I'm looking for opinions & experience on exhaust headers/manifolds for YJ LS-family engine swaps. I'm using Novak's mounts.
My original plan was to go with the center-dump C6 Corvette manifolds like many of the YJ-LS builds use with the Novak mounts. Earlier in my swap planning they were cheap and plentiful on E-Bay. I've been watching for a few months, and it appears this is no longer the case. A new set used to go for <$90 for new take-offs (shipped). Now a used set is running $200+
At that price point, I'm thinking of making the jump up to ceramic coated block-hugger headers instead. It seems like there are really only 4 options:
Sanderson Headers (~$500) - These are what Novak sells & uses for their YJ swaps
Hooker 2313HKR Headers ($412)
Advance Adapters 717043-HDR Headers ($242, not coated)
Hedman 68526 Street Rod Headers ($774)
A friend of mine is doing an XJ LS swap, and he wasn't very pleased with the quality of the Sanderson headers. After some research, a lot of people in the engine-swap world seem to be unhappy with Sanderson header quality.
I'm leaning toward trying the Hooker Headers, but I have not been able to find a YJ build thread where somebody used them. Any experience out there with these headers?
Maybe I should just ditch the Novak mounts and go with Advance Adapters mounts - they claim you can keep your rear-dump truck manifolds in YJ swaps with their mounts. Has anybody gone this route with their YJ LS Swap?