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I found JBA long tube headers on AutoAnything for $610. Does anyone have these or any similar headers? Do they add decent power? I read where Shorty headers aren't really worth putting on but long tubes do pretty well. Thanks guys!
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Long tube headers do make a difference with a tuner just not on a stock tune
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Hi. I just had a set of JBA Long tube headers without cats put on, plus I am using a Diablo T1000 tuner with jmgak47 tune. I have to say that the headers work great. An absolute must to get best performance. JBA are good quality, just check that they fit. Call Dustin Williams at JBA to get correct install instructions. Make sure you center the engine between frame rails. Otherwise you'll end up with the steering knuckle hitting the headers.
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Agree with both of what these guys have said. I would get on the horn with either Jay(jmgak47) or Dave (white lighting) and see about a custom tune to go with it. That will really pull out all the ponies you just added in.

Idk how set you are on JBAs and what your potential budget is but i would look here as well before you pull the trigger as it sounds the JBAs can give you some hassle.
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Hi. I just had a set of JBA Long tube headers without cats put on, plus I am using a Diablo T1000 tuner with jmgak47 tune. I have to say that the headers work great. An absolute must to get best performance. JBA are good quality, just check that they fit. Call Dustin Williams at JBA to get correct install instructions. Make sure you center the engine between frame rails. Otherwise you'll end up with the steering knuckle hitting the headers.
I have the Diablo T1000 also but not custom tuned. How hard was the install and how long did it take?
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Agree with both of what these guys have said. I would get on the horn with either Jay(jmgak47) or Dave (white lighting) and see about a custom tune to go with it. That will really pull out all the ponies you just added in.

Idk how set you are on JBAs and what your potential budget is but i would look here as well before you pull the trigger as it sounds the JBAs can give you some hassle.
Im not dead set on JBA really, any header would work long as they're not real expensive. I'll definitely read through this. Thanks!
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Install is pretty straight forward and easy. The hardest part is tightening the bolts 1/4 turn or less on a few of them each time. Having swivel head, ratcheting box wrench will both help. Just takes some time. Very easy to do though.
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headers give you gains regardless if they are shorties or longtubes.. both help ease the exhaust flow out of the engine. shorties wont give you as much of an increase as longtubes, but you have to decide what your ultimate goals for the truck will be. like if you put headers on, but still have the factory restrictive cats and/or muffler then you definitely wont notice much. its called the exhaust "system" for a reason because it takes changing more than one component to make a big difference.

i have shorties on my truck because i wanted to be able to do a quick swap back to stock if necessary which is a plus to me. I wish is hindsight i had gotten longtubes with my current direction for my trucks future, but i am in no way upset with my gains from a full exhaust(headers, high flow cats, high cfm muffler, and deleted the resonators)and a tune.

so to answer the question yes headers make a difference, especially combined with a system designed to help that hemi breathe easier all the way around.
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Install is pretty straight forward and easy. The hardest part is tightening the bolts 1/4 turn or less on a few of them each time. Having swivel head, ratcheting box wrench will both help. Just takes some time. Very easy to do though.
I'm thinking now that I should have paid the extra and gone with ARH long tubes instead of JBA. The fitment with the JBA was a challenge. Not 100% pleased. But the performance is there, and the sound is earth shattering. Lol.
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I'm thinking now that I should have paid the extra and gone with ARH long tubes instead of JBA. The fitment with the JBA was a challenge. Not 100% pleased. But the performance is there, and the sound is earth shattering. Lol.
That is exactly why I mentioned if he was stuck on JBA, I had heard rumors that there might be more hassle to go along with the cheaper price.

I had heard nothing bad out of the ARH
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