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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

Aight' guys, andother one from me.......

I am going to get some aluminumheads fairly soon and I am looking for experiences or opinions or experiences with Patriot and Pro-Comp cylinder heads.

yes, Yes, I know AFR, Brodix, Trick flow.......know the names but the capitol will no allow..........

So, what type of input can I get about these brands.....my other possiblity would be a set of Edelbrock Performer RPM heads in aluminum as well.........but that is my top of the line price at about $999.00

I look forward to the answers..........

Thanks......

Don

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 06:41 AM
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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

No experience with Patriot or Pro-Comp.

To me it would be better to get one of the Dart, AFR, Brodix iron heads, if you are on a budget, than a less-mainstream brand that may or may not flow well. There are big differences in flow rates between a really good head and a mediocre or so-so one. Heads to me are the one area I would splurge a bit since you can gain so much HP / per dollar spent.

You didn't specify Big or Small block, but assuming small block you can get a pair of assembled Brodix heads from Summit for around $1,000.00:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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You didn't specify Big or Small block, but assuming small block you can get a pair of assembled Brodix heads from Summit for around $1,000.00:
You are right.....it's a 350...

The Brodix looks really nice at a fair price too! I know they have a really nice product...

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 07:20 AM
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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

I've read on here that those Chinese heads you mentioned were poorly made. They said some ports are not aligned correctly and also some bolt holes were not centered. I would stay away from them. Stick with a reputable builder.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 07:49 AM
 
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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

i would definately recomend dart or afr iron heads. the performance gain will overcome the weight difference. and your wallet will be happy!!!!!


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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 11:24 AM
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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

Don't discount the Edel RPM heads for the money. Chevy High Performace did a test with heads a few years ago with the money you are talking and they finished a close second behind the Trick Flows. The performed better than many of the other heads with bigger ports. Some of the brands they perfomed better than are listed above.


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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

Patriots really are not bad for the quality and price of $769.00
you get what you paid for, $700 for al cyl heads, not everything is going to be perfect like on your $2000.00 AFR's...
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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

What's the new RHS pushing for budget aluminum SB heads? And Jegs too?

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I bought a set of Brodix IK180's for my small block. I got them fully assembled from Jegs for $995. The only problem I had from them while installing was some of the header bolt holes stripped out some, but I just re-tapped them and they worked fine.

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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

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The only problem I had from them while installing was some of the header bolt holes stripped out some, but I just re-tapped them and they worked fine.
That is what is now making me look toward the Edelbrock heads;

Apparently they use threaded inserts in the header and rocker stud holes to reduce the chance of aluminum strip out........seems pretty smart..

I sure appreciate the input thus far guys........

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 08, 09:35 PM
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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

Pro action heads are now sold by RHS and are very affordable. I have a set from the original ones that came out and love them, they are a uniqe design that have great flow and flow percentage numbers. Mine outflowed my buddys Dart pro 1's, flowed back to back on the same bench, in average and peak. Check them out, they are a great head for less money.

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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

I too have the older ProToplines that Seam mentions. I wouldn't hesitate to get the Pro Actions.

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Re: Aluminum Cylinder head reccomendations

Buying Chinese crap gets you chinese crap.
But you'll have 50 lbs of scrap aluminum for the recycling center, so they do have SOME value.

Buy Canfield (or jegs aluminum), AFR, edelbrock, TFS, brodix etc You'll only HAVE to buy them once.

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