Kook’s Custom Headers, Get Kookin’ with Kooks
Kook’s Custom Headers might not be a household name in the tuner market, but they pride themselves as the pioneers in the stainless steel header revolution. Their headers are trusted in some of the most demanding environments in the world, where every last horsepower matters. Championship-winning NASCAR, NHRA, ADRL, IHRA, NMCA, NMRA, SCCA, and NASA teams go to Kook’s Headers for their decades of experience and their high quality state-of-the-art products.
Kook’s Headers are used for a competitive advantage in everything from club racers to top levels of motorsport. From header to exhaust tip, Kook’s has a vast product line for domestic cars and trucks, with Mustang, Camaro, SRT and Chrysler being some of their most popular applications. While domestics and off-the-shelf headers for various engine swaps are their bread and butter, Kook’s is starting to venture into import brands as well.
While Kooks was doing some exhaust work for Project E90 M3, we were given an all-access behind the scenes tour by none other than George “Papa” Kook himself. Kook’s Custom Headers started in 1962 when George Kook Sr. was building headers himself for his personal drag car. This experience has turned into decades of knowledge of how to make power in some of the most demanding and highest horsepower cars on the planet. With the help of his son George Kook Jr., what started out as a personal competitive advantage, grew into a successful business of manufacturing high quality race headers and exhaust systems. Like many companies that MotoIQ associates with, Kooks Headers is a race company that make products for street cars, rather than a retail company that throws their products on racecars for marketing.
As an innovator in the exhaust industry Kooks not only prides themselves on delivering a competitive advantage with their high quality products, but great customer service is their number one priority both before and after a purchase. Every decision Kook’s makes as a company has a purpose, even when it comes to the location of their facility. They moved from New York to be closer to their Stainless Steel supplier in North Carolina in order to cut down on shipping costs to be able to offer the best products at the best prices to both consumer and racer alike.