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BBK Ceramic Long Tube Headers (99-04 Cobra, Mach 1)

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  • Market Price $689.99
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  • Increase of 14 to 22 RWHP
  • Long Tube header design
  • Free flowing Mandrel-bent tubing
  • Polished ceramic finish
  • Fits manual 99-04 SVT Cobra & 03-04 Mach 1
More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the performance of your DOHC 4.6L Mustang with a set of BBK Long Tube Headers. These BBK ceramic coated headers will greatly improve your Mustangs exhaust flow over the restrictive stock factory 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 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 manual transmission 1999 to 2004 SVT Cobra and manual transmission 2003 to 2004 Mach 1 Mustangs. BBK long tube headers require a flanged end shorty midpipe in order to function properly. BBK recommends using a BBK shorty H-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.

Mustang Fitment: 1999 2001 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
Hardware included:
  • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
  • Manifold gaskets (2)
Installation Info
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Header Specifications
Header Type: Long Tube Finish : Ceramic Coating
Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty Fitment: 1999-2004 Cobra and 2003-2004 Mach 1 Mustangs
  • Cobra - 99, 01, 03, 04
  • Mach 1 - 03, 04

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BBK Ceramic Long Tube Headers

I replaced already aftermarket headers with these and what a difference, in both sound and performance. The exhaust is louder and more throaty and the car is certainly faster as well. I had a shop install

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bbk long tube headers on 99 cobra

holy !!!! that was a pain in the. I have a shop with a lift and you just about have to drop the motor out to install these. And you don't need to cut any of the bolts you just have to put them in the headers

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What is the best setup? For a 2003 Mach 1 w/manual transmission that is very daily driven? I want to be sure there is no check engine light from O2 sensors, and am considering a set of hi-flow catalytic converters as well. I'd like, if possible a set of headers, cats, an x-pipe, and a cat-back system. I'm looking for maximum performance gain without compromising drivability from a check engine light. Thank you for your help.

Rusty1 Year: 2003 Model: Mach 1

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  • If you are going to go with a full exhaust setup then you need to get a tune on your car. You are drastically changing how the exhaust is exiting your motor and taking away a ton of restriction. I would go with the bama tune or with a dyno tune locally if you are going to go long tubes on your car; this will cut your check engine light and give you the best performance gains.

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    RedSnake Year: 1999 Model: Cobra

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BBk long tube headers what can i use ? i have the bbk long tube headers installed on my 2003 cobra and i want to put the SLP Catted shorty x pipe. will they hook up with out any hassle? and then i want to do the SLP loudmouth catback. will there be any problems with the different headers connecting to the x pipe?

Jooe Year: 2003 Model: Cobra

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  • Most often than not, mix-matching long tube header and mid-pipe brands can lead to fitment issues. We've found that especially true with the SLP brand. I'd advise you to stick with the BBK Shorty Catted X and then bolt up the SLP Loudmouth Catback Exhaust. You wouldn't have a problem using that combination and it would certainly sound loud and nasty! Hope this helps!

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    LisaS Year: 1992 Model: GT

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do these headers only fit on manuals? i heard of a guy who had ordered headers and they didnt fit because he had the wrong tranny.

JustinFloyd Year: 2003 Model: Mach 1

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  • Correct, these BBK Long Tubes can only be installed on manual transmission 99-04 Cobra and Mach 1 Mustangs. Hope this helps!

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    LisaS Year: 1992 Model: GT

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12 Customers Recommend this Product

Installation Time:Weekend

Installation Cost:$500-$1000

  • Performance Gain: 4.571429 4.6/5
  • Fit: 4.142857 4.1/5
  • Bang For Your Buck: 4.571429 4.6/5
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  • 5/5

    BBK Ceramic Long Tube Headers

    March 31, 2011

    I replaced already aftermarket headers with these and what a difference, in both sound and performance. The exhaust is louder and more throaty and the car is certainly faster as well. I had a shop install it, not really a project for a novice mechanic. Glad I went ahead and purchased it though, gave me the added sound and power i was looking for, and fcourse, recieved it quickly from AM!


