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This is a discussion on Headers and Exhaust within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I have a 2002 Trans Am and wanted to add some hp to it with new headers and cat back ...

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    I have a 2002 Trans Am and wanted to add some hp to it with new headers and cat back exhaust. Anyone have a good idea what kind I should get that would get me my best results? I would like something that is going to add some good hp, without breaking the bank. Any input would be great. I just need to be pointed in the right direction.

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    check this thread/section out
    Best headers, best catback, soundclips etc.
    your post will probably get moved there anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by clemy2573 View Post
    I have a 2002 Trans Am and wanted to add some hp to it with new headers and cat back exhaust. Anyone have a good idea what kind I should get that would get me my best results? I would like something that is going to add some good hp, without breaking the bank. Any input would be great. I just need to be pointed in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk_jaws View Post
    pacesetter lt's, ypipe, and hooker catback
    or magnaflow catback . . . either combo are the best bang for your buck

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    Northern rust spell makes stainless a must

    Considering the fact that you're up north and get rust spell, I would make stainless a must. Anything stainless will be more expensive but it'll last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedVertTA View Post
    Considering the fact that you're up north and get rust spell, I would make stainless a must. Anything stainless will be more expensive but it'll last.
    you can get the stainless lt's off of ebay for like $250 but no y pipe

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedVertTA View Post
    Considering the fact that you're up north and get rust spell, I would make stainless a must. Anything stainless will be more expensive but it'll last.
    depends on if he drives his car in the winter........i dont even drive mine in the rain but i live in the snowbelt ....stainless definilty not nessesary for me...........question for everyone.............nobody ever talks about weight..... pacesetters vs the stainless big boys ( kooks, qtp, etc etc) ....how much of a weight difference because of material thickness and type???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyjnjz View Post
    depends on if he drives his car in the winter........i dont even drive mine in the rain but i live in the snowbelt ....stainless definilty not nessesary for me...........question for everyone.............nobody ever talks about weight..... pacesetters vs the stainless big boys ( kooks, qtp, etc etc) ....how much of a weight difference because of material thickness and type???
    not positive but i dont think there is a significant weight difference between any brand of lt's

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    The car does not get driven during the winters, and very seldom gets driven in the rain. I would not see the need to spend the extra money on the stainless steel, unless a person is sold on looks. I would also like something that would give off a nice rumble sound, but not be loud enough to where you would hear me from a mile away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clemy2573 View Post
    The car does not get driven during the winters, and very seldom gets driven in the rain. I would not see the need to spend the extra money on the stainless steel, unless a person is sold on looks. I would also like something that would give off a nice rumble sound, but not be loud enough to where you would hear me from a mile away.
    pacesetter painted long tubes 260 bucks.....but youll need a catted Y pipe if u wanna keep the sound down...there a lil more costly than they should be......non catted Y is only 130 bucks..but itll be very loud and a lil raspy..........id like to pick up these headers myself BUT i cant find a catted Y for a reasonable price that will fit

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    Get the headers put them on. Buy the cats you want and then tow it or drive it to an exhaust shop and have them custom install the cats and Y so it will mate up with the cat back in the right location. You will search until the end of time for a catted Y pipe for long tube headers that won’t break the bank. Since you don't want stainless an exhaust shop will save you time and money. My father in law has done this to like 5 different vettes since I met him. always long tubes and a custom exhaust on back.

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