Headers vs Logs and Snails

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« on: August 22, 2011, 05:53:08 PM »
Just wondering how much power is lost/gained in the swap. I'm rebuilding my blower motor, a 454 and 6/71 Weiand set up for about 7lbs boost, 600-700hp. The thing is so LOUD I'm considering Logs and Snails to quiet it down some, and get my family more interested in coming along. I'm not after every last horsepower, just an impressive looking boat with lots of oomph. I've even thought about cutting the collectors off the Bassetts and replacing them with big honkin' mufflers. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011, 06:13:21 PM »
Are you running baffles in your header tips?
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 06:16:10 PM »
Through transom header....

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 07:42:44 PM »
Thru transom headers would still be hot,and how loud are they? Yeah, I've got $15 Speedway "Auger mufflers". They quiet it down some, and probably stifle it quite abit too. Maybe those Logs wouldn't be much different?

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011, 09:39:16 PM »
I'll be perfectly honest with you, blowers do not really gonna care much which exhaust you use from a "real life" performance standpoint. You can split hairs on a dyno, but in reality we use these things at a multitude of different elevation levels, quality of fuels, etc and I know none of us tunes for that routinely either that would net more HP gain than the headers vs logs scenario.  Yes, TT headers are every bit as loud as OT headers when I tried them on Moo.  Maybe quieter in the NWZ and at low cruise speeds, but WFO or 3000 RPM or so? just as noisy, just as hot, etc.

At the end of the day, if the logs are quiet, cool, and make you happy, I don't think headers are going to make the MAYBE 25 or so HP increase you'd get worth it compared to the aggravation of them on a blown engine. I would, however, make sure you cut off the ends of the snails to the 3 1/2" step and use 3 1/2" or 4" tips.

I don't think thats a bad move at all. I got more than my share of header burns, and if you look around while out on the water, I see less and less blown motors with headers and zoomies than I used to. Everyone going to Center-risers and logs, and I AM seeing more blown engines out there also.  :thumbup:

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011, 10:00:45 PM »
i hated the way logs and snails looked and performance... i dont like over transom headers...  so i went center rise.  best of both worlds. 



theres some good deals out there, just keep your eyes open.  when all said and done i spent about $700 total after the manifolds, risers, and SS piping/cutting/welding and transom rings. they look great out in the open and they're also safe under a hatch, TT headers are not.  and TT's will burn the shit out of you if you even get near em.

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011, 10:27:12 PM »
You wanna see badass? I'm kicking myself I didn't get a pic of it. I thought I did, but wasn't on the camera. Anyway, Hallet Dave's new setup is cool as friggin hell, retains the rear jump seats, and would work VERY well with a blower engine in that thing!

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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 02:32:16 AM »
hallat dave? rootbeer colored old school hallet? with the shag carpet? wonder if its the same person.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 06:29:16 AM »
Yep thats hallett dave, and your not! I would say a center rise or water jacketed headers like lightning would be the way to go! Snails are going to take away some power and then its going to sound like every other jet boat

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 07:06:47 AM »
They are all loud at WOT....just as the wind passing your ears.  If noise is an issue cover the engine with a hatch and wear earplugs.

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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2011, 08:51:54 AM »
Looks like I'm in the market for logs n' snails. I kinda like the old style way they look. Any one brand flow better than another? Any I should particularly avoid?
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 09:48:57 AM »
i hated the way logs and snails looked and performance... i dont like over transom headers...  so i went center rise.  best of both worlds. 



theres some good deals out there, just keep your eyes open.  when all said and done i spent about $700 total after the manifolds, risers, and SS piping/cutting/welding and transom rings. they look great out in the open and they're also safe under a hatch, TT headers are not.  and TT's will burn the shit out of you if you even get near em.

Correct me if I'm wrong here... Didn't your wife (or girlfriend) get a serious burn from your's?

