Fifty-three years is a long time for any company to remain in business, and Kooks Headers has done it by continually innovating new products to cover a wide range of vehicles. The hot-off-the press 2016 Camaro represents a tremendous opportunity for enthusiasts to modify, and Kooks has hit the ground running with products for the car before they are in the hands of the motoring public.
Kooks has already produced a set of long-tube headers, complete with OEM connection pipes, designed to boost horsepower and torque from the LT1 direct-injection engine.
“This is the same engine in the new C7 Corvette and some of the new 6.2-liter trucks. We were fortunate enough to be in a position about three weeks ago to scan the engine bay, design the headers digitally in our CAD program, and had them mandrel-bent and constructed to have them here at the show,” says Kooks’ Chris Clark.
The company expects to test-fit a set of the headers onto the vehicle later this month — as soon as they can get their hands on one — to verify fitment and clearance. The headers will be available in 304 stainless steel with 18-gauge primaries and 16-gauge collectors. Header flanges will be constructed from 3/8-inch-thick material and use an OE-style ball and socket connection.
The company will also offer a 300-cells-per-inch catalytic converter that connects with a factory clamp to the factory exhaust, so no cutting or modifications will be required. They will be released at the end of the year, once the company can verify fitment, and perform dyno and on-track testing.