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Header ground clearence issues

This is a discussion on Header ground clearence issues within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; 02 WS6 running SLP full length headers which always hung a little low. New springs lowered the car a little ...

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    Header ground clearence issues

    02 WS6 running SLP full length headers which always hung a little low. New springs lowered the car a little and now bottom the header all over town. Any idea other than a different brand of springs? I'm wonderng if the headers were too low to bgin with. Oh yeah it's only the pass side header...

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    either swap headers or go back to stock height are the only fixes

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    the old slp's are some of the lowest longtubes. i have a drop similar to the pro-kit with hookers and i've only scraped 3 times in the last year.

    what kind of springs?

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    slp's are notorious for hanging low

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    ^^^what they said. I almost bought SLP headers 3 years ago, I'm glad I got on this site first! I have Hookers and their ORY, I've never bottomed out, I've actually gained ground clearance, and I'm not lowered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    ^^^what they said. I almost bought SLP headers 3 years ago, I'm glad I got on this site first! I have Hookers and their ORY, I've never bottomed out, I've actually gained ground clearance, and I'm not lowered.
    ive got hookers too, but i bottoms out on certain speed bumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch0jr View Post
    ive got hookers too, but i bottoms out on certain speed bumps.
    Hmmmm. I wonder why. I've never bottomed out, even when I had all four wheels off when I hit "tickle belly hill" in the road too fast and landed pretty hard. Even had my 200 lb friend in the other seat when that happened. I did have to somewhat crimp the 3" ORY in a couple spots so it would not bang the crossmember, but that's not hurting my exhaust flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Hmmmm. I wonder why. I've never bottomed out, even when I had all four wheels off when I hit "tickle belly hill" in the road too fast and landed pretty hard. Even had my 200 lb friend in the other seat when that happened. I did have to somewhat crimp the 3" ORY in a couple spots so it would not bang the crossmember, but that's not hurting my exhaust flow.
    mine fits up real tight, but ill scrape on the big ass 'humps'

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    the issue is in the question. they are slp crap. the top 3 are paceseters, kooks, and texas speed's. i have the last set.

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    01 T/A - Nice fitment; great for the track, but it's still quite low for the street, IMHO. But looks an inch or so better than SLP headers. Does it bottom out on speed bumps or rough inner-city roads? Some cities have really crappy roads, especially Charleston, SC, which must have the absolute worst city roads in the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 T/A View Post
    the issue is in the question. they are slp crap. the top 3 are paceseters, kooks, and texas speed's. i have the last set.
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    looks awesome !! What diameter is the y? do you get any rubbing on the floor at wot??

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    the y is 3 inchs. and they are the best fit i have seen i have not bottomed out on any thing yet and i have a good size curb to get over at my house. and they do not rub. the 2nd pic is the texas-speed y. it has a step in it to keep it nice and tight to the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 T/A View Post
    the y is 3 inchs. and they are the best fit i have seen i have not bottomed out on any thing yet and i have a good size curb to get over at my house. and they do not rub. the 2nd pic is the texas-speed y. it has a step in it to keep it nice and tight to the body.
    did your kit come with those band clamps? my hooker headers came with shitty thin ones, so i ordered similar ones from jeggs and they work great.

    heres mine: hooker headers and hooker 3" y pipe (before i replaced the band clamps)


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    ya texas speed included the fat clamps with it.

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    I have kooks very pricey but worth everypenny. I'm not lowered but my buddy is and he scrapes as well cause of the slp junky headers.

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    Well, I like my SLP's...I intended on keeping the car GM & SLP as it's an 02 and should be a nice collector's iem for my grand kids...anyway, I've gone back to stock heoght springs and all is well except I've shelled out another $300 between the springs and having the shop replace the front again...so I'll be selling the Bilstine springs.

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