Stainless Block Hugger Exhaust Manifolds/Headers

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  1. 340wedge1971

    340wedge1971 Well-Known Member

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    Looking to hear some pros/cons on using the stainless block huggers instead of standard headers on Darts/Dusters besides looking pretty. Any thoughts?

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    I don't think they work.
     
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      How come? I'm not familiar with these.
       
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      They look simple but the drivers side just doesn't fit. Too much steering in the way. Use the search function for "blockhugger" and see what you find.
       
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      I put a lot of thought into getting these and came up with a good solid "No'. I kept having visions of coming straight down into the K-Frame and having no less than three quick nineties to negotiate back and around the starter. I quickly lost interest.
       
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        Makes sense, just wasn't thinking that way. Was thinking you may have been talking about performance. No need to search, I'm a believer.
         
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        Well I made up my mind too. Thanks for the input!
         
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        Heddmen makes a set of shorties that fit great on my Duster. The collector is flat so all 4 pipes are in a row instead of the normal collector where the pipes are in a square (for lack of a better term). I will see if I can find a part number for you.
         
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        78503 are mild steel and 78506 are the stainless. Just google search hedman tight tubes for chrysler small block.
         
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        Thank you, I will look into it!
         
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        They are nice but the stainless are a bit rich for me. $573 The mild steel are affordable though. $265 Thanks!
         
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        I have the mild steel and painted them with header paint. I did the heat cycles that the paint can said and they have held up pretty good. I have had them for 8 years and they are starting to show rust now finally.