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I am considering purchasing long tube headers with catted x or h pipe for my 2011 GT. I am considering either BBK or Kooks headers. I also so no name brand headers on e-bay for around $200 which are substantially less expensive than the name brands. The specs and materials seem similar to the name brands as well as the majority of reviews being positive. Does anyone here ever use them or know if they are any good? Your replies are appreciated.

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I’d probably go with Kooks. They’re proven fit and quality. You might get lucky with the white box headers, but I personally wouldn’t. Just my 2¢



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you may get an ebay header that fits and works well or you may get them and have the car apart and see that they will never fit. I personally got mbrp headers along with the offroad h-pipe combo they offer and it comes in at about $1200 probably around 14 or 1500 for a catted mid pipe. the fit and finish is flawless they fit absolutely perfectly on my car and have been working very well. been on since last winter and they still look new under the hood. they are made out of t304 stainless like kooks or american racing and are a very nice peice

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Thank you. Probably going to end up going with BBK lung tubes with BBK's catted X Pipe
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I dont think bbk offers stainless headers so make sure your mindful of that before getting them. they will work but wont last as long once the ceramic coating wears off

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From what I have read, Kooks are about the best for fitment and overall quality, but they ain't cheap. Your profile says you are in "Branford" but it doesn't say what state . . . if that is Branford, Connecticut then I believe you have emissions inspection and you need working catalytic converters to pass. The Kooks "Green Cats" are supposed to be some of the best, that give the best chance of passing in "Green States" like Connecticut.
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Thanks for the heads up. I do live in Branford, CT and will check out the Kooks green cats
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Hey man the job of installing long tubes is no easy mission. I have a set of JBA's and they fit with no leaks.
After installing, if they leak at the head flange you are going to probably suffer depression ... unless you were luckily born with 3 rubber elbows.
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I purchased a set of stainless power (slightly cheaper version of stainless works, same company) 1 7/8” long tubes with a hi flow catted xpipe and it’s amazing, I was considering kooks myself but these ones were a little cheaper (still ran me 1500$ shipped) but it was worth it, the install wasn’t overly bad if you have access to a hoist. Myself and a mechanic did the job in about 7 hours total. All the shops around my city told me they wouldn’t do it because of the clearance issues and headaches of taking motor mounts off but there’s a few good vids on YouTube that showed some tricks...it was deff tight on the drivers side but after they got in place it was easy. One of the best purchases I’ve made yet for it, she screams with GT500 mufflers and no resonators!
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I purchased a set of stainless power (slightly cheaper version of stainless works, same company) 1 7/8” long tubes with a hi flow catted xpipe and it’s amazing, I was considering kooks myself but these ones were a little cheaper (still ran me 1500$ shipped) but it was worth it, the install wasn’t overly bad if you have access to a hoist. Myself and a mechanic did the job in about 7 hours total. All the shops around my city told me they wouldn’t do it because of the clearance issues and headaches of taking motor mounts off but there’s a few good vids on YouTube that showed some tricks...it was deff tight on the drivers side but after they got in place it was easy. One of the best purchases I’ve made yet for it, she screams with GT500 mufflers and no resonators!
How did you deal with the rear O2 sensors? Just turn them off?


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The kit came with an extension for it so it didn’t affect it in any way

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I purchased a set of stainless power (slightly cheaper version of stainless works, same company) 1 7/8” long tubes with a hi flow catted xpipe and it’s amazing, I was considering kooks myself but these ones were a little cheaper (still ran me 1500$ shipped) but it was worth it, the install wasn’t overly bad if you have access to a hoist. Myself and a mechanic did the job in about 7 hours total. All the shops around my city told me they wouldn’t do it because of the clearance issues and headaches of taking motor mounts off but there’s a few good vids on YouTube that showed some tricks...it was deff tight on the drivers side but after they got in place it was easy. One of the best purchases I’ve made yet for it, she screams with GT500 mufflers and no resonators!
How did you deal with the rear O2 sensors? Just turn the off?
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The catted X-pipe was included for $1,500 total? I think that is a LOT cheaper than Kooks?

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That’s the set I ordered there, Last year when I got them they were on sale for $1100 -1200 so I pulled the trigger, they’re made by stainless works just slightly cheaper than SW, even has the SW welds on them

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The catted X-pipe was included for $1,500 total? I think that is a LOT cheaper than Kooks?
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Don't forget about American Racing Headers, they're pretty good too.

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Having had both bbk and now kooks, kooks is definitely superior. Install is definitely a pain if you do it yourself but it can be done. I would just have a shop do it though and save the headache. When i installed my kooks i compared them side by side with the bbk's and it's easy to see why the kooks are like twice the price. Fit and finish are second to none. Can't speak for other brands like ARH or SW but their headers are supposed to be really good too

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