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

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  • Increases Horsepower and Torque
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating
  • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
  • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT Mustangs
More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the horsepower and torque of your SN95 GT pony with a set of BBK Shorty headers. These BBK Shorty headers will improve your mustangs exhaust flow increasing your pony's horsepower and torque.

Quality Construction. These BBK Shorty Exhaust headers are manufactured from 1 5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow and one piece laser cut 3/8" flanges for added strength. The headers are then finished with BBK's high-temp Silver Polished Ceramic Coating for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

Application. Designed to fit the 1996-2004 4.6 GT Ford Mustang. These BBK Ceramic Coated shorty headers include high-quality mounting hardware and gaskets, so that they will bolt right up to your Mustangs stock mid-pipe.

Technical Notes. These BBK Shorty 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:
  • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
  • Manifold gaskets (2)
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
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

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Pros + Cons

I bought these headers for a 5.5l race engine swap since they appeared to sit tight to the engine for clearance reasons. Right out of the box they looked pretty good- there were still some ceramic beads ...

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BBK Equal length shorty headers

1st let me say American Muscle is the best, product arrived timely and as advertised. Now on to the BBK header. Welds, finish and ceramic coating were great but that is where it ends. The left header had ...

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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. View Full Transcript

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I already have a bbk x pipe, do I need short or lond headers.

P51mustang Year: 2002 Model: GT

  • If you have the standard length BBK X-pipe that is currently bolted to your stock manifolds, you would need shorty headers, not long tubes. These BBK Ceramic Tuned Length would be a great complement to your x-pipe. If you were to install Long Tube Headers, you would also need a shorty length mid-pipe to compensate for the longer tubing of the headers. Hope this helps!

    LisaS Year: 1992 Model: GT

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Do i need to buy a mid pipe with this shorty headers ?

muscle Year: 2002 Model: GT

  • There's a two part answer to this question. 1. No, these are a direct bolt on replacement. They will work with your existing factory mid-pipes, and don't require any mid-pipe upgrades to fit. However... 2. You'll want to upgrade your mid-pipe and remaining exhaust after these! To get the most out of the increased flow you get from these, it's best to upgrade to a performance H pipe or X pipe set. If you're like me and upgrade your car as money allows, go ahead and just replace the headers now. Just know you will eventually want to do more to maximize the end result in time.

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    TechBoyBen Year: 2001 Model: GT Top 100 Contributor

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do i have to have the same brand off road mid pipe or can they be different? i already bought a MAC off road h-pipe and want to know if the fitment will be ok or am i going to run into problems.

kleinstein98 Year: 1998 Model: GT

  • I put on BBK headers, Pacesetter h-pipe, and Mac exhaust. Just make sure you pay attention to the diameters. There are some that are 3, 2 1/2, and 2 inch diameters out there. Match those up and you'll be golden!

    Susheelover Year: 2001 Model: V6 Top 500 Contributor

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Overall Rating 4.3

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Weekend

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Performance Gain 4.7 4.7
  • Fit 4.7 4.7
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.5 4.5

  • 4/5

    September 07, 2009

    Pros + Cons

    I bought these headers for a 5.5l race engine swap since they appeared to sit tight to the engine for clearance reasons. Right out of the box they looked pretty good- there were still some ceramic beads laying around which I thought was neat. These headers are quite heavy for shorties. The welds on the outside were clean but the inner welds on the collector looked like a weak spot. That's not a big deal because of the heavy construction. DO NOT use the gaskets that come with this kit. They are practically foil reinforced paper. I highly recommend buying some carbon fiber or bronze header gaskets. These headers fit the new Trick Flow 2v heads fine. If anyone out there is performing a swap using a 5.4l block, these will not clear the strut towers. The towers will need modifications. They will fit perfectly fine on a 4.6l. If you're buying these for sound, don't run catalytic converters. Removing the cats will only free up 5-7hp total and "high-flow" cats are a marketing gimmick. All in all I'm happy with them so far!

