Your car is uglier than I am! uh...that didnt come out right.
All I know is that I am as excited as a kid in a candy shop about my Racebits... That said, I have never heard of anyone ever complain about stainless before... Looking forward to having no skin left on my knuckles one of these weekends...
1998-E1 CSVT SilFro
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i didnt get to reading all of this thread, but i think i should say my 2 cents. take it or leave it.
i had stainless headers on my contour (weapon R) and loved them. the only spot where i had any corrosion whatsoever was on the rear flange weld on the Y pipe, just the weld seemed to rust/corrode a little bit. the rest of them looked like new (minus a little "purpling")
on snowmobiles, i have a little bit of experience with ceramic coating. the pros : it looks good and can be polished (usually comes polished by an automoated machine)
"most" ceramic coatings are rated for 1400 degrees constant. the problem with ceramic coating is it is very easily damaged. also, oil will almost instantly dull and possibly damage the coating, which is a problem unless you do your oil changes very carefully.
personally, if you are running a N/A exhaust system, i would go with a black ceramic coating, which is cheaper and won't be so ugly after it gets a scratch or two on it (you'll scratch your headers almost indefinately while installing them or installing an engine, unless your good "like me" lol)
if you are running a turbo'd setup, i recommend using an internal coating such as a "swain tech" coating on the inside (2000+ degrees) and a black ceramic on the outisde with header wrap to finish it all off. stealthy, and functional.
every "big boy" turbo setup i've seen has no coating on the downpipe, and just header wrap on it. i assume that would be because the turbo just gets too hot for any coating to stand up on the exit side of the turbo. i dunno
R.I.P. CSVT "clockwork" totaled 10/29/10 n/a 3L 220whp 212 trq
321 or Inconel is for the ballers! Something you should look more into for your engine build Mike.
As you well pointed out the front header of mine was the most rusted of them all. The flange area was the initial culprit...and the spreading occurred. Now with all the money spent on coating and hoping it never occurs and etc etc. Stainless steel headers would remove the concerns forever.
just my 2 cents.
Thanks Harrry a lot of good information there. I think I now know which ones to get when I have the money.
1998 Silver Frost SVT Contour #4049 - Sold
1998 Corvette Coupe
Good stuff, and mostly on par with what I was thinking. Now I just need to talk the wifey into why I need to spend money on a car I never drive!
2000 SVT Contour
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Not trying to resurrect a dead thread, but, those RaceBits headers and Y-Pipe are the best looking ones I've seen - for any car. Really stellar work.
Makes me want to buy another SVT so I can do a 3L turbo'd set up on one, and use the RaceBits exhaust parts on a N/A car. Decisions... another CSVT or remain married...
2000 Red Contour SVT
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