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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011, 10:27:48 AM »
Correct me if I'm wrong here... Didn't your wife (or girlfriend) get a serious burn from your's?

yeah but that was due to the guy that i have weld em up chopping off the section that holds the water in the riser.  thats all fixed now and they're as cool as a cucumber.  also changed the water flow, in from the bottom rear and out of the top front of the manifolds so the whole thing fills up with water. before there was an air pocket at the top and water just skimmed the bottom.  these things didnt come with an instruction manual and it seems like everyone has em plumbed up differently.

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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2011, 11:35:11 AM »
I've already had two people get burns from my OT headers, and one of 'em was me! So.... any preference of log manufacturers, or are they all pretty much the same?

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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 12:27:11 PM »
Harman marine are very stout....the water passages go up to ports. Harman marine snails also have a step down. You can cut the first step off to give 3 1/2 and add a small piece of 3 1/2 to have a 4" tip. I went 3 1/2 with 3 1/2 ss angled tips. The butterfly's dont last and the 4" ss tips have a better internal metal flapper option. Ask around...might score a cheap set...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Harman-Marine-BB-Chevy-Exhaust-Manifolds-Never-Used-/200643677380?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item2eb74b8cc4
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011, 01:19:37 PM »
anything use make sure you can pressure test and check for signs of salt.   :thumbup:

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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2011, 01:58:45 PM »
I've already had two people get burns from my OT headers, and one of 'em was me! So.... any preference of log manufacturers, or are they all pretty much the same?

This for a Chebbie?



These are very nice, polished, and if you notice, staggered length so the snails are even and the same length hose used on each side.

I also have a set of OT pipes for these, not the best, but I've definately seen worse, that are same length for use with these if you're interested.
 (the pipe on the bottom. The top one is from another set to show how most are staggered for std logs)



Beware, the OT pipes part gets just as hot as headers, although the logs are cool when running.

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PS, every snail I've seen can be cut off to the 3 1/2" step. I have had Harmans, Hardins, even got a pair of nice Nicsons here that can, just FYI
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2011, 02:19:19 PM »
In most cases you cannot use a exhaust port gasket on logs but the Harman you can and I do now and have had the other cheap type. Nothing but issues. Bolts comming loose, cracks and exhaust leaks. A good set of felpros on harmans and forget about em...well, give em a polish from time to time....Also try and find a set that is seperated already for inspection and ad some new gaskets from log to snail. Jim brock(on this site)makes em. They are the best period. The green standard ones suck ass and will not last.

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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2011, 04:28:24 PM »
In most cases you cannot use a exhaust port gasket on logs but the Harman you can and I do now and have had the other cheap type. Nothing but issues. Bolts comming loose, cracks and exhaust leaks. A good set of felpros on harmans and forget about em...well, give em a polish from time to time....Also try and find a set that is seperated already for inspection and ad some new gaskets from log to snail. Jim brock(on this site)makes em. They are the best period. The green standard ones suck ass and will not last.

i just used some high temp silicone on my logs and my manifolds... maybe once im done ripping things apart and putting em back together every week ill slap some exhaust gaskets on it. 

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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2011, 01:07:21 PM »
A good friend has a really nice set of Hardin logs for a bbc. No snails. If you're interested, I can put you in contact with him as I know he's looking to sell them. In my quest for more hp I'm definitely goin with headers. The setup that ka0tyk has on his boat looks real nice but I am not as mechanically inclined as he is. $700.00 for his setup is a great price. I'm leaning toward getting a set of wet Bassett or Rewarder o/t headers and having them ceramic coated to keep the temps down. With a good set of mufflers and the water, I think that the noise will be tolerable. However, I don't run a blower.

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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2011, 01:58:41 PM »
Theres always header wrap/tape(for your headers). They look cool and come with benefits....

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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2011, 02:12:09 PM »
Theres always header wrap/tape(for your headers). They look cool and come with benefits....

Where in the world does THAT look cool? or even work on a boat? Wrapping your headers up like a 3rd degree burn victim? Really?   :screwy:

On the other, yes, ceramic coating DOES help, but burns are still inevitable with them. Doesn't cool them THAT much, just protects the finish and lowers the exit exhaust temps.

