View Poll Results: Best Long Tubes for 03/04 Cobra

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  • ARH

    13 20.97%
  • BBK

    3 4.84%
  • Kooks

    30 48.39%
  • Mac

    12 19.35%
  • SLP

    2 3.23%
  • Stainless Works

    2 3.23%
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    Best Long Tube for 03/04 Cobra

    Sound, quality and performance

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    Love my stainless works long tubes, great fit and finish, a little pricey though !

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    BBK! if you go with the BBK LT headers i have a catless H pipe that i can sell you

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    not too sure how they compare to the other brands, but i've only heard good things.. and they sound awesome.

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    kooks here!!!! love and they sound awesome with my 3" orx and magnaflow catback. however they are pricey and unless your at 600rwhp i wouldnt recomend.. stock manifolds flow very well as is.
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    ARH. my BBK installed like shit, rusted like shit.
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    I really like my mac long tube headers. My car sounds more crisp with them. They did help my car power wise. I went from 500rwhp, 515rwtq to 530rwhp and 570rwtq by adding the long tubes and adding 2lbs of boost. I added the 2 lbs of boost because usually with long tubes you loose 1 to 2 lbs. I know some of the power is from adding the extra 2 lbs but the long tubes played a part as well. They were easy to install with the help of a friend and a lift.
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    MAC seems to be the best bang for the buck. If money is not an option I would say Kooks.


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    My MACS have been on the car for 5 years now, no issues whatsoever and they sound wicked mean! They also provide better ground clearance than other longtubes.
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    I believe if you did a search you would see that this topic has be discussed many times already. I have ARH and love them. They are a solid one piece design so they will not leak. I know a couple people with kooks and theirs have leaked at the collector because they use a slip-fit design.
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    ARH, Stainless Works, and Kooks are some of the best headers quality wise. I agree w/orange cobra2004, I have heard of Kooks having leaking issues.

    But bang for the buck Mac is a great header. You can get headers and x-pipe for $700 through Lethal. Allot of people run Mac LT's on this site.
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    If money were no object (i.e. I didn't have a son in college), I'd go with ARH. However, I went with the MAC ceramic-coated headers based on the positive feedback I've seen on this (and other sites). I'll be installing them either next month or January so I'll post up comments after the install is complete...
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    I have always heard great things about ARH and voted for them. The vette guys seem to love them. I have BBK's on my car and have no issues with them. My car lives in a garage so no rust on mine. plus i got them used for $150 so the money i saved i had them jet hot coated. If i ever change them out it would be for a set of ARH.

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    Does anyone know what brand headers is a direct bolt on to bassani X pipe??
    Just ur average autozone bolt ons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 504lightning View Post
    Does anyone know what brand headers is a direct bolt on to bassani X pipe??
    Yea...Bassani Headers...lol

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    OrangeCobra2004,

    I am sure there were already several threads on this, I did see a few old ones, but I figured a fresh start would give me a more up to date answer. But thanks for the heads up.

    I am stuck between saving money and going with Mac's or going ARH for almost double cost. Those with ARH, are you going with the standard or 2.5" collector?

    Also, how much are you guys paying for install?

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    does anyone make a long tube setup with a CATTED h-pipe?
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    Im positive mac longtubes will fit with their catted h-pipe or x-pipe etc.

    Does ARH have decent x-pipe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterChrome View Post
    OrangeCobra2004,

    I am sure there were already several threads on this, I did see a few old ones, but I figured a fresh start would give me a more up to date answer. But thanks for the heads up.

    I am stuck between saving money and going with Mac's or going ARH for almost double cost. Those with ARH, are you going with the standard or 2.5" collector?

    Also, how much are you guys paying for install?
    I went with the standard 2.5" collector so that I could have good ground clearance since I am lowered with H&R Sport Springs. I have no clearance issue and they tuck very nice. You can't even see them. I don't remember how much install was since I had more then longtubes installed at once.

    Quote Originally Posted by po-po 5.0 View Post
    does anyone make a long tube setup with a CATTED h-pipe?
    If you call up ARH direct, they will make you a custom mid-pipe of your choice to fit their longtubes.

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    I was talking to a guy who works for Kooks and he told me ARH bottlenecks the collector..
    He also said on like 90% of cars/trucks they tested exhaust setups on, using a midpipe with cats offered greater gains over an O/R because the O/R was like open headers basically, and most engines now don't have enough cubes to benefit from open headers.

    Just relaying what he said..not supporting or disagreeing

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydave289 View Post
    I was talking to a guy who works for Kooks and he told me ARH bottlenecks the collector..
    He also said on like 90% of cars/trucks they tested exhaust setups on, using a midpipe with cats offered greater gains over an O/R because the O/R was like open headers basically, and most engines now don't have enough cubes to benefit from open headers.

    Just relaying what he said..not supporting or disagreeing
    i was under the impression that cats are restricting

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    I just bought some Kooks so we will see.. even if it doesn't make any more power the sound will be epic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydave289 View Post
    I was talking to a guy who works for Kooks and he told me ARH bottlenecks the collector..
    He also said on like 90% of cars/trucks they tested exhaust setups on, using a midpipe with cats offered greater gains over an O/R because the O/R was like open headers basically, and most engines now don't have enough cubes to benefit from open headers.

    Just relaying what he said..not supporting or disagreeing
    This might be true on a N/A car but on a Forced induction application cat-less has been proven to make more power. Its not much but enough.. that and i didnt want to spend 500+ more on cats lol

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