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Old 05-06-2005, 11:04 PM
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Block Hugger Headers vs Regular Headers

I plan to put headers on my 63 Chevy II and up grade to a flowmaster exhaust. I have always used regular headers on my 62-65 Chevy II's in the past and they are always a real project to get it. I ran into a guy that claims block huggers will give you the same HP increase and the same sound as regular headers. I never really considered block huggers before, but if I can get as much power and sound from them, and can drop them in from the top, get at my plugs easier, and I don't have to dent them right off the bat to make them fit, why not? Has anyone ran both in their car and noticed any difference in power or sound? Anything else I should be considering here? 63ChevyII.........

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$$$cost$$$

The block huggers are a lot less expensive and are easier to install. You will need custom exhuast bent to fit the block huggers down to the mufflers. The cost of custom bent exhaust probably offsets the two styles of exhaust.


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I heard they suck face might've been a biased source though.



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check out the site for info on the headers. From what I have always heard you lose low end TQ with shortie. I think IMO i'd use reg. headers if possible not to mention I think they look better other wise half way down you can see the exhaust pipes (dep. on vehl.) reg. tube it's really hard to see.

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I have hooker supercomps on my 67 Nova. I had very little trouble getting them to fit, no dimpling or fighting bolts started easy. # 7 plug is a nightmare to change and they cost me over 400.00. I would take them over shorties esp when performance is what I wanted.
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With shorties you won't hear the sound of headers scraping cement as often.
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block huggers

Due to the shorter primary tubes, block huggers or shorty headers wont produce as much power as do headers with primaries in the 36-48 inch length, but are definately a superior way to go over stock manifolds.
I would only recommend blockhuggers or shorties, if long tube headers just arent available for your engine/ vehicle combo. Another downside to the shorties and block huggers are that as a rule, can be even more expensive, mainly due to the extra bending they require, which is another reason they wont flow as well as conventional headers.
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you may loose a little low end grunt with shortys ...but on the other hand may pick up a little top end HP. I swapped the full length headers for Sanderson shorty headers on my truck, cause the full lengths were draggin. if I lost any performance, it isnt noticable.
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