I think you're on the right track. Especially with a blown engine. Once you install these, prove my point with your results............ :thumbup:

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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2011, 03:06:52 PM »
Where in the world does THAT look cool? or even work on a boat? Wrapping your headers up like a 3rd degree burn victim? Really?   :screwy:

On the other, yes, ceramic coating DOES help, but burns are still inevitable with them. Doesn't cool them THAT much, just protects the finish and lowers the exit exhaust temps.

I think you're on the right track. Especially with a blown engine. Once you install these, prove my point with your results............ :thumbup:

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I disagree with you sir on the subject of ceramic coating. Several years ago we installed a set of plain Hooker headers on a customers '73 Bronco w/ a 302 Those things got so hot that it melted his plug wires and almost caught his carpet on fire. We pulled them off and he had them coated. Put the headers back on and problem solved. I have ceramic coated headers on my '70 el camino and I am amazed as to how cool they stay. However, I do agree with you on the header wrap situation. Not only does that stuff look ugly, but it also traps moisture and eventually the headers will rot.

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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2011, 12:36:41 AM »
I call BS on the ceramic coating. ( might as well call it crematic coatin for us on boats)   :thumbup:

Yes it HELPS,  but there is no way on God's green earth it cools down enough to stop burns or any other problems we see with them.

You show me otherwise in normal boating applications, and I will show you my privates in town square, Pheonix at High noon.........

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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2011, 12:44:41 AM »


my gf's leg is proof enough.  exhaust = hot.

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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2011, 07:19:11 AM »
Where in the world does THAT look cool? or even work on a boat? Wrapping your headers up like a 3rd degree burn victim? Really?   :screwy:

On the other, yes, ceramic coating DOES help, but burns are still inevitable with them. Doesn't cool them THAT much, just protects the finish and lowers the exit exhaust temps.

I think you're on the right track. Especially with a blown engine. Once you install these, prove my point with your results............ :thumbup:

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When its done and there is Hp increases, its been done and gives a cool hot rod look....Where in the hell does ceramic look cool  :screwy:...its your own preference. Looking for longevity, go another route. How many boats owners on this site will install parts and then never change anything ever. 
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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2011, 08:33:52 AM »
I call BS on the ceramic coating. ( might as well call it crematic coatin for us on boats)   :thumbup:

Yes it HELPS,  but there is no way on God's green earth it cools down enough to stop burns or any other problems we see with them.

You show me otherwise in normal boating applications, and I will show you my privates in town square, Pheonix at High noon.........

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We'll see this winter when I get headers and have them coated. However, I don't think your privates are worth driving all the way to Phoenix for  :screwy:

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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2011, 08:47:26 AM »
When its done and there is Hp increases, its been done and gives a cool hot rod look....Where in the hell does ceramic look cool  :screwy:...its your own preference. Looking for longevity, go another route. How many boats owners on this site will install parts and then never change anything ever.

I totally agree, it's a matter of preference. I happen to prefer ceramic...


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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2011, 03:13:21 PM »
Well, Im in the midst of buying a set of logsn'snails from IRRebel. I can always go back to the Headers if they rob too much power. As for the header wrap, I think they look like a scene from "The Mummy Returns". Don't listen to Your Mom. I don't listen to mine!
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« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2011, 07:15:36 PM »
Well, Im in the midst of buying a set of logsn'snails from IRRebel. I can always go back to the Headers if they rob too much power. As for the header wrap, I think they look like a scene from "The Mummy Returns". Don't listen to Your Mom. I don't listen to mine!
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PS:Sorry YourMom! I couldn't resist!
If your going logs make sure you get a decent pair not the cheap hardin,glenwood ect... The Harman are way far superior...the water inside goes up towards the ports as added cooling were you need it most. The others are prone to warp and/or crack. As far as the header wrap...I will assume most on this site arent hotboataphobe :o and thats what makes are boats so unique.
Ps: Ralph, I am sorry to hear you dont dig hot boats.....couldnt resist!

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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2017, 03:01:32 PM »
IRRebel any chance you still have these over transoms pipes for sale?

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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2017, 03:50:33 PM »
Wow, bringing back the past! This topic is almost 6 years old.

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