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Old 07-22-2013, 10:44 AM   #31
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Ceramic coated is the best for heat insulation. Stainless is probably the worst.

Standard powder coating a header will not work, as the heat will burn off the plastic coating.

http://www.jet-hot.com/

Go poke around on that site. A lot of really interesting documentation and info.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #32
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Stainless isn't the worst.

Mild Steel Painted<Stainless<Coated Mild Steel<Coated Stainless

The biggest reason to go stainless is rust resistance, so long as it's a higher nickle content like 321 or above. 304 wouldn't be enough as it still rusts quite a bit, even though 304 is still better than mild steel.
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well RDC might bring out headers eventually???
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As far as my research, which is pretty extensive, a header made of high quality stainless is the best to retain heat, also will not discolor like a chrome header but the cost of steel is very high. a high quality stainless would be one in which has no magnetic properties' lower grade stainless is magnetic and is not as good
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As far as my research, which is pretty extensive, a header made of high quality stainless is the best to retain heat, also will not discolor like a chrome header but the cost of steel is very high. a high quality stainless would be one in which has no magnetic properties' lower grade stainless is magnetic and is not as good
sounds like a tough header to me, will tear an o zone layer size hole in your pocket though lols
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Haha yea it wouldn't be cheap by any means, but as for "bolt ons" I guess you could call a header a bolt on it gives you the larges HP gains. So is it worth it? To me yes but everyone has their own opinion on it
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As far as my research, which is pretty extensive, a header made of high quality stainless is the best to retain heat, also will not discolor like a chrome header but the cost of steel is very high. a high quality stainless would be one in which has no magnetic properties' lower grade stainless is magnetic and is not as good
Not entirely true as the lowest grade of 300 series stainless is still not magnetic. Which is 302 stainless, one of the most common 300 series is 304 also not magnetic. 300 series is a fully austenetic steel that has both chromium and nickle in it and is non magnetic because there is little ferrite or iron in it. 400 series is considered a straight chrome alloy stainless steel, usally has no nickel in it and can be slightly magnetic not inferior but just used for different applications. Knife steels is common example but I know it is used extensively in car factory exaust systems. It will stain but not rust out like the old steel pipes of years ago.
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