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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

Hey, guys. Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here with my quick review of the BBK Tuned Length Shorty Headers available on your choice of either a ceramic or chrome finish, putting all 2011 and newer V6 Mustangs. So the products I have with me here are available for the 37 Mustang. Now a lot of guys and gals that drive them will tell you, they can be pretty potent given a little help. The help we're talking about again, Tuned Length Shorty Headers from BBK, available in your choice of either a chrome finish shown down here or a slightly more expensive ceramic coating up here. We'll talk about the differences between coatings in a minute, but let's first talk about what this tuned length business is all about. What BBK wanted to accomplish with their tuned length system is to basically keep all the runners of primaries here essentially the same length or as close to the same length as possible. Drawing them out a little longer than what you might see in a traditional shorty design, getting you closer to the performance that you might see with a long tube, yet still keeping that same compact package. You're still keeping your same catalytic converter location and still keeping the price down at the same time. Now with all that said, guys, can you expect similar performance or the same performance out of a shorty that you might see with a long tube? Well, honestly, the short and easy answer to that question is no. A long tube header is going to outperform a shorty, seven days a week and twice on Sundays. With that said though, these things will still offer some pretty decent gains. In fact, BBK is claiming roughly 10 to 15 horsepower at the wheels, 10 to 15 pound to the torque with your V6, and honestly, I have no reason to doubt that. Construction noise, here's what we're going to be looking at, guys. One and five-eighths inch mandrel-bent tubing, OE-style laser-cut flanges for a perfect fit. And they even include brand new gaskets and hardware to get you going. These are CARB certified so they are going to be 50 state legal. And one thing I do really like that BBK does with all their headers is they pressure test them just to ensure it's a leak-free product. Now onto my nitpicks. I do have few here with the BBK headers, but they're really not deal breakers in my opinion. Firstly, I wish the welds were a little better. For instance, I wish they fully welded this flange here at the collector. Again, not a big deal but just something to point out. I also wish they would have done a better job of smoothing out in inside ports here of the runners, there was little slag in there if you get your finger in there. Not going to totally affect the performance, but again, just my nitpick. This is a mild steel header, guys. It's not a stainless steel product so therefore, you almost have to expect some kind of corrosion to show up later on down the road. Because of that, we have seen some inconsistencies with the chrome coating. A little bit of surface rust of some of these headers. Again, not going to affect the performance. Well, I wouldn't be doing my job as a reviewer if I didn't point that out to you. My solution, spend the extra hundred bucks and go with the ceramic version here as they are going to be free from any surface imperfections. And on the topic of the finishes, let's get into that a little bit more because there are some subtle differences between the two. As I just pointed out here, guys, the ceramic is going to be a little bit more money, roughly a hundred bucks to be exact. And it will offer some additional benefits that you won't get with the chrome coating. For instance, the ceramic coating will slightly more durable. Basically, it's going to be more uniform coating. It's going to be in more durable coating, help resist any corrosion that you might otherwise see on that mild steel construction. And it's going to do a better job of reducing under-hood temperatures. That's what the ceramic coating is all about. Again, it does come out on the price though. Under 100 bucks on top of the chrome option. Let's talk about the chrome a little bit more. Again, more affordable here, coming in to the high $200 range. Very reasonable for an entry-level header, and it is going to be a pretty attractive header. It got discolor in a way that if you've seen a stainless header or if you've seen a chrome header kind of discolor, after a few heat cycles. You know that chrome turns into a bluish or purplish color. It actually looks really cool in my opinion, even cooler than the ceramic which kind of just remains that dull gray. Even though this is a performance product, I know it's definitely worth pointing out some of the differences and appearance because you do actually see these guys pretty good when you pop the hood. And again, don't take my word for it. Feel free to check out some of the customer submitted images on the site and see for yourself. Installation is a little bit of a bear here, guys. So just keep that in mind before you get started. I'm going to give it a full three out of three ranges on my overall difficulty meter. Not quite as hard as the long tubes, but it's pretty close. That's going to test your toolbox and make sure you have a decent set on hand before getting started, a six pack of your favorite adult beverage, and leave yourself a half to a full day to get these guys knocked out. Now for my final thoughts, guys, the Shorty Tuned Length Header from BBK is a great entry-level product. For V6 owners out there who are really aren't willing to go all-in on a set of long tubes, the shorties offer a no-tune require install. They're going to be slightly easier to install compared to those long tubes, and they're definitely going to cost you a lot less than a set of those long tubes. So be sure to checkout a set of BBK's four-year ride right here at AmericanMuscle.com

