I would never lay claim to fame, BUT, I think I was the first person to bring the DuraTrax header to the Traxxas forum. Ah Em....
Its amazing how much it has become the mainstream BigTubeHeader simply because it matched up so well with one of the best selling aftermarket pipes (the Associated pipe) The CEN header appears to be good too (although I have not personally run one)
I run the DurraTrax header with the AE pipe and love the performance. It ran well on both my stock TRX .15 Pro as well as two of my OS CVR and CVRX engines! It is already port matched and comes with a killer gasket!
I have also run the Traxxas blueheader with the blue aluminum pipe. GREAT for the high end but could not deliver the low end I was looking for. Which bring up the one downside to the AE & Dura combo, not as much high end.
As with ANY header / pipe change, you will definately need to retune your mill. I suggest going back to breakin settings and leaning from there. Makes it so much easier to find your 'new' sweet spot
Well, I did not use the NJBTH (gen 2) but I did have the original BTH on my Maxx and it was well worth the money. If I still had my Maxx I would probably try the new one just b/c I was that impressed with the original's performance. The new one may or may not be as aesthetic looking as the first, but if it is better or equal as the first I would buy it.
I have finally stepped up to the plate. I am now running a ported TRX with the Duratrax header and AE #7730 pipe. It's only been a week. So I'm still trying to dial it in. I am close. But I like it. Punchier than the stock combo.
Gotta admit, the guys on the other forum are really running the guy from NJ over the coals. Brutal. Oh well. The price you pay for trying to run your own business. It shall pass....
Candyman, good choice I am using the same set up, its great! Now put your stock T header on your Rs4 3.
Christian, you WERE the first person I had heard about that header from. And I like other people said "Duratrash" I don't think so, but now after running stock, CEN, NJBT gen1, and now the duratrax, and all four with the AE pipe, I definately think the Duratrax Ae combo is great! Not to mention its only $11 with the gasket, screws, and a silicone coupler too.
NC, you can bet it's only a matter of time before the Traxxas header goes on the RS4. I do want to polish it before I mount it. The blue won't go well with the purple stuff. So I'll go natural. And I agree about the DuraTrax. I was impressed when I heard you can slip the stock header into it. And it's true. It's that much bigger. I like it. And it's a heck of a bargain at $11 WITH coupler and gasket. No better bargain out there. Well, except $18 for the AE pipe. Dude, that's like Taco Bell. A completely satisfying, fulfilling meal for only $3. Can't argue with that.
Oh, and is it me, or is Niffken\'s sig HUGE all of a sudden???