Rugged Ridge Header - 03 Rubicon 4.0L
Reviewed By Robert M (Simi Valley, CA) Reviewed for a
—1/7/2010 3:35 PM
I purchase the Rugged Ridge header to replace my Banks Torque Tube which developed a bad unrepairable leak in the junction of 3 tubes and Banks would not replace it as it was purchased through a dealer that went out of business (Banks no more!). The rugged Ridge welds are superior to the old one particularly in the troublesome tube junctions. All tubes and bends are identical to Banks and mounting flange is same thickness. Checking it on a flat table showed that the mounting surface is truer than the Banks as well. Only negative is that the welds are so heavy on the inside of the tubes to the flange that it restricts exhaust flow, negating much of the performance gains of a header versus the original manifold. I ported the openings quite a bit for better flow. Since it is about half the price and better constructed the Rugged Ridge header is a deal.