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Any comments on the Calmini header? Fit, finish, function? I am leaning towards that one over the Thorley mainly 'cuz of the aluminized finish. Both are smog legal and look the same. Price difference isn't a problem, and I never had a late order from them.

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Re: Calmini header

when did the calmini header become smog legal?

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Re: Calmini header

I can only comment on the pacesetter header from JC whitney, It works, I have hit it with rocks a couple of
times and it is holding up for now. Not smog legal, (I added the tube for egr?) In case they get pissy next year.
it is a bad fit though. I had to cut off the end down by the frame and reweld it so it would miss the frame.
But the cost difference paid for the rest of the parts for a full 2" exhuast Including cat con.

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Re: Calmini header

if cost is not a issue, go with the Thorley. It uses a tri-y design which gives better flow. It also has a thicker flange so warpage is not an issue. I have had mine for 3 years and have never had a problem yet

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Re: Calmini header

The Calmini header is not smog legal, but it did pass emissions on my 1994 Sidekick - but note that I did not notice one ounce of difference in power.

On my 1988-1/2 I ordered the Thorley and it is a "CERTIFIED" smog legal bolt on - and you can really feel it - especially when you change the exhaust to a 2" or larger pipe and add a free flow cat and good muffler. One of the best Bolts ons I have added for power...and I think I even got better mpgs.

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Re: Calmini header

You are right, the Calmini header is not smog legal yet. I called to check and they said it is still being tested and will soon have certification.

The Calmini and Thorley are virtually identical, except the Thorley doesn't that the O2 sensor in the collector as it should. The Thorley has a blanket cert, but to my knowledge, hasn't actually passed the Cal. tests. I could be wrong, and if someone has proof otherwise (not just the cert.), I'll stand corrected. From my understanding, the Thorley has a deadline to meet to pass the test or they lose their cert. I could be wrong there too.

As for the make itself, they are both tri-Y and almost the same. I've heard that the chrome-like finish on the thorlet doesn't hold up, where the alumifinish of the Camlini is pretty tough.

Other than that, I guess I could save a few bucks if I order the Calmini.

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Hey Yankee Tim--- My Calmini header has performed perfect since '91. I prefer the aluminized finish over the chrome finish. I would buy another one if my current one ever fails. You will definitely notice a power gain, so go ahead and get one!

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>You are right, the Calmini header is not smog legal yet. I >called to check and they said it is still being tested and >will soon have certification.

They've been saying this to customers for at least 5 years now. My fiance bought one about 4 years ago and that was the story she got at that time. We finally got rid of the stupid thing and swapped up to a Thorley.

On a side note, if you do get one, we sell a collector gasket specifically for that header since the collector flange is relatively thin and heat warps so easily. We sell quite a few of these reusable collector gasket to owners of that header.



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