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BBK Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers (11-17 V6)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Increases Rear Wheel Horsepower
  • Shorty "Tuned Length" Header Design
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Bright Chrome Finish
  • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
  • Fits 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

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.

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. These headers are then completed in a bright chrome finish for good looks and a long life.

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 2017 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 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Driver side shorty header
  • (1) Passenger side shorty header
  • Installation hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Great fit and finish

Easy install and nice return for the cost some reviews stated difficult installation however I did have access to a lift but installed them on my lunch break with hand tools and still had time to eat ...

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4/5
BBK Headers

Just installed them today. Took about 5 hours. Sounds better and looks way better. Only problems are the bottom nuts on the passenger side were a pain in the neck and an exhaust leak

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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11 Questions / 14 Answers

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Gains and sound What kind of hp/torque gains will I see and will it adjust the sound a lot?

Anferny

  • Shorty headers are more focused on sound rather than power, especially on the v6. However, depending on what other exhaust mods you have, it'll be a lot better then the restrictive stock manifolds. It should increase the hp and torque a little, maybe 10, but it'll help if you have worked on the other end of the exhaust.

    Beefy

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Any tuning required? Will these throw any codes? Do I have to cut anything or remove my cats? Also what are the expected gains?

JonathanN

  • No tuning is "required" but it is always good to tune for any aftermarket part you put on the car to get the most out of it. These are a direct swap for the factory manifolds so you don't have to cut anything or remove your cats. No codes will be thrown either.

    ExecutiveHydra

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How loud? How loud will these be with a factory H-pipe?

BlackBetty

  • Mellow and smooth

    arnosHoss

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Do these headers require a tune? Do these headers require a tune? Also, do these headers bolt up to the stock mid pipe and use the stock cats?

broncoKING24

  • These headers will not require a new tune; however, you'll see the best performance from them if coupled with a tune. They will bolt right into the factory location to the factory mid-pipe, reusing the stock cats. Hope this helps!

    LisaS

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Will installing these bring a check engine light? Considering it is no tune required, will installing these on stock piping bring up a check engine light when finished?

JG2695

  • Headers should not make you have a check engine light, particularly not shorties. If you do get one, either MIL eliminator or a tuner should be able to remove the CEL. Changing or removing the catalytic converters without MIL eliminators or a tuner would definitely trip a CEL, however.

    OlYeller

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do these bolt up to the stock x pipe? or will i need to buy a new x pipe

Bigdaddy

  • Nope, they work perfectly with a stock x pipe, but if you had gotten the long tube and not the shorties, yes you would need a new x pipe, but your good.

    Buzz

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Customer Reviews (52) Write a Review

Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.133333 4.1
  • Fit 4.222222 4.2



  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 16, 2016

    BBK Headers

    Just installed them today. Took about 5 hours. Sounds better and looks way better. Only problems are the bottom nuts on the passenger side were a pain in the neck and an exhaust leak

    Kymo28

    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (1) (0)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 30, 2014

    Good investment

    Like most of the other reviews passenger side is a pain, spent most of the time installing passenger side Instructions are good. And so is fitment Expected better quality from BBK and alittle disappointed I got these because I changed out mufflers and after didnt like the sound, these headers help cover up the Ricey sound and really sounds good now, Performance is better and is noticable Overall with sound and performance and fit it is well worth the 12 hrs it took to install.

    Fordaddict61

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Central. PA

    Helpful (1) (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 06, 2014

    Great fit and finish

    Easy install and nice return for the cost some reviews stated difficult installation however I did have access to a lift but installed them on my lunch break with hand tools and still had time to eat lunch

    Camshaft

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Cordele, GA 31015, USA

    Helpful (1) (0)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    October 22, 2013

    Long Installation...

