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BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers (99-04 V6)

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  • Increases Horsepower and Torque.
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing.
  • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating.
  • Fits 1999-2004 3.8/3.9 V6 Mustangs.
  • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
More horsepower and torque. Improve the horsepower and torque of your V6 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. These BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers are specifically designed to bolt right up to your 1999-2004 3.8L or 3.9L V6 Mustang's stock mid-pipe.

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
Hardware included:
  • 2 header gaskets
  • 4 header studs
  • 4 flat washers
  • 4 lock washers
  • 4 nuts
  • 12 header bolts
  • 2 EGR caps (Optional depending on model)
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
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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Fix your tick, Increase performance!!!

I debated whether or not to get the chrome headers that were cheaper, and more shiny, but after having the ceramics on my car, I am very pleased with the look and performance. The rumble from my v6 is ...

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Ceramic Shorties

These are nice headers, no doubt about that. Didn't really notice any immediate power gains though. I'll have to get them on the freeway before I can say for sure. Install is difficult. Definitely understand ...

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Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars


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Exaust pip compatibility Will my OE/Factory exaust and cat bolt directly onto the bbk short headers or will there be a need for some custom fabrication? Also, what aftermarket exaust systemsthat will bolt directy onto these headers for a 2001 V6 3.8L?

JonLucas Year: 2001 Model: V6

  • These BBK Shorty Headers will be a direct replacement for your stock manifolds with no need for any additional modifications. An aftermarket standard length H-pipe or X-pipe designed to fit your '01 V6 will bolt directly to these headers. We highly suggest sticking with the same brand headers and mid-pipe to ensure optimum fitment. If you wanted to upgrade your catback exhaust (rest of the exhaust that bolts to the mid-pipe), you can choose whichever brand and type you'd like as long as they are made for your year/model Mustang. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

    LisaS Year: 1992 Model: GT

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Any fitment issues with these headers when installed on a 2002 Convertible 3.8L V6? Convertibles seem to always have restrictions with frame/sub-frame stiffeners, etc.. I'm contemplating installation of the BBKs with a Pypes true dual exhaust system.

Katrina Year: 2002 Model: Other

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will these headers fit right if i have the magnoflow dual exhaust on my v6?

mikey6310 Year: 2001 Model: V6

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Overall Rating 4.9

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Weekend

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.571429 4.6
  • Fit 4.285714 4.3
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.428571 4.4

  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    Fix your tick, Increase performance!!!

    I debated whether or not to get the chrome headers that were cheaper, and more shiny, but after having the ceramics on my car, I am very pleased with the look and performance. The rumble from my v6 is actually more impressive now. They took about 6 hours to install with two of us working on it. I have true dual exhaust on my car, and a little trick to get the drivers side header on is to unbolt the exhaust so it is loose and then push it up against the car to create enough space to let your helper wedge the header right in there. If I would have know this beforehand, it would have made the job a 3 hour job. If you use a universal joint/swivel joint, attached to a power tool, this will help speed things up as well. Definitely worth every penny, and the time invested to install. My car has no tick to it now. The power and roar has seen a great increase.


    Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 4/5

    March 21, 2010

    Ceramic Shorties

    These are nice headers, no doubt about that. Didn't really notice any immediate power gains though. I'll have to get them on the freeway before I can say for sure. Install is difficult. Definitely understand that this is an 8 hour install. The install guide doesn't talk much about this but the oil dipstick tube removal was easy, reinstallation not so much. You kinda have to twist and turn the thing till it hits the hole, then start pushing it in. It's pretty sturdy. I ended up using a mallet to push it back in. You don't want to get impatient with it though. Take a breather if you need to. Otherwise, this install was ok and you can definitely do it out of your garage; I did. But definitely know what you are getting into. Great looking product at a terrific price. BBK is a great brand. I have always had good luck with their products.

    Brandon Dieni

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  • 5/5

    April 03, 2010

    Ceramic Shorty Headers

    Couldn't be happier. Installation was a bit tricky but nothing too major. She looks "purty", too! Glad I got them!


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  • 5/5

    November 30, 2010

    it breaths easier

    Since i put on the headers the car can breath alot easier with a deeper tone now all i need is to find the right x pipe and mufflers to be happy also my top end has alot more horses than before

    Jeremiah Moreno

    Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    February 26, 2012

    A little pricey, but worth it.

