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Hey, guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, here with a review of the Stainless Works long tube headers that come with an off-road X-pipe, available for 2011 to 2014 GT Mustangs. In this video we're going to be looking at a few different things in regards to this kit. We're gonna talk about the materials and construction of the headers and the mid-pipe, and the install, too. We'll talk more about this later, but I can tell you right now that long tube headers make for a difficult install, so I'm gonna call this one a three out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter. This kit from Stainless Works that includes long tube headers and a matching mid-pipe are going to be a good option for someone looking for a natural finish, off-road long tube header for both performance and sound gains. This kit comes with a matching shorty mid-pipe and makes way for a continuing three-inch catback. If we start with the heart of this kit, we'll be looking at the headers. Long tube headers are gonna offer both performance and sound gains, but the end result of your headers will depend on the rest of your setup. The runners on these particular headers are one and seven-eighth inch, which is slightly different than the one and three-quarter inch offering. Traditionally, you see forced induction cars running a larger runner and NA cars running a smaller runner, but I wouldn't really say that that's a hard and fast rule, especially with the Coyotes. So you don't have to have a blower to run a one and seven-eighths inch diameter, you just need to keep in mind your current mods and the goals that you have for your car when you're looking around, as well as what going with this size runner will do to your power band with the mods that you have. If you have some bolt-ons and you're still NA, you might see a hit on your low end torque. But once you spin the Coyote motor up, the larger diameter is gonna help keep things moving, so what you're gonna see are top end gains. Getting into the specifics here, these are a 304 stainless steel header that have a natural or raw finish, which is gonna be different than a chrome or ceramic coated header. It obviously doesn't have the polished appearance that a chrome header would have. While these don't have a ceramic coating either, they are made from that 304 stainless steel tubing, so you won't have to worry about corrosion. Not to mention you do get to see the beautiful welds since these have that raw finish. This is mandrel bent tubing, which is gonna help with smoother air delivery. The primary tubes then merge down into a three-inch collector, and then you have your mid-pipe right here which is an X-pipe. Typically speaking, we see X-pipes producing more of a louder, raspier sound than a deeper sound, especially when you compare it to the sound of an H-pipe. This mid-pipe is a three-inch mid-pipe, so just keep that in mind, too. If you guys didn't know already, when you change your header setup to a long tube setup, you also need to change your mid-pipe to a shorty mid-pipe to work with the long tubes. It's nice to see that these are already paired for you. It takes the guesswork out of the equation.If we move on to price, as we all pretty much know, or you'd know if you'd been shopping for long tubes, that they're pretty much gonna be a solid investment. They're pricey and they're difficult to install. This option from Stainless Works, since they are a higher quality item that's more at the top of the food chain, are gonna be on the more expensive side. The one and seven-eighths inch option that we have here are all gonna be slightly more expensive, which isn't unusual to see. You do tend to see larger runners costing more than smaller runners, but not usually by very much at all. You're looking at spending right about $1,400 for this kit, which does give you a little bit of a price break than if you were to buy these two pieces individually. But do keep in mind that you won't have to buy a shorty mid-pipe in order to install these since it already comes with the kit. This price tag is why I called long tube headers an investment earlier. You do have to keep in mind all the benefits and power that you'll be getting from this setup. To put things in perspective, it's not just Stainless Works that's gonna be expensive. You'll be looking at headers costing over $1,000 anyways. As for the install on this one, long tubes are always going to be a difficult install. I don't say this often, but if you don't have a helping hand or you don't have much experience, it might be better just to take the car to a shop for the install. If you do tackle this yourself, it's gonna be a full three out of three wrenches on the scale and a day in the garage, especially considering that you're gonna be installing this mid-pipe with the headers. You can do this on a jack and stands but a lift would make this easier, for sure. You're gonna need your toolbox for this one, with an assortment of different sockets, wrenches and extensions. You're looking at things like disconnecting the steering shaft, dropping the starter and removing a motor mount. A lot of this install obviously requires working in some pretty tight areas, so while everything is straightforward, getting access and maneuverability in these areas is actually tricky, which is why you need to pull a motor mount on one side so you can raise the motor slightly with a jack to give you a little bit more room. Having a helping hand in this case is really gonna benefit you. A day of wrestling and some pretty pennies spent on these mods is totally worth it, in my opinion.Wrapping things up with the Stainless Works long tube off-road headers, these are a 304 stainless steel header that comes with a matching X-pipe for a mid-pipe, and both pieces are a full three-inch. The headers have one and seven-eighths inch runners. As usual, you can check them out more online for yourself right here at americanmuscle.com.
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August 30, 2018
Excellent look and sounds amazing paired with borla s-type mufflers.Helpful (2)
May 13, 2018
Stainless works headers
Directions were a bit vague but waiting some YouTube and having an extra pair of hands is absolutely necessary. Took 2 full days to complete.Helpful (4)
January 10, 2018
The parts came just in time. Bolted up perfect without a hassle. Car sounds amazing.Helpful (5)
November 25, 2017
The best sound hands down
I wanted something that not everyone had, I searched and searched and I found the stainless works set up (headers and full exhaust) and fell in love. after doing hours of research I pulled the trigger Installed these bad boys with there performance connect 3 inch exhaust on my procharged 14 GT and man does this thing SCREAM! not only is it the perfect note when driving around town but when you open it up it puts a smile on your face plants you in the seat and sounds like a race car ripping around the track. Hands down will only run stainless works products on my cars from no on including letting my friends only buy them ha!.Helpful (6)
March 21, 2017
The headers are pricey but are very well made. I have a 2012 GT with a custom dyno tune, BOSS 302 intake and a Steeda CAI. The headers and off-road X pipe added 17.8rwhp.Helpful (5)
February 09, 2017
Headers fit great, Xpipe 8" too short!!!