    It took my Dad and I about 10-12 hours to complete this install. Its a very slow, painstaking install that requires time and patience. The hardest part is bolting the shorty headers to the engine. I do not have a tune so the performance gain could be more if I had one but other than that, in the low rpms, the gain is noticeable. Probably the most noticeable thing about these headers is the exhaust note. It made the exhaust more deep sounding (I have the pypes pype bombs) and there is a little bit of a lopey idle! It kind of sounds like it has ghost cams. Check out my Youtube if you would like to see a video of the headers www.youtube.com/broncoKING24

    broncoKING24

    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Carol Stream, IL, USA

    Helpful (5) (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 24, 2013

    Rainbow chrom

    At first I was skeptical about purchasing these headers mainly because I had heard people talk down about shorties.. MAN AM I GLAD I PURCHASED THEM!! The power gains are slightly noticeable but it's the sound that gives them their bang! My car sounds like the beast I wanted without the insurance price. I will suggest that you have these installed by a muffler shop or a professional, it took me much longer than I had expected.... Over all I say these are a perfect mod without the imperfect price!

    Anferny

    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Texas, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 19, 2014

    Awesome product! Get a 1/2" ratcheting wrench, installation was tedious.

    Combined with the Roush axleback mufflers, the V6 now sounds amazing. Deep, loud growl and nothing negative to say about the sound. *Install tips: - Get some long extensions (12-18in) and an impact to detach/attach the H-Pipe (15mm deep well) from the headers. Hooking it back up with the Roush hardware requires a 17mm deep well socket. - If the studs come out along with the nut, grab some vice grips and clamp on the middle of the stud to remove the nut. The stud has a 5mm (I think) head so you can rethread the stud into the engine before putting the headers in place. - Only 3 of the 6 nuts on each side can be tightened with a ratchet because the new headers will not allow a socket to fit. Be ready to make many, many turns with the wrench to tighten these bolts. This is where I think a ratcheting wrench would help save time. I probably dropped my 1/2 wrench 15 times trying to tighten these nuts. - The bottom left stud on the passenger side has very little clearance for even a wrench to access, so be patient with this one and do not get a closed end wrench stuck in there. Enjoy, the install is not difficult, just time consuming. BBK still makes an excellent product!

    JRockDetroit

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Michigan

    Helpful (3) (0)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 26, 2013

    Great sound, awesome looks

    I received the headers in 5 days as promised. unfortunately when I open the package the headers had over 50% rust on them. AM rectified this problem ASAP. it was not that hard to put on. Luckily my buddy had small hands so we did not had to drop the starter to tie the passenger side. it took us about 3 hours to put them on. it made the car sound deeper but nothing mayor. I bought them as a replacement for a cracked stock manifold. the engine bay looks great with less clutter. I highly recommend it,

    Knight721

    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 San Diego, CA, USA

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      Shocking to hear they arrived with rust on part of the headers. Definitely not something that I've heard of happening in the past. Very sorry about that, but I'm happy to hear you were taken care of quickly and are loving the new sound!

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 31, 2013

    Hard to install but worth it

    I installed these over the course of a weekend. Took about 6 hours per side, but if you've installed headers before it should take you less time. The old manifolds come out easily but bolting in the headers is a slow painstaking job. You do need to drop the starter motor to get to the lower back bolt on the passenger side. That being said, the car now sounds much better even with the stock exhaust. It's not much louder just better. The sound in the 4000 rpm and up range is awesome. Low end torque seems much improved. Overall performance and gas mileage also seems better. I would recommend this product but, unless you are really patient and mechanically inclined, have your favorite shop install them.

    NevadaFunstangDriver

    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Nevada, USA

    Helpful (2) (0)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    July 02, 2013

    BBK chrome tuned length headers

    After reviewing other reviews, I had the headers installed. The shop had to pull the starter to tighten the back bolts on the passenger side of the car. They took 3 1/2 hours and charged me $150.00. The sound is great, low and like a V8. I haven't put it on a dyno, but it feels good.

    EGVarley

    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Ocala, FL

    Helpful (2) (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 10, 2015

    Shorty headers

    Bought these and did them by myself! Not to bad! But do yourself a favor and remove the starter on the passenger side. Headers bolts will be easier to do! Also on the passenger side put the header in from the bottom! BBK instructions should be redone! Other than that LOVE them! 2015 V6!

    MustangsROCK

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6 Indian head, MD

    Helpful (1) (0)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    June 21, 2015

    Looks great and decent power gains down low

    Okay so I installed these headers with a friend in a day, the mechanic that said he did it on his lunch break must have had a LONG break. It took me and my buddy Approximately 7 hours with air tools etc. Getting the old manifolds off is not difficult at all, now installing the new headers sucks especially on the passenger side. You will definitely need a ratchet wrench to do this job do not attempt it without it, it is very frustrating turning nuts an 1/8th turn at a time. Now for the good news it does add a little more growl to the car and improved torque down low so It is a worthwhile mod.

