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BBK Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (11-16 V6)

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  • Increases Rear Wheel Horsepower
  • Shorty "Tuned Length" Header Design
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating
  • Fits 2011-2016 3.7L V6 Mustangs
  • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
Tuned Length Design. BBK Shorty "Tuned Length" Headers out perform both the stock manifolds and regular shorty headers. Tuned Length Headers have a unique extended tubular design that allows for unrestricted exhaust flow to increase horsepower and torque. Perfect for street and strip.

Silver Ceramic Coating. These Tuned Length Shorty 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 Shorty Tuned Length 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 additional strength, leak-free performance and a OEM fit. The headers are then finished with BBK's high-temp Silver Polished Ceramic Coating for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

Application. Designed as a direct bolt on, these BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers will bolt straight up in the stock location to the factory Mid-Pipe without any modifications on both automatic and manual 2011 to 2016 3.7L V6 Mustangs to improve exhaust flow and sound.

Technical Notes. These BBK Shorty Headers are CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Driver side shorty header
  • (1) Passenger side shorty header
  • Installation hardware
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Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2011-2016 3.7L V6 Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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Totally happy with the bbk headers

I already have an after market performance exle-back exhaust on the car and adding the bbk headers did exactly what I was looking for in the tone. The over all sound of the car is awesome. Nice but not ...

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You have to have headers!

These BBK headers are a very high quality item. The Ceramic coating was excellent. The instructions were perfect, make sure that you follow them precisely and you can't go wrong. That said, doing them ...

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars

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how many hp gain ??

Dan012 Year: 2012 Model: V6

  • If your looking for peak numbers they will vary based on stock X pipe or off road with cats and without cats. BBK did put out a couple of dyno sheets reporting roughly with catted performance x pipe of 12HP and 17ft-lb. With stock x pipe it was 6HP and 7ft-lbs. Note however this is on their machine. Depending on your mods and tune your numbers may be greater or less than these. Peak numbers are also nice but more important are increases across the whole RPM range not just what the peak numbers are because even with the stock x pipe there were gains of 35HP and 18ft-lb and that was in the 4-4.5k RPM range which is very usable power.

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    Dons2011v6 Year: 2011 Model: V6 Top 50 Contributor

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Is there any MPG gain?

MX113 Year: 2012 Model: V6

  • The MPG is only slight. MAYBE 1-2 MPG at most. What you do gain is a decent kick in the pants power gain. Don't listen to anyone who says that no shorties make power. These shorties certainly do. Anyone who says shorties make no power have probably never driven a car with them on. You will create more TQ, which does create better mileage for you. Don't fear the shorties and go get 'em! I love mine.

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    amccarrell Year: 2005 Model: GT

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shorty headers for my 2011 v6 stang i have the bama 93 ot racing tune, with cats back tune. do i need a new tune for theses headers? thanks jimmie

jcoley368 Year: 2011 Model: V6

  • No update to your tune would be required, but you would maximize your performance gains by adding the headers to your tune. Hope this helps!

    LisaS Year: 1992 Model: GT

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Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Performance Gain 4.384615 4.4
  • Fit 4.384615 4.4
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.538462 4.5

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 11, 2013

    Totally happy with the bbk headers

    I already have an after market performance exle-back exhaust on the car and adding the bbk headers did exactly what I was looking for in the tone. The over all sound of the car is awesome. Nice but not an over powering sound that u would regret. Install time was about five hours. And yes you can feel the added horse power.


    Year: 2013 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 3 Orlando, FL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 09, 2013

    You have to have headers!

    These BBK headers are a very high quality item. The Ceramic coating was excellent. The instructions were perfect, make sure that you follow them precisely and you can't go wrong. That said, doing them in my garage was a pain. If you have a buddy with a hoist talk him into letting you use it. The stock exhaust manifolds were very restrictive, these really let the engine breath! They work very well with my cold air intake and Bama tuner!


    Year: 2014 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 2 Mukilteo, WA, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 23, 2013

    Great Sound!!!

