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Old 09-06-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Long tube or short tube headers?

Okay so I have a 2013 Mustang GT with resonator delete & Roush AB (Sound clips on my IG- TrevorsGT).

I was wondering whats the difference between long tube and short tube? which one produces which sound? and which one produces more power? and which brand?

After I get my long tube headers I am going to get a custom tune from a performance shop in my city then just save up for the rest of parts in my garage til I have everything then just throw it on and tune the car again. Thanks
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Your car already had shorty headers basically out of the factory. Long tubes will always produce more power.

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Your car already had shorty headers basically out of the factory. Long tubes will always produce more power.

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Long tubes produce more power in a cammed and a naturally aspirated setup as well as if you go supercharged. However, the shortys are recommended if you're going to Turbo your car.

I'd go long tubes for now unless you're about to slap twin turbos on there.
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Not turboing any time soon. So I'll go with long tube headers and custom tune. Thanks guys. 🙌
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Do the long tube headers. I just put kooks long tubes with the kooks catted x pipe. I have the resonators still to muffler deletes. And what a sound this thing makes now. I've had many people tell me it sound European like a Ferrari.
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X2 longtubes

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Kooks longtube with o/r xpipe. Can't get enough of the sound



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But man headers are a tough
Install on these cars I've heard and who would
Install them? Ford?


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Any shop should

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Its also based on your power band desires, and the engine you have. It's been shown on this site by many members that the 3.7 V6 works very well with the shorty headers, providing good improvements in the designed powerband of the V6. If you look for extended upper RPM range power, then the long tubes may be the way to go.

Not sure though if these same results are the same with the GT (5.0).
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Short tube headers require the same amount of work/labor as longtubes. Food for thought.
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Long tubes produce more power in a cammed and a naturally aspirated setup as well as if you go supercharged. However, the shortys are recommended if you're going to Turbo your car.

I'd go long tubes for now unless you're about to slap twin turbos on there.
when you tubo a car ussually the turbo kit comes with its own headers.
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i dont have much expirience with the shorty but have been told that the long tube headers are way better. i for one have had long tubes and can tell you its way better than shorty (in my opinion). plus if you plan on modding more i would go with the long tubes.



as grabber said the amount of work will be the same. a PITA.
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when you tubo a car ussually the turbo kit comes with its own headers.

Which......... are shorties!
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I was just clarifying so he doesn't buy shorty just for the turbo.

Whatever you buy. You will have to remove if you go with a rurbo
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Ok lots of bad info in here,
Any single turbo kit on the market uses the stock manifolds/ headers. So if you have plans to go with a single you can get the kooks 1 7/8 shortys.

Twin kits replace the stock manifolds.


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Ok lots of bad info in here,
Any single turbo kit on the market uses the stock manifolds/ headers. So if you have plans to go with a single you can get the kooks 1 7/8 shortys.

Twin kits replace the stock manifolds.


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True.

LT's are great but I would have to ask what your goals are. LT's are a bit of a pain to install, especially if you don't do it that often.

If you're not racing your car or doing anything special an off road mid pipe will net you relatively close to what LT's will. Heck, I don't mind selling LT's to someone but if they're not going to see the benefits its a lot of money to waste. Just my thoughts on that.
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True.

LT's are great but I would have to ask what your goals are. LT's are a bit of a pain to install, especially if you don't do it that often.

If you're not racing your car or doing anything special an off road mid pipe will net you relatively close to what LT's will. Heck, I don't mind selling LT's to someone but if they're not going to see the benefits its a lot of money to waste. Just my thoughts on that.
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