Plug wire heat shields?

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  1. Sam Harris

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    So I’m really having a hard time now, deciding between shortys, and longtubes, with a new y-pipe. (Thanks a lot Rocket Man!)
    Trying to research a bit, seems the longtubes are going to provide more top end hp, and definitely better for any kind of boosted motor.
    OTOH, the shortys may help retain the lower rpm torque, better than the longtubes.
    Since I’m not able to build a 6.0 motor, and apply forced induction at the moment, doesn’t it make sense to stick with the shortys?
     
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    Honestly , with a couple broken bolts and a nice muffler install, I've wondered the same myself, despite all the "shortys are a waste" talk.
     
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    Where did you hear the shortys will help retain lower rpm torque? The longtubes will definitely do that as long as you get the correct primary size for non-boosted applications. Just don't get 1 7/8" and instead get the 1 3/4". Or get shortys and forever wish you'd gotten "real headers" lol. People have been installing longtubes on non-boosted engines forever for real gains both low and high(er) rpm's. (Our engines don't really perform well at real high rpm's) Go ask @Tonyrodz how well they work and sound. In the end, it's up to you. I just know that no matter what engine I had, big or small, boosted or not, there would be no question which ones I'd choose.
     
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    Yes, definitely 1 3/4 primaries. Just been reading up online. But honestly, it seems to have everything to do with the specific motor as well, so this forum is likely a better resource than the general intarwebz.
    The idea of doing headers, and the y-pipe seems like the way to go regardless, since I’m fairly confident they’re original cats. I just don’t want to lose anything at the bottom end. Clearly, these motors are not built for high rpm in stock form.
     
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    Just wanted to say, don’t let me or anybody else talk you into doing something you don’t want to do. If you feel more comfortable doing shortys, or think that’s the way you want to go, then don’t let me stop you. I’d feel terrible if you decided on longtubes because of me and then regretted it when you went to install them. Just make sure you get a set that others have experience with so you don’t have trouble. They don’t have to be the most expensive but make sure they’ll fit good so you don’t have install issues.
     
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    Yes, that’s my next hurdle. I will install what I want to. I appreciate the feedback, that’s why I’m here. I want experience, and opinions on what’s been done, and results. Thanks very much for all the information.
    So I really dig the kooks, but looks like they don’t coat any of theirs, so you’d have to get that done separately. I’m not looking to do that. I just figure if I’m going to spend more on this, I should get some ceramic coated headers, and I don’t want to pay a separate shop to do that.
    I believe the JBA headers can be had coated from the manufacturer. Are these decent?
     
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    I’ve not heard of JBA. My AR’s are stainless as are Kooks and I see no need to coat them. Most guys don't. Again, that’s something that seems to be personal preference. I really like the way mine look and I have no problem with heat now that I have the right wires and heat shields. The coating will lower the temps by a bit but I know from using it on my Harley pipes, it only does so much. Again, not trying to say you should do it one way or the other.

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    Thanks again for your feedback. After reading quite a bit about that, seemed more necessary. If you’re saying it’s not going to cut down much on heat, then I won’t sweat it. The Taylor wires should be here tomorrow. Still need to order heat socks.
     
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