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Old 03-15-2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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which headers would be better to throw on? OBX or pacesetters? only brands ive seen so far. are there more? which would give the biggest gain? this is for an SL2

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Old 03-15-2015, 09:42 PM   #2
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Stock 92 Headers are the cheapest bang for the $$$ for your 98 engine

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Old 03-15-2015, 09:46 PM   #3
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im not too worried about cost but would any other brand throw out any gains the stock header would not? other than sound that is

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Old 03-15-2015, 11:05 PM   #4
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I've never had one... someone might chime in but Have a Read on what was said a couple years ago

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Old 03-16-2015, 01:39 AM   #5
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well thanks for the info! i appreciate what you were able to tell me.

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Old 04-25-2015, 02:58 PM   #6
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Just an FYI, on my 98 SC2 I bought a set of brand new OBX stainless headers and they would not fit correctly! I ended up sending them back and had to eat $65 in the shipping charges ($30 to me, $35 to ship them back) for my troubles.
Others on here have them so fitment might just be a hit-n-miss issue.

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Old 04-25-2015, 03:11 PM   #7
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The OBX is all that is out there as new now and possibly a Chinese copy as well. There is a Chinese copy of the Thermal R&D cat back exhaust system. eBay is where I would start looking. Then http://www.obxracingsports.com/index.php and http://thermalrd.com/category-single?pid=66

OBX fit can be an issue. Do not pitch the lower engine-transmission support bracket to get it installed either.

If you buy from eBay get an email from seller that it will fit your car. With that you will win a buyer protection dispute.

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I've got the OEM '91-'92 down-pipe hanger...hanging around. Kept it figuring someone would need it, the down-pipe is easy to get/find but the hanger is darn near impossible. Looks simple enough to make, though not as simple as the '93-'98 down-pipe hanger.

The OEM header performs the same as OBX, bolts in with no issue and you don't have to worry about the welds breaking like OBX. Technically it's a stock part so events like SCCA "stock class" should be fine with it

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All you have to do is find a OEM 91-92 in good condition. Plan on spending some time inside of it cleaning up the machine welds.

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Old 04-25-2015, 11:17 PM   #10
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Hey Rich would I still need to get a spacer for my exhaust if I had an Oem 91 header? Or would the bracket fit?

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If you find a 91-92 header it all fits. You will have to find the 91-92 headpipe as well as any aftermarket will promptly rot away. Try your local pick and pull yards. If you are pulling it be sure to get the bracket that supports the 4 bolt flange in front of the cat, and the bracket that bolts to the block.

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If you find a 91-92 header it all fits. You will have to find the 91-92 headpipe as well as any aftermarket will promptly rot away. Try your local pick and pull yards. If you are pulling it be sure to get the bracket that supports the 4 bolt flange in front of the cat, and the bracket that bolts to the block.

You're not really going to see "Big gains"


If you use a header 4-2-1 Design, whatever it may be, cat delete, high flow exhuast, cold air intake, bored throttle body, and 93 octane gas, you may see a 7hp gain

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I have a thermal r&d exhaust and box header, but shop that installed it threw away stiffener bracket that goes between engine and transmission. Old uv was gracious enough to send it to me along with bolts that are stuck in like a mothertrucker, but I would still need a spacer to gain enough clearance etc. a project very far down the road. Soon I will be putting like 2k miles on my car per year and it will not matter much. This is slowly becoming my "project car" for when I get rich enough to restore it completely

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im not too worried about cost but would any other brand throw out any gains the stock header would not? other than sound that is
in that case, it's best to go to a metal fabricator and have a header custom made to your exact specifications based on your application and driving needs. you're probably looking in the neighborhood of $1500 or so for that kinda work. take pics...


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