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BBK Chrome Shorty Headers (99-04 V6)

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  • Increases Horsepower and Torque
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Bright Chrome Finish
  • Gaskets and Hardware Included
  • Fits 1999-2004 3.8/3.9L V6 Mustangs
  • CARB EO Number: D-245-16

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Increase horsepower and torque. Your V6 engine will roar to life after you bolt on these BBK chrome shorty headers from AmericanMuscle. A set of BBK shorty headers will improve your mustangs exhaust flow increasing your pony's horsepower and torque.

Quality Construction. BBK crafted these Shorty V6 Headers to last using one piece laser cut 3/8" flanges and free flowing 1 5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing that is completed with BBK's show quality bright chrome finish.

Application. BBK designed these shorty headers to be a direct fit replacement on the 1999-2004 3.8L and 3.9L Ford Mustangs. These BBK headers include high-quality mounting hardware, gaskets, and instructions.

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

Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Driver side header
  • (1) Passenger side header
  • Hardware
Installation Info
About The Brand

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Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1999-2004 V6 Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

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love the sound install was a little difficult but nothing over the top hard. for the price theres nothing better!

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2000 3.8L V6

If you only have basic tools you might want to have it installed. It is an easy install if you have about 5 hours, good jack stands and a few extra driver extentions. Spraying all bolts and posts with ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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How long would the headers typically last .say compared to a stock replacement


  • The BBK Chrome Shorty Headers (99-04 V6) will last a very long time, however the time frame can very based on how well you take care of your car.


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I have the MAC DUAL EXHAUST CONVERSION KIT (99-04) are this headers gonna fit in my mustang with no problem?


  • These headers will bolt directly to your stock y-pipe. You should not have any fitment issues with these headers and the cat-back.


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Are these BBK Chrome Shorty Headers California legal and smog friendly?


  • These headers are legal in California as they have a CARB EO Number (D-245-16).


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I've had these headers for a few months now and the gasket on passenger side has a leak, do I use BBK gaskets to replace or can I go to napa or advance for them?


  • It is a good idea to go with the BBK gaskets since they are designed for the headers and the cylinder heads. Though, you can go with other gaskets as long as they are a perfect match.


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How long and how intensive is this project? will it be a weekend project or a week long knuckle busting one? Thank you.


  • We call for about a days work for someone who has light or some mechanical expertise.


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are these legal in CA? would my car still past the smog check?


  • The BBK Chrome Shorty Headers (99-04 V6) will be legal in California. The CARB EO Number will be D-245-16.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Performance Gain 3.904762 3.9
  • Fit 4.119048 4.1

  • 5/5

    January 29, 2010


    love the sound install was a little difficult but nothing over the top hard. for the price theres nothing better!

    josh gerhart

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  • 5/5

    August 09, 2010

    2000 3.8L V6

    If you only have basic tools you might want to have it installed. It is an easy install if you have about 5 hours, good jack stands and a few extra driver extentions. Spraying all bolts and posts with a good quality lube really helps. The BBK shorty headers look great. They bolted on really nice and made the true dual Magnaflow sound even better at mid range. I think they also added a few low end ponies. Great price. Ordered on line Friday & in my hands in Ontario Canada on Wensday. Got to love that. My son's 2000 V6 has BBK headers, CAI, 65mm TB & true dual Magnaflow. I have a 2005 V6 with a single axel back Flowmaster. Thanks AM for remembering the V6 guys & your neigbours to the north!

    Andrew Barbour

    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (51)

  • 5/5

    February 02, 2010


    Replaced my stock headers with these BBK Shorty Headers because the stock ones were cracked. Glad I went with them instead of the stock replacements! These sound great and I noticed an immediate increase in airflow and horsepower, not a lot, but definitely noticeable. Did take me a long time to replace them, and it was difficult due to tight spaces, but nothing that can't be done in your garage or back yard. Definitely recommend this product.


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  • 5/5

    April 14, 2010

    Great Product

    I would highly recommend this product, took a while for installation but well worth it. Sounds way better then stock(had to replace due to cracked header).A small increase in Hp and the tone is great remember this is a V6!!!

    Brian Bartron

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  • 5/5

    March 07, 2010

    sounds so good

    Just put these on my 2001 and it made a difference. install was good took the driver side out from the bottom and the passanger side from the top. the only tuff thing was the EGR tube.


    Year: 2001

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  • 4/5

    August 16, 2010

    better than factory

    overall the install was pretty easy. my egr tube on the passenger side wound up getting boogered up because the headers have so much chrome on them. i suggest getting a short piece of pipe from the local hardware store (egrs have pipe thread) and rethreading the egr fittings. i also used the provided egr caps in the kit to help cut some of the chrome off the headers. this made it a breeze the second time around. very slighlty deeper tone. great replacement if the factory manifolds are damaged but wouldnt recommend the install if your seeking large power gains.


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  • 5/5

    February 27, 2011

    BBK shorty's

    I bought these as part of my new exhaust setup for my 99 mustang V6. Wow, I immediately noticed power gains. I combined this product with a pypes off road x pipe, and flowmaster american thunder dual exhaust. After one day I've already been getting compliments on how mean it sounds. Wake up your v-6 and buy this product

    Donald Williams

    Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    October 27, 2010

    way to go

    put a set of these on my v6 along with 3" high flow cats, 3" pipes and 3" magnaflow mufflers sounds and feels great.the install was took about 3 hours goofing around. headers took some push and pull to get into place but wasn't hard at all. great product again from great company!!!