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

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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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5/5
Aggressive Sound

Living in California, after-market cold-air intakes and header options are limited due to strict Clean-Air Laws. However, pairing these BBK Shorty Headers (as opposed to off-road or long-tube headers) ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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If these headers are paired with an off road x pipe and a 91 bama performance tune will they be about the same power gains as you would see with long tubes?

DylanD

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  • You may be able to see similar power gains with these headers over the long tube headers however the long tube headers will always produce more power regardless of catalytic converters or not.

    KevinD92

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what kind of gains should I expect from these paired with a bama tune?

DylanD

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  • The performance gains you will see all depends on what other mods you have done to the car. Though, you will definitely see a nice gain in power with these headers and a Bama tune.

    AshleyK

I have a C L CAI and a roush axle back exhaust. Will these give me any HP gains and will they make my car louder (the boss finds it loud enough already!) or just deeper?

GFOS

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  • Hello! These 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. So you will definitely see a sound difference and more power!

    Ryan H

Does a 2011 v6 automatic have stock shorty or long tube headers?

Renownedd

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  • A 2011 V6 automatic will come stock with shorty length headers.

    KevinD92

What are the differences between LT and Shorties in terms of volume? Type of noise? And an estimation of the added HP (with tune)? I currently have Roush ABs and CAI. Thanks.

CamaroLOL

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  • In terms of volume, the shorty headers will not give you the same amount of exhaust flow as the long tube headers will and same goes for the sound as the long tubes will be noisier. Also, adding a tune will not really boost horsepower numbers as depending on other modifications, climate you drive the car in, and what type of tune you have the horsepower numbers will vary from vehicle to vehicle.

    KevinD92

Can you reuse the existing studs on the engine blocks to install the new headers or do you need new studs?

PJ

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  • You do not need new studs. These headers will bolt to the factory location.

    AshleyK

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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.148148 4.1
  • Fit 4.259259 4.3



  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    March 13, 2017

    Here's what you need to know

    I've had these headers now for more than a month and my cold starts are not as loud as they were before (Roush ABs and CAI), however, whether it's a cold or warm start, the car growls deeper. I called up BBK and confirmed it is a 13HP gain with these headers. I have noticed a slight increase in fuel capacity which is very odd. I use to top the tank at 154, now I sit at 160 and sometimes even more. The mechanic charged me $250 and it took him about 3 hours. Yes, it is slightly louder at the low and mid range when cruising but you will notice the deeper tone throughout the power band and definitely notice the volume increase when you step on it. The headers sometimes produce this EVEN DEEPER AND LOUDER growl. It almost sounds like a cam tune but out of the 40 days that I've had it, it's only done so about 5 times for about 10 minutes each. It is slightly louder at idle. Overall, the $550 could've delivered either more HP or more volume.

    CamaroLOL

    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 04, 2017

    Aggressive Sound

    Living in California, after-market cold-air intakes and header options are limited due to strict Clean-Air Laws. However, pairing these BBK Shorty Headers (as opposed to off-road or long-tube headers) with an AEM Bruteforce Cold Air Intake (Both CARB compliant), a custom-H pipe, and Flowmasters have made a BIG difference! The Shorty Headers gave it a very respectable growl at idle, but even more so at WOT. I can't wait to eventually pair it all with a tune, but even without it, it sounds much more throaty and aggressive. Very happy customer!!! P.S. In regards to installation, I happily paid a professional to do it. It "only" took him 3.5 hours, no problem. No way I'm dealing with that labor without the correct tools!

    ProfessorKel

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (1)

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 22, 2013

    They're decent

    They're decent. I don't notice a huge change in the volume of the exhaust, more so in the note that it emits. Overall they're nice. Had some issues getting them fitted with my X-Pipe, but nothing that wasn't easily taken care off.

    ExecutiveHydra

    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 West coast of Florida

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

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