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Old 02-28-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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Anyone running shorty headers?

I am wondering if anyone is running shorty headers and/or H pipe on their v6. If you do, how so you like it and do you get better low end torque like everyone says you so?

I have a 14 V6 6sp man completely stock and 95% of my driving is done between 1-3RPM's and I noticed the powerband doesn't really kick in until 2500-3000 rpm.
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Get some 3.55 or 3.73 gears. It will give you that down low your looking for. I have shorty headers and a custom H pipe and while it didn't give me as much down low as I'm looking for is has made a noticeable difference.
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I have the shorties but not the H pipe. I mainly got the shorties for sound, but i did notice a bit more low end torque after installation, but don't expect anything mind blowing. The sound makes it 100% worth it to me though, it makes it deeper and it loses most of the rasp through the RPMs.
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Hmm I'm curious too as I want to eventually get shorties and a tune a bit further down the road. Would they work well with stock mids or would I eventually want to replace those as well, hopefully with an H mid. Also what about the cats? I live in CA and want to ensure it passes smog.
Any ideas on how they might sound with Borla S-types?
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I live in Southern California about 40 mins away the BBK and I let them use my car to C.A.R.B test the BBK shorty headers. I got free headers for doing it. The shorties gave it a great deep sound and I could feel the power increase but it wasn't huge. The shorties passed the CA smog test with flying colors and I'll be recovering the C.A.R.B number soon.
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Where'd you notice most of the power come from? Do you have a stock setup? And hell I'd drive down there if they gave me free headers, I'd even pay for installation haha. Did they put em on for free too?

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Anyone running shorty headers?

I had to take off my cat backs, intake, throttle body and return my tune to stock so they could get it tested. I received the car back with the headers installed and everything else completely stock. It still sounded really nice and I felt more power throughout the whole band. Since we live in CA we have no choice but to get the shorties. The long tubes are better for top end but shorties are better for bottom end and they do increase power up top just not as much as the long tubes. Now that I put all of my other mods back on and loaded up my Bama tune it sounds even better and is faster. The headers gave at least a 10 rwhp gain. BBK didn't charge me anything, not even for install.
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I am wondering if anyone is running shorty headers and/or H pipe on their v6. If you do, how so you like it and do you get better low end torque like everyone says you so?

I have a 14 V6 6sp man completely stock and 95% of my driving is done between 1-3RPM's and I noticed the powerband doesn't really kick in until 2500-3000 rpm.
I am running the BBK Ceramic Shorties, BBK Catted X-Pipe and the Ford Racing Sport Axle-Backs Exhaust.

It's raspy but you can't make a V6 sound like a V8. Real happy with this setup. At cruising speed you can hardly hear them. Much better than driving down the road and hearing that constant engine noise.
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Get some 3.55 or 3.73 gears. It will give you that down low your looking for. I have shorty headers and a custom H pipe and while it didn't give me as much down low as I'm looking for is has made a noticeable difference.
Not sure if I want to get new gears. Don't want to spend that kinda money yet. If my supercharger funds works out, then maybe. I'm also not looking wheelie starts either just something to make it easier to so stop and go traffic with giving mpg
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Not sure if I want to get new gears. Don't want to spend that kinda money yet. If my supercharger funds works out, then maybe. I'm also not looking wheelie starts either just something to make it easier to so stop and go traffic with giving mpg

Ok but your not gonna see much from shorty headers by themselves. You would have to change other parts of the exhaust to make it more free flowing. That's how you get the power. To the guy that says it won't sound like a V8, I agree but it can sound like a damn good v6 and be mistaken for a v8. It's all about how you configure your exhaust. There are countless combinations and I have tried a few and heard many in person. My combo I have now as worked out to be the best to my ears. See clip below.

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AJ, what exactly is your setup cause that sounds incredible
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AJ, what exactly is your setup cause that sounds incredible

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Thanks. I have BBK shorty headers, mid-pipe consist of stock cats/resonators and a custom H-pipe built in instead of the factory hybrid x/h, custom over the axle pipes to get rid of the flat spots in the stock piping and Borla S-type axle backs.
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Ok but your not gonna see much from shorty headers by themselves. You would have to change other parts of the exhaust to make it more free flowing. That's how you get the power. To the guy that says it won't sound like a V8, I agree but it can sound like a damn good v6 and be mistaken for a v8. It's all about how you configure your exhaust. There are countless combinations and I have tried a few and heard many in person. My combo I have now as worked out to be the best to my ears. See clip below.

http://youtu.be/C8QqH8SBET4

That sounds really good! That's very similar to what it wants car to sound like.
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Ok but your not gonna see much from shorty headers by themselves. You would have to change other parts of the exhaust to make it more free flowing. That's how you get the power. To the guy that says it won't sound like a V8, I agree but it can sound like a damn good v6 and be mistaken for a v8. It's all about how you configure your exhaust. There are countless combinations and I have tried a few and heard many in person. My combo I have now as worked out to be the best to my ears. See clip below.

http://youtu.be/C8QqH8SBET4

That sounds really good! That's very similar to what it wants car to sound like.
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