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  • 5/5

    November 18, 2009

    great sounding

    Awesome Sounding headers. it makes it growl. I got this with O/R pypes X pipe and GT Magnaflow Exhaust system I got to tell you im not disappointed. My Pony has a mean sound almost sounding like a V8..Recommended

    Joel Zervoulakos

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 08, 2012

    BBK Shorty's

    They took a he!l of a long time to install due to space issues, but they sound great and I can feel a little kick in the lower rpms. I bought these to replace the notorious cracked stock manifolds and these definitely are worth the money and look good as well. Thanks AM


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    January 28, 2010


    Makes the 6 sound deeper. I wouldn't do the install myself again. i'd pay next time. Then again, it was my 1st time =)


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  • 5/5

    December 26, 2008

    BBK V6 Headers

    NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE! dont listen to anyone when they say shorties dont make a difference. makes the v6 take off way faster and smoother! my mustang also sounds a lot deeper! just leave a free day to install if you are doing it yourself. can take a while depending on your tools.

    Nathan Lambert

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    April 25, 2012

    The install was a PAIN

    So where do I start? My stock headers were cracked and were costing me the same price as these... so obviously I went with the BBK Shortys. The install time was 3 hours and i paid 250 for labor, my cat back exhaust system had to be undone, the dipstick had to be removed and the egr tube had to be removed (good advice on the egr ... when putting everything back, unbolt the valve it, screw in the bottom part first and then line up the egr tube with the unbolted valve) be careful about the o2 sensors... they're pretty fragile! The drivers side was the hardest to angle and install... which was the opposite of what i read lol. Anywho, after starting the car you will smell a burning oil smell, that is normal .. it goes away after 2 days.The performance gains i felt were massive because my older headers had a 6 inch long crack and the other headers had leaky head gaskets... now i'm getting better fuel economy, sounds MEAN with the flowmaster 40 setup and the acceleration .. especially from 100-160 is so much quicker! Thanks AM!


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6 Thornhill, Ontario

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  • 5/5

    March 10, 2009

    BBK Shorty Headers

    I have to say that buying these headers was the BEST investment money can buy. I had my mechanic, which by the way specializes in rebuilding Stang\'s, install them, coupled by a custom off road H pipe with Flowmaster original 40 series. Let me tell you they made a HUGE difference in the sound and performance of the sixer! I highly recommend anyone seeking to modify their sixer to invest in these bad boyz!! You won\'t be disappointed!!

    Stang Girl

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  • 5/5

    August 22, 2008


    I only put these on because my manifold cracked. I also heard that they don\'t do much for a six pack. WRONG! These headers have made my car\'s exhaust tone warmer, made the car faster, and the enginbe bay shinier!! I regret not putting them in sooner! V6\'s should come from the factory like this! WOW!

    Erich Coleman

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 19, 2015

    Defectfull headers not good

    One of the headers was bad and had to get it fixed paid for extra labor on it ,now is still bad ,if it hadn't been that way I think this would be a great product


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 Cape Coral ,Florida

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with these BBK Headers. Please give our customer service a call at your earliest convenience so we can further assist you with the headers you've received.

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 27, 2013

    Product is worth every penny!

    I own a 2003 convertable, I added these headers after my stock exhaust manifolds craked and leaked. I already had true dual exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers and these headers gave me a deep, rich rumble. I paid for installation and the mechanic said it took him three hours. I also added a cold air intake at the same time. The power gains were very evident. Doing a 360 degree burnout is effortless now. However my fuel mileage has suffered by about 3-4 mpg. With fuel reaching $4.00 per gallon at this time I still would do it again.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: V6 Las Vegas, NV, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    June 26, 2012

    Made a huge difference in sound

    I would highly recomend this product, and is deffinatley worth the money.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6 tucson

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 18, 2012

    Perfect fit, no modifications required.

    Beutifull fit and finish.Driver side is much easier to install than pasanger side. Sound is amazing. Only one factory stud on passenger side was to long, easy to swap with other shorter stud, on same side. I reused all factory hardware with no problems. You can feel the added power they add to stock. Tork all nuts to factory specs and you will have no leaks.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6 Souther California

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 26, 2012

    From vroom to GRRRR!!!

    Guys and gals, I have two very valid points to make. Number one, rocks! Number two, the stock exhaust manifold is like a performance choke-hold. Upgrade it! I originally replaced mine because they were cracked. The Mustang woke up! It doesn't sound like a V8 (quit lying, haha) but who cares!? I didn't buy a V6 for it to sound like a V8! This is THE biggest gift you can give your engine, the gift of breathing better. I finished the job all dirty, stepped back, took a good look at it and told my Mustang: Enjoy it pardner, you deserve it! If you have the money, I say GO FOR IT! One warning: -Do NOT reuse the stock manifold bolts, I almost pierce a hole in the cylinder 1 tube because the upper stud was too long. Use the bolts in the kit. You'll be glad you did.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 Louisville, Kentucky

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