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Old 06-06-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Suggested Headers for 94 5.0

Need some suggestions on headers. I want new headers if they are going to make my car sound any better. I know that longtubes will give a good boost in flow, but I've heard of people having trouble passing emissions with them. I unfortunately need to be able to pass emissions no matter what =\. Has anyone passed emissions with long tubes before? Anyways IF I can pass emissions with long tubes, what what brand would you suggest for the best bang for buck? If not, what shorties would be recommended, and are equal length worth the extra hassle? Should I go with Ford Racing shorties if I want good sound increase for the money?
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Ive put BBK shortys on all my v8s. They look great and they are a fair price, they last too. Ive heard ceramic ones are good but ive never owned any
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Don't get shorties. Waste of money. Brand depends on how much money you're willing to give up. Kooks, stainless works, slp, Mac, and bbk. All good brands. Just expensive.
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I got Mac long tube headers bbk mid pipes flowmasters exhaust dumped passed emissions real easy here in Cali
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Ive put BBK shortys on all my v8s. They look great and they are a fair price, they last too. Ive heard ceramic ones are good but ive never owned any
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Shorties are not a waste of money. They flow better than stock, they look better than stock, they last a long time, they are easy to work with. No clearance issues like with long tubes. I'm tired of people saying shorties are a waste. No they are not going to give you the ratio of money spent to performance gained like a bottle of Nitrous oxide, but still.
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Shorties are not a waste of money. They flow better than stock, they look better than stock, they last a long time, they are easy to work with. No clearance issues like with long tubes. I'm tired of people saying shorties are a waste. No they are not going to give you the ratio of money spent to performance gained like a bottle of Nitrous oxide, but still.
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Shorties are a waste on a modular, not a 5.0. That said long tubes can't pass if your state says long tubes can't pass like in California, for example, it says no long tube headers. As far as a sniffer though, if you put a good catted pipe on and your car is running properly and all your emissions stuff is working there is 0 reason it shouldn't pass. If your state allows, get long tubes. Bbks and Macs work well, can be installed with the motor in the car and do not have the clearance issues that people who have never put them on their cars claim they do. My exhaust pipes sat no lower with my Mac long tubes than it did with shorties.
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Good info scotty
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I am running Mac headers with a Mac off road h pipe and love the sound
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Honestly if they still made them I'd suggest FRPP ceramic shorties for our cars if I was to suggest any shorties. I got a set from gefracing in 2003 brand new for $300 which was a LOT for shorties especially back then. They fit perfect, they never leaked, they had the EGR bung and when I sold them 5 years after the fact having driven the car daily for a few years they looked almost brand new. There was a little discoloration on them, that was it. IIRC Ford still makes the stainless/ceramic shorties for the fox. If you have no EGR and run a fox midpipe you can use those on the SN95 no probs.
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Shorties are a waste on a modular, not a 5.0. That said long tubes can't pass if your state says long tubes can't pass like in California, for example, it says no long tube headers. As far as a sniffer though, if you put a good catted pipe on and your car is running properly and all your emissions stuff is working there is 0 reason it shouldn't pass. If your state allows, get long tubes. Bbks and Macs work well, can be installed with the motor in the car and do not have the clearance issues that people who have never put them on their cars claim they do. My exhaust pipes sat no lower with my Mac long tubes than it did with shorties.
I got Mac long tubes I passed in Cali? Am I misunderstanding something?
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You did? What's you're whole setup?
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Did some digging and found out washington doesnt do a cisual inspection. Will more than likely get cats and go long tubes. Now, Macs or BBK?
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What about the sniffer test?
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I got my car legally smoged I have Mac long tubes bbk mid pipes and flowmasters 40 seres dumped
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Its technically illegal to remove ANY smog components and Cali is a nazi state about smog. Longtubes ditch 2 cats and move the O2s which is a no-no according to the smog laws. Also if the headers do not have a CARB number and the tech cares about that... no dice.

Now, with that said, a LOT of places will not check visually and as long as the car passes a sniffer (which it will if its running right and the cats are in good shape) you should be good.
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I have my stock h pipe when I go through emissions I throw is back on
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I have Mac shorties, Mac Prochamber and Mac catback and the sound is amazing!
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Don't get shorties. Waste of money. Brand depends on how much money you're willing to give up. Kooks, stainless works, slp, Mac, and bbk. All good brands. Just expensive.
Shorties are a waste on modulars not pushrods.. A push rod will benefit fairly good on shorties.. Not as much as long tubes but they still help..

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Shorties are a waste on a modular, not a 5.0. That said long tubes can't pass if your state says long tubes can't pass like in California, for example, it says no long tube headers. As far as a sniffer though, if you put a good catted pipe on and your car is running properly and all your emissions stuff is working there is 0 reason it shouldn't pass. If your state allows, get long tubes. Bbks and Macs work well, can be installed with the motor in the car and do not have the clearance issues that people who have never put them on their cars claim they do. My exhaust pipes sat no lower with my Mac long tubes than it did with shorties.
+1 didn't realize you already said this.. Bahahah
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