    Joe3291

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6 Glen burnie, MD

    Helpful (1) (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 14, 2013

    Satisfaction!!!!!!...........!!!!!!!........!!!!!!!!.........!!!!!!!!!.......!!!!!!!

    First the good news! These things rock! Not a huge performance gain but is this car ever smooth now with a little of the "Burble" at idle. Sound is great. The instructions said a one hour install time and no special tools required. Being the shade tree mechanic that I am and having installed long tubes on 3 previous vehicles I thought "no problem!" Well about 7 hours later I was done and this doesn't include the trip to Sears for ratchet extensions and a universal joint to be able to access the collector bolts. Fit is excellent but this is a typical header installation. One nut and bolt at a time until the installation is complete. I also debated much over whether to go chrome or ceramic. I went with chrome and have no regrets BBK throttle body is next!

    trialtime1

    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Mebane, NC, USA

    Helpful (1) (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 19, 2013

    Good overall performance

    Had them installed by a mechanic and took about 3 hours. I have a Roush axle-back exhaust and these definitely cleaned up the sound. Made it rumble more and got rid of unwanted sound. Would recommend if you didn't want to do more to your exhaust.

    MarkV6pp

    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Orlando, FL, USA

    Helpful (1) (1)

  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 02, 2015

    Pain install, exhaust leaks...

    Yes a decent performance boost from this product a certified shop installed it and ever since there is an exhaust leak i cannot get rid of. i have had 2 different shops try to fix the leak which never goes away. At high rpm there is a weird rattling noise which I cannot find. This product, I do not recommend to anyone. Go with Long tube headers.

    Dlb93

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Orange County, CA, USA

    Helpful (0) (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 07, 2014

    Great addition to my Mustang

    I finally broke down and bought the BBK chrome, shorty tuned headers. Glad I did it. After getting prices of $300-$400 (3-4 hrs labor) to install, I decided to do the install myself. Took about 4 hour. My Stang is lowered so it took some time to get it jacked up. I am pleased with the headers. Not as loud as I thought they would be but I can feel a power gain and they are cool looking. The chrome is changing colors as excepted. I would recommend them.

    Starks

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Atlanta, GA

    Helpful (0) (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    May 23, 2013

    good noise

    Took about a day to install I am impressed with these headers!!!

    zrichard96

    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Dallas, TX, USA

    Helpful (1) (3)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 01, 2013

    BBK is the way

    This set of headers is one of the best deals I have ever made for my Mustang,Good price,great fit,and looks great.

    arnosHoss

    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Salisbury, NC, USA

    Helpful (0) (2)

  • 5/5

    August 12, 2016

    cant go wrong. great for the price

    Ok! I Have had these for over a year now. This was the First mod I bought for my v6 mustang with pypes mid mufflers. install did not take long at the shop i went to. before i put the mid mufflers on the sound was great but still mellow.. after i had the mid mufflers installed it changed the sound of the car and you could hear the car breath and nice little rumble at start... now within the last 4 months i went to my local muffler shop and had them make a custom H-Pipe with new 2.5" catback exhaust and i had new flowmaster racing mufflers installed.. now adding the h-pipe and racing mufflers made a difference in the world from start up to wot.... from what I have heard from other v6 mustangs that have the long tube headers with just axelbacks.. it sounds the same or better.. I have had alot of complements from alot of people about the exhaust note and people are surprised that its a v6... if you are looking for a new mod for exhaust and dont know what to choose between long or short. go with the short. you will not be disappointed.

    DB1991

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (0) (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 27, 2014

    Awesome gains!

    The bbk shorty tuned headers did to the sound exactly what I was looking for, great acceleration improvement also. Highly recommend this product. Thanks American Muscle for everything, you guys are great!

    Crazy6

    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 NC

    Helpful (0) (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 29, 2016

    Bbk shortys

    These sound awesome and really do help with throttle response and power . To the wheels. But with a tune they are amazing. Add a nice throaty sound to the exhaust even in high gear. The rest of my exhaust is stock for now but not for long.

    Themechanics

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (0) (0)

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