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HEADERS - Which way to go? 97 2.9L ranger 4x4


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HEADERS - Which way to go? 87 2.9L ranger 4x4

87 2.9L - not 97 (my bad) I heard JBA is the best but I was having a tough time finding them online and the set I did find was $800+. Is that really what I can expect to pay for a good set of headers? Any other brands out there? apparently theres more work involved with buying pacesetters (O2 sensor, bolt pattern). Advice/experience is appreciated, thanks
 
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The problem is that you are working on an 87. There are few header choices for the 86/87 2.9 because those two years had EGR and a different bolt pattern at the cat than the 89-92 years.

I'm also not a fan of the way the PaceSetters attach to the Y-pipe. It's a slip-over joint and I had quite a time getting my Y-pipe in and out.
 

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Well Pat Kunz says JBA is the way to go so I phoned them up down in California and since my 87 is a manual trans, they do make them for my truck. SS and SS w/ ceramic coating. Part # 1632S-1 for SS and 1632S-1JS for SS w/ ceramic. Dustin from JBA ensures these are made for my 87 and they look like they'll do the trick, but what is the problem with the EGR I could face? These JBA's are $800 CND, $575 USD. Hurts the piggy bank eh. See the link below. These come with all gaskets and they're Ball and socket joints, also come with bung for O2 sensor.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Performance-Parts/Cat4Ward-Shorty-Headers.aspx?t_c=74&t_s=49&t_pt=3240&t_pn=JBA1632S-1
 
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Ok so I confirmed that the part number for 86-87 is actually "1630S" and JBA hasn't produced them in 5 years. JBA rep was very skeptical that anyone would have them on the shelf so the hunt begins I guess. If anybody knows of another supplier, please share. I will let you know if I can find. ALSO, the 1630S is equiped for the EGR. If I can't find a set, how hard is it to remove the EGR completely? No where in Canada requires testing for years before 88.
 

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Swap pcm with one from an 88 to 92 2.9 manual trans and yank all the egr stuff off. If you are pulling it out of a truck at a junkyard make sure to grab the egr blockoff plate too

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