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BBK 1-7/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers (11-17 GT)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Increases Rear Wheel Horsepower and Torque
  • Long Tube Header Design - 1-7/8"
  • Ideal for Nitrous and Force Inducted Applications
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Polished Silver Ceramic Finish
  • Intended for Off-Road, Track Use Only
  • Fits Left Hand Drive Models Only
  • Fits 2011-2017 5.0L GT and Boss 302 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey, guys. Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of BBK's Long Tube Headers, available for 2011 and up GT Mustangs. These BBK long tube headers are going to be a good option for the guys out there that are looking for a more budget-friendly long tube header for a more heavily-modified car, like one with forced induction or a nitrous car. And for someone that wants a ceramic coated header, the runners on these headers are 1 7/8 inch, which is slightly different than the 1 3/4 inch offering, and the smaller diameter is traditionally going to be a better option for naturally aspirated cars or those with mild bolt-ons. So just keep that in mind when shopping for long tubes. So this is a ceramic coated header, which is going to be different than a chrome header. BBK does offer these same headers in chrome if you're looking for a more polished finish, and chrome headers are going to be a little less expensive. But the ceramic coating's going to reduce underhood temperatures, and it helps to improve the flow of the exhaust gases, because the coating forces the header gas to only expand one way, and that's out the back of the exhaust. And that's also why you see claims that ceramic coating is going to help increase horsepower. The exhaust gets pushed out faster thanks to the coating, which then makes room for fresh air to enter the cylinders faster. The ceramic coating is also going to prevent any corrosion in the headers and keep them looking better for longer as opposed to chrome or polished headers. The ceramic coating can dull over time though, but the coating isn't going to come off or anything. It just changes in color slightly. And you can see here that BBK gives these headers a polished silver coating, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that over time this is probably going to dull. If you're not really into that dull appearance, you do have the option of the chrome headers like I said before. These are made from CNC mandrel bent tubing, which is going to help with smoother air delivery. The header flanges are one piece and laser cut, which is going to help give them strength and going to keep them from leaking. Like I said before, these are off road headers. And since we're on the subject of cats, let's talk about the rest of your exhaust set-up. Whenever you go from a shorty of factory header set up to a long tube, you are going to need to change your mid pipe to a shorty mid pipe, or if you have an S550, you're going to be looking at header adapter mid pipes. Now with both mid pipe types you will have a choice of going catted or non-catted, and they're going to be three-inch down to two and a half inches for a factory or aftermarket cat-back. The long tubes alone are going to change the sound of your exhaust, and when you combine that with changing your mid pipe, you can expect a pretty big difference in sound here. Obviously, if you go uncatted all the way, it's going to be louder than if you stick to high flow cats, but either way you're looking at a brand new sound and tone when you're done. So, if we move onto price, we have to kind of face it at this point and know that long tube headers are going to be a solid investment. They're pricey and difficult to install, but I'd say that they're worth it at the end of the day. The options from BBK are definitely more affordable than others out there, especially if you're shopping for an S550. If you are, you'll notice that BBK is the only company currently producing long tubes for under a thousand bucks, and even if you have an S197, you're still looking at a grand if you want to go with the big players like Kooks, LTH, Borla, Stainless Works. And then also keep in mind that if you don't already have a shorty mid pipe, you're going to need a little cash for that as well. But at the end of the day, you're looking at both power and sound gains here. In fact, you can expect gains of 20-25 wheel horse, depending on your set up and tune, in addition to an awesome change in your exhaust tone. And speaking of a tune, you will need a tune after the install here. Anytime you go with a serious mod like this you can pretty much expect to need a tune along with it. As for the install, there's no way to sugarcoat this one, guys, and I don't say this often, but if you don't have a helping hand or don't have much experience, it might be better to just take the car to the shop for the install. If you do tackle this yourself, it's going to be a full three-out-of-three wrenches on the scale and a day in the garage. You can do it on jack stands, but a lift will make it easier for sure. So, wrapping things up here, the BBK long tubes are 1 7/8 diameter, they come in either chrome or with a ceramic coating, and they're going to offer some performance and sound gains. You will need to grab a shorty mid pipe, and while long tubes are expensive overall, these ones right here are some of the most budget friendly ones that you can find out there on the market. You can check them out more online for yourself right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

More Horsepower and Torque. A set of BBK 1-7/8" Ceramic Coated Long Tube Headers are designed to improve your Coyote powered Mustang's exhaust flow, when compared to the restrictive stock cast iron manifolds. BBK's 1-7/8" Headers are specifically engineered for use on Nitrous and Force Inducted applications for a significant increase in rear wheel horse power and torque.

Silver Ceramic Coating. These Long Tube Headers are completed in BBK's Polished Silver Ceramic Coating that not only looks great, but reduces 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.

Quality Construction. BBK Long Tube Exhaust Headers are manufactured from 1-7/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow. They feature one piece laser cut 3/8" header flanges for added strength, leak-free performance and OEM fit. These headers are then completed in a polished ceramic finish for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

Required Tuner Upgrade. To realize the full power potential that these Long Tube Off-Road Headers have to offer, AmericanMuscle highly recommends a Bama custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) for proper operation.

