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Old 11-05-2003, 12:05 PM
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Question Headers, Which type should i use?

I am going to buy some headers soon and i was wondering which type of headers should i get. Full length headers or "shorties"? Which give better power increases? I heard that the short ones only really help at high RPM's is that true? Thanks everyone for taking some time to read this.

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Old 11-05-2003, 12:22 PM
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It all depends on the application man - if you have space contstraints and not much room to play with - shorties are definetely nice, but if you have the room and the ability, always go full-length.

The reason I say this is because the collector on full-length headers is furteraway from the engine, it reduces the backpressure and allows you to install your exhaust without having to run and weld tubes up through the engine compartment (like on shorties) - also, they look cooler.

But, whichever you like, go with it - both will do the same thing. I like the full-length just because they are easy to get hooked up, but I also have a 68 Impala with about 20 sq. feet of engine compartment to play with, so....

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ps - if you need a good header to go with, pick up anything made by Hooker.
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This all depends not just on your application, but also your budget. What are they going in? If you have a tight budget, you might be able to get shorties that bolt straight in to your existing exhaust. If you get full lengths, you will have to have a new exhaust system or modify the one you have now.
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thank you everyone

hey thanks for your advise everyone i think i have enough room to run full length headers There going on a 78 firebird with a 350. i already have the duel exhaust with flowmasters i just need to get the headers. I hope that this will increase my power, and thanks agian everyone.
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:18 PM
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summit brand is good and cheap. you can buy hookers and hedman direct from www.jet-hot.com and they are coated inside AND out for about $325.00 that is where i'm gonna gat mine when i hit the lotto

from dyno tests i've seen i have seen that the longer tubes are best for hp but down low the shorties are about the same so i dont see a very big difference for the street.
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