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    Im trying to decide to run wet or dry headers. My previous rig had a wet set up with billet control valve at my seat. I have the option to get a set of SS headers and run them dry. My other option is Bassetts or have a set of mild steel made and run them wet. My new boat has a larger cam than my previous boat and I have some concern of milking down the oil. I never had an issue before but have heard it can become an issue with larger cams. This is a lake boat that I will grudge race with, not a strict race boat.

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    Dry jethot coated headers... jmo...

    We could not get away with them dry in cali due to the lake nazis....
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    Dry headers are hot as hell. I run injected in mine to keep em cooler and quieter. My cam has a lot of reversion so I modified my feed lines a bit. I look my water lines and plumbed the inlet with a pipe thread for a 1/4 or 3/8's pipe of plug. Been so long now I can't remember. The. I drilled the center of the pipe plug so it was kinda like a jet.

    Have never milked an engine with this setup, and the headers run cool and not too loud. They only omit a most the of steam when under away and they go dry at idle with the spring valve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxtremez View Post
    Im trying to decide to run wet or dry headers. My previous rig had a wet set up with billet control valve at my seat. I have the option to get a set of SS headers and run them dry. My other option is Bassetts or have a set of mild steel made and run them wet. My new boat has a larger cam than my previous boat and I have some concern of milking down the oil. I never had an issue before but have heard it can become an issue with larger cams. This is a lake boat that I will grudge race with, not a strict race boat.

    Thanks in advance
    I plumbed my exhaust water to a ball valve at my seat so I have control of the water flow. It's easy to do and doesn't cost much at all.


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    I wouldn't run dry headers in my lake boat, there hot as hell
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNYoungblood View Post
    I wouldn't run dry headers in my lake boat, there hot as hell
    I don't feel its too bad, i run dry headers in 110* heat.

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    Dry headers that are Ceramic coated cool down much faster than Chrome headers that are run wet. They also don't rust.

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    I ran wet ceramic coated with basset spring and very little water, just enough to keep them cool because dam they got hot if you sat in the back. Think I set it up so water didn't come out till around 2800-3000 rpms, never seemed to kill power plus it kept the dam Cali fuzz off my ass because I never ran baffles.

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    If you can handle the noises, heat and the cost$$$, dry SS is the way to go... I dig the goldish color the turn too😎
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