Shorty headers on GT - Ford Mustang Forums : Corral.net Mustang Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
97GTConvt's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Torrington, CT
Posts: 277
Shorty headers on GT

Is it worth it to install Ford shorties on 97 GT? Currently stock heads (may port or do PI swap eventually, but not soon due to budget), but car has custom CAI, Mac Pro-chamber catless h, and Mac Catback. Exhaust is 2.5" all the way back. What kind of gains can I expect over stock, if any? Is the install an absolute PITA?

Lon

97GTConvt is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:21 AM
Registered User
 
Strick9's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 122
For no more than the small amount of hp you will get from the install of the shorty headers it's not worth the trouble of installing them. Headers are more useful with superchargers where you are flowing more air.

Strick9 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
97GTConvt's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Torrington, CT
Posts: 277
I'm just trying to squeeze all I can out of my GT since I am not going to stay NA and not go the SC route due to reliability and longetivity, and also the fact that I want to be able to do all installation, tuning and maintenance myself. If I'm only going to gain a couple HP even with my other mods then I don't think I'll make it a priority though. I haven't looked at the stock 'headers'. Are they true shorties or are they really manifolds?

Lon
97GTConvt is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:34 AM
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 470
Lon,
See if you can save the $ for a headswap. Do you have gears yet? This will wake the car up a lot. If you plan to keep the Stang, get the h/s done and dont look back.

Good luck.
mrvax is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
97GTConvt's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Torrington, CT
Posts: 277
Have 4.10's but they're not in yet, and still pondering the $1500 head swap. I do plan on keeping the car until it rots into the ground, or I can afford a new Viper LOL.

Lon
97GTConvt is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:46 AM
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 470
Don't ponder it man, pull the trigger on this one! So many 96-98 people have done this with great results. We have on 2 choices, either h/s or s/c. That plus your gears alone will have you well into the 13 second club.
mrvax is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
97GTConvt's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Torrington, CT
Posts: 277
If only money wasn't an issue lol. Maybe I'll sell some crap on ebay and get the money for the swap. I've heard that the head swap kit from TheGame is like 3-4 month backlog though, that's end of summer. Blah.

Lon
97GTConvt is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 12:01 PM
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 470
You can order the entire kit minus the P&P yourself and I believe it's about $1200.

PM me if you need the name of the person on Corral that works at the Ford dealership and handles many of these kits.
mrvax is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 03:01 PM
Registered User
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 491
Its so much easier to install the headers while doing the head swap, I would just do it then. Also, on a pre-99, I doubt you will get enough from them to make it worth the time and money.
Dan
P.S. Randy Stinchcomb(Universal Ford) sells the headswap kit for around 1200 I think.

2008 Alloy Metallic Mustang GT Premium
5 spd manual, Interior Upgrade pkg, Premier Trim pkg, spolier delete
LT headers w/ O/R-H, JLT-II CAI, Bama tune, CMDP
306hp

Last edited by o0Dan0o; 05-07-2002 at 03:07 PM.
o0Dan0o is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
97GTConvt's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Torrington, CT
Posts: 277
If only I had read about how much the 96-98 GT's sucked before buying one LOL

Lon

97GTConvt is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 05-07-2002, 07:14 PM
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,086
Thumbs up

I had my shortys and X pipe installed now for a month and the car drives way better. It has more power and torque all around. The stock headers are pretty restrictive. The best thing I like about my exhaust mods is that it doesn't bog down when I drive it hard like it used to. Plus it sounds awesome.

I think the headers, X pipe and cat backs probably netted my car an extra 25 RWHP.

I'd recommend changing the whole exhaust. The shortys are very hard to install and won't be cheap though. Why only go part way-go all the way.
esandes is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Mustang Forums : Corral.net Mustang Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome