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Pypes Polished Shorty Headers (05-10 V6)

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  • Increases Horsepower and Torque
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • 304 Polished Stainless Construction
  • Bright Polished Finish
  • Fits 2005-2010 4.0L V6 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hi I’m Justin with, and I’m taking a closer look at Pypes polished shorty header for the 4L V6 motor found in the 2005-2010 Mustangs. So why would you want to use a shorty header vs a long tube header? Well for one, a shorty header is a great entry level header and will still be a solid upgrade over your ultra restrictive cast iron factory manifolds. Secondly, they’re going to be the more budget friendly option of the two, and install much easier, thanks to the fact that these shorty headers are a direct bolt on replacement meaning you won’t have to modify your factory mid pipe like you would if you used a set of long tubes. So even though you won’t make quite as much power using a shorty header vs a long tube, the difference in power and sound vs your stock manifolds still make them a very popular choice with many 4.0L V6 owners out there. When first looking at this system from Pypes you’ll notice the whole system is made from 100% 304-grade stainless steel, and features 1/8 and 5/8th “ mandrel bent tubing to help improve that exhaust flow. Another thing I always seem to notice on Pypes products is their quality TIG welds, and the same is true on this setup, great penetration on both the flange welds and the collector welds as well, meaning a quality product that won’t be prone to failure down the road. That polished finish is a nice touch as well because even though these headers aren’t immediately obvious as soon as you pop the hood, you still get a good view of them when taking a closer look under the hood, and that’s sure to add to any engine bay. Doing the install on any set of headers can be a little intense, so it’s best to set aside a full day just to tackle the job. A lot of you on the site have also pointed out how well these Pypes shorties actually fit, making the install go a lot easier. So in the end, what you can expect from using Pypes polished shorty headers, is a slight bump in both power and sound, especially if you choose to pair your shorties up with some other form of exhaust modification. Be sure to check them out right here at

Free Up Horsepower and Torque. Replace those heavy and restrictive cast iron factory exhaust manifolds with a set of Pypes free flowing, lightweight, stainless steel shorty headers that will allow your Pony to breath better than stock for more power.

Durable Construction. Manufactured from 1-5/8" mandrel bent 304 stainless steel tubing for strength and improved airflow, these Pypes Shorty Mustang Exhaust headers feature a one piece 3/8" thick header flange for additional strength and an OEM fit. Pypes headers are then polished to a bright finish for impressive under hood styling.

Application. Designed as a direct bolt on, these Pypes Shorty Headers will bolt straight up in the stock location to the factory Mid-Pipe without any modifications on the 2005 to 2010 4.0L V6 to improve exhaust flow and sound.

Technical Note: Check local ordinances to ensure that this Pypes product is legal for use in your state.

Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details

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Hardware included:
  • (1) gasket set
Installation Info
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Header Specifications
Header Type: Short Tube Finish : 304 Stainless Steel
Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2005-2010 V6 Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

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Another AM Winner

Nice price. Very nice quality. Adds a better sound to your exhaust. Felt HP gain or at the very least a peppier throttle response. Very straightforward install but tight spaces and a lot of patience required. Nice ...

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I had these on my 2006 v6. they looked great with that purple blueish color almost like a burnt tip of an exhaust. very catchy! notice a much deeper tone out of my exhaust even when i only had a flow master ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Do you have to have duel exaust? i am very new to this and want to have something tha looks cool when i lift the hood


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  • Nope, these do not require dual exhaust for installation. These headers will replace your stock manifolds and bolt right to the factory mid-pipe without any modifications!


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to work with orginal cats?


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  • These headers are a direct replacement for your stock manifolds and you can reuse your stock mid-pipe with cats no problem. Hope this helps!


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What is the difference? I know people say that theres some horsepower and more rumble. But how much different is it? If not then do long tubes work on true duals?


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  • HP wise its only a few. MAYBE +15 MAX! but sound wise its a MASSIVE difference. long tubes work but take the place of your cats. if you're in a state that requires them you can get in a LOT of trouble for it. i have the JBA headers and BBK conversion on MY 05 V6 and they are AMAZING!


