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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update on the situation here:

http://www.silviav8forums.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=48925#48925


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pls answer email.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Answered sir.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pm'd you as well Blane.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess a lot of people are going lsx 240, I called titan motorsports the other day to order another set of the black painted lsx 240 swap headers and they said the cant get em, they are on back order, all sets. good for hooker shity for my customers. I refuse to buy daft, and I guess sikkys are ok just too much money. so what we did was buy a lsx weld your own kit and are welding up are own. I just don't have time to many sets so hooker push them out!! I have 4 people that are waiting for swaps. drift season is coming fast!

s14blane get on the boys and crack the whip


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you have customers now?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We filled all open orders with last week’s production and should have more stock available in early February.

I just got that confirmation from our plant manager down in Aberdeen fellas. Despite this new information, I apologize for the wait, and am happy that you guys like the product!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to buy a set of ceramic coated headers, but I don't like the fact that I'll have to remove the ceramic coating on the collector to weld a v-band on, then send it out to get that portion recoated for corrosion issues.

What do you recommend doing?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buying the stainless versions would get you all the upgraded components (investment cast flanges and collector spears and one-piece formed merge collectors) and also allow you to weld on a V-band flange without have to worry about recoating them after welding. Another low-end option would be to just spray paint the end of the collectors and attached V-band flanges with a closely matching high-temp header paint and touch them up from time to time as needed.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted ceramic for the lower underhood temps.

I thought about the paint, but I won't be satisfied with them.

Hooker/Holley, why don't you just weld v-bands on and sell them as is?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

#1 answer:because our matching exhaust system for the S14 coming out in a few weeks utilizes slip connectors with Torca band clamps, just like all OE's use.

Besides that key reason, V-bands look cool but are expensive and are functionally unneccesary for anything other than the pressurized side of a turbo system. Their only functional advantage outside of a turbo system is their slightly shortened removal/install time at the expense of lower ground clearance...speed bumps,parking lot entrance/exit ramps and trailer loading ramps do nasty things to a V-band coupling when they meet them unexpectedly.

For those that do wish to run them, the clearance between the collector and the floor to accomodate them has been provided in the design.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah v bands are great for hanging up on things and tweaking your headers and hole exhaust system.

slip fit with springs or bolts is much better in the area our headers join the exhaust





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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, we considered them due to the "cool" factor of their appearance until we saw how far guys were lowering these cars, which made them impractical for the average ride height that we observed out there. Torca band clamps are a highly functional solution in providing an effective positive seal with a low mechanical profile. We realized some guys would absolutely want to run V-bands, which is why we allowed the clearance for their installation by those who did. You can never build the perfect product for each and every user, but we're very satisfied with the quality of the products we've been able to offer for this application that come with a price and availability that's hard to beat.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know. I wasn't aware of the Torca clamps.

How well do they seal?

Also, do you carry a warranty on your ceramic coating?

Sikky has a 3 year warranty on the coating.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Torca clamps seal well enough that GM, Ford, Chrysler and a slew of other OEM's have resorted to using them almost exclusively over the last 10 years or so. Joints held together with them hold tight but can still be taken apart for service if need be. As far as the warranty on the coating, I'd have to check on that since I'm not sure off the top of my head.


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