Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Re: Tuned vs Non Tuned Headers
The term "tuned headers" is a marketing term and is about as outdated and non-descriptive as categorizing cams as "3/4 Race and Full Race".
A "tuned header" usually describes a header that has equal length (or nearly equal length) primary tubes. We all know that primary tube diameter, tube length and collector design all go into the receipe for a tuned header. Now, the chore here is to get the header "tuned" to the RPM at which the engine makes the most horsepower. A "tuned" header is actually in "tune" during a very short RPM band. (This RPM band is even shorter in a high RPM Pro Stock of Competition Eliminator class car.)
In summary - no, a "tuned" header is not at all necessary in a street or street/strip application. This is because a steet or street/strip vehicle needs to produce HP and torque throughout a wide RPM band, therefore the header would be in "tune" for a very minimum amount of time.
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