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Will these headers work with the Pypes mid muffler true dual exhaust?


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  • Hey grant Both systems use the stock catalytic converters, so that would allow them to match. So you should not have any problem bolting that set up together!


Are shorty headers street-legal in terms of emissions? I'm thinking about putting some on my daily driver, so I don't want to install anything only to find out it has to be removed. State is Connecticut, if that helps.


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  • Most states will allow the use of shorty headers however please check with your local ordinances to ensure that you are legally allowed to use this product on Connecticut.


Will these work with Pypes True Dual Exhuast?


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  • These will work with the Pypes true dual exhaust with the use of a downpipe that will connect the headers to the X-pipe that comes with the true dual exhaust.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 3.913043 3.9
  • Fit 4.5 4.5

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 09, 2016

    Good product

    Hello AM community! So I bought these for my 10' as one of the last bolt on mods. If you are a weekend mechanic like myself, then this would seem like a pretty easy day project. I have looked through many of the reviews from others and I'll be straight and to the point, if you plan to do this yourself and don't have access to a lift, just save yourself the trouble and the headache and have a shop do it. Going off the PDF member submitted file and As per others, I soaked all the bolts that needed to come off in a mix of PB blaster and liquid wrench. The actual bolts to the block gave no issues at all.using a lift and getting Underneath the car was a whole other story. I ended up using a 3ft breaker bar to loosen the bottom bolts that connects the mani to the mid pipe. By far the most difficult one was the drivers side top bolt. Once all the bolts where off, everything came out pretty easy. When prepping the headers, make sure the fit first. Due to the coating, I had to re-drill the holes where they would be hanging off the block. Once test fitted, everything went on very easy. After install make sure you hit those up with some break cleaner so you remove all the oils, dirt and grime so it doesn't bake onto the headers. I uploaded my 93R tune from bama and started it up. I was expecting a little more noise upon first start up but didn't notice anything. ( my exhaust is a dual Borlas). Taking it on the road and riding it, I noticed a lot more power in the 3k-4K Rpms. Over all I'm happy with the product, if your expecting the power to throw you into your seat, tone down those expectations. You will notice it definitely but not something from a turbo or supercharger.


    Year: 2010 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    May 23, 2013

    Nice Upgrade

    this was another project for me and my grandson. It was a little time consuming, but not really difficult. The instructions were very helpful and mostly accurate. I sprayed all of the studs with PB Blaster about an hour before starting working, so all of the nuts came off easy - once we could get a wrench on them. The driver's side took about twice as long as the passenger side. Had to use about 15" of extensions and a swivel and came in over the top of the cat to get to the top bolt. Real pain, but not impossible. The most difficult part was reinstalling the coil bracket over the header flange since it was designed to mount directly to the head. I had to get the strut tower brace out of the way, and then it took several attempts, but I finally got it by starting the head bolts first, then pushing on the bracket until the intake plenum bolt holes lined up, then tightening everything up. Reinstalling the dip stick took a little tapping on it to get it to reseat in the block and line up the mounting tab to the header flange. So all of that took about 4 hours. The passenger side was a piece of cake. I did not remove the battery as the instructions said to do. Not sure why that's in the instructions. It was easy to work the manifold out and the header in without removing it. It only took about 1-1/2 hours. So total time was around 5-1/2 hours. I did not think that was too bad considering that I was teaching my 15 year old grandson at the same time. No idea about any performance gains without a dyno. There should be some gain in theory, but Ford had already done a pretty good job with the manifold design. But they really look nice and the exhaust sound is improved over what I was getting out of my Ford Racing cat back exhaust. Nice rumble. So would I do it again? Yep, sure would!