    I bought these to complete my full exhaust. The headers will give you a nice deep tone to your exhaust. Power gains are throughout the powerband and better throttle response. Installing them is a PITA!! Driver side is simple enough the passenger side is a right squeeze. Take your time and it can be done with floor jack some jack stands and hand tools. Took me and a friend of mine 6 hours. From jacking it up to starting the car. Great product!!! See my youtube sound. Not the greatest but it'll do.


    Year: 2012 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 2 San Antonio, TX

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 13, 2014

    Huge Difference from Stock

    Installing these headers was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Took about 3 hours by myself. Added nice low-mid range toque and cleaned up the sound nicely. Very pleased. Couple installation tips: 1) I sprayed the nuts with PB blaster the night before and let it soak overnight. Each one came off extremely smooth. A few studs w the nuts ended up coming out as well. If this happens, use a 5mm socket and ratchet and a 1/2 wrench and remove the nut from the stud, then use the 5mm socket to snug the studs back into place. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. 2) Remove the battery and plastic battery holder as this will free up more room for the passenger side rear lower nut. 3) Get a 1/2in ratcheting wrench with a flex head. Saved me loads of time. But DO NOT use the ratcheting wrench on the rear lower passenger side nut. USE A BOX END. The distance in between the header and the stud is too close and will lock the wrench in between making it impossible to pull out. I had to use a box end wrench to loosen the nut, pull the ratcheting wrench out, and then tighten the nut with the box end. 4) Use the supplied BBK gaskets. I've read people reused their stock gaskets which I think is a mistake. The BBK gaskets are perfectly cut for the shorty headers and are one piece whereas the stock gaskets are three layers of metal and look cheap. Overall, I will continue to be a returning customer to American Muscle! Thank you!

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    Year: 2014 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 5+ Palatine, IL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    July 02, 2013

    Very nice

    Added a nice sound to my exhaust. Nice power gain. I can tell the difference from before they installed. They fit great once they are installed but the mechanic had a hard time with the nut access. Glad I had a mechanic install as I would not have had the right tool for the nuts. Especially on the passager side install as it was very tight.


    Year: 2012 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 2 Arizona

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 19, 2015

    The beast breathes

    Took about 4 hours to install mostly because of the passenger side being a pain. Had to take off the starter but that took 5 minutes. Everything fit just fine and was well worth getting these. I can tell a major difference on the interstate from 60 ... It defiantly gets up and goes a lot quicker than before.


    Year: 2015 Model: V6 Driving Style: Street / Strip 'Stangs I have owned: 2 Kenner, LA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 11, 2015

    Good Value

    The headers arrived in good condition. We used new Ford gaskets instead of the ones supplied by BBK. There is a marked difference in quality! With a fresh BAMA tune, you can really feel the difference in the seat of your pants. I bought the ceramic coated ones, and they look great. A nice upgrade at a decent price point.


    Year: 2014 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 2 St. Louis

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    June 04, 2015

    Adds a growl to the V6.

    I had these installed with an Airaid cold air intake and a tune about two months ago. It feels like the car has gone feral. There was a noticeable power gain with the combination of the three, but what I really like is the sound. The overall tone is lower, which gives it a nice growl when you're cruising around.


    Year: 2014 Model: V6 Driving Style: Street / Strip 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Hazlet, NJ

