Header Fitment; Which ones are easiest to install?

Discussion in 'High Performance Modifications' started by musclecar.renegade, Mar 21, 2006.

Which one of these headers fits the best in our cars with a 350 and an automatic?

  1. $150 Hooker Competition Headers #HOK-2451HKR

    6 vote(s)
    27.3%
  2. $136 Hedman Hedders #HED-68270

    5 vote(s)
    22.7%
  3. $110 Dynomax BlackJacks #WLK-85001

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. $97 Classic FlowTechs #BIG-11100FLT

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  5. $150 FlowTech Afterburners #BIG-49100FLT

    7 vote(s)
    31.8%
  6. $87 Summit Headers #SUM-G9001

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  7. $210 Hedman Tork-Step Hedders #HED-68274

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  1. musclecar.renegade

    musclecar.renegade Veteran Member

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    May 21, 2005
    Spokane, WA
    Out of these, which ones would fit the best in my stock 1980 Z28 350 w/ AT? Note, my EGR stuff is gone.

    $150 FlowTech Afterburners
    $150 Hooker Competition Headers
    $136 Hedman Headers
    $110 Dynomax BlackJacks
    $97 Classic FlowTechs
    $87 Summit

    Thanks,

    Renegade. :bowtie:
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2006
  2. Z28TERRY

    Z28TERRY Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Harrison, AR
    Dynomax and Flowtech both fit great. I have a used set of Afterburners. The flange has been cut from the collector-pipes wold have to be welded to them. Left rear pipe slightly dimpled for 4 speed. Surface rust but solid. $50 plus shipping.

    I have a set of Dynomax ceramic coated now. Summit has them for under $300. Great headers for the money.
     
  3. hhott71

    hhott71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mar 30, 2001
    Joplin Mo. 64801
    Hedman 65104 took me 5 minutes to install.
    It took more time opening the box than it did to slip them up in the car and start the bolts on the heads.
     
  4. Arstine

    Arstine Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Rapid City, SD, USA
    I just replied in your exhaust question in the BS section on this but I'll repeat here. The Flowtechs were hands down the easiest header install I've ever had. Dropped right in, didn't have to fight a bit. And they tuck right up to the floor so no worries about ground clearance either.
     
  5. Scatter

    Scatter Veteran Member

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    Jun 26, 2003
    Millbrook, Al
    My flowtechs fit great....no problems.
     
  6. musclecar.renegade

    musclecar.renegade Veteran Member

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    May 21, 2005
    Spokane, WA
    "My flowtechs fit great....no problems." -- Scatter

    "The FlowTechs were hands down the easiest header install I've ever had." -- Arstine

    "Dynomax and Flowtech both fit great" -- Z28TERRY

    Would these flowtechs be the Afterburners, or classics?

    Z28TERRY, you are talking about the dynomax blackjack headers right? They're the only long tubes Dynomax makes right?

    All of you guys are talking about the 1 5/8" primary tube diameter headers right?

    Thanks.

    Renegade.
     
  7. 80ZED28 EH

    80ZED28 EH Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    That's good to know, I'm installing those next month on my 80. Did you have to install from underneath the car or did they go in from under the hood?
    Sorry if I hi-jacked this post.

    Thanks.
     
  8. hhott71

    hhott71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Joplin Mo. 64801
    Slid them up from underneath. Pass side is slightly tighter than the driver side.
    goes Very easy if you lift the motor 1-2" on pass side.
     
  9. GearHead72

    GearHead72 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    May 24, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    The Summit brand headers are Dynomax. You have to go to the Summit website and do a search for them, but you can find the Summit ceramic for $200. I can't speak for fitment as mine are still in the box :whine: , but they look very nice.....

    just checked, even cheaper now - SUM-G9001-9 $169.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2006
  10. theflash

    theflash Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Feb 27, 2004
    Podunk, CT
    I had a set of Dynomax on my BBC and they fit great. I just bought a set of Hooker Comps (not the supers) and I'm pissed, they look like they are going to bust my balls. Unlike the Dynomax, the Hookers have the 3 bolt flange welded to the header. Not only that but they welded it with one of the 3 bolt holes right at 12:00 (which will be right up against the floor pan). It's going to be a major pitfa to get that one tight.
     

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