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Pros good sound
Cons horrible customer svc.
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Comments: Ive had one on my 97 wrangler for about 7 years and it cracked about a year ago. I contacted banks and even after explaining to them that the jeep was my daily driver they still wanted me to take it off and sent it to them with no replacement for at least 2 weeks befor they would even decide if thet were going to cover it or not. If I had known warranty issues were going to be such a pain I would have just bought a cheaper header and replaced every couple of years!
 

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Price $400
Pros Great sound and pedal feel!
Cons Installation is tricky!
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Comments: You have to destroy some of your tools to get the headers on but they replace the stock (crack prone) manifold. Banks also has a lifetime warranty on the headers as well.
 

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Price $410
Pros improved power
Cons None
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Comments: By increasing exhaust flow, Torque Tubes optimize the torque curve of the popular 4.0L Wrangler engine. Power & efficiency improve, along with the exhaust note
 

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Price $250
Pros nice burble at idle but not obtrusive
Cons pricey
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Comments: they add a nice sound and maybe 1 mpg increase
 

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Price $400
Pros Good sound with Banks Exhaust
Minor Power Improvement
Cons Mechanic said required intake manifold modifications to install. Called their tech support, they said this ways typical.
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Comments: Beautiful header. I had my mechanic install it and he said that it wouldn't fit without modifying the intake manifold on my '98 TJ 4.0. After some cutting he got it on and it sounds fantastic coupled with the Banks Exhaust and Intake. Pricey, but it does add a few ponies and a very "tuned" sound to the exhaust.
 

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Price $459
Rating 5
Pros Strong, stout, thick walled, fits like a glove.
Cons Costs more than other headers.
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Comments: A fine example of Banks quality. Paired up with an air filter tube, cone filter, throttle body spacer, this header helps that 4.0L engine breath. Adds snappy acceleration and more horsepower and torque. Have had it on the XJ for 7 years and it still looks like new.
 

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Price $370
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Pros Slight improvement in Hp and it adds a subtle deeper tone to the engine. Improves engine performance overall slightly.
Cons The twist design of the torque tubes makes properly tightening the lower intake manifold bolts almost impossible making it very easy to compress the dowel pins in when tightening and causing engine idle issues that prevent the vehicle from running. I absolutely would not recommending trying this at home in your garage if you have the newer TJ style exhaust with the dual resonators below the exhaust manifold. This was a very bad design flaw by Banks. Being able to properly torque your lower intake manifold bolts is imparitive to the life of your engine.
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Comments: I bought the header from a fellow forum member who decided not to install them and now I can see why. I installed them but as mentioned in the cons section when torqueing the intake manifold the dowl pins were not set and this resulted in them being compressed into the block and caused the intake manifold to not seat properly. When I first tried to start my motor the RPM's shot to about 7 grand and then the engine stalled and this happened repeatedly every time I tried to start my Jeep. If you want to go with these headers do yourself a favor and have a shop do it unless you have a full bay and mechanic quiality shop tools so these things can be properly installed. If Banks had paid more attention to how the pipes were roouted in relation to where the intake bolts to the block it wouldnt be such an issue.
 

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Price $500
Pros Sounds Amazing, Great Performance, 1st set cracked and Banks sent a new one the next day, awesome
Cons none so far
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Comments: These are awesome headers, sound great, look great, perform great. I had bought a set awhile back and some how managed to crack them, Banks set a new header out the next day, which happened to be the revised edition. Awesome product.
 

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Price $3
Pros Gain in torque and efficiency
Cons did not come with front pipe
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Comments: If you have a busted manifold, this is the one to get! Gasket takes about 30 days to adjust and than re torque... Great sound and looks awesome. Super easy install. If you want total sound and HP/Torque gains, add Monster exhaust from Gail Banks as well.
 

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Price $450
Rating 5
Pros Lifetime waranty
Cons Header cracked after 1 1/2 years. Replacement header cracked again in less than 1 year.
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Comments: This header is an over priced piece of junk. I've had to have mine replaced twice now. Both headers cracked after less than 2 years. Avoid this header. I should have just bought one of the cheaper APN headers and been done with it. I also did not really notice any performance gains from this header.
 

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Price $459
Rating 5
Pros Really good looking and well built header. Only on the jeep for a month so I'm not sure if it will crack. Motor feels much torquier, nice sound.
Cons Expensive.
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Comments: Beautiful work of art header. Too bad you can't see more of it when installed. There's a bolt that needs to be installed underneath the manifold dead center that is very, very difficult to get to because of the way the header is designed. What should have been an easy install was absolutely hindered by that one bolt. But I guess you trade off a good header design for easy access. Overall happy with the purchase. Even though I didn't need them, Banks includes a great set of instructions - one of the best I've seen on this type of product.
 

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Price $999.99
Pros more durable than stock
Cons Not durable enough and typical cracking re-occured
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Comments: My stock manifold cracked. Banks was advertised as being stronger. it lasted 60K while the stock lasted 40K so I guess it did last longer. Was heavier/thicker walled than stock so in another application it might perform better but the cracking problem seems to be typical on a 98 4.0 TJ.
 

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Price $425.37
Pros better exhaust flow
Cons a pain to torque bolts
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Comments: very well header and the result is more rumble in the exhaust
 

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Price $400
Pros So far so good seems well made
Cons Talk about a ***** to install. I guess if I had the arms of a little girl I might be able to reach all the bolts.
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Comments: Just installed 2 weeks ago. I haven't driven enough miles to really tell you how it works. I can tell you the instructions make it sound easy and it is a pain.
 

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Price $399
Rating 4
Pros added power.
Cons hard to install
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Comments: I'm not a mechanic so I took it to the shop. He said it was the hardest header he had ever installed! Oh well.. wasnt me! I could tell a difference in throttle response.
 
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