    Chris V

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  • 2/5

    July 09, 2011

    BBK Equal length shorty headers

    1st let me say American Muscle is the best, product arrived timely and as advertised. Now on to the BBK header. Welds, finish and ceramic coating were great but that is where it ends. The left header had the exhaust pipe bung welded at an angle where the factory pipe would not fit. Easy fix by cutting the tube and using some braided hose I had left over from another project. On the right header the 2nd lower header bolt(from the front) hole was an issue. The head of the bolt hit the header tube. Easy fix, shortened the bolt, tapered the bolt and fixed the thread. If the hole had been oval shaped or even a slot it would have worked much better. I had expected better from BBK. Time frame probably 8-14 hrs total. Would have been faster but I only had an hr here and there to do the install. Would I buy these again. Probably not.

    Tom Phillabaum

    Year: 1999 Model: GT Driving Style: Street / Strip

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  • 5/5

    January 07, 2010

    Sound awesome

    Install was pretty simple took me a day, highly recommend to remove k-member. Great product, sounds great and fast shipping.


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  • 5/5

    October 30, 2010

    BBK Ceramic Headers on 2000GT

    Great product and quick FREE shipping with AM! Love the extra tone and power! Would suggest having a shop do the work it is quite extensive but can be done in a driveway. A must have for your Mustang!

    Casey Borgmeyer

    Year: 2000 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    September 25, 2014

    Ceramic Short Headers

    It took me about 15 hours in total to install these headers. The bolts are near impossible to tighten because of the shape of the tubes but I managed to do it on the passenger side by putting a block where the engine mount goes and then lowering the engine to tilt it toward the driver side. Although I protected my A/C line with high heat wrap and tried to move it up, the header has now burned through the A/C line on the passenger side and is going to be a costly fix for the small amount of power that I gained in the mid RPM range. I would recommend to anyone to remove the K-frame instead of doing it with the K-frame installed.


    Year: 2002 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 5+ Ontario, Canada

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 18, 2014

    Great Product

    These headers were very easy to install. I had to replace my motor mounts so the engine had to be lifted which made installing the headers much easier. They WILL smoke for a few minutes upon first starting. This is just the coating and any oils from handling them. I installed SLP's x pipe and loud mouth cat backs at the same time, and I absolutely love the sound. I didnt turn the radio on the first week after installing them.


    Year: 2004 Model: GT Driving Style: Street / Strip 'Stangs I have owned: 1 York, PA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    September 01, 2012

    Excellent! Excellent!

    The headers looked very nice! They fit right in the car (2001 GT convertible). The K brace had to be removed for the installation. The lower center bolts were fun to get in. I had all ready installed a polished & ported TB and raised plenum with a SR plenum spacer. The TB is quarter-shafted. With that, I only gained a little. After the headers were installed there was a tremendous difference. Very strong! Fun at the stoplights now! I should have done this first, then the tuner. I highly reccomend this product!!!


    Year: 2001 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 4 Lincolnton, NC 28092, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 01, 2012

    Excellent fitment and great sound quality..

    I had one of my technicians install a set of these BBK Headers on my 2000 GT. Overall straight forward installation. Dropped the K-Member and had them bolted up leak free in about 2 1/2 hrs. Amazingly they made my car quieter at an idle but man do they help let the car breath up high. Thanks AM for the prompt delivery and great price.


    Year: 2000 Model: GT Driving Style: Street / Strip 'Stangs I have owned: 10+ Tampa, FL, USA

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  • 4/5

    September 03, 2009

    awesome, but needs work

    bought these during my 3.8 to 4.6sohc swap and they sound AMAZING, have an upr xpipe do yourself a favor and dont get cats,truly nuts, only complaint studs werent installed into header down feeds and had to file down slits to get bolts to fit through them, a little more time at bbk needed!


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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: 0-$100

    June 09, 2013

    I'm Loving These Headers!

    I had the misfortune of having to replace my 4.6L engine due to problems we won't go into here. Since swapping from the standard exhaust manifolds to these shorty headers wouldn't really affect my install time or shop costs I went ahead and invested in them while it was easiest. As expected, there is a noticeable difference! My car has a much smoother sound coming from the exhaust, and the car is quite a bit more responsive. I haven't had the car dynoed yet, but I'd expect this to have created somewhere around a 7 - 8 HP difference. The guys at the shop were impressed with the way they looked and sounded, and they didn't have any issues installing. I can't speak to the frustrations others have had with installation, since my installation was on a block that was already external of the car. However, even if I did have to spend 12 hours installing them, it would be worth the effort and a great start into an off-road or high powered street legal exhaust system.

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

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