Dave with AmericanMuscle.com, and I have with me an item that’s highly reviewed and highly rated by our customers. It’s the Pypes polished shorty headers for the 2005 – 2010 Mustang GT. A shorty header is a great entry level header, especially when compared to your factory manifold. The factory manifolds are cheap, one piece cast iron designs, and they are easy to manufacture and extremely restrictive. In fact, they retain heat, they restrict exhaust flow, and look rusted and ugly before you even know it. A shorty header is going to go directly in place of your factory exhaust manifold, meaning it is going to go into your same exact location, it’s going to have the same length as your factory manifold, and bolt up to the head on one side and your factory midpipe on the other, meaning there are no other items to purchase and no other modifications required unlike when you run the long tube headers. Unlike your bulky and restrictive factory exhaust manifold, these Pypes polished shorty headers, they’re made from stainless steel, they’re 1 5/8” diameter and they’re guaranteed horsepower and sound the moment you bolt them onto your Mustang. Since these are going to allow the motor to expel the exhaust gases faster from the car, you can count on these delivering not only more sound, but about 8-10 more horsepower, with no tuning required. A common question our customer services reps get all the time is “Hey, if I pick up a shorty style header, do I need a shorty mid pipe?” The answer is no, a shorty style mid pipe is only utilized when you pick up a long tube header. A shorty style header is going to go ahead and use your factory length mid pipe to ease installation. Just by looking at these headers, you can tell they’re a high quality product. They’re polished to a shine, and they’re mandrel bent, to guarantee you’re going ot get top notch looks, and performance out of these headers. Pypes has taken a lot of time to do in house testing on these headers, which are made from 304 stainless steel, they’re making sure they’re going to outshine, outflow, and outlast your factory exhaust manifolds, and like all other manifolds from Pypes, they’re backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The high polished shine is going to come in handy when trying to view the header, it’s located way down in the engine bay and can be a bit of a bear to view, as well as to work on, so if you do leave the install to the professionals there’s no shame in that. If you think you’re up to the challenge, I’d recommend you leave yourself a full afternoon if not a full day, and I would certainly lay out the tools beforehand to make it that much easier. You’ll want to have a full socket set with extensions, you’ll want to get some penetrating oil to get the factory manifold bolts off, you’re also going to want to have some gasoline remover to make sure everything is cleaned off before you install your new headers. Even though these headers are designed to bolt up to your factory mid pipe, we recommend you have the entire exhaust system upgraded at the same time to get yourself the maximum gains in flow, and the maximum gains in performance. I’ll tell you, by getting rid of the factory mid pipe and upgrading everything at once, you’ll absolutely notice a tone change by the added airflow. The Pypes polished shorty header comes with all the hardware and gaskets needed for installation, and it works well with your factory length mid pipe or aftermarket full length mid pipe, to add performance and sound to 2005-2010 3 valve Mustangs.
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