    Year: 1999 Model: Cobra

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  • 5/5

    bbk long tube headers on 99 cobra

    August 15, 2011

    holy !!!! that was a pain in the. I have a shop with a lift and you just about have to drop the motor out to install these. And you don't need to cut any of the bolts you just have to put them in the headers first, then put them up to the head. I used all the factory bolts and gaskets. Make sure you retorque the bolts after letting car warm up before you put the subframe back in or you won't be able to get to them. Dipstick is yes very tricky to get back in. With all that said...they have a nice finish, and fit to the head very well. The exhaust is very throaty now. car feels faster but would like to see what the diff is on a dyno. Together with the supercharger whine sounds so good I just can't wait to stab the throttle. Good price hard install.


    Year: 1999 Model: Cobra Driving Style: Show

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  • 5/5


    August 17, 2011

    I love the look quality and performance of bbk Long Tubes. Also install was not bad took me about a day by myself. Thanks American Muscle your the best!


    Year: 2004 Model: Mach 1

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  • 4/5

    99 Cobra

    August 02, 2008

    My car sounds a lot meaner with them on, so there is definitely an improvement in sound quality.


    Year: 1999

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  • 5/5


    October 13, 2010

    Awesome LT's with great sound but the dipstick has never read right since the install.....keeps showing the oil is low even after I do a fresh change. I had to cut a mark on the bottom of the dipstick so I know where the lvl is......but boy do they sound great!


    Driving Style: Show

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  • 3/5

    04 Cobra

    January 05, 2010

    Definitely a tough install. BBK forgets to mention that 3 of the bolts on the drivers side must be cut shorter just to get them in the hole. Also the dipstick must be removed and is very hard to get back in due to the headers.


    Year: 2004

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  • 5/5

    Awesome pipes, tricky install

    March 23, 2012

    AMAZING headers, sounds great, especially with the matching BBK shorty x-pipe. Has a great race car raspy growl. As per the instructions, you need to undo the P/S motor mount and lift that side of the engine to fit them past the body. HUGE pain for the DIY's. I just dropped the transmission, made it easier and I had to put in a clutch anyway. All in all very much worth the time and money. Great power increase and sound. and of course fast and free shipping from AM!!


    Year: 1999 Model: Cobra Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Oceanside, CA

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  • 4/5

    Expect a lot of swearing then a lot of smiles!

    April 28, 2013

    I chose to drop the K member to install these headers and I had the aid of a two post lift and a set of air tools. This was a very time consuming install and I broke a few old pieces on my car while doing it. I planned out my install well and ended up replacing a whole host of other parts while in there (motor mounts, steering rack bushings, power steering hoses, lower control arm bushings). I read up a lot and saw all of the references to cutting studs to get the heads connected to the block and I needed to cut zero. What I did was to get the headers over each stud and to thread each bolt onto the very loose headers before proceeding; it wasn't easy but I didn't have to cut anything and used all the stock studs for the install. When I got the car back together (I paired my long tubes with a catted H pipe) I was greeted with an amazing sounding exhaust system. I haven't really had the chance to push the car because of a new clutch and flywheel but wow does my car sound amazing from what I've heard from it and the gains have been whats expected from the install. I didn't lose too much ground clearance, I gained a bit of power, and I sound like an American sports car should sound. Money well spent in my book! *On a side note* If you happen to break your dipstick tube off in the block: Thread a stud into it, put a socket over the stud that the stud can be accessed through drive side and is bigger then the hole on the block, put a bolt over the top and thread the bolt. This is how I got mine out.

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    Year: 1999 Model: Cobra Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 4 Cambridge, UK

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  • 5/5


    August 13, 2014

    I heard pairing the LT header, xpipe and Borla Exhaust would give you a nasty sound. I already had the exhaust so I purchased the bbk LT header and xpipe. All I can say is WOW, it gives you a nice roar but only when u push the pedal down. I have already scared 2 people reving it up while showing off. If you want your stang to be nasty sounding, than I would 1000% recommend this with the xpipe. My mechanic had to take motor out in order to put headers on. He also said it would be a pain now to put a new starter in bc of headers. He said you have to basically take headers out. I would recommend putting in new starter while mechanic is there already to save future headache


    Year: 2001 Model: Cobra Driving Style: Show 'Stangs I have owned: 1

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  • 5/5

    bbk longtube, o/r h, slp lm2, = wow

    October 17, 2012

    had these put on along with bbk off road h pipe and slp loudmouth 2's from American muscle , must say wow the sound is like music to my ears , must say loud and deep , very noticeable power difference first time i took off , installation was a bit pricey from the shop but never have to redo it and def worth it ,


    Year: 2003 Model: Mach 1 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Prince Edward Island, Canada

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