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MOTORSPORT TBC Coated 6-1 Header, 77-78 280Z

MOTORSPORT TBC Coated 6-1 Header, 77-78 280Z

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Performance Exhaust Overview:
A performance engine is an integrated affair. When you modify one set of components, you have an effect on other systems. On a mildly modified engine, a minor upgrade in either the cam specs, exhaust system, or intake can be done independently. For performance, camshafts work best when integrated with upgrades in the exhaust and intake. The exhaust system is probably the first area to improve on any engine, because this will only enhance future modifications. The study of Physics tells us that we usually can't get "something for nothing", but when adding headers and improved exhaust components to an engine, we almost do. The improved exhaust flow and velocity derived from tubular headers and free flowing mufflers is one of the only modifications you can make to an engine which will improve both power and fuel economy.

  • (1) MSA Coated 6-1 Header
  • (1) Header Style Manifold Gasket
  • (1) Exhaust Adapter Kit (*See Exhaust Adapter Note Below)

Our "MOTORSPORT" headers are built especially to our strict specifications for top performance. MOTORSPORT headers are our best headers in overall performance, and are especially important for high-revving engines with large camshafts. The 1 1/2" diameter primary tubes are equal length to help keep your cylinders balanced, which is a key to proper performance of high rpm engines. The collector is straight 2 1/2" diameter to the flange. The thick main exhaust flange is flat machined to promote a consistent seal to the cylinder head. It also prevents warping and eliminates the need for spacer height modifications. Exhaust ports have high-quality welds to ensure leak-free performance. Special installation gaskets are included (do not use original equipment type exhaust gaskets with headers). This header configuration is for original 1977-1978 cylinder heads with "round" exhaust ports only.

Thermal Coating:
This header comes with a highly durable and effective Aerospace Thermal Barrier Ceramic or TBC coating, which is good up to 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. The satin "polished" silver finish isn't just for good looks, it does a number of good things: First, it cuts radiated heat by approximately 40%. Not only does this help to keep your under hood rubbers and plastics from drying out, it also lowers the temperature of the fuel and air which translates into increased performance. Secondly, locking much of the exhaust heat in the pipe keeps the exhaust flowing more rapidly, also increasing performance. Finally, it protects the header tube metal underneath the coating from corrosion. Please note that the adapter portion is not coated. (Note: If you are interested in creating a custom color scheme under your hood, you may also want to consider our non-coated headers, which you can paint to match however you wish. See part 15-6013 in Related Items.)

Model Restrictions:
This header fits Manual Transmission models only. For original 77-78 "round port exhaust" cylinder heads only. (Note: For "square port" exhaust from original 70-76 cylinder heads, see part 15-6012CH in Related Items.)

Head Casting Number:
While not required to place your order, it is helpful for us to know your engine's cylinder-head casting number. Some early Z-cars have had engine or cylinder-head swaps, which could have an effect in the determining the correct header for your unique application. If you know the cylinder-head casting number, simply type it in the box above. If you're not certain, just leave that field blank, complete your order, and we'll contact you to make certain you receive the right header the first time. Other companies may not take this extra step, but we're serious about your satisfaction. Please be sure we have your current daytime phone number or monitored email address so that your order may be expedited without delay.

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Exhaust Adapter:
We strongly recommend using our Premium exhaust (part 15-6308, shown in Related Items), which was custom designed with a front pipe and flange specifically for direct bolt up to the collector flange on the end of this header (no adapter will be necessary). This is the ONLY system that will fit without modifications and pipe bending (the front pipe on our other 2 1/2" exhausts will not fit properly). If you are going to build your own exhaust system in full or in part, choose the corresponding adapter above, depending on the pipe diameter of the exhaust you are going to use. Please note that the adapter portion is not coated. Early Z stock exhausts were about 47mm in diameter (approximately 1 7/8"). For best performance, 2 1/2" diameter systems give the best power to L6 engines. Larger diameter exhausts will actually cause a loss in torque unless your engine has been built for competition, with extremely high cylinder pressures from our largest racing camshafts and very high compression. Please call if you have any questions.

Smog Legality:
Headers may not be street legal in some areas. Check with the motor vehicle code/department in your area. This header does not have any fittings for factory emissions (smog) equipment.

Model Guide:
Datsun 280Z

Code Guide:
Datsun S30

Year Guide:
1977, 1978

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