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This is a discussion on Used Headers within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Looking to purchase some used Kooks Headers what should i look at to make sure everything is fine? Also are ...

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    Looking to purchase some used Kooks Headers what should i look at to make sure everything is fine? Also are ceramic coated KOOKS ok? Thanks

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    Just lay them down on a bench and make sure the flange isn't bent. Anything but stainless steel will wear out eventually. Check out the coating and keep that in mind. If they are a really good deal, go ahead. When you install the long tubes, you should be able to put new O2's on right away. WIth new headers, it is advisable to replace your O2's after 500-1000 miles because the new surface inside the headers will burn off into your O2's. But with used, you shouldn't have that problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    Just lay them down on a bench and make sure the flange isn't bent. Anything but stainless steel will wear out eventually. Check out the coating and keep that in mind. If they are a really good deal, go ahead. When you install the long tubes, you should be able to put new O2's on right away. WIth new headers, it is advisable to replace your O2's after 500-1000 miles because the new surface inside the headers will burn off into your O2's. But with used, you shouldn't have that problem.
    So what do I do when the coating where's off? They are 500 bucks seems like a good deal...thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    Just lay them down on a bench and make sure the flange isn't bent. Anything but stainless steel will wear out eventually. Check out the coating and keep that in mind. If they are a really good deal, go ahead. When you install the long tubes, you should be able to put new O2's on right away. WIth new headers, it is advisable to replace your O2's after 500-1000 miles because the new surface inside the headers will burn off into your O2's. But with used, you shouldn't have that problem.
    They have a little rust on the inside is that a issue? Thanks

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    I ended up going tsp 17/8 I got for just over 7 with an ORY. If you're gonna go spend 500 I'd just pony up a couple extra $100 for the tsp. They are excellent quality.

    But If you're just looking to save $$ I've got some used SLP headers I bought but never installed if u want em. They are scraped a bit but seem fine.

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    I have had SLP headers on my car since new (dealer installed) and 11 years later they still look and preform well. I have some finish issues with the ceramic coating but SS will not peel. Save the $$$ and go with the SLP's. Who looks at headers anyway ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WS SIX View Post
    They have a little rust on the inside is that a issue? Thanks
    No, it shouldn't be. You will get the same with any headers except stainless steel. As far as the outside goes, if the coating is starting to go, you could wrap them with header tape. That replicates the ceramic coating by keeping the heat in the headers instead af allowing it to heat up the engine compartment.

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    The ceramic coating is still good. Is there a good way to clean them before the install? The inside (little rust) and out (ceramic coated) thanks!!!

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    Also would it be best to just get the kooks y pipe to match or go to my local muffler shop and have them custom make a y pipe which probably would be cheaper thanks!

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    I don't know about cleaning them. As far as the Y goes, get the right one. The fitment and especially the merge needs to be perfect. While a muffler guy could make one, I would bet good money he couldn't do as well as Kooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goof4080 View Post
    I ended up going tsp 17/8 I got for just over 7 with an ORY. If you're gonna go spend 500 I'd just pony up a couple extra $100 for the tsp. They are excellent quality.

    But If you're just looking to save $$ I've got some used SLP headers I bought but never installed if u want em. They are scraped a bit but seem fine.
    goof4080,

    How much do you want for the SLP headers? Long or short?

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    Kooks headers are stainless. No idea what brand you got sold to you as Kooks.

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    Stainless headers don't need ceramic coating. For $500, I'd go with a new set of Texas Speeds polished stainless headers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Kooks headers are stainless. No idea what brand you got sold to you as Kooks.

    I was thinking the same thing when I read this thread tonight.

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    I know some people coat their stainless steel headers, but he stated they rusted through. That wouldn't happen to stainless steel headers.
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