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Mid Length Headers for Pickup

Hi everyone,

Is there a company that makes mid-length headers for an 86 Chevy 4x4? I've been told that they are easier on starters because they don't sit directly next to them. The last pair of full length headers I had on the application caused hard starts and ruined starters. It also required me to jack up the frame to remove the starter. I am hoping that a mid-length header would relieve this problem without costing a big loss in power.


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I have Flowtech 11500 fulllength headers on my 85 and had them for a little over a year and no starter issues have enough clearance on mine that I didnt need a heat shield.
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long tube headers are better for bottom end torque.

did you use a heat shield on your starter and you can always use header rap.

have looked into hooker or headman's ?
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Give "Doug Thorley" headers a call (now owned by Pertronics). I had a set of them on my old '85 4x4 Jimmy and they are very well made, true 3/8 flange and 14 gauge tubing. The only fault I saw was they only came in raw steel or a very cheap looking "chrome finish" as they called it. Maybe you can get them ceramic coated now or just buy the raw ones and send them to JETHOT.

You might also look at "Patriot" headers (also owned by Pertronics...are they trying to corner the market??) I had originally bought a set of their block huggers for my '32 but the were too close to the hood sides so I sent them back to Summit who are very user friendly, they also were nicely made. You can see them on Summit's web site, Good luck....Dave
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