View Poll Results: What should I do with my Long tubes?

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  • Install them myself and don't get a tune

    4 7.69%
  • Install them myself and get a tune

    36 69.23%
  • Pay for install but dont get a tune

    2 3.85%
  • Pay for install and get a tune

    10 19.23%
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Should I Pay for Install and Tune for LT headers?

This is a discussion on Should I Pay for Install and Tune for LT headers? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; What should I do? My car is pretty much stock....

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    Should I Pay for Install and Tune for LT headers?

    What should I do? My car is pretty much stock.

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    Do the install yourself and don't get a tune. My friend and i just finished putting Lt's on his '99 formula and it was not as hard we thought. Im 18 and he is 19 and we don't have any advanced car knowledge. So if we can do it, you can do it. Just make sure you have some tall jacks or ramps or someway to get the car atleast 2 ft off the ground.

    I hear that a tune will help, but you don't need a tune with just bolt ons. Waste of $$$$ cause they are expensive. Don't get a tune until you get a cam - or something internal.

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    Whatever you do, get a tune.
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    Considering you said it is pretty much stock, put 'em in yourself and don't have it tuned until you get more mods.
    98 T/A: HPE 5.3 Heads, 238/242 113 cam, Kooks 1 7/8 stepped LT headers, Custom Y pipe, Cut out, Borla, NW 90MM TB, FAST 90MM Intake, TB Bypass, Under Drive Power steering and Crank, 150 Dry NOS, Yella Terra rockers, 3400 TC, HPE tuning,

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    If you have a spare car, put them in yourself so you can take your time and enjoy it. When I ran into snags on my install, I just took a shower and surfed the net for answers and continued the next day. The last thing you want to do is be rushed on a job you have never done before. IMO they do not add enough horsepower to require a tune.

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    if i were you i wait till i get the cam install and tune at the same time save u money

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    I've got headers and numerous bolt ons and I am not getting a tune until I get a stall and cam installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Blown Vert View Post
    Whatever you do, get a tune.
    your car will run better, and get quite a bit more power with a tune.
    My buddy got about 25whp alone from the tune after the header install

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    Tune will help out a lot. Find a good shop to get a tune that can keep doing your tune. Most shops will tune your car and keep your info stored and next time you get tuned, it's a pro rated shop rate. But Most people wait till a cam and full bolt ons for a tune.

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    Id love to get a tune. In fact, I prolly need one, but I dont know where a dyno shop is around here (live 40min north of west palm beach).

    I also never understood the price for tunes. I mean, Id pay $100 tops for the allegid labor that I see being done. I mean, you can get your headers installed by a guy who is sweating and using 'elbow grease' for a fraction of the cost.

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    put them in yourself. my pacesetters went in pretty easy. and unless you are gonna get a cam, etc. in the near future, i would reccomend a tune. your gas milage will not be as good until you get a tune. and until you you get a tune, your headers are not going to be at their full potential at all.

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    i have a question, i heard on hear before that o2's from a corvette are long enough to fit right in when you put longtubes on. specificly what year range or year will work???

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    Get your metric crescent wrench out and install em yourself.
    GET IT TUNED.

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    Install the headers and get a tune. Whoever would go through the task of getting LT's, installing them and wanting to get the most out of doing so but not get thier ride tuned is telling people you don't want your 'bang for the buck' (which is exactly what this car is). if you don't want to optimize the true performance of your car and enjoy it a whole lot more, then skip getting a tune, but that's just crazy...

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    In alot of cases it's not that the full power from the headers is not wanted, it's that alot of us don't know where to go and get a tune.It would be nice if those who have gotten a tune would help by posting where they got their tune done and for how much.I want to add a set of headers and a stall but don't have any ideal of where to go to get a tune after doing so .well than again I do,but it's 300 miles one way.So maybe some of you that have a tune can post and that way we can see what is close to us.

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    I'm nowhere close. RPM here in Dallas, $400 for the tune (did it when I got the cam) and anytime from here on out, I can get it tuned for $50 (dyno time)

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    Do it yourself and get the tune.

    Conley Performance Houston, Texas
    $400 for the lifetime tune
    $50 bucks for dyno time if I add any other bolt ons to tune it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Street Fighter View Post
    In alot of cases it's not that the full power from the headers is not wanted, it's that alot of us don't know where to go and get a tune.It would be nice if those who have gotten a tune would help by posting where they got their tune done and for how much.I want to add a set of headers and a stall but don't have any ideal of where to go to get a tune after doing so .well than again I do,but it's 300 miles one way.So maybe some of you that have a tune can post and that way we can see what is close to us.
    As always...get refrences.....but this is a good tool to locate shops with a dyno...
    DynoJets
    http://www.smokemup.com/utils/dynosearch.php
    And for Mustang Dyno's ( No not the car)
    http://mustangdyne.com/LocatorPages/

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rookie View Post
    Do it yourself and get the tune.

    Conley Performance Houston, Texas
    $400 for the lifetime tune
    $50 bucks for dyno time if I add any other bolt ons to tune it
    same here for RPM here in Dallas/Lewisville, Texas

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