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Stainless steel headers
#1
In my internet searching I came across these long tube headers made by a company I've never heard of before. OBX. They seem to do pretty good work. True 304 stainless steel. And the price is not bad either at only $400. I wonder when I have the money if I should give them a try.

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Mike
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Yellow 1973 Mustang Mach 1
Black 2012 5.0 GT, 6-speed, Brembo brakes, 3.73's
Wimbledon White 1966 F-100 Shortbed Styleside, 390ci, Tremec 3550, FiTech EFI
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#2
For another 55 bucks you can get ceramic coated headers that will be much cooler & they won't discolor like stainless. That's what I plan on doing this spring.

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#3
I went with the Hooker Competition ceramic-coated headers, and they're awesome. They also seem to be running cooler than standard exhaust manifolds and headers as well - which is huge.

Eric

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#4
Do you "feel" any performance gain?

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#5
I have hedman ceramic headers on mine and I had to send them back already because they started rusting. I got them back and about a year and a half later I have to send them back again because they are starting to rust again. Their coating warranty is only for 5 years so I need to send them back soon so it don't run out, but it costs me around $75 to ship them each time. I would look into stainless headers. Getting sick of mine rusting. Mine very rarely sees rain, only if caught in a downpour coming or going from a show. And its stored in a heated garage.

Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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#6
jpaz;212903 Wrote:Do you "feel" any performance gain?

I haven't even had mine out on the road yet, so I can't actually answer that. I just noticed that using the laser thermometer on many occasions, the temps are drastically cooler on the ceramic coated headers I have, compared to a set of painted headers on another guy's car... by over 150 degrees in most cases. I thought that was significant.

Eric

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#7
I would guess that the lower temps under hood are worth the extra money for the ceramic & that should help make more hp.

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#8
I noticed a huge decrease in the under hood temps with the ceramic headers. I am using the Hooker Super Comp ones. I have about 60 miles on the car now and can't say if it increases performance but I do know that the engine temp stays between 180 to 190 degrees right now. Half the times only one of the fans is running.

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351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

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#9
I've had ceramic coated 2V Hooker Super Comps on my car for about 16 years now. Unless you never drive them in the rain or live in a dry climate, they will rust. I was so disappointed after I started seeing them rust but I had no way of doing anything about it before the warranty ran out. I was stationed overseas, life, deployments, other work priorities... I am not worried at all about discoloration. I just don't want them getting scabby. I'm going to be moving up to 4V heads with my new engine and Hooker does not make a set of ceramic Super Comp 4V headers for $450. They do in regular Competition Headers though but they are only a 1 3/4" primary tube diameter.

Mike
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Black 1985 GT
Yellow 1973 Mustang Mach 1
Black 2012 5.0 GT, 6-speed, Brembo brakes, 3.73's
Wimbledon White 1966 F-100 Shortbed Styleside, 390ci, Tremec 3550, FiTech EFI
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#10
Wrapping headers is the most effective way to reduce under hood temperatures, although not the most aesthetically pleasing. Wrapping also tends to rust out the headers faster. However, wrapped stainless steel headers should never rust out, with the downside, of course, being the appearance.



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