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MAC Ceramic Long Tube Headers (94-97 V6; 01-04 V6)

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Features & Details

  • Increases Horsepower and Torque
  • Long Tube Header Design
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Polished Ceramic Finish
  • Fits 1994-1997 and 2001-2004 V6 Mustangs
More Horsepower And Torque. Bolt on extra horsepower and torque that you can feel throughout the entire RPM band with a set of MAC Performance Long Tube Headers. These MAC Chrome Long Tube Headers when combined with a matching shorty Mid Pipe will improve your Mustangs exhaust flow increasing your pony's horsepower and torque.

Ceramic Coating. These Long Tube Headers are completed in MAC's Polished Ceramic Coating that not only looks great, but reduce under hood temperatures to help increase horsepower and extend the life of the headers. Ceramic Coated headers will long out last both chrome plated and polished headers.

High Quality Construction. Constructed from 1-5/8" mandrel bent 16 Gauge Steel tubing so there are no kinks to rob you of power, these MAC Performance Long Tube Headers feature 2-1/2" True Fit Collectors that eliminate the need for gaskets which are prone to leak and blow out. These headers are then completed in a polished ceramic finish for good looks and a durable long life.

Application. This pair of MAC Performance Long Tube Headers are specifically designed to fit the 1994-1997 and 2001-2004 Mustangs that are equipped with the 3.8L or 3.9L V6 engine. Does not fit 1998-2000 models. MAC Performance recommends using a MAC shorty Mid Pipe for the best performance gains. (see drop down option above).Technical Note. This MAC Performance product is not legal for use in emission restrictive states.

Fitment: 1994 1995 1996 1997 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Driver side header
  • (1) Passenger side header
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Long Tube Finish: Ceramic
Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty Fitment: 1994-1997 and 2001-2004 3.8L or 3.9L V6 Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 01, 02, 03, 04

Most Helpful Reviews

Best exhaust setup for a 6 shooter

(Didn't buy these from AM, as they didn't offer them at the time, but just recently installed them) Good job AM; literally a few weeks after I suggested you guys start getting MAC exhaust products, you ...

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Horrible Fit

I was happy to get these in the mail, I did them on jack stands in the garage. I put them on originally without gaskets because it says these headers "eliminate the needs for them". Wrong. They leaked ...

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Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Can I install these even if I have a dual exhaust conversion kit on? I have the MAC Y-pipe bolt on catback, can I still get these headers, or do i need to redo my whole exhaust system


  • These will not bolt directly to the stock midpipe. You'll need a new 'shorty' style midpipe. A new shorty style midpipe will require a dual exhaust cat-back which you can probably just get some new flow-tubes to adapt your true dual setup.


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Fitment I have a 2001 V6 auto. Will these headers fit?


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I want to get longtube headers instead of shortys, and these look like the best option, but will these fit with the pypes true dual exhaust system?


  • They are excellent headers. I have the same exact ones. YES, it will work with your existing system. You may need to get O2 sensor extensions, modify your mid-pipe slightly. MAC ProChamber provides power, compliments the V6 in a great way. Have Fun!!


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How do you install these with an EGR system? Would I have to get the delete system for it, and if so what all goes into doing that?


  • There is an EGR bung on the drivers side header. it is positioned in exactly the same position as stock. You can retain the stock EGR system with no alterations.


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I have a 04 3.9 v6 convertible and I saw these headers listed on a different website. It stated that they wouldn't fit a convertible, is that true? I don't see how it wouldn't.


  • The reason for that is. The convertibles have a k member brace that makes some clearance issues. Honestly though. I installed them on my 2004 with the 3.9L coupe and had slight fitment issues. If you are good with a sledge and a press. You'll be fine.


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How much horsepower do these add?


  • I haven't had mine on the dyno, but I was told by MAC to expect a 10-15 hp gain, and it certainly felt like at least that much. Obviously having a good flowing intake (Cold air kit) before the engine, and free flowing headers and exhaust after the engine, makes the ideal gain for, so if you've already got those parts, it will be a great addition.


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Overall Rating 4.6

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Weekend

Installation Cost:$500-$1000

  • Performance Gain 4.785714 4.8
  • Fit 3.928571 3.9

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 04, 2013

    Best exhaust setup for a 6 shooter

    (Didn't buy these from AM, as they didn't offer them at the time, but just recently installed them) Good job AM; literally a few weeks after I suggested you guys start getting MAC exhaust products, you do. I have an '01 6-shooter and I recently completed my full exhaust conversion (MAC Ceramic Long Tubes, MAC Off Road H pipe, and SLP Loudmouth) A friend did the install and it was a full day of work. I have heard others talk about the difficulty of getting these MAC headers on, but in my case, the fit itself was not that bad; the only tight/difficult part was getting the header bolts on to tighten everything down. They ended up having to use a manual wrench with small quarter turns over a whole hour alone just to get the bolts tightened, due to having no room for anything else. Other than that, the install was not too bad. These long tubes should only be bought in the ceramic style; they'll last longer and you do get what you paid for in its quality. The headers don't hang that much lower than my previous setup, and mine has H&R Super Sport springs so it's already very low. They do look amazing in the engine bay and under the vehicle. One word of advice; on some model years you might need 2 sets of oxygen sensor extenders instead of just 1, as I found out. When all was said and done, between parts and labor I easily spent over $1000 on this setup. Obviously it's the more expensive route for a V6 exhaust job, but it's also the best route in my book. There aren't many long tubes on the road, especially for 6 shooters, and it's obvious that yours is different every time you get on it. So if you're willing to spend the money, I would highly recommend going the MAC long tube route. Note: Video does not even come close to how loud this setup is in real life, but it is what it is.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 Fairfield, IL

