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Old 04-02-2012, 10:30 AM
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I have a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (5.3L V8) and i was wondering what brand and size headers i should get? Do i need a new cat? Do i need new piping? How much (on average) should my budget be for headers and installation? Thanks.
 
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:39 PM
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Pretty sure there's only one option for you, you should be able to bolt up to the stock downpipe I believe. Someone with them will probably chime in.

HEADERS 5.3L LS4 FRONT WHEEL DRIVE HEADER 2005-2009 IMPALA SS/ MONTE CARLO/ GRAND PRIX GXP/ LA CROSS at Doug Thorley Headers dougthorleyheaders.com

$960 for the headers, probably 4-5 hours install time at a shop give or take an hour
 
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To add to this, I literally just installed MagnaFlow's cat-back performance exhaust system (#16727 for the V8) on my '06 SS a few days ago. Installation took me about six hours to do myself with some additional help from a friend. All 2.5" tubing, stainless steel. Cost $830 through Summit Racing with free shipping. Sounds and looks great.

Now for headers. I'd like to go with the pair of Thorley headers, and I've thought about it for some time now, but not really for $960. I don't know how difficult of a job that would be for me to do at home, since I'd rather install them myself if it means A) saving some money and B) having a good time working on my car.
 
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DT headers are our only option. the can be found for 400-500 on other sites used. still not worth it IMO
 
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by xxtheshockerxx View Post
DT headers are our only option. the can be found for 400-500 on other sites used. still not worth it IMO
That's mostly what I've heard. The gains you get with them aren't worth the cost. However they might visually look better than the factory manifolds if also going for appearance.
 
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