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06-16-2010, 03:12 PM #1
im looking for some nice headers for sound and performance for around 200 bucks. im not sure which ones are best and was wondering if you guys would name some that would best fit my budget.
another option i have instead of the headers, is an electric cutout. i know it will give me the sound, but would this give any performance?
which one would you prefer?
06-16-2010, 05:49 PM #2
For only $200, you will have to find a set of used headers. I haven't ran across any headers that are so cheap brand new. Cutout is for sound, not really any performance.2003 Silverado 2500HD 6.0L Vortec V8
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06-16-2010, 07:08 PM #3
X2. the cutouts is definitely for the sound. as for the headers,you're better off saving a couple more $$ and get the headers that you really want. otherwise, i don't think you'll find one for $200.2K Bowtie Silverado xCab 5.3L
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06-16-2010, 07:22 PM #4
well what are some good headers that would sound nice with a 5.3 silverado
06-16-2010, 07:36 PM #5
here are the top brands out there: JBA, Gibson, Pacesetter, BBK, Headman, Thorley & Edelbrock. also, you have to factor the price differences in ceramic coated or not. and also if you want shorty or long tube headers
06-16-2010, 07:54 PM #6
From what I've read, most people lean towards the long-tube headers for performance as compared to shorties. You can get a brand new set of PaceSetter Shorties for as low as $273.95: http://www.autoanything.com/exhausts...0A2640208.aspx and PaceSetter Long-tube Headers for $318: http://www.autoanything.com/exhausts...0A2600323.aspx from autoanything.com, that brand comes with a 3-year warranty. The long-tube headers are my next purchase after the DSP.
06-16-2010, 07:56 PM #7
What is the difference between short and long tube headers? What kind of difference does the tube length make?
06-16-2010, 08:08 PM #8
The basic answer is that long-tube headers provide better/more air flow, which in turns helps the engine breathe better, resulting in greater horsepower. Shorties are better than your stock manifolds though, going with them will help you gain hp also, but not as much as the long-tubes. Shorties provide in the low rpm ranges while long-tubes provide for mid to high rpm ranges. I'm sure other members can give a more detailed explanation.
Last edited by Metaluzc; 06-16-2010 at 08:09 PM. Reason: more info
06-17-2010, 02:06 AM #9
06-18-2010, 01:10 PM #10
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The one other factor is that shorties are generally a direct bolt in replacement for factory manifolds, where as longs require other exhaust fab/work.1986 Chevy G20 Tow Rig - 5.7 TBI conversion
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