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    I recently bought a Dakota R/T and it started ticking about a month after buying it. I thought for sure it was a lifter. After some searching I realized that there is a bolt and two nuts missing on the shorty headers. I looked the brand name of the headers and they're a cheap ebay header...speed daddy.

    I want to get rid of the ticking obviously and am looking at getting some new headers. I want to get headers that are for a daily, mild build. My question is, what headers are available today that would fit my needs? More importantly, is there any fitment issues that would cause a ticking sound or an exhaust leak? Oh...my budget is about 600 dollars. I wouldn't spend much more.

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    Spintechs are basically the only NEW headers for Dakotas that are worth your time:

    https://spintechmufflers.com/headers...akota-headers/

    You could also keep an eye out for used Spintechs, or Mopar/PPH's.

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    No comment.....
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    Spintech mids
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    I will look into spintech a bit more. I've been shying away from tgem because of the price. I found Gibson makes headers too. Anybody used these? Anyone know about how they bolt up? Any leaks?

    https://gibsonperformance.com/i-2273...ss-gp301s.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRat View Post
    I will look into spintech a bit more. I've been shying away from tgem because of the price. I found Gibson makes headers too. Anybody used these? Anyone know about how they bolt up? Any leaks?

    https://gibsonperformance.com/i-2273...ss-gp301s.html
    Don't forget, you may need a Y-pipe or if dual, pipe connection(s)-modification(s). $

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    Then again they hooker doesn't make headers for a dakota anymore either. It's a shame...I got to the game to late.

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    These are what I run. No issues, look great still.


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    650 for shorties...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adobedude View Post
    650 for shorties...?
    Dayum.
    $650 for a M1 2bbl...

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    I guess they're all pretty close in price. Have you guys seen this?

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.hot...manifolds/amp/

    I know every build is different, but looks like 1 5/8 made the most power.

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    Fuck the Gibsons. Flanges sucked, the merge rusted out on both sides; never again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitroram33 View Post
    Fuck the Gibsons. Flanges sucked, the merge rusted out on both sides; never again...
    That's exactly the information I am looking for. Gibson headers...gone.

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    I bought the spin tech mids and their y pipe. 1100+ and 7+ weeks later I tried to install them. Passenger side slides right in with no problem. The drivers side goes in, but with no clearance. It's rubbing against the steering shaft. I really don't want to take a hammer to new ceramic coated pipes.

    Is this common? Is there other ways around this trouble spot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRat View Post
    I bought the spin tech mids and their y pipe. 1100+ and 7+ weeks later I tried to install them. Passenger side slides right in with no problem. The drivers side goes in, but with no clearance. It's rubbing against the steering shaft. I really don't want to take a hammer to new ceramic coated pipes.

    Is this common? Is there other ways around this trouble spot?
    I feel your pain, same exact problem I had. I used inductive heat to clearance mine around the shaft and it didn't damage the coating to bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRat View Post
    I bought the spin tech mids and their y pipe. 1100+ and 7+ weeks later I tried to install them. Passenger side slides right in with no problem. The drivers side goes in, but with no clearance. It's rubbing against the steering shaft. I really don't want to take a hammer to new ceramic coated pipes.

    Is this common? Is there other ways around this trouble spot?
    I feel your pain, same exact problem I had. I used inductive heat to clearance mine around the shaft and it didn't damage the coating to bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I feel your pain, same exact problem I had. I used inductive heat to clearance mine around the shaft and it didn't damage the coating to bad.
    Explain thineself. How can I harness this wizardry? Headers and exhaust are my next mod and I'd like to be prepared.
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    i had the same problem. they have a flat spot like they clearenced them, but its rotated 40 degrees from where they need to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R/T ish... View Post
    i had the same problem. they have a flat spot like they clearenced them, but its rotated 40 degrees from where they need to be.
    Yep.
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    I cant help ya with the spintechs fitment , i have the pph. But i would send that y pipe back and go get dual exhaust at an exhaust shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRat View Post
    Woah that looks like it sucks man!

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    motor mounts in good shape?

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    Yeah, but the truck is lowered 2 in the front 3 in the rear.

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    Thinner port plates....3/8" would help. The steering shaft and rack don't move when you lower a vehicle..Tie rods and A arms do, but the shaft is fixed, it will only move if you move or change the steering rack.
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