Cheap turbo headers

Codyccg

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Mar 21, 2021
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Anybody run these or something similar with success or am I better off cutting up my truck manis
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motorheadmike

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I have a set I haven't used for twins yet. I modified my truck manifolds for a single.
 
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Northernregal

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I bought a cheap set off ebay for like $160USD. They arent terrible quality wise but, I think you could make a better setup with a set of stock truck manifolds and a buzz box mig welder... Those will require relocation of coils, custom plug wires, compromises on exhaust routing or a front fender dump, rad and cooling compromises.... Just to name a few.

FYI I never ended up using mine, a cast china log would be better for a street car, my opinion.
 
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64nailhead

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Dec 1, 2014
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Truck manifolds FTW. Depending on your plan of course. Twin T4 or T3/T4 hybrids are an easy make/fabricate. You can make them to use stock truck, Vette or F-body accessories, stock radiator location with lots of room for intercooler, fans, etc. The down pipes are the biggest issue if you want rear exhaust. I'm a big single T6 guy presently only because of 'streetableness'. No inner fenders and fender exhausts make duals easier. And pricewise, a T6 is more economical than most duals upto 1000 or so HP imo.

I believe the record on truck manifolds is around 1800hp, so they don't hold anything back.

p.s. - you can mig truck manifolds - works fabulously just not very pretty.
 
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Buster

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I'm using Chinese up and forward headers. Expect having to inbiggen manifold bolt holes to get the bolts to line up.

Pay attention to the vband sizes, a lot of them are a goofy 2.8 inches, you can find them with 1 7/8 primaries and 3inch collectors and vbands.

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Rt Jam

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Mar 30, 2020
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It's a rough life. Between the back pressure and the heat. Even a good header will not be happy. I'm going with the Hooker cast iron turbo manifolds.
 

64nailhead

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It's a rough life. Between the back pressure and the heat. Even a good header will not be happy. I'm going with the Hooker cast iron turbo manifolds.
Great if you're making big power, but they are truly a waste if you're on a budget. Truck manifolds are good to well over 1000wh, I believe the record is close to 1500. I'd say save your money for your fuel system or electronics - somewhere that the money spent will make a difference unless you're in the 1300+hp range.
 

Rt Jam

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Mar 30, 2020
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My reason is nothing to do with power. It is reliability and maintenance. I will kill my saving account for no header leaks. This is not advice everyone should follow. Great to see you guys find ways to save money in the hobby.
 

64nailhead

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Reliability is defined by using stock manifolds with welded flanges. I've used 2 different sets of chinesium stainless headers and they leaked like it was their job. Chronic welding, planing, off/on every month or two, They definitely would not make it 1500 miles. My son's 327 and 421 both leaked with that junk. We put on a set of truck headers with welded v-bands and they are yet to leak once. I'm running a set as of truck manifold that i welded the v-bands on myself with the wrong wire and they are yet to leak.

Both of the setups described above make over 800whp. You choose - truck manifolds FTW imo.
 
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