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This is a discussion on short headers within the LT1 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; i just put a brand new y pipe with magna flow hight flow cats and borla catback , with cutout ...

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    i just put a brand new y pipe with magna flow hight flow cats and borla catback , with cutout on, if i get shortys would it make any different sounding and power wise? 96 trans am lt1

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    Yeah it won't sound as deep as Long Tubes usually do and there usually a little more restrictive than Long Tube headers.

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    Let me be the first to tell you that shorties are worthless. I learned from experience and would never say otherwise. Do not get shorties. Instead, go with midlengths. You will pick up a very good amount of power while still maintaining your emmisions legality.

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    Of course it will make a difference. The factory manifolds are the most restrictive part of the exhaust system. Any tubular design will help, short or long. And yes, it will get louder.

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    The difference is not going to be worth it. You'll pick up only a few. And why go shorties if you can go mids for the same price or even less, and pick up a solid gain. I did Edelbrock TES's on my first F-Body ('94 M6) and didn't notice any difference in sound from the stock manifolds. I had a '90 GT before that and shorties made a significant change in sound on it.

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    If your going to put headers on, and your going to pay a shop to do it, I'd just fork out the extra cash to get the LT's or at least mids. I have LT's on my car and love them.

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    i had a huge arguement over this once. i have shortys on mine. i got a good gain from them. long tubes are a bit harder to put on but they are worth it. im redoing my engine and am putting longtubes on there this time around with true duals. either way its better than stock. but lt's ftw.

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    Yeah, any length header you put on will get you gains over stock, but it all depends on how much of a gain you want. Granted you did get gains with the shorties, but you'll see your biggest gains from the LTs. Dollar for dollar, I'd spend the extra $$ to get the LTs still.

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