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Old 01-20-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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I have these 2 longtube headers in mind for purchasing. I have 2002 v6. What are differences between these 2. I am looking to get either of them from AM. All I know so far is that the pacesetter's black paint chips of over time and the Mac ones don't chip because they have the ceramic coat. It also keeps them cool.

Pacesetter are a lot cheaper than Mac. But don't both of them offer the same results? What are your opinions?
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From what I have heard pacesetters are not that great and fitment is an issue. Long tubes are a pretty big mod for a v6 what other mods do you have? Btw you will also need a shorty mid pipe.
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What do you mean fitment issue? Will it affect performance? I'm aware that I will need a shorty mid pipe. The only thing I have is a CAI.
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What I mean by fitment issues is that some people have had trouble installing them cause they don't line up correctly. If all you have is a cai intake I would recommend getting maybe a handheld tuner and gears 3.73 or 4.10s. Do you have the dual exhaust conversion?

Also I should say that it is your car and you can do as you please. So if you want lt's then go for it, they are not a bad mod
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Guess which ones do not rust
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Guess which ones do not rust

I betting on the ceramic.
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What I mean by fitment issues is that some people have had trouble installing them cause they don't line up correctly. If all you have is a cai intake I would recommend getting maybe a handheld tuner and gears 3.73 or 4.10s. Do you have the dual exhaust conversion?

Also I should say that it is your car and you can do as you please. So if you want lt's then go for it, they are not a bad mod

Thanks for clearing things up. I'm going to go with the Mac.
Now which midpipe works best. I know that the Mac shorty pro chamber bolts right up to the Mac longtubes. And other h-pipes will fit with modifications. Are there any h-pipes that can bolt on, other than pro chamber?
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I'm pretty sure that other brand mid pipes will fit with these longtubes but for best fitment you could also get the pro chamber go for it. But I would definitely double check with MAC or AM might be able to help
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Thanks for clearing things up. I'm going to go with the Mac.
Now which midpipe works best. I know that the Mac shorty pro chamber bolts right up to the Mac longtubes. And other h-pipes will fit with modifications. Are there any h-pipes that can bolt on, other than pro chamber?
Good choice! I would have gone with the MAC ceramic coated LT's too. Any kind of ceramic coated header is much nicer than painted or bare steel. They'll last a lot longer!

It's always best to run the same branded mid-pipe, if you're using LT's. Otherwise, you run the risk of not a perfect fit, thus causing an exhaust leak. Plus, the Pro-Chamber has a great tone to it. Especially for v6 Mustangs, as it gives off a much deeper tone. I think you'll be happy with the Pro-Chamber.

Have you considered a Bama custom tune? It would tie all your mods together nicely and allow you to get the most power.

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I'm pretty sure that other brand mid pipes will fit with these longtubes but for best fitment you could also get the pro chamber go for it. But I would definitely double check with MAC or AM might be able to help

Thanxx for the help. I'll look forward going with the full Mac conversion
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What I mean by fitment issues is that some people have had trouble installing them cause they don't line up correctly. If all you have is a cai intake I would recommend getting maybe a handheld tuner and gears 3.73 or 4.10s. Do you have the dual exhaust conversion?

Also I should say that it is your car and you can do as you please. So if you want lt's then go for it, they are not a bad mod
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I chose the pacesetter headers. I installed them at shop install them. There were major fitting issues. Drivers side goes in easy. Passenger we had to lift the engine up to get them in. Not fun. I would go Mac just because they fit better. Pacesetters, once you get them in I think are a bit better, but not noticeably in a daily driver. My longtubes sound really good in low rpms tho. Once you get above 3500 the v6 gets a little whinny, I went h pipe mid pipe to try to help this.

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Also you CAN get ceramic coated pacesetters
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