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 is the first step, but if you want to go further, consider a set of headers. Headers mount in place of the exhaust manifolds, and have individual tubes that all meet in a larger tube called a collector.

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    • (1 review)
      # 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...
      Increases horsepower and torqueImproves engine efficiency and throttle response
      $426.15 - $799.00
    • (4 reviews)
      # 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 and give you more horsepower. This converter is part of the exhaust...
      Reduces harmful emissionsIncreases exhaust flow compared to original factory converter
      $285.10 - $1,040.56
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp7279
      Header with Pre-OBDII Catalytic Converter by MagnaFlow®. If your car needs replacement, install one that will get you through the smog check and give you more horsepower. This converter is part of the exhaust header/manifold...
      Reduces harmful emissionsIncreases exhaust flow compared to original factory converter
      $238.99 - $796.77
    • (0 reviews)
      # 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...
      Easy and a cost effective solution to add horsepower and torque to your engineEnsures proper operation of engine cylinders fighting the back pressure
      $770.45 - $903.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp17094
      XR-1™ Dragster Race Headers by Borla®. Drop ETs and raise your MPH the quiet way with Borla. These big tube headers are made to be used with Borla’s XR-1 Collector Mufflers, and come in downswept and upswept versions. Together...
      Race winning designLarge diameter tubes for increased flow
      $1,195.99
    • (1 review)
      # 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.
      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
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp3667
      XR-1™ Long Tube Headers by Borla®. Extract the horsepower hidden in your engine with these long tube headers. These headers are designed to be used with other performance upgrades and without the catalytic converters. Their...
      Race winning designLong, large diameter tubes for increased flow and optimum exhaust scavenging
      $945.99 - $1,865.99
    • (9 reviews)
      # sp795
      Performance 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...
      Dyno tuned for maximum performanceImproves exhaust flow
      +1
      $439.06 - $818.03
    • (9 reviews)
      # sp95528
      Headers by Gibson®. Let your engine breathe and gain power and performance with Gibson Nickel Chrome Plated Steel Performance Headers. These headers will flow much more exhaust than your restrictive factory exhaust manifolds. The...
      Increases low and mid-range horsepower and torqueIncreases engine efficiency
      +1
      $439.06 - $818.03
    • (0 reviews)
      # 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....
      Made to boost the performance of your vehicleExpertly crafted from premium materials
      $617.40 - $1,083.60
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp18813
      Racing Exhaust Mainfold 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....
      Made to boost the performance of your vehicleExpertly crafted from premium materials
      $617.40 - $927.50
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp3960
      R-Spec Headers by ARK Performance®. The ARK R-Spec 3-1 Headers are designed to racing spec. The headers are semi-brushed and mirror polished, they have CNC mandrel bent primaries, TIG welded connections, and de-burred and ported...
      All Bolt-on SystemSUS304 Stainless Steel Construction
      $892.50 - $1,104.15
    • (1 review)
      # sp13642
      304 SS Headers 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 attention to the smallest detail using the...
      Designed to meet strict quality standardsCarefully crafted from first-rate stainless steel
      $669.75 - $2,793.00
    • (3 reviews)
      # sp13636
      Stainless Steel Header 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 attention to the smallest detail...
      304 Stainless Steel ConstructionTIG-Welded
      $864.00 - $2,341.75
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp22799
      Long Tube Headers by MBRP®. After many months of in depth development MBRP is pleased to release their Long Tube Headers
      1.875” Inch Primary Tubing3” Merge Style Spike Collectors
      $874.99 - $934.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp12484
      Header Mid-Pipe Kit by MBRP®. MBRP's Long tube header and mid-pipe is just what you need to take your car's performance to the next level.
      Everything you need in one box.Maximize Exhaust flow and Minimize Exhaust temperatures
      $1,169.99 - $1,389.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp23434
      Standard Duty Headers by Hedman Hedders®. After more than 50 years of manufacturing headers using mild steel materials, Hedman Hedders, announces the introduction of performance headers manufactured using Type 304 stainless steel...
      Made of High Quality 304 SSBuilt to Last
      $177.62 - $1,245.20
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp16183
      Standard Duty Black MAXX Coated Headers by Hedman Hedders®. 1 Pair. Includes Bolts/Studs, Gaskets, Reducers. Header made from Steel. The standard-duty Black Maxx™ Hedman Hedders come from the factory with an extremely durable,...
