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    Im currently looking for headers for my stock 302. Do y’all have any that y’all recommend. I hear the frpp headers are good but i cant find them and bbk headers i hear are decent but have some issues. trying to see what available first.

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    I have cfrracing headers on mine. Worked great until rust got them. Will be changing them out soon for maybe some ebay headers

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    I have a set of stainless ebay specials. Ill get them mounted hopefully later this week. The issue you will run into is that there are no o2 sensor bungs so they will have to be added. Also you will have to modify the flanges to mount the cat pipes unless you have a custom mid pipe or one from a mustang.

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    I have Hedmans that were so poorly made I had to get them milled flat to keep gaskets in them. Honestly I'd avoid cheap headers or individual flange headers. Both are prone to sucking.

    If its a stock motor, to be flat honest, leave the manifolds on it and spend your money on things that will actually make power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    I have Hedmans that were so poorly made I had to get them milled flat to keep gaskets in them. Honestly I'd avoid cheap headers or individual flange headers. Both are prone to sucking.

    If its a stock motor, to be flat honest, leave the manifolds on it and spend your money on things that will actually make power.
    My exhaust is currently bad muffler hanging lose and pipe has holes everywhere. Really wanted to replace everything. Stock motor is in there until it dies. Until then im working around it
    Currently only has Lincoln logs and ho intake and tb
    Big brakes done
    Needs exhaust wish I could wait for later but i dont think it will last longer
    Rearend and aluminum shaft will be going in after exhaust work. with rear disc and a posi.
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    In that case just get cheap ebay headers and exhaust reducers unless you want to go bigger on the exhaust pipes

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    I bought headers on ebay for like 80 bucks. They have thick flanges, came with hardware and gaskets. No complaints except the hardware was a bit chintzy. No leaks though. Pretty hard to beat if you ask me. I used a mustang h-pipe that had o2 bungs but my shop relocated them to a better spot.

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    The BBK shorty headers I had on the lopo worked great. Only complaint is that the ceramic coating started coming off after 6 years. This is what they looked like when I pulled the engine a couple years ago.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by packman View Post
    The BBK shorty headers I had on the lopo worked great. Only complaint is that the ceramic coating started coming off after 6 years. This is what they looked like when I pulled the engine a couple years ago.Click image for larger version. 

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    Did you us a mustang mid pipe or was it custom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias View Post
    Did you us a mustang mid pipe or was it custom
    BBK Mustang mid-pipe; which hung low. It lasted 6 years as well before all of the impacts with the pavement wiped out the rear flanges. Replaced those a few months before cats rotted off. I would suggest having the mid-pipes made by a shop; or DIY if you have the skill (really patience). That's what I'm doing this time around.

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    I would suggest getting it custom made as well as it was a pain to get mine to fit up nicely.

    Mine is tucked fairly well and never have I rubbed the ground with it though. Your results may vary.
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    i would suggest shorty unequal length with 1 5/8 tubes. SS is the best way to go over long term. Also most kits come with bolts that are to short. try to go with 1" or 3/4 inch bolts some might have to be shorter due to tube configurations at the flange.
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    socket head cap screws (allen key bolts) make life less hateful too if you've got ball end allen keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    socket head cap screws (allen key bolts) make life less hateful too if you've got ball end allen keys.
    ^^^This. Even small hex-head bolts are a whore to get at on a few of them. I bought some allen-head locking ones for when the headers go back on the car. Seriously though, cheap ebay headers and get a cheap mustang mid-pipe. Easier to modify something that's whole than to make new i'd think. My shop got mine tucked up real nice. https://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-79-93-M...!US!-1&vxp=mtr
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    Quote Originally Posted by knucklehead0202 View Post
    ^^^This. Even small hex-head bolts are a whore to get at on a few of them. I bought some allen-head locking ones for when the headers go back on the car. Seriously though, cheap ebay headers and get a cheap mustang mid-pipe. Easier to modify something that's whole than to make new i'd think. My shop got mine tucked up real nice. https://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-79-93-M...!US!-1&vxp=mtr
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Off-Road-H-...xbkcMR&vxp=mtr
    So I scored these bbk headers for $60 from a local mustang guy. Now got to look for a h pipe. Got to see i how much it would be to have it custom made.
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    Summit H for a fox body is $141, see how much custom is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackVic_P71 View Post
    Summit H for a fox body is $141, see how much custom is.

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    Okay so i went to a muffler shop and got quoted 600-700 to get a custom exhaust done from headers back with magnaflow mufflers and not cats. I also ask if it would be better to get a foxbody h pipe and he said that it wont fit. Im not sure what to do now. Any advice i was looking at getting a foxbody bbk h pipe with cats for 140 locally from a mustang guy. But if they dont fit i don’t know

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    Muffler shop simply doesn’t know if it will fit and told you no so that he could make a sell and also do you wouldn’t be mad at him if you got the fox h-Pipe and it didn’t fit.

    It will fit fine. A bit low for my taste but tons of guys on here are running them, and you (or a shop) can shorten them up a bit if you think it’s too low.
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    Yep. If you can get a cat pipe that cheap get it! Doesn't take much to tuck them up a bit better and any competent shop can do it. I used an off-road pipe then went back later and had cats put on and the air tube hooked up.

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    How low are they actually. Also will they mount in the same spot as the original exhaust is

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