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Post  BigRigTech on April 30th 2017, 9:16 pm

I bought a 2" BBF header kit from Speedway and some 3.5" v bands from Summit. I'm into the hole deal for about $250 with the 3" elbow I used to make the fender elbows. I think they came out ok considering this was the first time I built headers from scratch. I have wrap for the header where it passes by the oil filter (Jomar filters were ordered Friday LOL) Next up - I need to order some trim rings for my fenders. Very Happy We shimmed the k-member down 1" and set the engine down in the car 2" and leveled it out this winter. The driveline angles are much better now. I also installed a window net and a flexplate shield so my car is ready for 9.99 tech. I still need a really good pair of shocks for the rear but once I have those this thing should hook much more consistently on the 275 pro drag radials. Our prepped track here would be considered a no prep track to most of you fella's...LOL







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Post  68formalGT on April 30th 2017, 11:26 pm

Looks good!!
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Post  Mark Miller on May 1st 2017, 12:12 am

Looks good but my car is to loud with 3" exhaust and mufflers,you might be deaf by the end of this coming race season!!!Smile Smile

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Post  BigRigTech on May 1st 2017, 10:01 am

It was wicked loud already so it can't be any louder than it was unde the floor LOL
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Post  maverick on May 1st 2017, 12:40 pm

You'll never run racecar headers under the floor again...I know I won't.

Upside:

1. You don't need earplugs inside your helmet.
2. You don't build heat thru the floor. Drag cars are already hot enough...especially when you're suited up.
3. Low cars like mine have no room under there anyway.
4. Hard landings from wheelies won't squash 'em.
5. They're WAY easier to build without compromising tube sizes, bends, lengths, etc.

Downside:

1. The guy in the other lane won't eenjoy them as much as you do.
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Post  68formalGT on May 1st 2017, 4:07 pm

The downside can be an upside if it makes him red light
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Post  maverick on May 1st 2017, 6:18 pm

Better aim the collector at his ear. Arrow
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Re: My new fender exit headers

Post  BigRigTech on May 2nd 2017, 7:35 pm

As long as it's quieter in the car I'll take it LOL....I can take my headers out with the engine in now too which is nice and there is lots of room around the tranny now.


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Post  69F100 on May 2nd 2017, 9:02 pm

maverick wrote:You'll never run racecar headers under the floor again...I know I won't.

Upside:

1.  You don't need earplugs inside your helmet.
2.  You don't build heat thru the floor. Drag cars are already hot enough...especially when you're suited up.
3.  Low cars like mine have no room under there anyway.
4.  Hard landings from wheelies won't squash 'em.
5.  They're WAY easier to build without compromising tube sizes, bends, lengths, etc.

Downside:

1.  The guy in the other lane  won't eenjoy them as much as you do.


X2 on Kim said I haven't made to the track with my new setup yet but the few times I ran it down the road it was a lot quitter in the cab for sure plus if you run alky you don't have to worry get the fumes out from under it. Only down side to mine is when I pull it back in the trailer I have to hold my breath get out and get out of the trailer as fast I can No when I the exhaust ran under it I had turnouts right behind the cab and it wasn't as bad.
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Re: My new fender exit headers

Post  BigRigTech on May 2nd 2017, 10:49 pm

I have a poor boy open trailer so that won't be an issue. Wink
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Post  cool40 on May 3rd 2017, 1:32 am

Sometimes if I have m5 in mine and it gets a little fat it would roast somebody if they get close to it. Laughing  I like all the positive  things mentioned but I still do not like how mine sound,lame as a fk'n farmall till it gets in the high notes.
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Post  maverick on May 3rd 2017, 12:01 pm

cool40 wrote:Sometimes if I have m5 in mine and it gets a little fat it would roast somebody if they get close to it. Laughing  I like all the positive  things mentioned but I still do not like how mine sound,lame as a fk'n farmall till it gets in the high notes.

True...When starting line video is shot from one side of my car, you only hear one header. It sounds like a Massey Ferguson to me.
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Re: My new fender exit headers

Post  Doug Rahn on May 4th 2017, 7:36 am

I really like that, nice job! I've been considering redoing mine like that or just behind the front tire. I think Bruno posted some pics a few years ago of a Fox with the headers existing behind the tire. Again nice job and looks great.
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Re: My new fender exit headers

Post  BigRigTech on May 5th 2017, 11:11 pm

Thanks Doug. I considered doing them behind the tire but the pics I saw on the web of fox bodies with the headers in that location looked awful tight and a lot more work. I only did this to gain ground clearance and I the speedway kit used the same size tubing as the hooker super comps I already had. I literally had one tight u bend left and 1/2 a 5 gallon bucket of straight pieces LOL.
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Post  72mav on May 10th 2017, 8:43 pm

You said that was the pre-bent Speedway kit? Turned out damn nice!
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Post  BigRigTech on May 10th 2017, 11:31 pm

Yup, the $149 BBF kit. I probably have 30-40hrs in them all said and done with all the fitting, messing with the flanges and flap wheel grinding but they didn't come out too bad. I took my time as I could tell there wasn't going to be a lot of bends to spare and I was right LOL
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Post  83Capri on June 11th 2017, 1:04 pm

NICE! I was considering this route for mine, but I have my alternator down low on passenger side. I would have to weave around aft of the sway bar, then under the alternator. I'm running a stock k-member right now with 4-5" (length) of exhaust off cast lincoln manifolds. Trying to find an alternative. My air suspension prevents me from going over axle thats what led me to consider front exit.
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Post  dr's wife racing on June 11th 2017, 6:10 pm

You will be very happy with them.
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Post  Coupe Devil on June 16th 2017, 11:09 am

Do you think... that doing this would work for a Fox setup using the FMS mounts? I dont want to go to motor plates but will if I have to. Mine is a street car. Im not concerned about the noise part. Its already loud.
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Post  maverick on June 16th 2017, 11:59 am

Coupe Devil wrote:Do you think... that doing this would work for a Fox setup using the FMS mounts? I dont want to go to motor plates but will if I have to. Mine is a street car. Im not concerned about the noise part. Its already loud.

Sure. These are easier to make regardless, IMO.
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Post  Coupe Devil on June 16th 2017, 4:27 pm

I really want to try a set but man Im not a fabricator hahah
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Post  BigRigTech on June 17th 2017, 7:30 pm

post up some pics of your k-member/mount set up and I might be able to compare it to my setup. I have plates but I use the engine mount perches on my AJE k-member to hold my fore/aft engine limiters.
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Post  Coupe Devil on June 18th 2017, 12:09 am

I wrestled the Hooker headers today for an hour and a half getting them put back on... Mark my words. If they ever come off they WILL NOT go back on! I'll grab some pics tomorrow and post them.
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Post  Coupe Devil on June 19th 2017, 8:01 pm

Snagged some pictures... The fuel regulators arent mounted.. and the brake parts on the drivers side can easily be moved. I THINK I can use the kit and build some new headers and still use the mounts.







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Post  BOSS 429 on June 19th 2017, 11:32 pm

have been using a motor plate I make for the hooker headers for years, only way to go. Doesn't mater street or track,works great.

And if you didnt know it was in there,you wouldn't know its in there
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