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This is a discussion on Ceramic vs SS within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Hey quick ? My friend told me that the stainless puts out alot more heat then I'm going to want ...

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    Hey quick ? My friend told me that the stainless puts out alot more heat then I'm going to want in the future. I ordered stainless in stead of ceramic... I could always just rap the headers if heat ever becomes an issue right?

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    yes you could rap them if you like but you shouldnt need to. ss is going to last a longer time them ceramic will.

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    Even the coating on those headers eventually come off over time and begin to rust, stainless is the best route

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    good choice

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    Thanks for reassuring me guys I cant wait to put them on

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    Just ceramic coat the ss headers, the best of both. That's what I did.
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    ceramic coated ss is the way to go. if the ceramic is done right on a set os regular steel headers it can last just as long if it is not scraped up. We have a ceramic that is good for up to 1600*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedVertTA View Post
    Just ceramic coat the ss headers, the best of both. That's what I did.
    Me too.

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    Stainless is a good way to go, but I will have to fall in line with all of those who ceramic coated their headers (stainless or not). As far as a thermal barrier, ceramic is best, in fact ceramic coating is listed as a thermal barrier, the look of ceramic coating is just a side benifit.

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    ehhhh forget it i'm just going to put them on and enjoy them.. I already bought them oh well....

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    Hey man, like you said at first, you can always wrap um once they are in the car if heat becomes a problem. No biggie right! Im sure you will enjoy them either way. I dont think heat will be a problem for you anyhow. Heat sink will help overall performance of the engine, but compared to other modifications heat sink is minimal.

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    You won't need to wrap them. I know prolly a dozen guys (myself included) with ss headers, no wrap and no problem. Stainless retains heat better than mild steel to begin with. As for ceramic coated, I've never seen a set that didn't start rusting after a few years.

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    I agree if you want ceramic do that to the stainless,cant go wrong with stainless,lifetime garantee all the way,you can get 2000deg coatings for them.here is a shot of mine SWLT with 2000deg red...

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    Thats the ticket right there QWK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    You won't need to wrap them. I know prolly a dozen guys (myself included) with ss headers, no wrap and no problem. Stainless retains heat better than mild steel to begin with. As for ceramic coated, I've never seen a set that didn't start rusting after a few years.
    You do get rust, but its not like the rust eats threw the headers.
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    Yeah I'm puttin them on before 1st weekend in april (track opens) Cars still stock besides the headers and Y were putting on. Best time last year was a 13.19. but consistant 13.3's I'm looking forward to see the performance diffrence hoping for a couple tenths not to mention great sound

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    are you planing to get it tuned also? it would be a good idea after the install

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    I dont know yet...... Wont the LT's and ORY screw with the AF's? I was going to wait for the 92/92 FAST LSX set up 1st before I tune it. I wont have the money for that for a while prob 6-9 months damnit
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    depends on whether your taking it to someone to have tuned or doing the mail-order tunes and just sening it off. few of the places you can just send off to offer 1 year free updates. so, if/when you got that intake just send it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itllrun View Post
    I dont know yet...... Wont the LT's and ORY screw with the AF's? I was going to wait for the 92/92 FAST LSX set up 1st before I tune it. I wont have the money for that for a while prob 6-9 months damnit
    yes but it is not a big risk. A mail order tune will work. I netted 5 RWHP from dyno tune. Not sure I would do it again just for headers. BTW good choice to get SS headers, you will not regret it

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