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Old 05-16-09, 03:32AM   #1
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Does anyone run 2" headers on a first gen firebird without having to bang the heck out of them to fit? if so, let me know what brand, and where you can buy them. I was looking at the Doug's headers, but they don't offer 2", only 1-7/8". I heard the Hedmand Husler 2" headers (PN 35180, round-port) are a pain in the neck to get fitted w/o a brutal beating.
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Old 05-16-09, 10:09AM   #2
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The headman 2" round port fits well on the passenger side but interferes with the steering box on the drivers side. To eliminate the need to dent them up you can switch over to the smaller vega style box that is a bolt in, but if running power steering i'm not sure if you can get them in anything but manual.
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i'm using the 2" headman hustlers, they only needed a very slight dent around the steering box, but they hang down pretty low on the passenger side, i had to modify them by shortening all the ????? to create more ground clearance.
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I run Maddog headers. They fit a lot better than the Hedmans and don't go aroud the frame on the passengers side. They clear the steering box pretty well. I had to grind the corner off of the box to clear the tube without denting it. The flanges and tubing are a lot thicker also. I was real impressed with them once I finally got them. I think I had to wait about 8 weeks for them to be made and delivered. Maybe he has some built and in stock by now.
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Thanks for the help. Probird, do the Maddogs hang low like the huslers?
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What size dumps do the Maddogs'a have. 3.5 or 4"?
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Old 05-17-09, 02:31PM   #7
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I like the Hedmans. They fit very well. I swapped to a flaming river steering gear box though.
The wrap around the frame rock in my opinion. Makes for tons of room and easy intall on the passenger side. Also gives the oil filter less heat.
Mine sit up tight as well. I can take a pic tomorrow if you like.
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Thanks for the help. Probird, do the Maddogs hang low like the huslers?
No, they sit up tighter to the bottom of the car. My Hedmans were flat on the bottom from sitting so low. The Maddogs have been on for a couple of years now and are still round. I now hit the oilpan instead of the headers when it comes down hard from a big wheelie.

Region- they have 4" collectors.

Rockin 462- It's amazing how much room the Maddogs have around the filter with all of the ????? staying inside the frame rails. There is more room than with the Hedmans and one tube going around the frame. They are a little harder to get the bolts in than the Hedmans though. The passenger side will go in no problem with the engine in place. The drivers side you need to take the starter loose, get the header in place, bolt the starter back in, then bolt the header back up.
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Yeah, the hedmans have to go in before the starter and the oil filter.
The passenger side I put the main portion on, add the oil filter than put the #8 tube that wraps the frame rail.
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Thanks probird.

Heard nothing but good about Maddog's over the years.
Just never had the $ for customs.
Time to sell all the left over parts
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I run Maddog headers. They fit a lot better than the Hedmans and don't go aroud the frame on the passengers side. They clear the steering box pretty well. I had to grind the corner off of the box to clear the tube without denting it. The flanges and tubing are a lot thicker also. I was real impressed with them once I finally got them. I think I had to wait about 8 weeks for them to be made and delivered. Maybe he has some built and in stock by now.
Your headers are 2" correct?

D or round port?
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