Best Headers for 5.7 Hemi Ram

Headers for 5.7 Hemi Ram
Written by Ken Coul

Top-Rated Headers for 5.7 Hemi Ram List:

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1. BBK 04-08 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi Shorty Tuned Length Exhaust Headers - 1-3/4 Chrome (4009)1. BBK 04-08 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi Exhaust HeadersUnequal length exhaust header system

  • easily installed

  • gives extra strength and durability

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2. Hooker 2457HKR Competition Header2. Hooker 2457HKR Competition HeaderEngineered to provide a smooth exhaust flow

  • fit for a number of applications

  • installation time is 2 hours

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3. Gibson GP311S-C Ceramic Coated Performance Header3. Gibson GP311S-CEngineered to replace your OEM manifold

  • improves the torque

  • increases the engines life

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4. JBA (6961S) 1-7/84. JBA (6961S) 1-7/8" Stainless SteelProven to provide maximum increase in horsepower

  • maximum ground clearance

  • 5 oversized exhaust ports

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5. Kooks Custom Headers 35002200 Stainless Steel Headers5. Kooks Custom Headers 35002200Provides the loudest exhaust tone

  • constructed of high-grade stainless steel

  • forced induction

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Are you ready to upgrade your Dodge Ram 1500/2500 5.7L Hemi header? If yes, then these are the best headers you can find for certain applications. The market has a lot of different parts, and I picked out the best ones based on price and performance.

Headers for 5.7 Hemi Ram Reviews:

1. BBK 04-08 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi Shorty Tuned Length Exhaust Headers – 1-3/4 Chrome (4009)

Specifications

  • Style: Shorty
  • Material: Steel
  • Finish: Silver ceramic coated
  • Primary Tube Diameter (in): 1 3/4 in.
  • Flange Style: Standard
  • Collector Attachment: Stock flange
  • Flange Thickness: 3/8”

Overview

This #4009 shorty header from BBK is designed to increase your horsepower with an additional 8 to 15hp.

This is a classic mandrel bent steel tubing kit with gaskets and hardware for fast installation. The chrome finish makes this an exceptional feat of engineering fit for any hot rod or pimped up the ride.

This is a bolt-on performance system that is easily installed to the existing stock exhaust system.

The BBK #4009 exhaust header is CAD designed and are fabricated with 1-3/4″ CNC mandrel bent tubing that provides unrestricted airflow. The added one-piece laser cut 3/8″ flange gives extra strength and durability.

All BBK exhaust headers undergo pressure testing to ensure leak-free performance.

The BBK #4009 shorty is an unequal length exhaust header system engineered for the 2003-16 Ram Hemi.

Q&A

  • What applications does this model fit?

This is a shorty header for the 2003-2016 Ram 1500 5.7L hemi only. It does not fit the Ram 2500 models.

  • How long does it take to install?

This is a moderate assembly kit, so installation will be around 2 hours.

Conclusions

The BBK 4009 shorty header is a bespoke design engineered to deliver optimum performance for a short range of applications. It is a 2-hour installation job and once in place will improve your vehicle’s performance and fits in nicely with your OEM stock products.
 

 

2. Hooker 2457HKR Competition Header

Specifications

  • Style: Full-length
  • Material: Steel
  • Finish: Temporary non-high temperature paint
  • Primary Tube Diameter: 2”
  • Flange Style: Standard
  • Collector Attachment: 3-bolt flange
  • Collector Diameter: 3.5”
  • Cylinder Head Port Shape: Round
  • Primary Tube Gauge: 16-gauge
  • Flange Thickness: 5/16”

Overview

The Hooker 2457HKR is an exceptional competition header and is designed to either replace stock items or mildly modify an engine.

This model is made of 16-gauge steel and comes with a 5/16” flange for extra strength, maintaining the integrity of the part while completely sealing the exhaust port.

This part is made of mandrel bent tubing engineered to provide a smooth exhaust flow, and the length of the primary tubes are designed for street performance.

This model is fit for a number of applications including:

Models: Camaro, Caprice, Impala, Bel Air, Biscayne, Nova, and Chevy II

Years: 1965-1974

Engine sizes: 6.5L/396, 7.0L/427, 6.6L/402, and 7.4L/454

The 2457HKR is designed with a long transition collector that decreases back pressure and works with all OE< power steering, power brakes, and a/c.

This kit comes with all the hardware for a smooth installation.

Q&A

  • Will this model fit over oval exhaust ports?

Yes, they do fit over oval-shaped exhaust ports.

  • What finishes does this kit come with?

Only matt black burn-off paint.

Conclusions

The Hooker 2457HKR competition header has a wide range of applications for a specific vehicle set. This is for car enthusiasts seeking to upgrade their Chevy’s from 1965 to 1974. Installation time is around 2 hours, and the paint is intended for sale purposes only, it will burn off after initial use, as the parts heat up.
 

 

3. Gibson GP311S-C Ceramic Coated Performance Header

Specifications

  • Style: Shorty
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Silver ceramic coated
  • Flange Style: Standard
  • Collector Attachment: Stock flange
  • Primary Tube Gauge: 16-gauge
  • Flange Thickness: 3/8”

Overview

The Gibson GP311S-C Ceramic Coated Performance Header is a 409 stainless steel component that comes with a hardy ceramic coating.