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    March 28, 2013

    Horrible Fit

    I was happy to get these in the mail, I did them on jack stands in the garage. I put them on originally without gaskets because it says these headers "eliminate the needs for them". Wrong. They leaked terribly bad without them. I decided not to mess with it anymore and to just take it to a shop. Took them 5 hours to install and they said it was a horrible fit. They actually had to cut part of the engine mount on both sides just to make the headers sit right without leaking and added gaskets. The passenger side header is so close to the starter that a piece of paper could barley fit through. Overall I think these headers should come with gaskets from the start. But, on the bright side when everything is all done. the sound is amazing. and I felt a stronger pull when driving too. Again, you will need a pair of gaskets and in some cases 2 sets of o2 sensor extenders (or 1 set of MIL eliminators and 1 set of extenders)


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6 Iowa

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 14, 2013

    Mac headers

    I didn’t buy these from AM because they didn’t have them at the time, however I wrote them a suggestion as well as probably allot of others did and there here!!! The headers weren’t bad to install at all I did mine on jack stands and didn’t run into any real problems. However the driver side header was hard to get up to the head but with a little perseverance and finagling it will get up there. Once installed there very loud I ran without cats for a while, until I got pulled over and warned that they were too loud so I added Pypes hi flow cats which quiets it down but not too much. They are still loud at WOT. The performance is a definite increase in high RPM and a defiant torque increase, I spin through shifts from first through third. Overall great product they have been installed now for two years and haven’t had any problems no leaks or anything. Thanks AM for listening to the customers again A+ service.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6 NY

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    July 30, 2013

    MAC Longtube Headers

    I have a 2001 V6 mustang and in the matter of a day my car went from quiet and boring, to loud and beast. I felt a good power difference at the throttle. The cost of these longtubes were much cheaper then anywhere I've looked!The appearance of these are amazing under the hood and also reduces engine bay temperatures. The installation was a bit of a challenge. The driver side went on with ease only having to remove the steering shaft, but the passenger side took the majority of the day. In the end it was well worth it! Overall I do recommend this product to any sixer guy like me.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 27, 2015

    Mac longtube headers

    These headers are fantastic, took me a couple hours to install in the driveway. I recommend using a lift if you have access to one. These headers require o2 sensor extensions which I forgot to buy when I ordered these


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6 Roseville, CA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    July 28, 2013

    The sound is amazzzzzing!

    When I had these installed all I can say is wow, wouldn't have it any other way, the long tubes give a unique sound. Friend said he was looking for a exotic car when he heard my car. Just great product overall recommend the catted h pipe with the install once again a great product from am!


    Year: 1996 Submodel: V6 Monmouth, NJ, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $1000+

    February 18, 2013

    Tha MAC headers were a great buy an exclent product!

    I purchased the headers for my 2002 V6 3.8 Ltr Mustang. I had a shop that works on muscle cars install them for me as well as a true dual exhaust system, H pipe, performance air intake, wires and plugs, etc. although I'm extremely happy with the headers they did not fit like it stated. The mechanic had to make modifications to the O2 sensors (extend them) and he had a very hard time getting them to fit right. Shop time was two days and extremely costly. They also did not come with any gasket kit so be prepared to buy that separate. Over all the sound and performance outweigh the cost in my opinion!


    Year: 2002 Submodel: V6 Vancouver, BC, Canada

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      The True Fit collectors on these headers actually eliminate the need for gaskets. I'm sorry your shop had a difficult time installing them, but glad to hear you love the outcome once completed.

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 08, 2015

    Sound and Perform Great!! But Fitment?

    The install took a weekend due to the status of the 20 year old stock exhaust and my job getting in the way. These headers are a GREAT bang for your buck, but the fitment could be better. I did not need gaskets even after the 6 months they've been on my car. I am currently running with the CEL on due to the egr valve pipe not lining up correctly. Other than that, the sound is AMAZING and it was well worth the money.


    Year: 1995 Submodel: V6 Ohio

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 04, 2014


    I love the sound and the performance gains but the ceramic coat on the bottom is peeling only reason why I give it a 4/5


    Year: 2002 Submodel: V6 ohio

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    February 21, 2014

    Good way to finish your exhaust

    Bought these for valentines day and had a shop install them. Install cost $350 because of some complications like extending o2 sensors and gaskets that I forgot to buy before hand. However, the headers fit on my 98 with no issues according to the shop. These definitely add a different note to the tone of your exhaust. And it seems to pick up speed a little quicker. I was recommended a tune for better results but haven't taken the time to get one yet.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: V6 Kentucky, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 20, 2013

    Fast shipping and lightweight package

    Received the headers quickly and they were undamaged. Will install when the rest of my custom exhaust pieces arrive.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 Nebraska, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    June 09, 2016

    Mac longtube headers!!!

    They sound amazing, and the performance gain feels great. So glad I got these. Install was a pain tho but once it's on its worth it


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    April 18, 2016

    A Must Get For V6s

    I could not wait to have this product installed, and I still cannot stop smiling after having it installed. I paired this with a h pipe with high flow cats and a SLP loudmouth catback and the sound is amazing! Never thought my car could sound so mean. This then paired with a FIPK CAI and tuner makes this car screeeam. Would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. Shop reported that it was fairly easy to install, just an overall tight fit.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 18, 2016

    Great product!!!

    Great product I was impressed with how fast it arrived to my house. It took 1 day and the product was very well wrapped and secured in the box. As for the install it wasn't bad a little tight but nothing too bad got it done within a few hours. It is night and day how the car sounds and feels after I love the product and recommend it to all of you you will need o2 extensions.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

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