Racing headers come in two basic varieties: able to be uncapped and not able to be uncapped. If the headers are able to be uncapped, the collector splits in a Y-shape. One end of which ends in a bolt-on cap that can be removed to divert the unmuffled exhaust out before the rest of the exhaust system. Those headers that can’t be uncapped have the collector attaching to the exhaust pipes, with no way to divert the exhaust gases. The reduced back pressure of headers allows more exhaust to flow out of the engine, helping to create more power. Many people like headers because they sound much better than stock exhaust manifolds.