What to Look Out for When Buying Ford Bronco Headers?
Long Tube vs Shorty Headers
The two main types of headers for your Ford Bronco are long tube and short (shorty) tube headers.
Long tube headers feature longer primary tubes and a single collector and are better at making more power and torque at higher RPMs.
Short tubes are shorter and merge into a common collector, they take up way less space and can give your performance benefits if a longer setup results in more turbo lag.
Short tubes are usually less expensive and are much easier to install. If you are serious about modifying your Bronco, a short tube setup might be a better idea as it leaves more room in your engine bay for more important mods.
Moreover, with more efficient packaging, it is a lot easier to work on your Bronco. Consider your driving style and intended use, and consult with experts, our customer service, or fellow enthusiasts to make a sound decision that works for you.
Build Materials and Durability
It’s important to go for Ford Bronco headers made from high-quality materials like stainless steel for durability and resistance to corrosion.
Headers endure high temperatures and harsh conditions within the exhaust system, and stainless steel excels in withstanding these challenges without warping or cracking under pressure.
Additionally, stainless steel headers offer excellent corrosion resistance, ensuring longevity and optimal performance over time. Inferior materials may lead to rust, corrosion, and reduced performance which is not something you want no matter your preferences.
Reinforced designs, strong brackets, and precise fitment will also ensure that your headers stay in position for decades to come.
If you have your sights on performance before anything, else, there are a few things you need to prioritize when buying high-performance headers for your Ford Bronco.
Features such as smooth bends, proper collector design, and equal-length primary tubes promote efficient exhaust flow, reducing backpressure and maximizing power gains.
You should also focus on larger diameter tubes as these are better at making power while matching your headers with high-flow catback and muffler systems optimizes airflow throughout the system and will push the power even more.
To fully capitalize on your new headers, it would also be a good idea to consider a specific engine remap/tune that is going to make your engine more consistent, potentially also saving you some fuel while doing it.