      Made of High Quality MaterialsExtremely durable, protective SATIN BLACK ceramic-metallic coating
      $437.45 - $694.40
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp95740
      Tork-Step Stepped Headers by Hedman Hedders®. These standard-duty headers use TORK-STEP stepped tube technology to provide performance superior to any standard tube header design. Originally designed for racing applications, Hedman...
      Made of High Quality MaterialsBuilt to Last
      $326.32 - $762.16
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp16177
      Elite Ultra-Duty Street Headers by Hedman Hedders®. Hedman's ELITE Hedders are the best you can buy. They have thicker flanges. stronger wall tubing and a thermal coating that withstand full-throttle thrashing and torturous towing.
      Made of High Quality MaterialsIdeal for Heavy Duty Applications
      $392.93 - $750.72
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp16175
      Block Hugger Street Rod Headers by Hedman Hedders®. Hedman’s Standard Block Hugger design is ideal for factory manifold replacement or engine swap projects that do not have a hedder designed specifically for the application.
      Low profile designBuilt of High Quality Materials
      $176.52 - $623.76
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp16186
      Tight Tubes Street Rod Headers by Hedman Hedders®. Primaries Diameter: 2". Collector Diameter: 3". 1 Pair. Includes Bolts/Studs, Gaskets, Reducers. Header made from Steel. Professional car builders and seasoned gearheads use...
      Lowest Profile Header Collector AvailableMade of High Quality Materials
      $249.64 - $616.32
    • (1 review)
      # sp730
      TorqueTube™ Exhaust Manifold System by Banks®. Cast OEM exhaust manifolds just are too restrictive. Replacing them with Banks Torque Tubes will substantially reduce the backpressure where it counts, right at the exhaust ports....
      Shorty style fits in stock engine bayStainless steel for long service life
      $399.10 - $1,961.28
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp99303
      Cast Iron Turbo Exhaust Manifold by HKS®. Flange: TO4. Wastegate: External. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by HKS features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $547.64
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp30106
      Stainless Steel Turbo Exhaust Manifold by HKS®. You can have the great performance and great muffler sound of the isometric layout by changing exhaust manifold only with the stock oil pan layout. You will notice immediately the new...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $612.07 - $2,310.20
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp17188
      Stainless Steel Exhaust Manifold by HKS®. Size: 1.7" - 2.4". Style: 3-1 × 2. It's compliant for 6MT and 5AT of Z33. HKS Has analyzed thoroughly on flow speed and resistance with flow bench and we could reach a great improvement on...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $659.97 - $1,817.20
    • (0 reviews)
      # 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.
      Designed and built to increase rear wheel horsepower and torquePipes without catalytic converters are NOT street legal and are intended for Off Road - Race Only
      $249.99 - $749.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp20662
      CNC Series™ Street Strip Long Tube Headers by BBK®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.625". Gain 30 plus dyno-proven horsepower just by bolting on a set of BBK long tube, full length headers. These premium headers are CAD designed with...
      Dyno Testing Results Show a Typical Increase of 30 HorsepowerCNC Mandrel Bent Tubes to Ensure Consistent Diameter throughout the Tubes
      $399.99 - $549.99
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp20663
      Tuned Length Shorty Headers by BBK®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.625". Gain 15-20 dyno-proven horsepower at the rear wheels just by bolting on a set of BBK long tube, full length headers. These premium headers are CAD designed with...
      Dyno testing results show a typical increase of 15-20 horsepower at the rear wheelsDeveloped using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software
      $199.99 - $649.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp2370
      Full Length Exhaust Headers by BBK Performance®. BBK R&D department developed these Long Tube Exhaust headers with one thing in mind – getting even more horsepower and torque out of your car! This all-new rugged BBK long tube...
      $449.99 - $1,299.99
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp7041
      Alpha Series™ Stainless Steel Race Header by Skunk2®. Increase the performance of your exhaust system with these Alpha Series headers. Designed to maximize exhaust flow, provide higher torque and more horsepower through the...
      Designed to maximize exhaust flowProvide higher torque and increased horsepower
      $391.99 - $549.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp99304
      MegaPower Header by Skunk2®. Skunk2 is proud to introduce its MegaPower Header for Honda's B-series engines. Skunk2 has been designing custom headers for its drag racing, road racing, and endurance cars for years, and is now...