    Arrived really fast, had a shop install them. They sound amazing with true dual exhaust and you'll notice a bit of an increase in mid range hp. They really open up on the highway. Thanks AM!


    Year: 2001 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Delran, NJ

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    July 07, 2012

    Well worth the money

    These are well constructed and i've had them on the car for a couple of weeks now, and there's no discoloration or anything yet. Shorties don't yield much gain over the stock header styled manifolds, but you do pick up gains throughout the entire power range even if it's not top end horsepower. The car now chirps its tires in second gear! It's also important to note that while some naysayers advise against shorties ("go long tube!"), the fact remains that with any ceramic headers, you gain performance through an overall construction. Longtubes, the jury is still out on whether you start losing enough backpressure (on a stock non-cammed/ modified head engine), and in some cases, depending on where you live, long tubes may not be street legal/ emissions compliant (the reason for the "off road use only" stipulation that they put on them). All one has to do is look at the collector on these, and it's night and day versus the stock collectors, and if you're building a super stock V6 sort of engine like me, you want something that the engine already works well with, instead of modifying it too much, where you sometimes have varying parts not playing well with each other. The ceramics also help cut the underhood temps alot. I have an SCT Livewire tuner to monitor IAT's in the air intake, and at full engine operating temps, as long as you're driving and not sitting idling, the temperatures tend to be cut to anywhere from 3-8 degrees or so (depending on natural outside ambient temps), as opposed to 15-20 degrees that they were with the stock manifolds. Granted, that's with my engine and the modifications/ tune that I have and yours may vary, but I was surprised at how little the engine bay heats up. The car now keeps its nice strong engine presence at full operating temperature, that it normally had when the car was cold. These add a nice engine growl, too. I'd got an h-pipe installed along with these on a MAC dual catback system that i'd had installed already on the car last year, and between these and the h-pipe, the exhaust drone is gone and replaced with a throaty V8 styled sound when you step on the gas. They look great, too, with the polished silver ceramic finish. My only complaint about the headers is that when i'd got them, there was a bit of rust in the insides of the tubes, I guess, due to moisture that had got into them when sitting in a factory somewhere. There were also silica gel granules/ balls rolling around and jammed in crevices, which were also starting to impart a bit of surface rust, themselves. This isn't AM's fault; BBK should probably have better moisture/ silica gel systems in place if their headers, where they should replace the silica gel more frequently. Also, the fitment isn't exactly perfect--the dipstick had to be repositioned, but it's nothing that will cost you much extra at a shop. In the end, these are a great addition to your Stang, and if you're going to go aftermarket shorties, it's best to spend the cash on the ceramics, as you may as well do it right for another $130 or so.


    Year: 1999 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Winnipeg, MB

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  • 5/5

    December 24, 2009

    BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers

    Couldnt be happier with these headers. Installation was a bit of a pain but didnt really have any problems. Took my time and had it done in a night. Really let my stang breath better. Put that with a custom exhaust setup and I can REALLY tell the difference in power. Must buy for any serious mustang owner. Helps shine up the engine bay a little too.

    Mike Campbell

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    August 15, 2015

    better quality than JBA

    I originally bought JBA header, but no one wanted to install them because for me because they didn't accommodate air injection. California life..... so i returned them and bought these BBKs. I instantly noticed that the BBKs headers were in a MUCH better condition then the JBA headers. The tube were smooth and didn't have rough edges. I had no problems getting these installed by my mechanic for $250.00. He had issues with the screws that came with the headers because they were to long. Other than that there was no other issues. I noticed a slightly better throttle response and made my exhaust have a deeper, and a louder tone to it.


    Year: 1999 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 California

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  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    Should have done this earlier

    These BBK headers have given my mustang new life. I can feel my car breathing better and a little extra pep in the engine. I have an older mustang and if you are looking to extend your car's life, improve gas mileage, and improve the drive then these headers will do wonders when coupled with a good intake and exhaust.


    Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 02, 2012

    Sweet Headers

    Great product from BBK. The exhaust flow is so on queue, You can feel the instant hp. I do recommend that when you start with so many bolt ons for quick hp even in the V6 i strongly suggest getting your Stang Tuned & dyno, so that your air fuel ratio can be adjusted accordingly. AM has yet to let me down with any product that I have purchased & installed..


    Year: 2003 Model: V6 Driving Style: Daily Driver St Petersburg, FL, USA

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