up, I decided it wasn't worth the cost/hassle. [:I]
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Old 23 Mar 2005, 02:23 pm
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I agree with QSD. (heh, rhymes!) I've read some horror stories about Hedman headers, welds cracking, chrome tarnishing, improper fittings, bad customer service. Do a search. It should all still be there.

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Old 27 Mar 2005, 07:59 pm
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I have a n/a engine. I have done some reading up and hedman was out of the question a long time ago. I was looking more ar JBA, edelbrock, or any other options out there. The big reason that I am up grading is that every little bit of hp helps. I am looking little by little and the next thing in line is the exhaust.
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Old 28 Mar 2005, 02:23 pm
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I can only say that JBA headers that I have used on other cars have been of the highest quality of any that I have used. The price does reflect this though, you will probably pay more for JBA's, but they are a quality product IMHO.
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Old 28 Mar 2005, 03:17 pm
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I have the Borla 4-1 header and am very happy with it.

The key advice for PT headers (besides Beware of Hedman) is to REINSTALL the HEAT SHIELD.

Without the heat shield you run a real risk of cooking the computer... which is a very expensive Bad Thing.

Make sure the installer has the skills and materials to fabricate new mountings for the heat shield... paying a couple of hours extra labor on the install will save you big bucks later.

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Old 29 Mar 2005, 01:08 pm
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I haven't used borla headers on anything but I have used their cat back on 2 mustangs and now my GT. They too build very high quality stuff. I would say either would be a great bet.
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Old 30 Mar 2005, 03:06 pm
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Fritz, Are you saying that the factory heat shield will not just fit around the aftermarket headers? The reason that I ask is that I was planning on doing the work myself in my garage. Should I rethink this?
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