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 05, 2014

    modest bump in performance

    It took me about 6 hours to install these headers with my 14 year old son. Sort of a father son project. I read some of the previous reviews and put put penetrating oil on the bolts which made them come out reasonably easy. The factory manifolds were pretty easy to take out other than I had to use a pretty long extension for the lower bolts on the driver's side (from underneath the car). Installing the new headers was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. Only a few bolts on each side can be reached with a socket wrench, the rest must be tightened with a wrench using a combination of box and open ends. The infamous passenger side rear lower bolt - don't believe a word of the BBK instructions regarding access to this bolt. Moving around the exhaust pipe will not give you access to this "tricky" bolt as they tell you. After fighting with the exhaust pipe for 30 minutes I decided to remove the starter. I was a little nervous about removing the starter but once I checked there's only two bolts that hold it in and it's really tiny. No need to disconnect the wires either (make sure you've disconnected the battery however), just remove the two bolts, pull back the starter and rest it on the frame rail. Once it's out out of the way you can easily access that header bolt with a box wrench, regardless of the exhaust pipe position. I wish BBK had mentioned that in the instructions. The rest of the install was pretty straightforward but tightening bolts with a box/open ended wrench was very time consuming. In regards to performance I have mixed feelings. My 2011 mustang has Magnaflow axleback mufflers and a cold air intake. I thought this might be a way to get a little better sound out of it and maybe pick up a tiny bit of horsepower. Oddly enough, not much difference in sound. Just a smidgen deeper at idle and a bit louder around 3500 RPM and up. Ironically, it got a nice little bump in horsepower that I could feel immediately. I was pretty surprised about that, a little quicker off the line and up on the highway. At this point the car really needs a BAMA tuner to take advantage of all these little tweaks. A near rear end would help a lot too, 2:73's really aren't doing it for me, All in good time however. In closing, I'm not sure if I got as much out of these headers as I had hoped, but I like the horsepower gain. The instructions are pretty pathetic, they're poorly written and illustrated. I've taken a bunch of step by step pictures of my installation and I'm going to send them off to AM in hopes of making the installation a little easier for someone else. One last note, BBK states in the instructions the installation should take about an hour. There's absolutely no way anyone could get this job done in an hour, three hours would seem about right for a mechanic experienced with these cars. Overall the headers were a pretty good purchase


    Year: 2011 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Madison, CT, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 19, 2014

    One of the best mods on my Mustang 3.7L engine

    It gives my Mustang better low end torque, better throttle response, better sound, and better engine bay appearance. I have to say it is one of my favorite mods so far. The first set of BBK headers I received had uneven flanges, but AM sent me a new set to get it right. Below are my install instructions in case you find them useful. I bought the OEM gaskets from Ford dealers ($9.50 each at whole sale price). To make things easy, I also removed the strut tower brace, CAI, battery and tray, the starter. I heard many stories about how hard it is to take off bolts connecting the exhaust manifolds with mid-pipe, so I sprayed some WD40 one night before, then it became a piece of cake. The tool I used are a 20 inch long extension, coupled with a swivel joint, and a 15mm deep socket. I used jack stands and some wood to support the mid pipe after they are disconnected from the exhaust manifolds. Taking off the stock manifolds is a 20 minute job. Some of the studs came out with the nuts. After all the studs and nuts come out, I socked them in WD45, took the nuts off by using a 5mm socket and 13mm wrench. Then I installed all of the bolts back to the engine block. For the passenger side, the only headache is the lower rear bolt. The issue is that after the header is installed the top of the bolt is only about 1/4 inch away from the header tubes. What that means is that if you tighten it up all the way using a box end wrench, you would not be able to get your wrench out. What I did is to just hand twist other nuts to the bolts, leaving the header hanging loose. I used my 13mm gearwrench to tighten up about 2/3 length of that bolt, then took out the gearwrench before it is too late. I then tighten up all of the other 5 bolts from above the engine bay by using the 13 mm gearwrench. The lower rear bolt was tightened up with a 13mm open end stubby wrench. I torqued them up in the order of upper middle, lower middle, upper rear, lower rear, upper front, lower front. I used a 13mm line wrench to get this done, and made them as tight as I cold. My hand strength is not as great as that of a gorilla. :-) The driver side is a whole lot easier. The only thing is to maneuver the header to the bolts. I had to disconnect the steering column shaft by removing the bolts towards the firewall in the engine bay. You can use gearwrench for all of the 6 bolts all the way. For the lower rear bolt, I used a stubby 13 mm gearwrench from beneath the car. The correct order to tighten the four mid-pipe bolts on two sides are: lower right, lower left, upper right, upper left. First tighten all of them to 89 lb-in, then increase by 89 lb-in until you reach 30 lb-ft. That's how the service manual says in order to align the exhaust system. The toque for the bolts on the connector between the mid-pipe and the pipe connecting the muffler is 35 lb-ft. Starter bolts: 35 lb-ft. Steering column shaft bolt: 18 lb-ft. Strut tower brace bolts: 26 lb-ft. I am very happy with the results. So far there is zero leak.


    Year: 2014 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Rockville, MD, USA

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