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6 Tomball, Texas

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    July 25, 2012

    Another AM Winner

    Nice price. Very nice quality. Adds a better sound to your exhaust. Felt HP gain or at the very least a peppier throttle response. Very straightforward install but tight spaces and a lot of patience required. Nice compromise between OEM headers and long headers.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 09, 2012


    I had these on my 2006 v6. they looked great with that purple blueish color almost like a burnt tip of an exhaust. very catchy! notice a much deeper tone out of my exhaust even when i only had a flow master axle back. definitely better pep and the price is really really cheap. definitely can't go wrong with these headers.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 E.B. NJ

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  • 5/5

    May 17, 2008

    Great product

    Just got the Pypes 304 header and noticed a big difference in power and sound. I have a Magnaflow exhaust, and with the headers it is so loud. You feel the power gain as well. Great product! I recommend it for any 2007 Mustang V6.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 29, 2012

    Great fit, high quality

    I am a former automotive exhaust system technician with 19 years of experience in the field. I have installed hundreds of sets of headers during that career. These headers impressed me with the quality and the fit. I spent an afternoon installing these headers, but they could have been installed in much less time as I was allowing my son to install them for the experience. These headers could be installed in about 1.5 to 2 hours using air tools and a lift. I did it using hand tools and drive on ramps. The install went very smooth. One suggestion I have is that anyone installing these should acquire a 1 1/16" crows foot in order to remove and reinstall the EGR tube. This can be done using an end wrench; however, a wrench of this size will have a limited "swing" and it will be difficult to remove/reinstall the tube without the crows foot. The EDIS bracket will need to be removed and reinstalled as well. This bracket will need to be bent slightly to reinstall since it will be bolted on top of the header flange, rather than directly to the head as it was originally. Likewise, on the passenger side, the bracket which supports some coolant lines will need to be loosened from the head and then bolted back on top of the header flange, also being bent very slightly to fit over the header flange. These modifications are very minimal and not a big deal I bent them by hand). Removal/reinstallation of the dipstick tube is also required, but just pulls out of the block once the bolt is removed. The O-ring on the tube might cause some resistance as the tube is removed, but did come out relatively easily by twisting and pulling straight out (be careful to only twist the tube and not bend it). The only real issue I had with this kit involves the header flange to catalytic converter flange bolts that were supplied with the kit. The bolts included with the kit were course threaded and the supplied nuts were fine thread. I reused the original nuts and the new bolts with no problem. The fit is impressive, and I have to say that these headers genuinely bolted directly in place of the existing manifolds. This car is equipped with dual exhaust using the Pypes kit with OEM GT mufflers that were removed from a GT. The headers were added last and the sound is very nice. The sound is a smoother sound than with the manifolds, yet not dramatically different. I believe the performance change is slight, if any, but I don't drive the car on a regular basis. My son, who drives it regularly says it seems somewhat better. They look very sharp under the hood, but did darken (yellow) slightly once the engine started. They have been in place for two days at this point and I am pleased. I believe they are a good value and excellent quality and fit.


    Year: 2009 Submodel: V6 San Angelo, Texas

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  • 5/5

    November 18, 2010

    Absolutely worth it!!

    Sounds amazing with the Pypes true duals, recommended for any v6 owner

    Sean Adams

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  • 5/5

    July 23, 2009


    Just completed installing pypes 304 headers and pypes dual exhaust system with stock GT mufflers. Very good sound, nice power gain. Pypes did a great job making sure I had everything to do the job with. Great product, I recommend it for any V6 owners thats wants a little more kick out of there ponys!!!!


    Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    July 29, 2010


    this headers where alot harder to instal than most people say. but ill tell you what. ITS WORTH IT. they make my dual exhuast sounds great and i def felt some power. they also look great under the hood!

    ben D.

