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Are Hedman Elites "quieter" headers?

I'm running some cheap no-name headers on a small block chevy and they seem very "tinny". You can really hear the tss-tss-tss of the exhaust gasses rushing into those thin tubes. I know that this is common to a degree with headers in general. Are Hedman Elites any quieter? They are a heavy 14 gauge (cheap headers seem to be about 18 gauge) have thick flanges and are coated. Would any of that help to soften the header noise?

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yes the heavier gauge headers can help..the question is how much..you can try some header wrap on your existing headers as well..Dunno what your expectations are though..

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I know they'll never be as quiet as iron exhaust manifolds. I wondered if wrap might help but was worried about all the horror stories of wrap killing headers quickly through rust and metal fatigue.
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Louder mufflers will help to minimize this problem.

Sounds like a smart ***** answer, but I have used a variety of different headers on cars and trucks since the mid 70's and have never heard what you are describing?

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Hooker , heddman , summit long tube headers all sound the same to me. Difference is usually the fit.
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I'm running some cheap no-name headers on a small block chevy and they seem very "tinny". You can really hear the tss-tss-tss of the exhaust gasses rushing into those thin tubes. I know that this is common to a degree with headers in general. Are Hedman Elites any quieter? They are a heavy 14 gauge (cheap headers seem to be about 18 gauge) have thick flanges and are coated. Would any of that help to soften the header noise?
I had Hedman Elite headers in my Nova and they were much better and quieter than crappy cheap headers that i removed.
Elites have thick tubes, thick flanges and ball socket collectors.
Fitment was perfect, no hammering needed.I can recommend those headers.
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Thanks. Glad the Elites sound better. Actually, I went to a quieter exhaust for my little one and that's when the noise became most noticable. I used to always run Dynomax headers (which I don't think are available now) and I don't remember the noise being this loud. It was there, all headers do it to a degree (only manifolds totally kill it) but not so bad.
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