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Old 06-09-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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So I've called some shops around me to get a quote on installing long tube headers and a new H pipe and I've heard from $600-$800 and I just think that's way too much. What did you guys pay for urs to be done?
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So I've called some shops around me to get a quote on installing long tube headers and a new H pipe and I've heard from $600-$800 and I just think that's way too much. What did you guys pay for urs to be done?
That's what it will cost. Most people do it yourself because of how much labor is. It's about a whole day job even with a lift. The mid pipe is easy but the long tubs are extremely hard
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That's what it will cost. Most people do it yourself because of how much labor is. It's about a whole day job even with a lift. The mid pipe is easy but the long tubs are extremely hard
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They're very tricky.
Especially if you dont have a lift
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I always ask how much they charge an hour, some shops tell you like $62 an hour and I also ask how long it would take to install a certain part. Normally they say about 4 hours or so for long tubes and the H pipe maybe another 1hour. 5 hour job shouldn't cost $600 or more with professional help. I would look for any shop quoting $350 to $400 for both, if not i would walk...
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I always ask how much they charge an hour, some shops tell you like $62 an hour and I also ask how long it would take to install a certain part. Normally they say about 4 hours or so for long tubes and the H pipe maybe another 1hour. 5 hour job shouldn't cost $600 or more with professional help. I would look for any shop quoting $350 to $400 for both, if not i would walk...
I've honestly never seen one charge 350 to 400. I've been quoted 500+ everywhere I have been. A mid pipe you can do yourself and they will probably tell you that is a 2 hour job when it is really 30 min tops.
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Most difficult DIY jobs are overprice for labor because shops know its difficult.
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Most difficult DIY jobs are overprice for labor because shops know its difficult.
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You guys are mostly right on with what it will cost. On a modular it isn't a simple remove the stock manifolds and put the longtubes in with it being tight, you have to drop the ENTIRE K MEMBER to get the longtubes in. Its actually so much of a pain in the *** I would not recommend doing it at all unless you are going to have the K member out anyway like to replace the stocker with a lighter tubular unit. The price of the longtubes plus the labor cost if you can't do it yourself... you will not see the gains you think and there is a LOT of other stuff you can get for that money that is easier to install and better bang for the buck.

And then there is the longtubes themselves... honestly the only longtubes I would put on my car would be a set of Kooks and they run around $1200 just for the headers. Fully stainless, made in the USA, lifetime warranty, design is perfect and they fit amazing. The MAC and BBK stuff fits ok and the quality is decent but not like Kooks plus the Kooks stuff won't rust.
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Like Scotty said, LTs are a b*tch to have on your car. Good luck changing your clutch when it goes out. You have to remove the LTs to drop the tranny.
I helped a friend do a clutch on his Cobra ONCE and swore I would never have LTs.
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Way more of a hassle and not worth the amount of money for the gains you get.
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Good call on the longtubes and a clutch change. With the single piece bell/trans units in the modulars... no thanks on a clutch change with longtubes...

Honestly a great free flowing exhaust that will support a very good amount of power is stock manifolds, aftermarket midpipe and catback of your choice.
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$600 for LTs is a fair price, I wouldn't do it again for that. Who ever said $300, gonna have to show me a receipt to believe that.
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Most difficult DIY jobs are overprice for labor because shops know its difficult.
$62-$100 a hour is already overpriced.....to charge 1.5-2x the time is pure rape
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Sounds about right. 4-600 is what I would look for
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Best to invest in a lift and specialty tools and learn for a fraction of the price and have the knowledge and everything to DIY for future mods too
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Ok I'll just get it done then I think it's too much for me to do. My buddy wants to trade me MAC long tube headers and gaskets and cutouts and the extensions for my hood and spoiler you guys think I should do it?? Do you guys know anything about MAC headers if they are good or bad??
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Have them install only your headers and take it home and install h pipe yourself maybe that'll save some cash

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You guys are mostly right on with what it will cost. On a modular it isn't a simple remove the stock manifolds and put the longtubes in with it being tight, you have to drop the ENTIRE K MEMBER to get the longtubes in. Its actually so much of a pain in the *** I would not recommend doing it at all unless you are going to have the K member out anyway like to replace the stocker with a lighter tubular unit. The price of the longtubes plus the labor cost if you can't do it yourself... you will not see the gains you think and there is a LOT of other stuff you can get for that money that is easier to install and better bang for the buck.

And then there is the longtubes themselves... honestly the only longtubes I would put on my car would be a set of Kooks and they run around $1200 just for the headers. Fully stainless, made in the USA, lifetime warranty, design is perfect and they fit amazing. The MAC and BBK stuff fits ok and the quality is decent but not like Kooks plus the Kooks stuff won't rust.
Bingo! Exactly
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