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  • 5/5

    June 02, 2010

    Exellent Buy

    These headers really opened up the flow. I am very happy with the sound and power gains. I would recommend these headers to others


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  • 5/5

    September 18, 2009

    really nice

    just had mine installed and it took away the high pitch sound from the high rpms get it


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  • 5/5

    March 16, 2011

    Nice upgrade

    I had bought these from a guy who's car was total before he had the chance to install them.... anyway, I knew this wasn't as simple as an oil change. Honestly, it wasn't that bad, if you have the right tools as air tools and a ramp, this make work really easy. The only "hard" part is taking off the ERG pipe. But if I wasn't stopping to answer the phone and talking to my son, it would have taken me about 3 hours to take off and install the new ones. But I also added on the X-pipe, so total time was about 4 hours. Great sound with dual exhaust. This is worth buying.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    January 18, 2011




    Year: 2010 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 27, 2012

    Great Headers!!

    As far as headers go...they're not the most fun or easiest thing to install or fit, but these fit great and look fantastic especially once they go from silver to copper colored after the first drive! They sound great too, made my crank up louder and revving more aggressive with a little more growl!


    Year: 2008 Submodel: V6 Georgia, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 28, 2011

    Not too Bad

    The installation instructions for the shorty's is excellent..I just did mine today. Love the new headers!There were a couple of bolt size descriptions that were off in the instructions but it doesn't make a difference...unless you only have the exact sockets. Great write up with pics...worked perfectly. Would like to confirm that you start with drivers side (hardest) then go to passenger side (got that manifold off in 10 mins). Firgure 4 hours overall if you a decent mechanic. Definitely PB or Kroil all the manifold to engine and manifold to cat pipes. Definitely read these directions first!! Oh, if you think you are going to remove the battery (I didn't) try disconnecting way ahead of may be corroded on! Car know has a deeper rumble without being louder (have GT500 dual exhaust set up) and better throttle response. Wipe off the headers with a brake cleaner to get the finger prints off before first start up. Good Luck!


    Year: 2006 Submodel: V6

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  • 3/5

    February 21, 2011

    They are okay

    These headers took a lot longer to install then expected and i guess i was expecting too much of a change in sound. i have magnaflow dual exhaust and the headers make it sound better at idle and low rpms but it doesn't sound that much different at higher rpms. IDK seemed like they cost a little bit more then what they r worth.


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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 01, 2016

    Look and sound great

    Installed these with Pypes hi-flow cats and Pypes M80 cat back exhaust (previously installed) Install took about 3-4hrs with a lift and proper tools. This kit comes with a gasket set and new studs and bolts. Hardest part was removing old manifolds due to lack of space and getting the new headers back in, but once in place everything bolts up fine with no fitment issues. Right away, I noticed a louder, more aggressive idle, sounds pretty mean for a V6! However not too much increase in noise or performance through the RPM band. This might change with a new tune. They weigh less than the stock cast iron manifolds, and they look really nice under the hood, I love the golden color they turn as they warm up and break in. I am happy with these headers. Pypes has some good stuff out there for the money.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 10, 2014

    Great product!

    Took it to a shop to get it installed because I lacked the tools to do it myself. I've had these headers along with the pypes true duel. The paper gaskets burnt out quickly on them when I got it installed. I'm currently replacing the second set. I'm starting to think it's the higher octane gas from my tunes for the burnt gaskets. My back left hanger broke and now vibrates when it idles. It's great bang for your buck. You can really truly feel and hear the less restrictive headers. Any advice I could offer would be to try and bore the insides just for a bit of extra oomph just don't go to extreme The chrome also fades and rusts within 2 years though


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 27, 2013

    SOUNDS A++++++

    As far as performance is concerned, I would say its minimal if any, but just by the sound of the exhaust you can tell it has a better flow. This paired with my Roush exhaust sounds amazing, every person who hears it wanted to know how I got my exhaust to sound so good and I found it really came to life once I added these shortys. Fitment took a little "persuading" in order to fit properly but much easier than other header installs ive done and had to lift the engine. For the price you cant beat it !


    Year: 2006 Submodel: V6 Windsor, ON, Canada

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  • 5/5

    February 17, 2011

    Great sound

    These headers are great. They are a pain in the butt to install if you only have a jack but it was worth the 10 hour install. It adds a little bit more of a deep growl to the pypes dual exhaust. Great shipping time and price too. Thanks AM!!!!


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