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Agreed- cheap headers are not the way to go. Also, all the hype about increased flow doesn't really apply unless you have the ECM reflashed to take advantage of it. I like the coated JBA long tube headers and Cajun cats on my rig.
 

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Those look like you'll get what you pay for. Probably not stainless and won't last long. The jba headers are very popular and the cheapest ss headers that bolt up to the titan factory exhaust components and the quality of them are wishy washy anyway

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KGNZ16I/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1F86TF7G43XA2

These are stainless and at least one guy bought them from the review...

Not saying anything about JBA not being the way to go, just was surprised about these when I was on Amazon looking at the JBAs...

Nice to have cheap options, and in 304 too!
 

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Cheap is well....cheap. Do the job right the first time, rather than paying (or spend another weekend doing a very unpleasant task) to have it done twice.
 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KGNZ16I/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1F86TF7G43XA2

These are stainless and at least one guy bought them from the review...

Not saying anything about JBA not being the way to go, just was surprised about these when I was on Amazon looking at the JBAs...

Nice to have cheap options, and in 304 too!
Those might be some variant of stainless, but that's not what you posted originally...again, if you are really into a budget build, they might work, and they might surprise everybody and work very well...however, the majority that do a header install go the jba, doug thorley, nismo, pacesetter route...a testament to name branded companies. Good luck with your header install and let us all know how the fitment, quality, performance and sound goes so we can all change to these if ours fail

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I wouldn't do it. JBA's are proven. One review can be made up. It's not an easy install. Just my opinion.


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u don't want to have to do that job twice, its a pain and I hope I only do it one more time myself, jba is the way to go for the price, quality is there and they have proven to be a good replacement time and time again
 

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Isn't the guy on this forum that bought those an installed them? There is a thread somewhere.
I like my JBA 304 I had coated inside an out, but I wasn't impressed with how the one header was put together.
It's been a struggle to keep the one side at the collector/bpipe connection from leaking. They had to grind a fair bit off the engine mount also, but in all are a nice header.
Far from the quality I bought off jba back in the earlier 2000'S
 
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I hope to try out AFE headers someday... quality surpasses that of JBA
Afe is 3x the cost...3x the quality?

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You get what you pay for!...And besides being a tough job you also run the risk of breaking a stud on the second go-around, which can turn into a nightmare. Do it once with some better parts and you'll be glad you did.
 
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I know this is beating a dead horse, but I have to agree with the majority on this thread - don't skimp on the headers, you really do get what you pay for...and you end up paying for it in the end anyways!

Last summer I replaced my headers (had a pretty sizable leak in the passenger side header and it was LOUD) and decided to go the cheap route. Bought a pair of Dorman OEM replacement headers for my 05 Titan and had my local shop put them on for me. This was one job I didn't wan't to tackle myself.

https://www.amazon.com/Dorman-674-844-Integrated-Catalytic-Converter/dp/B004SRA5XI

These were half the price of the stock headers from Nissan, so I thought I was going to save at least $700 on the job. FAIL. One of the headers ended up having a hole in it, underneath one of the welded reinforcement plates (photo). By the time the shop found the leak via a smoke test, and ripped the plate off, welded the leak, replaced the plate, and put the header back on the truck, my bill was about $100 less than if I had just gone with the stock headers. Lesson learned. I'm not saying you should go stock, I'm just saying you should go with something from reputable brand name that's proven, and good quality. The guys on here know what they are talking about, and can give great recommendations for whatever you're looking for. If it isn't cheap, there's a reason, and in the end, it's worth paying the extra $$ to save you some headaches.
 

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That thing is Fugly! ^
 
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I know this is beating a dead horse, but I have to agree with the majority on this thread - don't skimp on the headers, you really do get what you pay for...and you end up paying for it in the end anyways!

Last summer I replaced my headers (had a pretty sizable leak in the passenger side header and it was LOUD) and decided to go the cheap route. Bought a pair of Dorman OEM replacement headers for my 05 Titan and had my local shop put them on for me. This was one job I didn't wan't to tackle myself.

https://www.amazon.com/Dorman-674-844-Integrated-Catalytic-Converter/dp/B004SRA5XI

These were half the price of the stock headers from Nissan, so I thought I was going to save at least $700 on the job. FAIL. One of the headers ended up having a hole in it, underneath one of the welded reinforcement plates (photo). By the time the shop found the leak via a smoke test, and ripped the plate off, welded the leak, replaced the plate, and put the header back on the truck, my bill was about $100 less than if I had just gone with the stock headers. Lesson learned. I'm not saying you should go stock, I'm just saying you should go with something from reputable brand name that's proven, and good quality. The guys on here know what they are talking about, and can give great recommendations for whatever you're looking for. If it isn't cheap, there's a reason, and in the end, it's worth paying the extra $$ to save you some headaches.
I hear this story all the time from guys cheaping out and pissing and moaning about how much headers, Uprev and a good set of Cajun bpipes cost. In the end most will eventually get the Cajun stage 1 after spending way more in the long run with cheap parts that fail. Labor is the deal breaker on this truck with cheap parts. A second labor bill will kill your wallet.
 

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I hear this story all the time from guys cheaping out and pissing and moaning about how much headers, Uprev and a good set of Cajun bpipes cost. In the end most will eventually get the Cajun stage 1 after spending way more in the long run with cheap parts that fail. Labor is the deal breaker on this truck with cheap parts. A second labor bill will kill your wallet.
Thanks jeff,
This goes for b pipes as well. I purchased prt b pipes, had fitment issues and ended up buying cajun b pipes also.

I didn't buy the prt pipes to save money they do cost more than cajuns, I just wanted to try something new to share with the community as another option.

If you look at any exhaust upgrade thread on the forum from the last couple few years, cajun gets the praise a testament to the quality and fitment of the system. You do get what you pay for...



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I'll throw my hat in with...well, pretty much everyone: Don't do it.

Coming from a guy who bought and installed his own JBAs, as others have said, this is not a job that you want to do (or pay for) twice. The first time you turn over the engine after installing those JBAs, it makes it all worthwhile.

JBA, Cajun, Borla, and a few other brands are the ones that are proven time and time again on our trucks. I'm all for straying from the norm, and giving more obscure brands a chance on certain mods, but headers is absolutely not the place to do it.
 
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