Originally Posted by Scargod
Regarding V-bands: Is there an application where they are NOT the best suited?
I have headers by Full Race and two friends and I have all had issues with the headers to up-pipe connection. On the FR design this is a two into two connection that uses a head gasket. Seems like the perfect place to install two v-band clamps. I've seen where they were use on V-8 headers at the collectors.
Brands: I see a wide price range for 3" clamp sets. Vibrant runs from $70>, Godspeed for $20>, OBX for $35 and $18-$40 for the CX Racing brand.
What have you used successfully and are there Chinese rip-offs out there to look out for?
I've found that some of the cheap kits come with stainless clamps but mild steel flanges. The auctions are misleading.
This doesn't seem to affect seal except that you're not getting what you pay for. Also if you use vbands in ever joint the fitment needs to be spot on. Whereas you can thread a normal flange ome bolt at a time and slowly tighten each bolt, the vband clamp will not fit without the mating surfaces being flush. It can make it harder to install with even a small amount of tension.