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

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$339.99

  • Item #56012
  • MPN# 1615

  • Market Price $380.79
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Features
  • 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
Description
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

5/5
great product

i really like the headers. i have a o/r x pipe and it gave it a smoother, less raspy sound. the welds are really nice and clean. i had no fitment issues. took about 10 hrs to install since it was my first ...

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4/5
Chrome = Blue

Install was painful, time consuming, bolts cut, etc...recommend you let a professional suffer thru it. Drive home after install & headers turned blue as a smurf so if this will bother you I recommend ...

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Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars

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Hey, Justin here with AmericanMuscle.com, 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 AmericanMuscle.com

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

db2003gt

  • 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.

    joshdj13

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Will this fit a 97 mustang gt with PI heads

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Have flowmaster exhaust... I have flowmaster exhaust system with the X pipe eliminating cats... will this work with what I have? 97 Mustang GT 4.6 Thanks.

Jay314

  • These BBK Shorty Headers will bolt up to your off-road x-pipe without any problems. It's a direct replacement for the stock manifolds and includes all the necessary mounting hardware for installation!

    LisaS

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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.

    Keith

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

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  • 4/5

    October 25, 2014

    Great headers

    There headers are great bang for your buck and they make a big difference in sound and power only down side I have a 2002 4.6 gt they were a real pain to put in very tight many things had to be removed not a quick day job other then that excellent item.

    Stk87

    Year: 2002 Model: GT Driving Style: Show 'Stangs I have owned: 2 Edmonton, AB, Canada

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 19, 2014

    no room

    I secong one of the other reviews. No room in this enginge bay. My ac line too, was ruptured due to the heat from the headers and being to close. Youll need to make a new line a re route it higher up to prevent this.

    Tayor

    Year: 1998 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    November 16, 2012

    Easy weekend install? No.

    NO SPACE IN THIS ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I don't know how some of you said it was a easy weekend install. When we finally get the headers in, it was so cramped that it was right up against my A/C Freon line and when it got hot enough, it busted. This costed me $900 in repairs and installation for the headers. Maybe it was just my mustang, but be careful. Installing long tube headers would have been more cost efficient and even a better fit. Ridiculous. I would recommend LT headers, or at least a different brand. Don't break your hands over these like I did.

    Jacob476

    Year: 2003 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 24, 2011

    Buy your own gaskets.

    Putting these on was a lot of fun. I have never dropped a k member to do headers before. We got the car together and it sounded great for 2 days until the cheap fiber gasket ripped. I would really recomend buying a better gasket before installing these. I called bbk and they understand this is an issue and offered me the upgraded gasket and they have not made an attempt to get a hold of me again. These will be a great addition to my car if I can get the leak fixed.

    brandon2002

    Year: 2002 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 3

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 29, 2011

    great product

    i really like the headers. i have a o/r x pipe and it gave it a smoother, less raspy sound. the welds are really nice and clean. i had no fitment issues. took about 10 hrs to install since it was my first time on a 4.6. wasn't too hard to install. all you really need to do is: Jack up the car disconnect the mid pipe remove starter remove motor mounts undo the steering shaft bolt and move out of the way install and put it back together easy as that.

    joshdj13

    Year: 2002 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 3 ga

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  • 4/5

    March 10, 2011

    Chrome = Blue

    Install was painful, time consuming, bolts cut, etc...recommend you let a professional suffer thru it. Drive home after install & headers turned blue as a smurf so if this will bother you I recommend you spend a little more for ceramic.

    TORRES

    Year: 2000 Model: GT Driving Style: Show

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  • 5/5

    November 04, 2009

    Headers

    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!

    Terry

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  • 5/5

    December 04, 2009

    A must buy!

    I had these installed while having my engine rebuilt, almost impossible to install unless you have alot of time and a lift. Deep growl and considerable HP gain. A definite buy.

    Joe

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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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