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Old 03-17-2008, 06:20 AM   #1
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Shorty vs Normal Headers

I know nothing about them, so would somebody explain the difference to me?

Is there any real gains/advantages when using shorty over just normal 4-2-1 after market?

Is shorty only for turbo applications or will a custom down pipe make it also usable for N/A tunes?

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shorty headers are good for low end... long tubes such as the SVT header are better for top end... actually the SVT header is the best one made for the focus. so i notice you have a svt.... why would you be looking into getting a shorty? don't.

i guess the shorty's are good becuase of clearance issues... i don't know really. it would be hard to turbo a car would long tube headers... plus it would affect the spool of the turbo i would think.

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nov173 is right, the svt header is arguably the best flowing header out there, that stated; shorty headers produce more low end torque, but are restrictive on the high end, where as a long tube header will flow better thus producing more top end horsepower.
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I am making plenty of power with my shorty. If anyone says they make no power I invite you to come meet me at the 1320

but really the only reason to use a shorty is if you want to retain a catalytic converter in the stock location on a regular zetec to keep the law happy, or keep the noise down. Generally the shortys are less raspy.
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Well never mind. Thanks for all the info guys, I had no clue the SVT headers were that good right out the box.
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no prob... just didn't want to see you get rid of the one you have... although there would be A LOT of people who would take it off your hands lol in that event
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Haha, well is there a after market header that will give me roughly the same performance and better sounding exhaust or are those very rare?
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no.

do not give up your stock header. it is the best hands down, and nothing compares.
a turbo is the only reason to get rid of it.

look to trubendz.com for your cat-back needs. keep it 2.5" and larger. make sure your SVT has a resonator on it due to the header. without one you will sound like uncle ben's.
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agreed, keep the stocker. best for the zetec/svt
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Its true SVT header is the best, I got rid of mine cuz I couldnt stand seeing that ding on the collector and thinking of how much power it was robbing me.

Plus this engine comes to life, well mine does at around 3.5K and above, I feel that me getting a 4-1 style was a better decision.

Stick with the stocker if theres nothing wrong with it., BTW there has never been a head to head dyno, with the JBA 4-1 vs. the SVT header. So everything is heresay, IMO.
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