Real 86 Talk Submitted by Fz6r
I’ve been looking for headers for my car for a short while now. My only issue, is that I didn’t like the sound of any headers outside of the nameless performance header. This was a big issue, as I didn’t really want to spend $1,100.
After some internet searching, I came across the Skunk2 alpha header. The price on it was on the cheaper side of things, with a name that has been doing pretty well thus far on the Frs/Brz platform. I noticed they were on preorder, and decided I would take the risk and see how these sound.
Initial impressions…. On the finish, it could have been a bit better. Looking inside the header, there was a bit of metal that could have been cleaned up in the weld spots. It wasn’t horrible, but it’s definitely not something you would look at and think as aesthetically appealing. Running my finger along the inside rim of the openings of the header, I noticed some inconsistency. Again, nothing horrible, but it definitely could have been better. Outside of those 2 things, the header looks great. (the borla header is about the same inside)
After doing a quick observation of the looks of the header, I wanted to hear the sound of it. I set up an appointment to get it installed with Thomas the night after they got the first ones in stock at fteightysix.
Currently, my set up is now the Skunk 2 Alpha header mated with the Perrin 3 inch cat back resonated exhaust. Once the header was hooked up, we cranked the car up, and gave it a listen. Idle sounds about the same. No big difference there, but definitely a deeper grumble on cold start. Where you really feel the header, is when you start moving. This thing is LOUD….. Not really drone loud, more of a punchy, power loud. I’m still in between on how I feel about it.
Where the car shines now, is on low end power. Stepping on the gas, the car feels more linear in power down low. The dip seems to have gone away, and the car really feels alive around 3k rpm. It feels faster on the butt dyno, but you can definitely hear it as well. The motor screams now. An added bonus…. No check engine light. Not yet atleast. *knocks on wood*
Overall, I would probably rate this header 7.5/10. Finish could have been A LOT better, but in performance, it makes up its shortcomings at a very fair price. The perrin 3 inch resonated is pretty quiet on its own, but definitely is a lot louder after the header was added. It might be a bit annoying to those who already have louder set ups. If you’re looking for a cost friendly header that adds more power to the butt dyno, I would give it a shot as long as you’re ok with a louder, more punchy sound.
Submitted by Fz6r
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