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This is a discussion on The Better Header within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Is there a big difference between headers like Kooks and Pacesetters? Does the difference make a set of headers like ...

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    Is there a big difference between headers like Kooks and Pacesetters? Does the difference make a set of headers like Kooks worth the money?

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    i'd like to know the same, the kooks are twice the price
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    the difference will be the type of steel they use to make the headers. most of the cheaper headers will be in the 16-18 gauge range. the higher dollar ones will be in the 12-14 gauge range. header flange thickness is another difference. the thinner, the more prone to warpage. some companies only weld the tube to the flange on the head side. higher dollar ones will be welded on both sides of the flange to ensure no leakage. other materials like stainless steel will be higher priced. collector shape and design is another area.

    here's a pic of the bassani headers i have on the wife's car. you'll see where it's welded on the outside of the flange. you'll notice the spike inside the collector area. look how thick the flange is. the collector flange is a ball design. not the three bolt ring that warps after tightening down.


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    i went with kooks headers and Y and havent regretted it. i plan on keeping the car for a long time and only want to buy parts once if i can. so i went with SS

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    kooks are stainless steel. i'd opt for the qtp's though with the HVMC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrp
    i'd opt for the qtp's though with the HVMC.

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    Whats HVMC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick_132
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