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Author Topic:   Straight or Adjustable??
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 45
posted February 08, 2001 10:32 AM
When it comes to headers, which of the two has everyone had the most luck with. The adjustable type or the straight type? Or is there any other type out there that may work better.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted February 08, 2001 07:42 PM
I have a set of adjustable headers. They are the ones with the smaller tubes with 3" collectors. I had good luck with them on a small tight track. Then I started going to a bigger longer track, so I switched to a set of chassis headers. They are supposed to be 'tuned' they have 1 3/4 tubes with 3 1/2 collectors. The only drawback I have found is that they do exit under the car so sometimes during a long race you could be in the hot I am considering getting some of the cheap ones that exit straight out the side of the car. With 3 1/2 collector, so I can run the slide in 'noise suppresor'. I have seen talk about crossover and 180 headers on here before. This would be cool, but do they get in the way when you are trying to take off the valve covers???? Also what about heat and the distributor???

Racer 111
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 92
posted February 08, 2001 08:21 PM
Headers depend what will fit,having that problem now!, style, size of motor, and where you want your power to be.Where you want your power to be is the most important one.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 239
posted February 08, 2001 08:32 PM UIN: 25419780
I run the 180 headers and have had pretty good luck with them..

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 68
posted February 08, 2001 09:44 PM
I used the crossover style from Schoenfield,
I liked them so much I had a set Jet coated.
They didn't interfere with the MSD distributor and the valve covers were easily
removed. They make it easy to change plugs
to. I now use over the chassis style, and
they seem to work well also. Anything is better than downdraft chassis style that are
constantly dragging the dirt.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted February 10, 2001 01:22 AM
Boy, that jet coating is really worth the money. When I bought my stock 3 years ago, they gave me the headers with it. They had been Jet-Hot coated. They are still good. I have never seen a set of headers last as long as these have, with no leaks or other problems. They cool down faster after shutting down. Thanx for the info on the distributor, and valve covers. I might look into a set of these. I like the way crossover's sound.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted February 11, 2001 01:13 AM
Next best thing to Jet-Hot as far as durability is concerned is sandblasting. I blast my headers after each season, and have run the same set for 4 years, and they were three years old when I got them. The guy I bought the car from has a background in metallurgy (which comes in handy in more ways than I can count) and from what he says, the sandblasting takes off any sharp edges that come from rust, and knowing that cracks start at a sharp edge, were taking away the chance to crack before they get that far. They are the Schoenfeld crossover type, blasted and painted every winter, and have never needed so much as a tack weld in 7 seasons. I've heard of guys having to replace headers after 3 or 4 years, so I'm definitely sold on this idea....and it's a buttload cheaper than Jet-Hot.


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 101
posted February 12, 2001 01:42 AM UIN: 28276986
I sandblast mine every year too and then I buy that $5 ceramic based high heat paint from Auto Zone and bake it on at 400 degrees for two hours and 90% of it stays on all year. First night out someone always asks me how much it cost to coat my headers or if I bought new headers. It works great for cheap.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 142
posted February 13, 2001 10:24 AM
Ceramic coated headers are deffinately worth the money. I had 3 rods come out of a motor last year and blew 8 qts of oil onto the headers without causing a fire. The ceramic coating reduces the external temperature of the headers, depending on application, by several hundred degrees. This also makes it very nice for changing plugs on a hot motor, or just general maintenance. Most coating companys coat both inside and outside of the the headers. The ceramic coating will maintain a higher exhaust temperature which allows for better scavaging

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