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This is a discussion on Kooks or Stainless Works within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; im looking at long tube headers and im trying to figure out what is the best brand to go with. ...

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    Question Kooks or Stainless Works

    im looking at long tube headers and im trying to figure out what is the best brand to go with. iv narrowed it down to kooks and stainless works, is any one running either of these on their ls1 or lt1, if so how is the fitment, hp gains? thanks for the help

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    kooks

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    iv been asking this question at work and some of the guys mentioned Dougs Headers also, iv heard of them but mostly for older muscle cars, has anyone heard anything about them?

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    i havent heard of anyone using them for these cars

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    Don't forget American Racing Headers.....made by ex-kook employees, very high quality, and slightly cheaper.

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    http://www.quicktimeperformance.com/...ls1headers.php
    here are one of the niceist headers on the market

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    there y-pipes suck tho

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    Kook's, hands down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96t/a View Post
    iv been asking this question at work and some of the guys mentioned Dougs Headers also, iv heard of them but mostly for older muscle cars, has anyone heard anything about them?
    They are excellent headers. I sell lots of these for classic muscle where stainless is not an option. But I would recommend going with a stainless header.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    there y-pipes suck tho
    QTP's are one of the best flowing, but yes, they do require some mods to make them fit right and get the best clearance out of them.

    Exhaust isn't always a simple bolt on..

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    right, but why go through the hassle when kooks or ARH are just as good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    right, but why go through the hassle when kooks or ARH are just as good?
    Cause it creates less rasp.

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    Cause it creates less rasp.
    Come on man, you are going to tell me that among those three long tubes alone QTP has less rasp? When it comes to these tuned headers the amount of rasp lies in how the Y merges and what type of muffler (i.e. LM).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgunny View Post
    Come on man, you are going to tell me that among those three long tubes alone QTP has less rasp? When it comes to these tuned headers the amount of rasp lies in how the Y merges and what type of muffler (i.e. LM).
    Yup, but it is minimal..

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    I have stainless works headers. No cutting, no bending required.

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    theres no difference in rasp between QTP kooks and ARH

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    theres no difference in rasp between QTP kooks and ARH
    Have you heard both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9t8z28 View Post
    Have you heard both?
    It does not matter. Their are too many variables other than the headers themselves to base an opinion.

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    Kooks will require a grinder for the K member. If you get QTP headers get the high velocity merge collector , it has shown gains of 8 rwhp and 6 rwtq. With a 26 rwtq gain in the mid range over Pacesetters

    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showth...+velocity+high

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgunny View Post
    It does not matter. Their are too many variables other than the headers themselves to base an opinion.
    Like what?

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