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Old 07-14-2012, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got heads whats next?

okay , i bought the f-body heads , dwayne hooked me up with valves and i reconned them . what should i do next to boost hp ? headers ? cam ? i have around 650 budgeted for whatever , my next qtr in school is brakes and suspension , so im thinking about new bushings and ss braded brake lines and extended control arms . my ss spring dude flaked , so those are gone . what to do .....

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You wont see much gain from a cam without headers BUT at the same time if the engine is apart for the heads you could consider the cam. Thing is the rockers, studs, springs pushrods to support a cam go over your budget. So I might say headers if you can find some with that budget. Stan's headers is up there somewhere I believe.

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bbk ones are 474 on ebay thought about them and 1.6 roller rockers.

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The BBK are about all that is left in CARB approved but they are pretty much bottom of the barrel for what was offered for these. Far as I know they are the same edelcrap stuff that requires welding to install a shorty header on the passenger side.

Especially shorties I would make sure you get coated.

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so bbk sucks then ? i see all sorts of car with them on youtube . yeah, looks like it needs welding , i saw aulminized pipe or whatever its called on ebay for 140 . had x pipe and 4 45 angles . so id weld it all up think that'd work .

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Far as CARB legal and still available I think BBK and Hooker are your only choices.

Hooker come up higher into the engine bay so they can cause more heat damage they cost a little more but do not require welding. The BBK need welding on the cat pipe between the cat and header.

I guess you need to decide which you think you will like better. The Hooker are a larger primary, same size as the SLPs and those were the "good" shorty, like I said though they come up higher which has some disadvantages.

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I plan on heat taping the shit outta them whatever ones i choose. I found som flomasters for 50 bucks , and i dont run cats . So......

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wrap is a bad idea, can hold oil and such and cooks the headers underneath

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Tape will completely destroy your headers, probably within a couple years, don't do it.

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