Common questions

What is the best material for exhaust headers?

What is the best material for exhaust headers?

Stainless steel
Stainless steel is the best choice of material for custom headers used on race engines. Stainless steel is a bit more expensive but will not rust and has more durability for years of use. The advantages of stainless over mild steel far outweigh the costs.

Do headers replace catalytic converters?

Every header should leave the cat where it goes, on newer cars, it is either built in or removed. But for your LX, you cat won’t move. For your basic D and B series cars, the cat only gets removed from a downpipe, or the exhaust, or a test pipe is put into place.

Whats better headers or exhaust?

Why are headers are a better choice than an exhaust manifold? As stated above, exhaust manifolds create back pressure, which lowers performance. Because each cylinder of the engine is given its own tube, however, headers eliminate this problem; thus, allowing the gases to exit without the creation of back pressure.

Do you need a downpipe for headers?

Headers for most applications will require custom tuning. For most cases, in factory form, the downpipe will be a greater restrictor than the header. With that in mind, a downpipe upgrade would typically be recommended first as it would yield a greater potential benefit.

Can you put catalytic converters on long tube headers?

Long tubes are illegal because you can’t use the factory emissions equipment with it… Shorties are legal only because you can still bolt the factory 4 cat H pipe to it..

What do you need to know about exhaust headers?

With new vehicles, a downpipe is the tube that connects the turbo exhaust tube to the main body of the exhaust that runs under the vehicle. Some manufacturers have generated significant gains from modification of the Downpipe design.

Who is the leading manufacturer of exhaust catalytic converters?

These CATs are designed with MagnaFlow’s superior exhaust technology and each converter is designed to keep the engine light off. MagnaFlow prides itself as the industry leader and boasts the manufacturer award for 2017 at Sema (Specialty Equipment Market Association).

What are the best headers for increased horsepower?

Go with Gibson headers and enjoy gains of 10-20 horsepower and 10-30 lbs. of torque. These performance headers improve your engine’s efficiency by helping it breathe easier and run cooler.

Which is the best exhaust system to buy?

Easy, just take a look at our Top 10 Best Exhaust Systems of 2020 for a list of our top selling, top rated exhausts: 10. Gibson Exhaust System Netting you up to 20 additional horsepower, as well as up to 20 foot pounds of torque, the Gibson Performance Exhaust System is for drivers who like to dive right in, rather than stick a toe in the pool.

How are exhaust headers used in performance cars?

An exhaust header has individual tubes for each exhaust port, allowing each exhaust pulse to flow unobstructed from the cylinder head. However, some factory exhaust manifolds also have individual tubes. The most sophisticated of these and the most well thought out of this type are found on performance cars.

What kind of headers are used in 4 cylinder cars?

Weapon-R also offers stainless steel long-tube headers for popular 4-cylinder track built cars without catalytic converters.

Is it legal to install headers on exhaust?

Installing any header can cause an issue with regards to emissions and may not be legal in your location. Getting the correct primary tubing size header for your application is key to maximum power gains so asking an expert when you purchase is important.

Which is the best Jegs High performance catalytic converter?

If you want to add a cat back exhaust system, check out a high performance catalytic converter to really boost your horsepower. JEGS carries application specific as well as general fit high performance catalytic converters from Dynatech, Dynomax, Magnaflow, Pace Setter, SLP and more at great everyday low prices!

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Ruth Doyle