      Includes adapter flange, gasket, bracket, and necessary hardware.Race application; eliminates catalytic converter.
      $820.90
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp99305
      Exhaust Header by Vibrant Performance®. 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...
      Made of High Quality MaterialsDirect Fit
      $598.50
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9624
      Headers by Pypes®. Still searching for some more horsepower and better sound? Then here’s your solution... and when you install these headers, it will most likely be the last pair you’ll ever need to install,...
      304 Stainless Steel ConstructionSuperior upgrade for your exhaust system
      $254.99 - $1,024.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp44408
      Exhaust Manifolds by Pypes®. These are brand new improved molds from Pypes Performance Exhaust. Still searching for some more horsepower and better sound? Then here’s your solution... and when you install these...
      Machined out to 2.5" at flange area for better flowHigh quality gaskets included
      $274.42 - $284.49
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp17155
      PFADT Series Headers by aFe®. aFe Power’s introduces the PFADT Series headers. These headers are constructed of near equal length mandrel-bent 16-gauge, 304 stainless steel tubing with thick flanges to ensure a leak free seal....
      Constructed of 16-gauge 304 Stainless Steel TubingRetains Factory O2 Sensors
      $829.00 - $2,149.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # 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...
      Optimized Tube Lengths Improve Flow and Performance100% hand MIG-welded construction ensures optimal strength and durability
      $429.00 - $2,799.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp17157
      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...
      16-gauge 304 stainless steel mandrel-bent tubing for unrestricted flow4-to-1 formed collectors decrease turbulence and increases exhaust velocity
      $1,029.00 - $1,999.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # mpn3943783947
      Exhaust Manifold with Integrated Catalytic Converter by aFe®. Replace the faulty or old rear catalytic converter with the all new aFe power direct-fit front cat replacement. This cat replacement is constructed of 100% MIG welded...
      Front catalytic converter replacements49-State federal approved
      $429.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9343
      Race Stainless Steel Long Tube Header 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...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $795.37 - $1,478.56
    • (1 review)
      # sp96100
      Long Tube 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...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $691.34 - $2,892.24
    • (0 reviews)
      # 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...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $989.99 - $1,034.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # mpn492597073
      Exhaust Header by Kooks®. 1.875" x 3.5" Inlet / 3.5" Outlet Includes 2 O2 sensor fittings and two 12" long 3 1/2" turnouts. hand formed merge collectors. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $2,650.40
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9341
      Off-Road Stainless Steel Long Tube Header 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...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $853.97 - $1,558.05
    • (3 reviews)
      # sp1663
      Stainless Steel Race Header by Weapon-R®. These free-flowing headers are designed to increase exhaust flow and make as much horsepower and torque as possible.
      Maximizes engine performanceDesigned to work without the catalytic Converter
      $183.00 - $637.50
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp3673
      Stainless Steel Street Header by Weapon-R®. Let your engine breathe on the exhaust side. This header will increase horsepower and torque.
      Improves engine performanceDesigned to work with stock exhaust system
      $230.00 - $327.25
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp20682
      LS Turbo Headers by Flowtech®. Flowtech Headers are the perfect combination of quality and value. These “4 to 1” Turbo headers available in 1.75” and 1.875” tube diameters are an ideal design creating a compact package...
      Heavy duty 16-gauge 304 SS and 409 SS tubing for increased strength and durability1.75” and 1.875” tubing diameters available for increased exhaust flow increasing performance and improved throttle response
      $179.95 - $249.95
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp9313
      Performance Shorty Header by Flowtech®. 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 Flowtech Exhausts will...
      Mandrel-bent tubing for smooth exhaust flowSturdy 16 gauge tubing
      +1
      $153.95 - $573.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp38935
      Exhausts Universal Shorty Headers by Flowtech®. 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 Flowtech Exhausts...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $299.95 - $552.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp28804
      Exhausts Performance Headers by Flowtech®. Flowtech Headers are the perfect combination of quality and value. Mandrel-bent tubes provide consistent tubing diameters for smooth flow and increases the cylinder scavenging effect...
