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Dr Pepper
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<- Newest addition to Kook's Headers! Starting next week

3/25/2015 8:46:37 PM

adam8778
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3/25/2015 9:08:33 PM

BlackJesus
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CONGRATS

Can you get me the hook up on some 1 7/8's G8 headers?

I'll be your bro for life if you can get this done for under $600.

3/25/2015 9:49:42 PM

Dr Pepper
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^

I'm very excited.

3/25/2015 9:56:07 PM

glassssssss
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Congrats
That is awesome!

3/25/2015 11:20:41 PM

arghx
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Congrats! Where is that located?

3/26/2015 5:38:01 AM

sumfoo1
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man i'd love to get into the industry.

3/26/2015 8:29:03 AM

TKE-Teg
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Congratulations Dr Pepper!

3/26/2015 8:35:20 AM

sumfoo1
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Next up: kooks turbo manifolds?

3/26/2015 8:45:25 AM

adam8778
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yeah Kooks is going to have to crank up with a diesel line now...

3/26/2015 9:19:51 AM

Dr Pepper
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Located in Statesville, NC - fun trivia, the stainless tubing is sourced from Statesville as well! (part of the reason for their move from NY to NC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN1RqXKVSXM


they already do turbo headers and stuff, as well as other custom 1-off headers/exhaust.

[Edited on March 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM. Reason : -]

3/26/2015 9:17:09 PM

arghx
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what will you role there be?

3/26/2015 9:28:54 PM

theDuke866
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^ beat me to it

3/26/2015 9:33:15 PM

BlackJesus
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Yea I'll give you a few months to get in good and I'll be calling for some headers.

3/26/2015 9:33:19 PM

arghx
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Quote :
"man i'd love to get into the industry."


You would have to come up to Michigan...

Exhaust manifold design and development at the OEM level is way different than what you are seeing at about 3 minutes in the video. You'd probably find it more gratifying doing it that way, rather than going through layers of 1D simulation, engine dyno testing with all sorts of combustion analysis and packaging/emissions constraints, design phase deadlines and wrangling with suppliers.

[Edited on March 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM. Reason : I admit I miss a lot of things about aftermarket work]

3/26/2015 9:34:46 PM

sumfoo1
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Yeah not gonna happen... That combined with I should be known as director in the next 3 years makes it really hard to start over...

3/26/2015 10:14:51 PM

Dr Pepper
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I'll be joining their engineering/design department - sharing task load for header and fixture design for production kits as well as the custom stuff.

As arghx said, it's nothing like the OEM....also why I chose this career path.


After 7 years of career development at my previous employer, I was fed up with the position I had gotten into. I was hired straight out of college to work under a PE using SolidWorks, but after a year he left and I was thrust into being the department manager and the engineer. After a few slow (thankfully because of the market) and shaky years learning to be a manager, I began to take on internal project management as well. The pay continued to increase relative to increase in responsibility, but toward the end it was just too much and nobody else really cared to share the workload. Finally, back in early February, I realized I didn't want that shit anymore and resigned. Found out through adam8778 that Kooks was looking for an engineering hire and went for it. This, by far, is the most exciting career prospect I've ever considered and hopefully will be as fulfilling as I've dreamed it would be.

3/26/2015 10:57:30 PM

sumfoo1
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Yeah since I went down the wrong road early. Maybe I can make enough money to afford my addiction...

3/26/2015 11:06:22 PM

jawhitak
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Wow, that Kooks job sounds like a sweet gig!


Working for an OEM doesn't have to be bad. Source: I'm an engineer for an OEM in High Point NC. We build school/transit buses, and everything is practically "custom" because we have to comply with federal specs for both US and Canada, plus individual state/province specs, all on top of the oddball options and features our customers request. The size of our options list is mindboggling, but it keeps the job interesting. I always have a handful of projects to work on, and I'm rarely stuck working on a single subsystem.

3/27/2015 11:30:36 AM

Dr Pepper
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^

My previous employer built a few of the paint lines for your employer

3/27/2015 4:50:01 PM

Hiro
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Biggest congrats man! I'm really happy for you. Keep us in the loop!

3/30/2015 8:37:57 PM

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