The easiest way to get more power from your engine is to let it breathe better, increasing intake and exhaust flow. Factory exhaust systems are compromises, with noise reduction usually a priority over performance. Installing a performance exhaust system should be the first step to improve flow, but if you want to go further, mount a set of headers in place of your exhaust manifolds. Most stock exhaust manifolds are very restrictive; when designed more attention is often paid to engine compartment fit than exhaust flow. Headers reduce restriction and enable your engine to make more horsepower.

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      # sp99052
      Twisted Steel™ Headers by aFe®. The new Twisted Steel performance header from aFe Power is redefining the header industry with the new pulse control technology. aFe engineers have designed this header using optimum tube lengths and...
      $418.00 - $2,128.00
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      # sp128629
      Stainless Steel Racing Exhaust Header by Megan Racing®. Emissions: Racing Only. Designed for the 1G/2G DSM Turbo cars that feature the 4G63 2.0L DOHC engine, this Stainless Steel Turbo Manifold is the perfect addition when you are...
      $129.25 - $272.65
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      # sp132887
      Long Tube Headers by Jet-Hot®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.75". Collector Outlet Diameter: 3". Emissions: EPA compliant. Finish: Ceramic Coated. Color: Chrome. Header Coating: Ceramic Coating. Header Style: Long Tube. Exhausts produced...
      $748.80 - $1,450.80
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      # sp7278
      Ceramic Coated Performance Header by MagnaFlow®. These headers are a cost effective an easy way to boost your vehicle's horsepower and torque in almost nothing flat. They are made of mandrel bent stainless steel with a ceramic coating...
      $770.45 - $903.95
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      # sp22799
      Long Tube Headers by MBRP®. After many months of in depth development MBRP is pleased to release their Long Tube Headers. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by MBRP features premium quality and will perform better...
      $899.99 - $964.99
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp110016
      Direct Fit Catalytic Converter with Integrated Manifold by PaceSetter®. If you want to get the most out of your vehicle, this PaceSetter product is second to none. Engineered with meticulous attention to detail, it guarantees impeccable...
      $160.96 - $433.73
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      # sp847
      Scavenger Series Headers by Flowmaster®. Replace your restrictive factory exhaust manifolds with these stainless steel headers and let your engine breath! These headers are easy to install because they’re designed to directly replace...
      $632.40 - $843.56
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      # mpn1980141
      R-Spec 304 SS Polished Short Tube Exhaust Headers by ARK Performance®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 2". Collector Outlet Diameter: 2.5". Emissions: EPA compliant. Finish: Polished. Color: Silver. Header Coating: Uncoated. Header Style:...
      $1,104.15
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      # sp107585
      BladeRunner Exhaust Manifold by aFe®. Replace the exhaust manifold on your Dodge diesel with the BladeRunner manifold. It was created to address a cracking problem with the stock manifold, but it's so far advanced compared to the stock...
      $398.05 - $954.75
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      # sp16183
      Standard Duty Black MAXX Coated Headers by Hedman Hedders®. The standard-duty Black Maxx™ Hedman Hedders come from the factory with an extremely durable, protective SATIN BLACK ceramic-metallic coating.
      $454.08 - $632.88
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      # sp130020
      Standard Duty Black MAXX Coated Racing Exhaust Headers by Hedman Hedders®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.5". Emissions: Racing Only. Finish: Black MAXX Satin Black Ceramic-Metallic. Color: Black. Header Coating: Ceramic Coating. Header...
      $454.08 - $1,144.85
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      # sp18813
      Racing Exhaust Manifold by Invidia®. Piping Diameter: 1.73"-2.13"-2.76" (44 mm-54 mm-70 mm). Material: Stainless Steel. Do you want to get more power out of your vehicle? Then this superior Invidia product is just for you. Carefully...
      Made to boost the performance of your vehicleExpertly crafted from premium materials
      $617.40 - $927.50
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      # sp96101
      LS Swap Turbo Headers by Kooks®. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind, this product by Kooks will last a lifetime. It will...
      $1,032.56 - $1,079.50
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      # sp20637
      Premium Series™ Swap Headers by BBK®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.625". The Coyote swap Long Tube headers are mandrel bent high flow 1 3/4" tubing with 3" collectors, making them perfect for both n/a and boosted builds.
      $249.99 - $479.99
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      # sp129208
      Racing Headers by Borla®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.625". Collector Outlet Diameter: 2.25". Emissions: Racing Only. Color: Silver. Header Coating: Uncoated. Header Style: Long Tube. 304 stainless steel for long life. Connects to the...
      Austenitic 304 stainless steel tubing means a lifetime product that won't ever corrode or deteriorateAll bends are mandrel-bent for smooth transitions and maximum flow characteristics
      $659.99 - $1,319.99
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      # sp231
      Stainless Steel Header by Borla®. Not compatible with power steering. 304 stainless steel for long life. Connects to the factory mid-pipe. Mandrel-bent for smooth curves. Million Mile warranty.
      $713.99 - $899.99
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      # sp109884
      Direct Fit Federal Catalytic Converter with Header by MagnaFlow®. If your car needs replacement, install one that will get you through the smog check. This converter is part of the exhaust header/manifold assembly, and it will directly...
      $376.27 - $1,022.71
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      # sp96182
      Direct Fit OEM Grade Catalytic Converter with Header by MagnaFlow®. If your car needs replacement, install one that will get you through the smog check. This converter is part of the exhaust header/manifold assembly, and it will...
      $285.10 - $1,040.56
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      # sp109886
      Heavy Metal Federal Catalytic Converter with Header by MagnaFlow®. If your car needs replacement, install one that will get you through the smog check. This converter is part of the exhaust header/manifold assembly, and it will directly...
      $238.99 - $796.77
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      # sp109887
      OBDII California Catalytic Converter with Header by MagnaFlow®. If your car needs replacement, install one that will get you through the smog check. This converter is part of the exhaust header/manifold assembly, and it will directly...
      $392.65 - $941.10
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      # sp105124
      Standard Grade Direct Fit Catalytic Converter by Flowmaster®. Flowmaster's Standard Grade line of Manifold direct fit catalytic converters are specifically designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications for exact fit and performance, and...
      $160.80 - $1,066.25
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      # mpn4478920660
      304 SS Exhaust Manifold by Megan Racing®. Emissions: Racing Only. Megan Racing Turbo Manifolds are made with T-304 stainless steel and utilize mandrel bent piping with CNC Machined Flanges. Each set is tested and dyno'ed to make sure...
      $189.34
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      # sp127854
      LS Swap Racing Exhaust Headers by Gibson®. Let your engine breathe and gain power and performance with Gibson Performance Headers. These headers will flow much more exhaust than your restrictive factory exhaust manifolds. The increased...
      $503.15 - $572.68
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      # mpn1658313
      Performance Steel Chrome Plated Short Tube Exhaust Headers by Gibson®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.5". Collector Outlet Diameter: 2.5". Emissions: Racing Only. Finish: Chrome Plated. Color: Chrome. Header Coating: Chrome. Header Style:...
      $389.50
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      # sp133886
      Long Tube Exhaust Headers by Corsa®. Ready to step out of a line and upgrade to massive boosts in horsepower and torque? Catch the top-of-the-line exhaust header from Corsa that will emphasize the agile, dynamic character of your iconic...
      $1,099.00 - $1,299.00
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      # sp133887
      Long Tube Headers With Connection Pipes by Corsa®. Ready to step out of a line and upgrade to massive boosts in horsepower and torque? Catch the top-of-the-line exhaust header from Corsa that will emphasize the agile, dynamic character...
      $1,299.00 - $1,329.00
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      # sp18812
      Exhaust Header by Invidia®. Do you want to get more power out of your vehicle? Then this superior Invidia product is just for you. Carefully designed for maximum performance, is will more than just meet your needs and expectations. This...
      Made to boost the performance of your vehicleExpertly crafted from premium materials
      $617.40 - $1,083.60
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      # sp127887
      Stainless Power Racing Exhaust Headers Off Road Assembly by Stainless Works®. This superior product is made from high-grade stainless steel to ensure excellent quality and maximum resistance to corrosion. Engineered with careful...
      $878.75 - $1,415.50
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      # sp124136
      Clipster Exhaust Headers by Torxe®. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind. It will meet your needs and deliver great quality...
      High quality at an affordable priceExpertly made from premium materials
      $200.00
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      # sp124137
      Drag Racing Exhaust Headers by Torxe®. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind. It will meet your needs and deliver great...
      High quality at an affordable priceExpertly made from premium materials
      $270.00




