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BBK Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers (96-04 GT)

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  • Increases Horsepower and Torque
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Bright Chrome Finish
  • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT and Bullitt Mustangs
  • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the performance of your Mustang with a set of BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers. These BBK Shorty headers will greatly improve your mustangs exhaust flow over the factory manifolds increasing your Pony's horsepower and torque.

Quality Construction. BBK Shorty 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 finished with a bright chrome finish for good looks.

Application. These Chrome Shorty Tuned Length Headers are designed to fit the 1996 to 2004 GT and 2001 Bullitt Mustangs. BBK headers include high-quality mounting hardware, gaskets and instructions so they'll bolt right up to your Mustangs stock Mid Pipe.

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

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

What's in the Box
Hardware included:
  • (16) bolts medium
  • (2) bolts large
  • (2) studs
  • (4) nuts
  • (4) split washers
  • (4) washers
  • (2) Manifold gaskets
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01
  • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

Most Helpful Reviews

Horrible fit to be a "direct factory replacement"

These headers have to the most difficult job I've had to do so far. They are no where near being a direct replacement for the factory exhaust manifold. I had to grind down one edge of the passenger side ...

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These headers are awesome! They add so much sound and power! I have a straight pipe setup and it sounds loud and clean! I would recommend to get this product installed professionaly, unless you have a ...

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Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars


Hey, Justin here with, and I have with me BBK’s tuned length shorty headers, available in your choice of either chrome or ceramic, fitting all 96-04 Mustang GTs. These headers feature what BBK refer to as their tuned length runner design, which makes them a hybrid between a standard shorty setup and a set of long tubes. As you can see the headers aren’t nearly as long as a set of long tubes, but in the end BBK claims more horsepower and torque, versus your typical shorty setup. As for the constructions, we’re looking at 1 ¾” mandrel bent stainless steel tubing, as well as these laser cut flanges for an OEM quality fit. So why would you want to go with a shorty setup versus a set of long tubes? Well, simply put a shorty header is going to be less expensive and much easier to install, versus a set of long tubes. This is due to the fact that most shorty headers are a direct bolt on, meaning you wouldn’t have to modify your Mid Pipe like you would using a set of long tube headers. Will the shorty perform just as good or better than a set of long tubes? Most likely no, but it’s still a solid upgrade over those restrictive cast iron factory manifolds. As I mentioned earlier you do have the choice of picking these headers are in a chrome finish or a ceramic finish. So what are the differences between the two? Well for one, you can see the chrome finish is a little brighter initially but that’s going to change as these headers heat cycle, eventually turning that bright silver into a dark blue or purple color. On the other hand, we have the ceramic finish, which is going to remain that bright silver, for years down the road. Secondly that ceramic coating is going to be better at reducing under the hood temperatures, which is always good for performance. Those added benefits do come at a cost as those ceramic coatings are typically a little more expensive than a chrome plated or a stainless header. Doing the install on any set of headers can be a little intense so it’s best to leave yourself a full day to tackle the job just to be on the safe side, and as always if you’re not feeling confident about this one, don’t hesitate to give your local shop a call, they’ll be happy to help you out. So if you’re looking for a bolt on header with the installation and price benefits of a shorty, and the performance to back it all up, then be sure to check out BBK’s tuned length shorty headers available right here at

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Will BBK shorty headers fit 2003 GT w/ 5spd transmission? Does the clutch mechanism get in the way?


  • no it does not. i have them on my 02 gt and there is no fitment issues. i recommend removing the motor mounts and let the steering shaft loose. i would also recommend and o/r mid pipe to compliment them.


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I have a 2002 Automatic Mustang GT, will these headers fit?


  • Yes they are on mine. Do not forget to move up your A.C. line on the passenger side. It is a bit of work getting these in.


