need help finding the right headers ~ 2001 5.3L

Discussion in 'Performance & Fuel' started by newcheylover, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    i have a 2001 5.3L 4x4 and have searched and browsed the site and found nothing that fits my situation. im looking for a set of stainless steel long tube headers that will work with my truck:grrrrrr:. i looked at kooks, pacesetter, american racing headers and more but found nothing that fit. everyhing i found was for the newer trucks.
    any thoughts?
  2. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    ???? American racing headers has them for you truck... right off their home page just select Full size gm truck 1999 thru 2006. They build them when orders are placed... mine took two weeks.
  3. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    The only ones I found had the cats on them and were over 1000 dollars
  4. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    They aren't cheap that's for sure, Dynatech also makes works of art but they have cats on the intermediate pipe as well. $1,500+. If you didn't have emissions ie. egr, evap stuff ebay has long tubes for $299.00 in steel not stainless. Basically what you want isn't going to be cheap.
  5. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    Well I looked at kooks and there stuffs like 500 dollars and that's well within my price range but I cant find anything for my truck.
  6. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    You have to buy what you can afford... ARH's are $1300 without the cats. I just used them as a reference. Keep in mind these upgrades aren't cheap... I probably have around $3400 in my complete setup.
  7. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    I can Ily afford around 500 and even then I couldn't find a set for 4x4 trucks
  8. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    Have you checked at summit racing or jegs? At that price stainless will be out of your price range. If your having a problem finding g a set on their web pages give them a call.
  9. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    Ok thanks Ill look at that. Is ceramic coated ones just as good as stainless?
  10. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I have a set of Doug thorley stainless steel, ceramic coated headers. I got them at summit racing in the scratch and dent section, they were normally $800.00, I got them for $250.00 because they were all scratched up. I personally wouldn't waste the money on ceramic, I have had them on the truck for a year and they rusted where the coated scratched off. There are many grades of stainless steel, cheaper grades will surface rust such as mine. I bought a set of steel headers from hooker, 3 years later they're rusty as hell but I bought them for sound not looks. How many times are you going to pop your hood to show them off, if its a daily driver don't waste the money. If its a show truck, then buy the best you can afford.
  11. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    Mines a daily driver so I dont care what they look like. Im looking at price and like you said sound but I think ill just change the muffler for now
  12. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I hope we didn't discourage you from headers, they are awesome to have on a truck!! One more thing I will add about differences, I got suckered into the "ceramic is better" argument so I bought them for cooler under the hood temps. I ran both the steel painted headers, and ceramic coated on the same engine and the ceramic were only 50 degrees cooler then the steel ones. I used a thermal gun to test the primaries, mufflers I have no opinion because 3 out of 4 of my cars run open headers lol.......which is not good for your motor btw.
  13. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    I was about to ask, if its bad to run open headers then why does drag racers do that? I want the headers but I dont want to skimp on the quality because I live in the salt belt so I dont want it rotting off. Thats why im saying im going to wait until I have the money.
  14. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I came across a very unique situation regarding open headers actually, I have a 97 firebird which we did an LT1 swap. It has hooker long tubes, and I've been driving it for 2 years with open headers. The cars drives like a beast, but it is crazy loud which I like.

    We just finished up an LS1 swap into an 04' Colorado, we TRIED to run it open headers and the truck kept stalling and dying. I posted a question on an LS forum about what the truck was doing, and they all jumped me about not having exhaust. I went and just slapped two pipes on with 2 mufflers turned down, and It made an immediate difference.

    The 02 sensors will not function correctly, because they will be pulling fresh air from the end of the collector and It will make it run so rich it will actually pour gas out the collector. It was so bad in our case, that the gas got into the oil and almost caused damage to the motor.

    The newer cars are finicky with air fuel ratio, while older cars you can run open headers no problem.
  15. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    i was also thinking of just cutting off the od ehaust at the collecter for the y pipe and running duals with a dual inlet outlet muffler. im thinking hat would be a good start because i can just come in later and add the headers and some pipe to fit it.
  16. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    I would not waste money on ceramic. I installed them on my 95 and they rusted pretty good within 3 years. I had installed JBA headers. I also live in the salt belt.
  17. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    You can find a decent aftermarket exhaust... cat back online. Just pay the $40 or so more and get the alluminized as it will lat longer. I did just what you are saying to my sons 97... we went with two cherry bomb type mufflers, didn't do a y pipe and it sounds pretty good. Total cost was $270. I do not recall the exact name of where we got it but was Something like truckexhaustkits.com
  18. newcheylover

    newcheylover New Member

    I think ill do that because I dont have the money at this point. But I will definitely be getting in the future!

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