      Mandrel-bent tubes provide consistent tubing diameters for smooth flow and increases the cylinder scavenging effect and improves engine breathing.Heavy duty 16-gauge tubing for increased strength and durability
      $159.95 - $209.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp95462
      Afterburner Series Headers by Flowtech®. Flowtech Afterburner headers provide an optimal balance between horsepower output and maximum torque. The stainless steel Turbo Chamber secondary collectors scavanges exhaust gases from the...
      Innovative design for small block Chevy equipped vehiclesIncreases both horsepower and torque Large 3" secondary collector
      $238.95 - $438.95
    • (1 review)
      # sp9307
      Performance Long Tube Header by Flowtech®. 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 Flowtech Exhausts will...
      Mandrel-formed Power Plenum collectors for low backpressureConstructed of .060 cold roll flash mild steel tubing
      $150.95 - $1,035.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp20677
      Mild Steel Shorty Headers by Flowtech®. CARB Compliant: Yes. System Type: Short Tube. Header Material: Mild Steel. Flowtech’s emissions-friendly headers are just the ticket for those who want the best of both worlds – top...
      This is a 50-State Legal headerSturdy 16 gauge tubing
      $159.95 - $563.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9308
      Mid-Length Header by Flowtech®. 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 Flowtech Exhausts will last a...
      Tuned-length primary tubes for street performanceMandrel-bent tubing for smooth exhaust flow
      $150.95 - $599.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp39952
      Blackheart™ Super Competition Long Tube Headers by Hooker®. Designed and intended for installation only with Hooker LS swap engine mounting brackets and transmission crossmembers for this application.Will not install with any...
      Installation with half-height mounts will likely require modification to vehicle floor panelsCompatible only with stock height subframe/body mounts
      $670.95 - $1,599.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9158
      Competition™ Long Tube Performance Header by Hooker®. 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 Hooker...
      Provides unique styling enhancementIncreased corrosion protection ensures long service life and maintained appearance of investment
      +2
      $184.95 - $686.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp39961
      Mid-Length Swap Performance Header by Hooker®. 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 Hooker will last a...
      This part is legal for use on Uncontrolled (Non-Emissions Controlled) Vehicles or Racing VehiclesExpertly crafted from premium materials
      $653.95 - $678.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9207
      Mid-Length Performance Header by Hooker®. 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 Hooker will last a...
      Expertly crafted from premium materialsDesigned to match rigorous quality standards
      $649.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp9201
      Long Tube Performance Header by Hooker®. 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 Hooker will last a...
      Long tube geometry designed for maximum ground clearance and optimized engine compartment fitment.3/8” laser cut flanges, TIG welded and flat finished for maximum strength and a leak free seal.
      $541.95 - $1,014.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp15918
      K-Member Headers by Dynatech®. 1 Pair. Dynatech® K-Member Headers are the best way to make your Car conversion an easy bolt in. Designed specifically with an AFCO Tubular K-Member.
      For use with AJE, TEAMZ, and P.A. Racing K MembersFits with factory starter, master cylinder, brake booster & proportioning valve (SBC, SBF, LSX only)
      $599.99 - $699.99




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    Most stock exhaust manifolds are designed with more attention paid to engine compartment fit than exhaust flow. They’re restrictive because all of the exhaust pulses dump into a small space. In contrast, an exhaust header has individual tubes so each exhaust pulse can flow freely from the exhaust port. And after exiting the port, it flows into a larger space because headers have larger diameter tubes that are usually mandrel bent for gradual radius bends.

    Besides less restriction, some headers can also increase performance because of the “scavenging” effect. 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 also helps draw the incoming intake charge into the cylinder. This is very beneficial to engine performance but the tubes must be long enough for it to be effective during a useable rpm range.

    Headers come in a number of configurations, including short tube, or “shorty”, 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 flanges attached that will connect with the header collector. 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.

    On most headers all 4 pipes end together in the collector, but there are also so-called “tri-y” headers. On a tri-y header, the opposite cylinders in the firing order are paired in a short “Y”, and then the Ys combine in the collector. Today, most headers are constructed from stainless steel, or heavy-duty plain steel that’s been chrome plated or ceramic coated for durability. Stainless steel headers will not rust but they may turn blue near the head flange. Ceramic coatings are durable and can withstand higher temperatures.

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    They arrived a day early, which is always a plus. They were packaged really well. No dents or scratches. Only one flaw, I only suggest that they package the gaskets to some cardboard or something, one was slightly damaged, but was still usable. Overall a pretty good experience.
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