Headers fit really nice, Xpipe was about 8" too short. Had to go to a muffler shop and spend another $100 for them to make a piece for them to fit to exhaust properly.Helpful (5)
July 17, 2015
Out of the box excellent good looking headers little pricey but u get wht u paid for for installation took about 4 hours on a lift driver side was done in about 1 hour passenger side took longer cause of the first bolt was a pain to get to. But once we got it we cruise on the installation. Fitment was perfect and clean no issues and the sound is excellent I got with an off road x pipe I love it even more now. Shipping was extremely fast for such a big item I got in 2 days .Helpful (4)
October 18, 2014
loud and proud!!!
After a long time of research I finally bit the bullet and bought some headers I decided to go with stainless works because I couldn't find anything negative on them and now I see why. Right out of the box the headers and pipes were In excellent condition with perfect welds stamped with the sw badge. I decided to have a local shop do the install because of time and its my daily. The shop installed the headers in a day (about 10 hours) and charged me 790 after taxes which seems to be the price for reputable good quality shops. I asked the tech who installed them if they caused him any trouble and he said it was a factory fit with no issues at all, he said you get what you pay for and these were great quality. I have the roush axle backs also and no resonators and man is it loud! Not the bad kind of loud though, IF you can stay out of the throttle you can keep it quiet (below 2500 rpms) but who wants to do that?! When you hit the throttle it screams and heads turn. I've received numerous compliments from people every day I take it out. As far as performance goes you can definitely feel gains. I have other bolt one as well and a SCT tuner with tunes from Bama. The headers added that extra power I needed to be satisfied for a while, I recommend anyone who likes a loud mustang that will pack a punch to invest in these they are worth every penny. Remember you get what you pay for these are worth spending the extra money for the quality fitment and performance.Helpful (6)
May 30, 2014
Awesome product! Good fit, perfect sound, great power
These installed like a breeze compared to other long tube headers, they sound amazing and it is definitely a noticeable power increase. Can't wait to strap the car to the dyno now!Helpful (4)
Do you know if this setup with a corsa extreme will produce flames? Or if there is any set up that will naturally shoot flames?
The Stainless Works 1-7/8 in. Long Tube Headers and Off-Road X-Pipe Kit would not help to produce flames. No exhaust setup will produce a flame, as this is not considered a desirable result. Flames would occur due to unburnt fuel being pushed through the exhaust, and igniting there. To get this to occur, your car would need to be running rich (too much fuel), which is bad for performance, or have an ignition cutoff (typically used as a type of rev limiter). Once unburnt fuel reaches the exhaust, it would need a source of ignition, which there is none, unless exhaust gas temperatures reach a high enough point to ignite the fuel. This does not occur in your exhaust naturally unless you are running very lean (not enough fuel), though forced induction cars typically can have significantly higher EGT's which can cause this. Typically cars pushing flames from the exhaust that you see will be either a turbo car, while hitting the rev limiter, allowing this condition to occur, or by cars using a 'flamethrower kit' which injects fuel and ignites it via a spark plug. We do not recommend allowing this to occur as this runs many risks, such as damage to your car if the flame does not have enough exhaust gas velocity to push past the body, or damage to nearby vehicles, people etc from flames exiting the tailpipe. Additionally the flames can ignite flammable materials beneath your car, creating additional hazards.
After the Mid pipe? What will I need to connect the rest of my exhaust, I want this to bolt up to my GT500 Axle backs
Yes, this uses the OEM slip fit mid-pipe so any axleback system, roush, GT500, or other should work so long as it keeps the stock design. the OEM exhaust should even work with it as well.
With a system like this, that doesn't have catalytic converters. Will it cause O2 sensor codes and the alike to come on? And if so will a hand held tuner work to tune it or will you need to have a custom tune done?
This will indeed require a tune as it is an off road setup.
I have the Borla over axles. Will this fit with the 2.75 over axles?
Unfortunately, the over axles would not fit with the 3 inch tubing that is on the midpipe.
Do these have a high pitch sound or deep?
The Stainless Works 1-7/8 in. Long Tube Headers & Off-Road X-Pipe Kit (11-14 GT) will have a louder more raspy sound.
These Stainless Works Long Tube Headers & Off-Road X-Pipe combination kit were specifically designed to work with GT's only.
This would all depend on how low your car is to the ground now. Doing long tube headers will sit lower then the factory manifolds and will cause less clearance.
The MBRP catbacks have a piping size of 3" in diameter which will mate up to the shorty X-pipe that is in this header and mid-pipe combo.
If you have Flowmaster Outlaw axle back then yes it will. But if you have the cat back then it will not.
These exhaust kit comes with both the headers and x-pipe while the Borla ATAK cat-back comes with the x-pipe and mufflers. You may just want to get the headers alone if you already purchased the cat-back.
Yes, the x pipe can be removed it is a separate piece that is connected by clamps to the pipes that replace your cats and uses your factory clamps to connect to the rear of the exhaust.
(approx) a Day
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the Box
|Header Type:||Long Tube||Finish:||Natural|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Shorty - Included||Fitment:||2011-2014 GT Mustangs|
|Style Mid Pipe:||Shorty "X"||Type Headers Required:||Long Tube - Included|
|Piping Material:||Stainless Steel||Piping Size:||3"|
|Catalytic Converter:||"No" - For off-road use only||Fitment:||2011-2014 GT Mustangs|