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Whats up stangers? I am looking at what BBK has to offer and I have made up my mind on their 94-95 shortie headers for my mustang. :eyepoppin The question I figured to throw out there, is it worth the extra $100 to pay for the ceramic coating so you don't have to look at the pipe discoloration? Also, is that basically the only difference between the two?
I'm i the market too.I'm leaning towards the ceramic myself.Shop around,I think you can do better than $100 more for the the ceramic coating..I haven't got to that point where I need them yet,still piecing together the motor on a stand right now
"Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body,but rather to skid in broadside,thoroughly used up,totally worn out and loudly proclaiming.....WOW!.....What a ride!
"As you grow older,don't slow down,speed up-there's less time left"--over 45 and just now realizing how much I don't know
Ceramic coated headers have several advantages over chrome (or even stainless steel).
1. Chrome will bake off and the headers will inevitably rust. Ceramic won't, and it will last a lot longer before any rust shows up.
2. Chrome discolors almost immediately - ceramic does ont.
3. Chrome does nothing for heat transfer - ceramic blocks a lot of heat. This is a real concern unless you like hot, toasty feet in the summertime (OK, it might be an advantage in Canada in the winter time).
4. Chrome does nothing to maintain the heat INSIDE the pipe, where it increases flow and flow velocity, both of which help power production. Ceramic helps both goals.
Things to look for when shopping... Ceramic comes 2 ways: coated outside only, and coated inside AND outside. The double coating is the best. Probably the priciest, but if you plan on keeping the car forever....
"You can never be free until you let yourself go."
I have the chrome model from BBK, do yourselves a favor and pony up the extra money for the ceramic. The heat thats generated under the hood backs into the cabin, enough that it will bother you in the summer. All my mods add to a very hot exhaust.
I regret not going fot the ceramic. You've been warned! lol