Join Date: May 2009
Location: Texas Hill Country
Nah, I'm not butt hurt.
There's some pretty shady workmanship on some headers: there's no disputing that. Just pulling them out of the box and slapping them on isn't a good idea. You need to throw a straight edge across the flange and make sure the welds aren't haywire and address any that are. I stay far away from the paper gaskets that are included whenever possible and do my best to modify the thicker, metal gaskets that are often OEM for exhaust manifolds. You must retorque the gaskets after a heat cycle or two. Then the next day and usually check them the day after. They can also dangle a lot of weight off to the side, especially fenderwell headers, so they need support out there as well. Maybe I'm just lucky but I've never had the leak issues (at least not for long) that are purported here.
It's also unwise (and unfair to the headers) to throw headers on to an already inadequate exhaust. Treat the whole thing as a system, paying attention to pipe lengths, diameters and flow for the required rpm and you'll be further ahead.
If you're 100% stock on a 304, they may or may not justify the expense. That'll be an individual opinion. Once installed, however, they'll make any other improvement you do (intake and carb, cam, etc.) provide the gain it was intended to.
You guys are 100% correct on your arguments regarding off-roading and keeping things tucked up and out of the way.
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