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Will this fit a 97 mustang gt with PI heads


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Overall Rating 4.3

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    February 22, 2016

    Horrible fit to be a "direct factory replacement"

    These headers have to the most difficult job I've had to do so far. They are no where near being a direct replacement for the factory exhaust manifold. I had to grind down one edge of the passenger side header and also drill the bolt holes bigger. There are some bolt holes that are almost impossible to get to because of the room between the piping of the headers and cylinder head. If you want headers just go long tubes because they will at least be worth the headache. The gaskets it comes with kind of suck too. The driver side doesn't have a split in it for the tube that runs between the exhaust ports. And finally the instructions that come with the headers are horrible. They don't give you torque specs for anything.


    Year: 2001 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 VAFB, California

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  • 5/5

    November 04, 2009


    These headers are awesome! They add so much sound and power! I have a straight pipe setup and it sounds loud and clean! I would recommend to get this product installed professionaly, unless you have a lot of time on your hands. This was a huge pain to install. There is very little room to work with and had to buy some new tools. But I learned a lot. Noticable HP gain!


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  • 4/5

    May 09, 2010

    Best headers for the buck!

    For just under $300 these headers kick serious a**! Noticed a little bit of torque and hp gain plus if you have previous exhaust it really makes it rumble now

    shaadi aburamadan

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  • 2/5

    June 29, 2010


    Just noticed a louder rumble in the car but not as much horsepower as they say. Always have to fix the exaust leak on the drivers side, and make sure you get the ceramic coat cause it burned both of my O2 sensors.... Should have gone with the Long Tubes!!!!!!!


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  • 4/5

    May 05, 2009

    Nice Headers

    Like the other reviews the headers added a nice sound and HP gains were pretty good for the money. Save yourself some time and install these using a lift. Remove the K-member and the starter and the install is a breeze. K-member comes off in 30-40 minutes, manifolds off and headers on in 40 minutes and k-member back on in 30 minutes if you have a lift, trans jack, pole jack and simple tools. Driveway job would be very difficult as you cant get to half the header bolts with the k-member in the way. Whole job took 3 hours once car was cool.

    Jim H

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  • 3/5

    July 22, 2010

    Not Over 350HP

    I have had these headers on my car (99 GT 4.6L PI) for about 5 years now and when it was non force inducted, the worst thing about them was the installation. Now that I am pushing almost 15PSI through my heads with a T-Trim, I noticed on the dyno that that AF readings were off between passenger and driver side. Passenger was .7:1 less then drivers (11.9:1 vs 11.2:1). After all else checked out fine, the suspicion came down to the passenger side header being more restrictive than the drivers side due that crimped neck right above the exit flange. Several calls to BBK confirmed that these headers should not be used in applications over 350HP, which I assume means 350RWHP. I am making 480RWHP. They said that that neck can get restrictive at higher power levels. Just FYI Also, they are VERY tough to install with the engine in the car. I did mine on a stand, and they were still tough!


    Year: 1999 Model: GT

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  • 5/5

    September 22, 2007

    BBK shorty headers

    I wasn\'t sure on what headers I wanted to go with but I was very impressed with my BBK cold-air intake so I decided to stick with BBK and buy these headers. I was not disappointed, not only do I feel the increase in HP but along with my Flowmaster exhaust and cold air intake my car sounds very mean. These headers are a must have.

    Kenny Bernhardt

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  • 4/5

    December 27, 2008


    They look great, well built and nice finish, not to mention it got here in 2 days for the price of one dollar. I love this sites shipping policies. When coupled with off road x-pipe and flowmasters out the back, it was a sick nascar sounding rumble. A+

    Chad B

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  • 4/5

    February 28, 2010

    sounds great

    put in my self...needless to say took us over 12 hours had to use car jacks and lay on the creeper. would recommend paying someone. and i believe i have a leak put it in 5th and give it a little gas big time noise coming from the exhaust from around the headers=(


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  • 5/5

    June 28, 2010


    Just got these installed on my 98 GT. If you already have a exhaust installed, it will make it quieter but the rumble will be deeper. I noticed a amazing difference in the way my car breathes and picks up and also makes a great difference with 4.10 gears in the rear. I feel as if the headers where the key to unleashing the beast. I also highly recommend getting your car tuned after installation!


    Year: 1998 Model: GT

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