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Old 05-21-2019, 10:49 AM
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Pacesetter shorties...

Iím about ready to pull my 302 out just a few more things to unhook. Iím going to replace most all the gaskets as I have a few oil leaks. I also have an exhaust manifold gasket leaking and figured while Iím at it Iíd slap on a set of headers.

My question is are Pacesetter headers decent? Iím not looking for huge power gains or anything just a nice sound. Any fitment issues? I see some good reviews and some bad, just like to get 1st hand experience. I also purchased an O/R pipe from jegs to go along with it.

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Old 05-21-2019, 12:46 PM
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I bought a set of "Summit racing" headers. They were just reboxed Pacesetters. Summit is known for doing this(reselling something with their name on it for cheaper then the manufacturer does).

I had no complaints. There were nice, thick flanges. Easy enough to install. I had mine coated before installing, as I knew the paint wouldn't last long.

I had bought a dual exhaust kit from LMC to go with them. Only problem was the cones on the pipes did not fit well with the cone on headers> It leaked constantly. I ended up removing the headers(and dual exhaust) and going back to stock with new Y pipe. I'm pretty sure if the dual kit was better quality, I would have continued to run it. I still have the coated headers in the garage.
 
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:38 PM
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Same here. Fit the heads well, used felpro gaskets, no leaks.I have used the manifold pipes from 2 different trucks and always leaks at the socket connection on the drivers side.
 
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:30 AM
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Well that stinks. What brand do you all recommend?
 
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:51 AM
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No point for direct fit headers to me, as they retain the stock tiny headpipes.

If you want a set of shorty headers, fox mustang ones fit fine. Well BBKs for sure do, hell so do the crappy OE HO ones that I initially test fit on my truck. You need a new Y-pipe made, but to uncork the motor, you want to anyway. 2.25" headpipes into a single 3" works fine.

Toss in even the most mild of camshafts while that engine is out, that stock peanut cam is crap. My 05/88 has a roller block from the factory as did my pal's 11/88 (I think that is his build month). I just did a HO cam in mine, you need those pushrods as they are different length, spider assembly, and a roller distributor gear. It moves the powerband up, but not terrible. HOs were rated at 3200rpm for peak torque I think.

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Old 05-22-2019, 12:59 PM
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So I can run Fox shorties? I read a few threads that said you canít??

i have purchased a Jegs O/R Y pipe to replace the factory one. Just wanna make sure it bolts up and I donít have to start to modify stuff to work
 
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I did, they cleared on my truck fine. They do NOT bolt to stock y-pipe, maybe that is why people say you cannot run them?

Does the Jegs ORY have bigger diameter headpipes?
 
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:09 PM
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I did, they cleared on my truck fine. They do NOT bolt to stock y-pipe, maybe that is why people say you cannot run them?

Does the Jegs ORY have bigger diameter headpipes?
Im not sure, hereís the description:



 
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Looks like 2" headpipes. Bigger than stock I recall, I swear mine were 1-3/4" or something pathetic. A single 2.5" would be fine to me on a stock headed 302. I have had Hooker LTs for a long, long time now. Probably going to replace as they are starting to rust internally (long story). Cannot recall the size of my stock stuff. I think the stock main cat outlet was about 2.25"

Oh, I 1000% recommend those Stage 8 header bolts and MLS gaskets.
 
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:52 PM
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I might look for a set of BBK shorties then. I was thinking a 2.5Ē cat back single system.
 

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