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  • 1998-2002 GM F-Body BBK Full Exhaust Headers Swap

    Repairing and upgrading any muscle car may conceal many surprises since you don’t always know what’s in a car till after you take it apart.  We are going to swap out an old rusty set of exhaust headers on a ‘99 TransAm to help the LS engine breathe better.  Lots of changes have been introduced since 15 years ago.  The newly designed, larger diameter, Y pipe configuration BBK Exhaust Headers will definitely allow some more ponies out of the barn when we are done.

    The new exhaust headers are full-length and come equipped with a ceramic coating to keep the exhaust headers system from rusting and to better control heat radiated from under the car. There are no cats on this system so we will not be legal by emission standards in some states.

    Click here to hear how great they sound. The BBK Exhaust Headers are $525.00 from 1 Shopauto’s arsenal of go-fast goodies:

    Exhaust Headers for LS1 F Body

    Let’s review what it took to swap the new exhaust headers, and what power was gained. Continue reading

  • Review of All American Billet Front Drive Systems

    All American Billet Product Catalog

    Why We Recommend All American Billet

    We have been astounded at the huge response we’ve received from All American Billet’s Front Drive Systems. Our customer’s first reactions were “Wow” these look fantastic! They are more compact and less expensive than the other manufacturers front drive systems.

    These front drive systems are becoming the top selling serpentine kits in the industry, because they have so many advantages:

    • They are quality American built.
    • Superior compact design which fits tightly to your motor.
    • They save you $100’s over the competition.
    • Fully customizable with/without A/C and Power Steering.
    • Stainless Steel Fastenings – Gates Belts and Tensioners.
    • Includes the Billet Power Steering Reservoir.
    • Made for Chevy (Small/Big Block and LS), Ford (Small/Big Block and Cleveland), Mopar late-model HEMI.


    Serpentine Front Drive System Product Review:

    Serpentine Front Drive Systems are not all the same. Design, materials, cost and value are not on the label when the sales rep sells you what they want you to buy.

    We compared 100’s of products from March, Billet Specialties, and All American Billet and here are the facts.

    March Billet Specialties All American Billet
    Engine Small Block Chevy Small Block Chevy Small Block Chevy
    Cost $2,100.00 $2,300.00 $1,995.00
    Hardware Materials Cadmium Bolts/Screws Stainless Bolts/Screws Stainless Button Head Cap Screws
    Brackets Required 3 Brackets Not Required Not Required
    Dimensions 40% more space required in engine bay Compact Compact
    Water Pump Included Not Included Not Included Included - Tuff Stuff
    P/S Reservoir Not Included Not Included Included
    Fit and Finish 'C' Quality 'A' Quality 'A' Quality

    All American Billet won hands down, $200 to $300 less, included the reservoir and included a new Tuff Stuff water pump too. After buying a water pump and reservoir you are saving an additional $400 to $500 and that includes the best fit and finish in the shoot out!

    Check out our selection of All American Billet Front Drive Systems at, or check out their entire catalog here.

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