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BBK Ceramic Long Tube Headers - Manual (96-04 GT)

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  • Increase of 14 to 22 RWHP
  • Long Tube Header Design
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Polished Ceramic Finish
  • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT Manual Coupe & Convertible Mustangs
More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the performance of your SOHC 4.6L Mustang GT with a set of BBK Long Tube Headers. These BBK ceramic coated headers will greatly improve your Mustangs exhaust flow over the restrictive stock cast iron manifolds and increase your Pony's horsepower and torque. Increases of up to 22 RWHP have been seen when installed with a BBK shorty H-pipe.

Silver Ceramic Coating. These Long Tube Headers are completed in BBK's Polished Silver Ceramic Coating that not only looks great, but reduce under hood temperatures to help increase horsepower and extend the life of the headers. Ceramic Coated headers will long out last both chrome plated and polished headers.

Quality BBK Construction. BBK Long Tube Exhaust headers are manufactured from 1 5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow. And feature one piece laser cut 3/8" header flanges for added strength, leak-free performance and OEM fit. These headers are then completed in a polished silver ceramic finish for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

Recommended Upgrade. To realize the full power potential that these Long Tube Headers have to offer, AmericanMuscle recommends a Bama custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) for proper operation.

Application. These Ceramic Long Tube Headers are designed to fit the coupe and convertible, manual transmission 1996 to 2004 GT Mustangs. BBK long tube headers require a flanged end shorty midpipe in order to function properly. BBK recommends using a BBK shorty Mid-Pipe for the best performance gains (see drop down option above).

Technical notes. Not legal for use on pollution controlled motor vehicles; intended for off road use only. An O2 Sensor Extension Kit and BBK shorty Mid Pipe are required for installation.

Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

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Hardware included:
  • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
  • Manifold gaskets (2)
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Header Specifications
Header Type: Long Tube Finish : Ceramic Coating
Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Manual Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01
  • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

Fits Manual Mustangs Only

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Beasty Sound!!

These headers are a great addition to ur mustang. Although they are really hard to install they are really worth it. After i installed them i made a sound test without the x pipe and it sounded great, ...

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Great Bolt-on!

Recently had these installed with BBK o/r h pipe and Flowmaster 40's, awesome sound and great power increase! As usual, arrived in a timely manner and in great shape. I do recommend for all of the do-it-yourself ...

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Hey I’m Justin with, and this is my breakdown of BBK’s long tube headers, available in your choice of either ceramic, or chrome, fitting the 1996-2004 manual Mustang GT. Long tube headers are one of those mods on the long list of basic bolt ons, that aim to make more power than the factory part they’re replacing. In this case, these long tube headers from BBK are going to replace the ultra restrictive cast iron factory manifolds, which are notorious for choking out the flow of exhaust. Taking a closer look at the headers themselves, you’ll see BBK went with mandrel bent 1-5/8” tubing which should definitely help your flow of exhaust. In addition we’re also looking at laser cut flanges, as well as pre-welded bungs for your O2 sensor as well as your EGR. One thing I did want to point out with these headers that I noticed right away, was that BBK included a notch for the steering shaft, to prevent any rubbing or any interference. This is huge because some other header companies do not offer this, and therefore you might run into some fitment issues. Finally BBK gives you the option of picking these long tubes up in a chrome finish, or for a few bucks more you can opt for the ceramic coating. That ceramic coating is going to offer a couple of different benefits, first, performance, ceramic dissipates heat a little better than a stainless header, so it’s going to be slightly better performance wise and it’s going to be slightly better at reducing under hood temperatures, which is always a good thing. In addition that ceramic coating is also going to be better at reducing corrosion, which is only going to increase the longevity of the header itself. The final difference is appearance, both of these header options will offer their own unique look as they age. First up, we have the ceramics, they’re going to stay this bright silver color pretty much their entire life, on the other hand we have the chrome version, which as they heat cycle, tend to turn a dark blue/purple color which some people might like, others may not. Installing any set of long tubes can be a little intense, so if you don’t think you have the mechanical skill, or the tools to get this one done, I’d leave this job in the hands of the professionals. However if you are going to do the install yourself, just leave a full day to get everything bolted up properly, just to be safe. Keep in mind, whenever you install a set of long tubes, you will need to address your Mid Pipe. In this case in order to run these long tubes from BBK, you will need to run a flanged and shorty Mid Pipe. BBK recommends their shorty H-Pipe just for the best fitment and gains. So if you’re looking for a set of long tubes for your 96-04 GT, with the option of going for a ceramic or chrome finish, then be sure to check out these long tubes from BBK right here at

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I have a 98 cobra manual with the bbk shorty x-pipe, will this work on a 98 cobra ? Thanks


  • These BBK Long Tubes are designed specifically for the GT model and will not bolt up properly on your Cobra unfortunately.


