So I am just about done with rebuilding my 302 for my '69 Z and decided to change from stock exhaust manifolds to headers. I'd like the car to be louder and a few extra HP never hurts anyone. After researching all the threads I could find on the subject, it seems prudent to ask the group once again what the current best choices may be based on your experiences. Every time I see good recommendations, I seem to run across not-so-good ones for the same product.
Here are some specs on my engine:
Bored .020 over with true final 11:1 comp ratio (custom built pistons with no block decking)
30/30 solid lifter cam (Comp Cams OEM replacement)
OEM heads with no porting
OEM intake and carb (upgraded to 72 primary jets)
OEM distributor (set up per CRG recommendations)
Roller rockers and a few reliability upgrades
FYI - The car has OEM power steering.
I also plan to keep the chambered exhaust because it appeals to me. The car typically gets driven locally mostly / a Sunday-Funday cruiser. No racing or drag strips, but maybe an occasional slip of the clutch to see if the rear wheels can still smoke a little.
I'm looking for an excellent quality product, that fits properly out of the box, and doesn't require mods for my power steering. My first inclination is to go with Stahl headers, because they built me a couple of sets for my midyear Corvette race cars and were superb, but I have not used them on a street car as of yet. Also thought about buying some repro OEM style headers because that would be cool, but they seem to be fairly pricey. I've had Hookers, Hedmans, etc. on my street cars which were fine, but not great.
The rebuilt 302 goes on the dyno soon, so it's about time to order some headers. Any suggestions or comments, good or bad, from recent purchases? Any new input would be greatly appreciated.