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This is a discussion on XS Headers within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I was reading about these headers on another forum and was wondering if anyone had any feedback here about them. ...

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    XS Headers

    I was reading about these headers on another forum and was wondering if anyone had any feedback here about them.

    I am debating between the XS, Pacesetter, OBX, and possibly Hookers.

    As with any header, it appears fittment is an issue across the board.

    My mods are mininmal, intake, exhaust, will be adding new MSD wires and either NGK or Iridum plugs when I do the install. Not much else besides that, just descreened the MAF, woopty doo.

    The consensus is Pacesetters for the price-value, just lookin for a little feedback, thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheesews6 View Post
    I was reading about these headers on another forum and was wondering if anyone had any feedback here about them.

    I am debating between the XS, Pacesetter, OBX, and possibly Hookers.

    As with any header, it appears fittment is an issue across the board.

    My mods are mininmal, intake, exhaust, will be adding new MSD wires and either NGK or Iridum plugs when I do the install. Not much else besides that, just descreened the MAF, woopty doo.

    The consensus is Pacesetters for the price-value, just lookin for a little feedback, thanks guys.
    I have heard pacesetters dont last but two years and hooker are great. personally i have obx and love them-although i dont like the clamps they supply and my steering bolt hit but that was an easy fix....if you no how to post videos i can try to video them i have them with slp lm1 although it sounds a more high pitch on video...

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    I have pacesetter and they were cake to install. The coated ones should last a while. I know people who have had them on for a couple of years with no problems yet.

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    as for the pacesetters ....maybe it was were they lived..weather there who knows

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    My first decision was to go w/ the Pacesetters because of all the good things I have heard, minus the rubbing here, cut that there, overall sounded good.

    But then I was readin up on these new XS Stainless Steel Headers made out of 321 Stainless Steel, looked really, really good and the whole set-up is only $600. The Pacesetter is $500 for Ceramic Coated which in about 5 to 10 years turns to garbage, dpending upon where you live like you mentioned earlier.

    To be honest, all I know is I have stock manifolds and Y-pipe, but no clue on the exhaust after, I know it's aftermarket w/ a cut out at the muffler.

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    I didn't have to cut anything or have any rubbing anywhere on with my PS LT's. Could be because my car only has 13k on it though too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheesews6 View Post
    The Pacesetter is $500 for Ceramic Coated.
    http://www.texas-speed.com/shop/item...d=184&catid=45

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    $500. Yeah, that was including the Y and accessories, thanks for the link, I will mark it.

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    XS headers are great ( I got em) but there y pipe is a complete pos. If you're gonna run duals or can have a custom y fabricated then I'd say go XS.

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    OBX and XS power is the same company. Not sure on the T/A but my buddy baught a turbo manifold xs and it cracked in about 2 weeks. So If I see anything xs or OBX I usually steer clear of. They usually crack in the welds, Might could buy a set and re-weld them and it be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNICTRY View Post
    I have heard pacesetters dont last but two years and hooker are great. personally i have obx and love them-although i dont like the clamps they supply and my steering bolt hit but that was an easy fix....if you no how to post videos i can try to video them i have them with slp lm1 although it sounds a more high pitch on video...
    You could try posting to you-tube and then copy the link. I saw a deal on the OBX on ebay, are your stainless steel? Did you install yourself or have some help? How long have you had them on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    XS headers are great ( I got em) but there y pipe is a complete pos. If you're gonna run duals or can have a custom y fabricated then I'd say go XS.
    How long have you had them? I was gonna run the ORY, lookin to install myself, I already have an aftermarket muffler w/ cutout on, came w/ the car when I bought it.

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    i have XS there Great!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApexVIII View Post
    i have XS there Great!!!
    Did you get their ORY, what is your set-up after that, any pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheesews6 View Post
    You could try posting to you-tube and then copy the link. I saw a deal on the OBX on ebay, are your stainless steel? Did you install yourself or have some help? How long have you had them on?
    Mine are the one from ebay, yes they are stainless steel, my boyfreind installed them, and i have had them for about 3 months. Ill try to do the video tonight when i home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheesews6 View Post
    How long have you had them? I was gonna run the ORY, lookin to install myself, I already have an aftermarket muffler w/ cutout on, came w/ the car when I bought it.
    I've had em on for about a year and a half. Their y pipe usually rests against the drivers side floor of the car. Not just bangs the floor occasionally, rests against it constantly. There's threads all over LS1 Tech about it. http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=777385
    This is what we had to do to my TSP y pipe to make it fit.

    Notice the bend down after the collector. The XS Y is straight and needs to have a bend there. Some have used the Jet Hot Y pipe with better results than the XS y as the Jet Hot y bends there too.
    Few pics of the headers:


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    here is my car at the track...i have pictures of the headers them selves and some from the top view but none from underneath yet...

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    Nice, sounded good, thanks for the link, I am gonna go w/ the Pacesetters, seems like majority of people are happy with them and the are perfecting the application more. I appreciate all the feedback, thanks guys and gals!

    Yeah, went to the track and was running shit! Could not break 14 sec, 5 consistent runs between 14.08 and 14.21, pretty good R/T times,considering I was on a full tank of gas and had my 19's on.
    Same time last year I was running 13.5's, so let the modding begin, here's my list

    LT Headers w/ ORY
    MSD Wires
    NGK 55TR plugs (have not touched these since buying the car)
    Underdrive Pulley
    P & P Throttle Body
    Remove AIR
    Remove EGR
    Short Shifter
    Rear Spring Mod
    Stock WS6 rims /w racing tires
    And possibly more if I find the $$$$$$

    Hoping to be in the 12's with this, not ready for the cam yet, one day though, one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheesews6 View Post
    Did you get their ORY, what is your set-up after that, any pics?
    i have a Jet hot Y pipe with small Pepsi can size cats that i took out and put in larger cats lol

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    I have the XS headers and like them a lot. I also have their Y-pipe and had to have a turn down welded into it. It looks just like INMY01TA's setup. I also had two Thunderbolt cats welded into it. Works like a charm.

    Marc

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