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Skunk2 Alpha Header Review – Real 86 Talk


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.

Skunk2 FRS Header

Skunk2 Stepped Header

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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Skunk2 Alpha BRZ/FRS Header


Skunk2 is proud to announce its all-new Alpha Series Header for the BRZ/FRS. Patterned after our already popular and dyno-proven MegaPower Headers, which have been used by leading, competitive race teams for years, Skunk2’s Alpha Series Header employs many of the same design characteristics and technology. Our decision to produce the Alpha Series Header was driven by our desire to make our race-proven design more affordable and accessible to everyday enthusiasts. Skunk2’s Alpha Series Header for the BRZ/FRS offers Skunk2 performance, industry-leading customer service, and a full warranty policy, all at a price comparable to lesser budget-minded headers. Unlike the budget-minded headers, though, only Skunk2 Alpha Series Headers ensure precise fitment and the peace of mind of knowing that a representative is just a phone call or email away.

Skunk2 FRS/BRZ Alpha Header

All Skunk2 headers are designed and engineered to maximize exhaust flow and increase both horsepower and torque throughout the powerband. The unique design is the result of more than a decade of racing experience coupled with computerized modeling and extensive dyno testing. Each Skunk2 Alpha Series Header features equal-length, single step design and a 4-1 design that terminates into a True Merged collector with a 2.5-inch outlet. Skunk2’s Alpha Series headers are designed using mandrel bends which result in maximum air flow and power. These features, paired with Skunk2’s unique design specs, provide an extremely broad powerband that’s applicable to a wide range of engine sizes and configurations. Alpha Series Headers also feature bung provisions for OEM sensors. Each header is constructed from stainless steel with mandrel-bent tubing for added strength, corrosion resistance and durability.

Part Number: 412-12-1500


Alpha FRS/BRZ Header

Skunk2 Powerbox Installed

Skunk 2 BRZ/FRS Powerbox Intake System

Sell your current FRS/BRZ intake & get this one guys.

Im not saying all intakes are not as good, In my person opinion and experience I really like this intake.

We all have seen teaser Photos for the past month and finally last Thursday a couple of these landed at Fteightysix.  I like how this intake has the Sealed box as well as the “vent” included.  The vent or port will suck cooler air into the chamber box for better cooler air. This equals more power.


After Brian helped me with the installation and we sorted out everything we judged the overall fit and finish as a high quality part that anyone will be proud of.  The “Box” has three point of mounting it to the car for a secure hold.  Installation is not hard if you are comfortable working on your car.  The front bumper will need to be removed to fully remove and install this intake.  We sell and install a lot of Perrin CAI intakes at the shop and you also need to pull the bumper off to install that one. We all have preference and when folks asked me about Cold air intakes I tell them the pros and cons of each one, Sucking air from the location in front is a big plus for me the con on intakes like that are serviceability to the filter to keep them oiled and clean. With the Skunk2 powerbox you can service the filter from under the hood and still get the benefits of the cold air from the other side of the core support without buying an addition part like the HKS piece.

Skunk 2 FRS power box getting installed

Skunk 2 FRS power box getting installed

Thoughts and Facts

So after the install I took the car for a drive – We pulled the cat back off this car so the car we tested on was 100% stock.  I started the car up and noticed only a slight difference in sound, Some intakes you can hear them whistle and a vacuum sound. this was close to stock on the idle and tip in throttle pulling it out of our test facility.

My first thing I noticed was the low end power the throttle and car was much more responsive at 2K – IE if you are at a roll in 2nd gear and tip in the throttle to move , before i felt the car would hesitate and like i almost needed to downshift.  I also drive a torq monster 350z and so i can do rolling stops in 3rd and that was something that alway stood out and semi bothered me about the small powerplant the frs comes with but now I am happy with the feel and feel like i need to downshift to get moving.

2nd thing I noticed was the that the dip around 4.5k was 100% gone and not there at all it was smooth if I started a full throttle pull from 2nd gear. As mentioned above it is much more responsive down low and with that it has eliminated that dip in the power band because it is all down low now.

Who installed Vtec (Dang you Skunk2) in my car. Just kidding, but with this intake it really , really pulls a lot harder after 5.5K all the way to redline. I mean this is a noticeable difference you can feel and also even see the Tach move faster.

So that concludes the first test drive and me pulling back into the install bay with a smirky grin on my face and telling Thomas and some other customers hanging out how i really felt this was a good product.  Thomas said it must be the placebo effect and the sound makes it feel race-car-ish I said no. I have been testing products for well over 15+ years and this thing really impressed me and is not some marketing ploy.  I felt power and I felt a change in the power band.  With that said the sound on this is perfect for me. Its an adult sound, What i mean by that is you can hear it but it is nowhere near the annoying VRRMM and loud sound you get from traditional intaked – this thing is more like a factory designed power mod that an OE company would design and sell and meet OE noise levels.

Part Duece

After Driving several days and taking a long road trip to Cali and back to Vegas. I have nothing bad to say about this product and you know us we will tell you.  There was no odd sounds or drone effects.  the sound is very clean and you know its there type thing but nothing that you will get sick of.  I am not one to baby the car or drive for fuel mileage , i drive my car like it should be.  So with that said i was wondering about the gas milage. i cant say it is better but here are two photos from the trip to LA and 90% highway driving and light driving there and then the return. I can’t remember when i took these photos.  You can be the judge for yourself.  but I think it got equal or better MPG. For anyone who has done the drive i will say this it was not a bad drive as far as stop and go traffic this weekend (sometimes it is stop and go all the way) the average speed for me was I would say 85 sometime slowing down to the posted 70MPH and often opening it up and just moving with cars up to 100 MPH. Mostly cruising in 6th gear once in a while to downshift to 5th to speed up a hill or safely pass a car. Plus this is not a flat drive, there are several mountains & elevation changes – These are not your typical Ohio Roads :)











The above photo was for sure on the way back from Cali and the one below is more than 2 hours into the drive.











Ohh also 5 days strong and maybe 3 tanks of gas and no CEL (ignore my TPS Light)

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So I will let you be the judge for yourself , but if you want a loud intake that screams loudness and no power this is not the intake for you.

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I will post a few more photos later today as well as get out the temp gun and test some temps on the box and tube.