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Will these fit a automatic


  • Unfortunately, these BBK Long Tubes will only fit with a manual transmission. The SLP Long Tubes do work with an automatic trans though. I've attached the link below if you want to check those out!


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Will these fit when I install the PI Head kit on my 98 Gt 5-speed?


  • yes, they should fit on a PI car. Ford started PI's in 99 so if they fot the 99, they should fot your PI kit.


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Overall Rating 4.7

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  • 5/5

    May 08, 2011

    Great Bolt-on!

    Recently had these installed with BBK o/r h pipe and Flowmaster 40's, awesome sound and great power increase! As usual, arrived in a timely manner and in great shape. I do recommend for all of the do-it-yourself guys out there to seriously think about paying for this particular install. You will need O2 extensions and the fit isnt exact, it requires some tweeking. Otherwise, great product and would recommend it. I would also recommend a tuner after this install.

    Kevin Plyler

    Year: 1996 Model: GT Driving Style: Street / Strip

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  • 5/5

    July 17, 2010

    Beasty Sound!!

    These headers are a great addition to ur mustang. Although they are really hard to install they are really worth it. After i installed them i made a sound test without the x pipe and it sounded great, it also sounds really beasty with the offroad x pipe. so if you are going to buy some headers go with the BBK LT Headers totally recomend it!!

    Joseph S.

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  • 5/5

    October 10, 2010

    BBK Longtube Headers

    These headers sounds amazing. I currently have these installed with a bbk o/r h pipe and bassani catback. I couldnt be happier with the way it turned out. I will say the instructions for these are terrible.. they dont tell you that you will need O2 extension wires, you need to remove and bend the dipstick around the headers and 2 of the header bolts dont fit so u will need to buy shorter bolts.. but the product is awesome and completely worth it in the end.


    Driving Style: Street / Strip

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  • 4/5

    January 15, 2010

    Not that Hard

    These are a great addition to the mustang and sound great. A lot of people will tell you they are hard as crap to install and they can be difficult. The easiest way to install without using a lift is to jack the car up, take the wheels off, brake caliber and roders, and then take the springs out. After this undo the 8 bolts that hold the K member in and drop the K. Once you drop the K installing the headers is a breeze except for like 3 bolts that you are going to need a swivel to get to.


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  • 5/5

    November 15, 2008

    Great looks and performance

    The pipes look great in the car. They stand out as soon as you open the hood, and are easily seen from the front wheel well. Looks awesome! Performance wise, it definitely pulls much harder up top than it used to. These headers with a BBK catted H & Borla (non-stinger) catback is not loud. I am going to probably opt for a Pypes ORH...

    Derek S.

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  • 5/5

    February 28, 2009

    Awesome sound

    I got these installed with an off road bbk h-pipe and slp loudmouth 2 catback. The sound changing from the catted x-pipe and stock headers is amazing. After around 2.5k rpm the car opens up alot and has a very loud and deep growl. Best investment yet!!!


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  • 5/5

    December 13, 2008

    Sounds awesome

    I matched these with a BBK off-road X-pipe in my 96 GT and I feel a major difference in power. Its also very loud, even with my stock catback. It will cost a pretty penny to get these installed, but it was totally worth it!!!! People tell me they can hear my car from blocks away now!


    Year: 1996 Model: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 23, 2008

    Long Tube headers

    A bit tricky to put in, but they look awesome and sound great plus gives noticeable power improvement. Easier when installed with a flexible oil dipstick as the stock one is not able to fit between header tubes.


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  • 5/5

    August 15, 2010

    bbk headers

    my car has many mods and this has to be one of my favorite, i have these headers plus the off road h-pipe and a borla exhaust system. my car screams when i launch i turn heads everywhere i go. you wont be dissapointed.

    chris clardy

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  • 5/5

    April 01, 2008


    These things look awesome under the hood/under the car. Really gives the car a nice sound as well, not to mention the nice HP boost you get to the wheels. Worth every penny if you are going to go with full length headers. Won\'t be disappointed.


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