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    Factory log-type exhaust manifolds are especially restrictive because all of the exhaust pulses dump into the same small space. In contrast, an exhaust header has individual tubes so each exhaust pulse can flow freely from the exhaust port. While some OE manifolds have individual runners, they are usually small in diameter and make sharp bends that restrict flow. Headers generally have larger diameter tubes, plus the tubes are mandrel bent, which ensures the diameter remains the same through the curvature of the tube. Flow is increased throughout the length of the tube.

    Besides less restriction, headers can also increase performance because of the “scavenging” effect. Individual tubes all meet in a larger tube called a collector. When an exhaust gas pulse exits a header tube into the collector, a negative pressure wave is created that travels back up the header tube to the exhaust port during valve overlap. This negative pressure helps pull any remaining exhaust gas from the cylinder and can help draw the incoming intake charge into the cylinder. The scavenging effect makes more power, but how much and in what rpm range depends on the length of the header tubes.

    Headers come in a number of configurations, including short tube, or “shorty” headers, mid-length, and long tube, also called full length. In general, it’s usually easier to achieve the aforementioned scavenging effect with long tube headers, but there are also shorty headers with equal length tubes. Long tube headers require that the exhaust pipes be cut and a connection made with the header collectors, and we offer a complete selection of flanges, gaskets, and reducers to accomplish this. The tubes on short tube headers generally fit more easily in the engine compartment and some are designed to connect to the existing exhaust pipe flanges, so no cutting or welding is necessary. We also offer short tube headers that come complete with catalytic converter.

    On most headers all 4 pipes end together in the collector, but there are also so-called “tri-y”, or 4-2-1 headers. On the latter, the opposite cylinders in the firing order are paired in a short “Y”, and then the Ys combine in the collector. No matter what your performance goals are or what you drive we have the headers for the job, including EPA and CARB compliant street headers, block-hugging street rod headers, headers for use with turbochargers, headers designed for low-end torque, high rpm headers for every type of racing, and much more. We offer headers in stainless steel, steel that’s been coated to prevent corrosion, and even titanium. Stainless steel headers will not rust but they may turn blue near the head flange. Ceramic coatings are durable and can withstand high temperatures.

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