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Old 03-18-2012, 08:15 PM
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ceramic coated headers

Does anyone know if Gloss Black ceramic coated headers will hold out better than the ceramic shiny silver headers? Will "hot spots" develope on either?.....is one better than the other in any way? particularily life span of the color without the dicoloration from heat, etc...?

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Can't comment on black because I've never used it but FWIW, I try to start new engines on the stand using test stand only headers to break in the engine and then put on the "good" headers in the car. This has had the best result of anything I've tried. Almost no coated headers like the intensity of overly rich mixture and retarded timing that sometimes occur when you first start an engine and you're running around with your hair on fire, trying to get the cam breakin idle correct, checking for leaks, watching the gauges and trying to see the timing mark with the light and turn the distributor at the same time. It almost never works for me as well as those guys on the Saturday TV hot rod shows. Another thing I discovered is the coating on a factory set of headers on my street rod discolored early at the tight bends right out of the ports. Seemed logical but I had a custom set of headers made to improve ground clearance and sent them to an in state place that specialized in coatings. The new headers have over 6K miles on them now, same engine, same car, and they are still as shiney as the day I put them on. Don't know if it will always be that way, but I'm impressed.
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I can't comment on black ceramic, but all the engines I've built, I've had the headers ceramic coated. It's well worth the cost. I've had a set of ceramic coated headers on my engine since 2003 when I finished the project and they still look good, no spots, etc. Other headers would of had the paint burned off or rusted out. The headers run cooler as well with the ceramic coating (wires touching, etc.)
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Either one will be well worth it.I’m going black (headers/exhaust) only because of some of the “chalking” I have seen on the silvers.If you stay on it then it's not an issue.
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