Hey guys, toying with the idea of getting rid of my stock exhaust and moving to dual with an x pipe and headers but I am pretty sure I need D port headers and there are like zero chrome or stainless options under $300. I found one set "high temp painted" for $280. What are you guys running? Thanks in advance
They sell some stainless ones on eBay for pretty cheap. I think OBX. I've heard they are decent. Not sure if they make them for first gens though. I personally use ceramic coated Dougs. They fit pretty well on my car which is saying something because of all the changes that have been made.
Oldskool thanks for the suggestions. I can't afford the coated ones unfortunately. The uncoated are a possibility though I have heard they rust bad. Firebob- Unfortunately, all of the stainless ones on Ebay are round port. Not D port. Otherwise they would have been bought already! I can't afford Dougs or those would have been bought first. Thanks again!
Headers suck. Especially on Pontiacs. Stick with the logs or else go with repop long branch factory cast iron headers. There is very little performance gain with headers for normal driving. My 2 cents to ignore as you see fit.
I have ceramic coated Doug's headers for D-port heads. They are pricey but they fit well on my '67 with a 455 and power steering. They tuck up nicely and are almost a tad too close to the floor pans.
1967 FB 400, original CA car (smog), now 455. After 22 years of work, it was trashed by the guy who was supposed to paint it. So I sold it. 2006 Mustang V6 Pony, factory ordered, retirement cruiser and future classic(?) 2019 BMW X3 (Titled to the wife, but I'm always driving it for her. So I'm claiming it) Old projects, gone but not forgotten: 1980 Turbo Trans Am 1970 Mustang fastback, 351C 4Bbl, auto 1988 Mustang GT, 5 speed 1983 F-150 4x4, built 302 1994 Chevy K2500 HD 4x4, 454 TBI
What I have found troubling is that there doesn't seem to be anyone making Tri-Y headers for Pontiacs, tri-Y headers work better in the idle to 5000 range and gain torque and MPG where long tube headers loose torque at low rpm and only really work for high rpm racing, most of us are cruising at 2000 rpm. Been looking at Sanderson shorty's and the Ram Air cast iron, still undecided but I have to decide soon because my 50+ year old cast iron stock manifolds are cracking from age.
Seems to me I saw some back to back testing a few years ago between shortys and long branch and it was dead even. I'm not sure what the price point is on each but I'd guess the shortys were a better deal. Less weight and just generally easier to deal with. Sanderson makes a pretty good product.
Have only known one friend that ran the Sanderson shortys. He seemed fine with them. I don't remember him saying he had any fitment issues. I remember read an article testing hp levels and the shortys had the same output as the longbranches. Of course long tube headers were king. Yes the shortys are Dports.