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Old 09-11-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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just some insight on ebay header

im talking about the M2 style that seems so popular these days....i just took mine off a couple of days ago and this is what i fount out about it NOT being made correctly for the zetecs





see the black at the bottom of each hole...i was loosing power, A LOT OF POWER, just from it not lining up correctly




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Old 09-12-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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good to know but there is nothing better than svt header
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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i feel bad for your car... a lot of rust.
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Looks primarily like a gasket issue ...
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You try to save money by going with a cheaper part but then go through grief with install and/or results. I've learned that if you want it right, you need to go with a reputable part or vendor.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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Looks primarily like a gasket issue ...
I had a repair/inspection ticket dilemma recently... my OBX header had the same look. I lined up the gasket for shiss and gigs, and they didn't line up either. Nor did the new gasket. I had to awl the gasket openings a bit to prevent the new one from doing that.
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W/O seeing it I've no clue.
Is the gasket hanging into the runner or missing the flange completely?


What this looks like to me is there is too much stress on the collector flange. This redistributes that stress to the header flange in a forward direction. That lifts the header flange away form the head and causes a leak.
It's the reason for the factory bracket at the collector location.

I know it's the reason I went through 2 Focus Central headers. Both broke the welds at the collector merges. If I had, or if I could have got it to fit, the factory mount they'd of lasted longer.
The other car has some ebay header on it and I know the bottom is leaking near the head. If I lift the collector I can head the leak go away.
Problem is the factory bracket doesn't fit with any aftermarket header. So you have to make a sandwich style.
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So if I'm understanding all this right it's best not to buy an ebay header
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It's best to buy nothing from ebay.
The site has sponsors that cater to our cars and do provide our community with quality USA made parts.
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So if I'm understanding all this right it's best not to buy an ebay header
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