Long or short headers?

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  1. Jonathan Paz

    Jonathan Paz New Member

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    I have an 05’ x runner stock other than an AFE carb legal cat back exhaust system. I want to put headers on it so my questions are:
    1. Which ones are better? Long or short tube?
    2. Are there any CARB legal ones?
    3. Is there a mod I should do before headers, other than magnuson super charger?

    Any and all helps us appreciated, thank!
     
  2. BSP06XRU

    BSP06XRU Old Member

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    If you want to keep it CARB legal, you would have to get shorties and keep all 4 cats in your system.
     
  3. Nashman

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    afe makes a set but they are not cheap
     
  4. XeddeX

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    Sounds like you live in CA because of the emphasis on being CARB legal. That basically narrows it down to short tube headers. Any long tube header will eliminate the primary catalytic converters so it will fail smog. Reinstalling your stock headers every 2 years for a smog check is very costly and time consuming.

    Consider getting a URD y-pipe instead of headers. It removes the secondary cats which will also make you fail smog checks.....but at least reinstalling the stock y-pipe only takes 30-60 minutes.
     
  5. NHXRUNNER

    NHXRUNNER "New Hampster"
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    Pretty sound advice right there...
     
  6. chatt x

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    Pun or no pun intended?:)
     
  7. NHXRUNNER

    NHXRUNNER "New Hampster"
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    Not intended :D
     
  8. Jonathan Paz

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    Alright, I’ll look into the URD y-pipe, thanks all! Does anybody have it installed? Do you recommend it?
     
  9. NHXRUNNER

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    People wouldn't be recommending it here if it wasn't great. It's been a proven product for more than a decade.
     
  10. XeddeX

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    Took me a while to get it! :D i was like "Eh?" at first...
     
  11. sonic555u

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    I recommend the urd equal pipe headers even though I never had them second to that I recommend doug thorly headers long tube, they were good to me.
     

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