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This is a discussion on Getting ready to order some headers within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I have pacesetter lt ceramic headers on my ceta for three years now and they look exactly the same as ...

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    I have pacesetter lt ceramic headers on my ceta for three years now and they look exactly the same as the day I installed them,no wear at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    I have pacesetter lt ceramic headers on my ceta for three years now and they look exactly the same as the day I installed them,no wear at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    I have pacesetter lt ceramic headers on my ceta for three years now and they look exactly the same as the day I installed them,no wear at all
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    NOw as far as the TS&P ORY goes - that is a different matter. I hope it has change over the last 3 yrs. I've had to tweak, trim, and weld it to get it to be close to the body.

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    ^^^So, y'all are saying underneath, where the rain/salt/spray is, these headers look exactly as they were when new? I seriously doubt that. I'd like to see some pictures, please. Up top, my Hookers look like the day they were installed. Underneath, that's a different matter.

    Are your Pacesetters an equal-length tube like Hooker claims theirs are?

    Maybe I got ripped off if your Pacesetters are better quality than Hookers....

    I've driven probably 60k since my header install.

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    +1 for the Texas Speed headers. Ceramic coated mild steel headers like Pacesetters will start rusting if yours aren't yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    ^^^So, y'all are saying underneath, where the rain/salt/spray is, these headers look exactly as they were when new? I seriously doubt that. I'd like to see some pictures, please. Up top, my Hookers look like the day they were installed. Underneath, that's a different matter.

    Are your Pacesetters an equal-length tube like Hooker claims theirs are?

    Maybe I got ripped off if your Pacesetters are better quality than Hookers....

    I've driven probably 60k since my header install.


    Here's a recent pic of my LT's & ORY when I had to make a temp repair a few months ago.

    A truck in front of me drop something and it bounced up an cracked my ORY where the LT & ORY meet.









    I've got 3 yrs & 40,000 miles on mine. I live in AL on the Gulf Coast -I get no snow, so no salt issues here but it rains more here then any where else in the states. David (02transamce) lives in north AL so he may see an occasion snow every once in a while.

    And still no rust.


    Ceramics can last a very long time. It's the painted headers or cheap knock off's that go to shit quickly.
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    Looks like they're starting to rust to me^^.


    Here's a shot of one of my old Macs, Jett Hott coated, after a few years. These don't even go all the way down to the bottom of the car.

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    I can't wait until it stops snowing, so I can get in the shop and start the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    Looks like they're starting to rust to me^^.


    Here's a shot of one of my old Macs, Jett Hott coated, after a few years. These don't even go all the way down to the bottom of the car.

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    if you're complaining about that then you must not remember the old headers before ceramic coating.......if you have any decent mileage on those mac's at all I would classify that as almost new looking. Put some painted headers on and drive them around for 6 months and look at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    if you're complaining about that then you must not remember the old headers before ceramic coating.......if you have any decent mileage on those mac's at all I would classify that as almost new looking. Put some painted headers on and drive them around for 6 months and look at them.

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    If they were longtubes the whole collector around the bottom would be rust, like my friends Jett Hott long tubes. My polished stainless headers are still shiny. And I wasn't complaining, just telling the op to go stainless cause ceramic coated headers do still rust.

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    ^^^I agree. The next headers I buy, for whatever ride, will be stainless. But, how do they flow compared to ceramic I wonder. One of the supposed advantages of the ceramic is better exhaust flow and lower under-hood temps since it acts like a thermally wrapped header. I don't drive this car in the snow/slush/salted streets anymore, and I never really did. It has seen too much rain tho! I bought these shortly after I joined this forum, after many people here steered me away from SLP headers. Like I said, under the hood they still look great.

    And yeah, before the coating was available, standard headers would be covered in rust after 6 months.

    Sas, how's the install going? Make sure you fire it up and rev it a couple times open headers!!!

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    Stainless flows fine. Stainless traps heat better than mild steel to begin with so no need for ceramic.

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    I got everything pulled off last night, then was trying to test fit the drivers side, but it wouldn't fit, so I called it a night. About to head out to the shop and get started again.

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    The drivers side header basically has to stand straight up under the car, passenger side is a little easier

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    Ok, got the new headers on and put the new cats on, but the rest of the Y-pipe won't go on with the tools I have. Gonna run to the muffler shop tomorrow to find out the cost for them to do it. New question is, will it be ok to drive with just headers and cats, or could I risk warping a piston?

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    You're fine driving it around, enjoy the sound while you got it like that

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    Awesome, thanks! Maybe I'll try to get some sound clips.

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    One last question, I had 2 sets of O2's on each side, but now only have 1. What do I do with the others, and which ones do I plug in?

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    The front ones closest to the engines are the ones you want plugged in. The rears only monitor if the cats are doing their job. Keep in mind you will have an SES light on since the rear O2s will not be plugged in

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