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Price $425
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Pros I've gotten really good at changing out exhaust manifolds.
Cons Cracks just like the factory manifold.
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Comments: I've purchased my first Banks header in August 2007. I am now about to get the header replaced again. I've had 3 headers crack in 3.5 years. Banks said that they supposedly have changed the design, but we will see if hold up better. Based on the last 3 headers, I doubt that it will happen.

Do yourself a favor and just buy a factory replacement. You'll save $300 bucks, and it won't crack.
 

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Price $450
Pros headers fit on head nicely and bolted up easily, mated perfectly to cat back system all ready installed
Cons none so far
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Comments: installed baks stubby header onto a stroker engine, easy fit easy bolt up, sounded great no leaks and no cracks, mated up perfectly to cat back exhaust system all ready on tub
 

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Pros Quality
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Cons none
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Comments: I love these headers. They sound great and the quality is amazing. I know they will last a life time. The install was a little hard, but was well worth it. I have these installed along with the Banks Intake and Monster exhaust system. I get comments on my Jeep all the time on how it sounds.
 

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Price $400
Pros more torque and little HP
Cons hefty price
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Comments: Comes with everything what i need to install!! poor gaskets. I went and bought fel pro gasket. Little fishy flange gasket between down pipe to header.
 

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Price $280
Pros bolted right up
Cons None
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Comments: 2.5L
Bolted right up.
Seem like less power off the line, but tachs out quicker at high RPM. Not sure if that is the header or Banks Cat Back...
 

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Price $411
Pros great throttle response, big improvement over stock, excellent quality
Cons difficult to install
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Comments: I bought this as a replacement for my stock manifold and it was a huge improvement! The welds are of the highest quality and it is very solidly built. The one knock against this product is that it was a beast to install. Because of the design, it is very difficult to get it bolted to the engine. The tubes get in the way and I had to rig an extra long wrench to slowly tighten the bolts.
 

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Price $400
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Pros Sounds a little better
Cons Tube broke and banks wont honor life time warrenty
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Comments: I had this header on my xj with a flow master was loud by any means but sound a little louder than stock as for performance i didnt notice any difference. I bought the jeep with the header on it and was given proof of a life time warrenty but banks will not honor it and now i have the stock manifold on it and it honestly sounds the maybe a little quieter. There is no change in throttle response or anything. From looking at the two you might get a little more free flowing but other than that nothing special for the money you pay. Due to the fact that banks wont honor the warrenty i cant tell any one to go blow an extra 300 bucks over there stock manifold for a little more sound.
 

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Price $375
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Pros Heavy, tough, built like a tank
Cons None
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Comments: I had an exhaust leak so I decided to upgrade. Wow what an improvement in power delivery in my 4-cylinder. Coupled with a cold air intake and a larger throttle body, the engine breathes so much better. Not so much about the increased hp, but the delivery is very much smoother and pulls stronger. Even though it bolts straight up to the stock down pipe, I paid to have it installed which was $400. Not exactly a cheap mod with the cost of the header, but well worth it.
 

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Price $600
Pros Awesome sound and good performance.
Cons Somewhat pricey.
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Comments: Installing the header was fairly easy and it came with all the hardware you need (providing you don't break any bolts). It took me about 3 or 4 hours to install. The sound i got is outstanding and i did notice a power difference.
 

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Price $450
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Pros Don't know
Cons Gale banks has terrible customer service
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Comments: I love there products but I have to beat up there customer service
A little http://www.bankspower.com, I ordered the torque tubes and they cost $450 and when I decided I didn't want them and sent them back I was hit with a 30% restocking fee ($130) for putting a product back in there inventory and they wouldn't waive the fee and the customer service was rude and hung up on me several times when I tried to work something out with them. Stick with quadratec, cant go wrong with there customer support. I know this isn't the appropriate place for this but it's a warno for anyone who plans to purchase these headers because they do cost a good deal of money and to be hit with a $130 fee isn't fair and want would be buyers to avoid the problem I faced when ordering manufacturer direct.
 

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Price $475
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Pros Performance Bump
Cons None
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Comments: Installed the Banks Cold Air Intake about 4 months ago. I saw a slight improvement in MPG but needed to improve throttle response, so this week I installed the Banks Torque Tubes and Banks Monster exhaust. Installation time was roughly 4 hours with a bit of knuckle busting, about what I expected. The exhaust note is noticeably deeper and sounds good going up through the RPM's. Using my "seat of the pants" Dyno testing, the HP and torque are noticeably better especially on acceleration and I'm downshifting less often on inclines. Next I intend to get the Autominder Programmer to be able to adjust the performance for off-road or highway requirements
 

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Price $473
Pros Great sound and increased power for hills and smooth as glass at cruising speed. 1.3MPG increase ( I have 5.13 gears)
Cons installation
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Comments: installed them in 06 rubicon. install is a pain but only for 1 bolt. extremely helpful to have a second set of hands around for the install.

Suggestion: go to Lowes/HD and buy a number of 14mm sockets(4). thread the bottom bolts on and place the sockets on the bolts with extenders then install the intake manifold. all you will have left to do is attach a ratchet and torque them down. saves a ton of time.

for off-road use these really dont make a difference

500-2200RPM: runs smoother, no power increase but you can feel the engine, seems to struggle less more relaxed(cant really describe it, just doesnt have to work as hard)

2200-3500RPM: power increase can be felt. cruising around at highway speeds there is more power there. with a proper tune im sure you can get more out of it.

3500RPM-?: dont know i have to reason to go any higher than that.

you can listen to whoever you want. every header thread has everybody saying its a waste of money. if you plan on doing a turbo/supercharger or stroker and dont plan on modding it after that these headers are over 10% of the cost of that so its upto you.

is it worth $480? yeah i would say so.
 

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Price $400
Pros Performance
Cons none
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Comments: I made the investment with the Banks Torque Tubes for additional power with my '97 TJ 2.5L on 31x15 BFG. I've been very pleased with the "pep" and my MPG is over 17 when I use Chevron 93 octane
 

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Price $450
Pros HP and Torque
Cons Price
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Comments: Replaced factory cracked exhaust manifold, fit was spot on, Jeep sounds better when paired with Gibson 2.5" exhaust
 
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