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      03-11-2015, 07:04 PM   #1
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328i E90 N51 Budget Headers?

I already got a custom fabricated exhaust and muffler delete and now I am in the market for some headers. I see plenty of options for other models around $400ish. What is the least expensive set of headers made for a 08 328i E90?
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What you save on a cheap set of headers you will spend in shop fee's heating banging and bending them to fit. You're best bet is the AA headers.
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What you save on a cheap set of headers you will spend in shop fee's heating banging and bending them to fit. You're best bet is the AA headers.
The AA are close to $1000.. Do you really think it would cost $500-600 to fit a set of headers that are slightly off..?
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The AA are close to $1000.. Do you really think it would cost $500-600 to fit a set of headers that are slightly off..?
Headers are more than a piece of pipe.



Just think about that when you want to go cheap.
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Doesn't the n51 already have the 3 stage intake ?
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Honestly don't go cheap. It's going to cost a few hundred to bend and weld. The cheapest and best bang for buck are AA headers. Don't cheap out on the car, because it will come back to bite you in the ass. Save and go with AA
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SAVE. Budget headers are going to be more of a headache. You go for something like Pacesetter or eBay brand your going to have peeling (if a bad coating is applied) thin flanges that warp, cheap metal, fit will suck that might leak, And even worse remember those flames dgritti was showing us....how would you like a fire in your engine bay? Just my 2 cents.
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Oem cats removed, s-manm headers and that's about it.
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