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Old 12-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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which headers?

Looking into buying shorty headers for my 86 302. Im just not sure on what brand will definitely and wanted to get some feedback on what to buy and what not to buy.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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BBK's are good so are bassanni's. ive had a good run with a set of mac's for a stang but required a custom y pipe. What ever you get spring the extra dough on the ceramic coating and a locking bolt set. Nothing beats a good looking header for years to come.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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X2 on the Ceramic coating, I used the Allen head bolts for mine.
Much easier to wrench on with clearance issues with standard hex bolts.

I heard of some guys complain about fitment issues with some brands but I went with Bassani because I never saw anyone complain about fitment issues on any of the forums I was searching. They cost a little more but I was extremely pleased with fit, quality and sound.

If you are on a tight budget I would just use factory exhaust manifolds as there is little performance difference.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
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Nothing beats a good looking header for years to come.
Spending that money on something that actually helps the truck run well certainly does! Chrome don't get ya home. Remember this thread?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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I have ran factory mustang (fox body) headers on my F150 when the engine was a stock 302. I was very pleased with the gains from them and they held up just fine. I have never had any issues with headers once installed on any of my vehicles.

The factory mustang headers would be cheap but may require a different/modifications to your existing y or h/x pipe.

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Old 12-30-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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Chrome deff dont get you home but rusted headers after a week is anouther story. For the extra 60 bucks its well worth it. And i bought mine 8 years ago for $130 and they still look good. Any painted header would have rusted threw by now esp in my area.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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Spending that money on something that actually helps the truck run well certainly does! Chrome don't get ya home. Remember this thread?
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Good point.
I realize that people need to search more but this issue is constantly coming up.
Be nice to have a tech thread that just deals with all these commonly asked header/exhaust questions.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:07 PM   #8
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I was leaning towards the summit headers only because I don't want to break the bank. Anybody ever run these before?


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Old 01-01-2013, 01:02 AM   #9
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I run the summits right now. Tey work well if you have a free flowing exhaust behind them. The stock y pipe is crap behind it and in my opinion, makes buying the headers a waste of money. Also, after the 1st or 2nd time you get the truck to operating temp, you can kiss the paint on them goodbye. But for the money, I'm happy with them
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I just ordered a set of the Summit / Pace shorty headers, ceramic coated for my 96 5.8. I'll post some pics when I get them.

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Don't forget the locking header bolts you don't want to do your gaskets twice..
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:59 AM   #12
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Now what's the best way to get out a broken stud or nut? That's the only thing I'm worried about when thinking about the headers


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I run the summits right now. Tey work well if you have a free flowing exhaust behind them. The stock y pipe is crap behind it and in my opinion, makes buying the headers a waste of money. Also, after the 1st or 2nd time you get the truck to operating temp, you can kiss the paint on them goodbye. But for the money, I'm happy with them
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Another I forgot about the summits, I'd suggested upgrading to a thicker felpro gasket instead of the gasket that comes with them. I used the ones that come with it and its damn near impossible to get it to seal properly and not leak.
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I always had pretty good luck with Felpro Ultraseal header gaskets.

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I was planning on getting the mr gasket ultra seal gaskets. How well do the summit line up with the stock y pipe. Im planning on using that for now until I get enough money to either have a custom y pipe made up or go for the bassani.
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do yourself the best favor you can and get Remflex gaskets.....you will thank me as i have thanked people from here who told me to get them
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Ok will do but how well do the summit headers line up with the stock y pipe?
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