The 1.5” primary tubing diameter is paired with a 2.5” collector outlet diameter that lets your engine breathe freely and increases power.

This model is engineered to replace your OEM manifold with an easy and fast installation.

The overall performance of the #GP311S-C increases the low and mid-range horsepower and improves the torque. It also optimizes the exhaust flow and enables your engine to run at a cooler temperature, which invariably increases the engines life.

This part is a mandrel bent tube with a perfectly sealing gasket and is a shorty style stock replacement.

This kit will fit all RAM Hemi 1500 and 2500 models from 2003 to 2008, 2 and 4-wheel drive.

This kit will not void your vehicle’s warranty, which is a great advantage.

Q&A

  • Are there other finishes to this product?

Yes, there are three finishes: There is a nickel chrome plated finish over 14-gauge steel delivering extended durability and longer life. A 409-L Stainless steel version with 16-gauge steel tubing and the ceramic coated 409-L stainless steel coating that gives a hi-temp polished coating

  • Can I attach this directly when installing?

Yes, this model comes with OEM-style bolt-on connections, you have no welding, and it attaches to the original crossover pipe.

Conclusions

If you own a new Ram hemi or one still in its warranty life period, and you want to upgrade it without voiding the warranty, then the Gibson #GP311S-C is the one for you. The ceramic coated version will make your engine shine like a hot rod pro.
 

 

4. JBA (6961S) 1-7/8″ Stainless Steel 4 into 1 Primary Long Tube Exhaust Header for Dodge RAM 1500/2500/3500 2/4 WD 5.7L Truck

Specifications

  • Style: Full-length
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Natural
  • Primary Tube Diameter: 1 7/8”
  • Flange Style: Standard
  • Collector Attachment: 3-bolt flange
  • Collector Diameter: 3”
  • Collector Reducer Exit Diameter: 2.5”
  • Tuned: Yes
  • Primary Tube Gauge: 16-gauge
  • Flange Thickness: 3/8”

Overview

The JBA 6961S is an exceptional aftermarket upgrade for any 5.7L Ram Hemi. This is a 16-gauge 409 stainless steel mandrel bent performance product.

This JBA long tube header will deliver optimized performance gains and high RPM efficiency. They are dyno tested and proven to provide maximum increase in horsepower and torque through all the RPM ranges.

The 6961S comes with a one piece 3/8” flange and their patented JBA Firecone® which is a merged collection that delivers a smooth flow performance.

This part is designed for maximum ground clearance. This means that even low cars will not drag the collector.

The 6961S is designed for standard 4-1 long tube V8 applications and has 5 oversized exhaust ports which work perfectly with ported cylinder heads.

This kit fits 4WD with IPS and not the solid axle models, and is designed for 2006-2014 Dodge RAM 1500/2500/3500 2/4 WD 5.7L

The kit comes with all the hardware and gaskets for an effortless installation.

Q&A

  • Do I need to do any alterations to the factory pipes?

Yes, these parts require certain alterations to the factory pipes.

  • Will this kit bolt on to stock y-pipes?

No, they are not designed for use with Y-pipe applications.

Conclusions

This is a great performance kit that will greatly improve your vehicle’s performance. They are made of a sturdy 16-gauge mandrel bent steel tubing that is standard for most aftermarket parts but does require some planning before installation.
 

 

5. Kooks Custom Headers 35002200 Stainless Steel Headers

Specifications

  • Style: Full-length
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Natural
  • Primary Tube Diameter: 1 ¾”
  • Flange Style: Standard
  • Collector Attachment: Stock flange
  • Collector Diameter: 2.5”

Overview

The Kooks #35002200 aftermarket long tube headers are constructed out of high-grade stainless steel which will fit all Y-pipe, X-pipe, and H-pipe applications, which makes this an extremely versatile model.

This kit is a mandrel bent 18-gauge T304 stainless steel smooth flow performance part with all hardware and gaskets included, as well as an oxygen sensor extension. It comes with a single piece 3/8” flange for extra strength.

The connectors come with three options, the off-road full truck use, that provides the loudest exhaust tone without reducing horsepower or torque. The street version that comes with high-flow catalytic converters that deliver a deep exhaust tone without affecting the hp or torque, and the kit that comes with Kooks ultra-high performance GREENCATS catalytic converters which are engineered for perfect performance. This particular model is designed for forced induction and naturally aspirated engines that are up to 900 hp.

This kit is fit for all 2004-2008 Dodge Ram Sport, SLT, Laramie, ST, SXT, Rumble Bee, TRX4, TRX and Hemi sport with either 4wd or 2wd.
 

 

Q&A

  • Can I apply this kit directly?

No, these must be used with Kooks Connection Pipes to connect them to the factory exhaust directly.

  • How long will it take to install?

This kit will take around 4 hours to install, and requires mechanical expertise.

Conclusions

The Kooks #35002200 is an extremely versatile kit for the applications it works with. This model is engineered to deliver power, and it provides an excellent sound as well as high performance. The bottom line is that this is a great cat-back system well worth your investment.