Additional Required S197 Upgrades. Installation of these BBK Long Tube Headers on a 2011-2014 S197 GT/BOSS Mustang will require the use of a BBK Shorty Midpipe part# 1655 or 1658. Please see options listed above.

Additional Required S550 Upgrades. Installation of these BBK Long Tube Headers on a 2015-2017 S550 GT Mustang will require the use of a set of BBK Long Tube Header Adapter Mid-Pipes part# 1816 or 18160 and an O2 Extension Harnesses and Hardware Kit part# 16332. Please see options listed above.

Application. These BBK 1-7/8" Ceramic Coated Long Tube Headers are specifically designed to fit the 2011-2017 GT and Boss 302 Mustangs equipped with the Coyote 4 valve 5.0L V8 engine.These Headers are intended for left hand drive applications only.

Technical notes. Not legal for use on pollution controlled motor vehicles; intended for off road use only.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Passenger Side Long Tube Header
  • (1) Driver Side Long Tube Header
  • (2) 02 Sensor Extensions (For Use On 2011-2014 Mustangs)
  • (2) Gaskets
  • (4) Studs
  • (8) Bolts
  • (4) Nuts
  • (4) Washers
  • (4) Lock Washers
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications:
Header Type: Long Tube Finish: Ceramic
Type Mid Pipe Required: BBK Mid-Pipe Adapter for S550
BBK Shorty Midpipe for S197
Fitment: 2011-2017 5.0 GT Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • GT - 16, 15, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13

These Headers are intended for left hand drive applications only.

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5/5
Great Power Sound Gains! Worth Every Penny!

SUMMARY: I had the 1 7/8" headers, Catted X-Pipe shop installed and car Dyno tuned (Brenspeed in Tx did the work and the tune) and picked up 40 RWHP and 25 lb-ft RWT along with amazing sound through my ...

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5/5
WORTH THE WAIT!!

OUTSTANDING PRODUCT. Install is not a garage project FYI. Opted to have a shop do the install of my full exhaust, and still took 5-6 hours total. the result = WOW what a difference!

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Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars
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I have a 17 GT with an MBRP cat back now. Are these headers a direct bolt on?

KevinH

  • The BBK 1-7/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers would bolt right up to your block, And the Mid-pipe you get would bolt up to your catback. I have posted a couple of links below for a guaranteed fit mid-pipe one off road and one catted. https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-or-lth-adaptor-2015gt.html https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-catted-lth-adaptor-2015gt.html

    JaHarrisAM

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will these headers fit on a boss 302?

Bleezy

  • The BBK Ceramic Long Tube Headers will fit Boss Mustangs, however you will loose the side exits when installing these.

    Rob D

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With the purchase of this product would I have to buy the mid pipe bc I also plan on buying a x-pipe to go with it. Also, what would be the best recommendation for a deep throaty sound. To create the popping when idling down. The X-pipe, H-pipe or another setup?

MatthewB

With the purchase of this product would I have to buy the mid pipe bc I also plan on buying a x-pipe to go with it. Also, what would be the best recommendation for a deep that sound. To create the popping when idling down. The X-pipe, H-pipe or another setup?

MatthewB

How much louder are headers over a axle back exhaust?

ChrisS

I have a 16 GT with an borla exhaust does this headers will fit to my car with the borla exhaust and also what the different between the 1-7/8 in and 1-3/4 and which when will fit to my car and which one are better.

MohammedA

  • These BBK 1-7/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers will work with your set up when paired up with the BBK mid-pipe adapter (links below). As for the sizing, the 1-7/8 in will be more for a boosted set up as the diameter of the piping is larger. https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-or-lth-adaptor-2015gt.html https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-catted-lth-adaptor-2015gt.html

    Ricky36

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Overall Rating 4.6

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Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Loudness / Volume 4.733333 4.7
  • Exhaust Note 4.733333 4.7
  • Fit & Finish 4.4 4.4
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.533333 4.5



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    September 22, 2016

    Great Power Sound Gains! Worth Every Penny!

    SUMMARY: I had the 1 7/8" headers, Catted X-Pipe shop installed and car Dyno tuned (Brenspeed in Tx did the work and the tune) and picked up 40 RWHP and 25 lb-ft RWT along with amazing sound through my Flowmaster Hush Power Axle-Back; and to my surprise, my fuel economy is 3MPG better. WORTH EVERY PENNY. Breakdowns below for you on different aspects to consider if you want to read them. INSTALL: FIRST - Find someone that has actually done a few installs on an 11-14 Mustang. They need to know what they are doing and you will get a legit quote. Expect to pay around $750 for someone that knows what they are doing. Any quote above or below that means they aren't experienced at it. I had Brenspeed in TX do the install and a Dyno Tune for me (I do have life time BAMA tunes which have been good for me, but wanted to get the most I could without doing data logging sessions). They did it all in one day no problem. A professional shop that has done this many times with all the right tools and a lift took 7 hrs. to install. Take that into consideration before you tackle the job yourself. FIT and FINISH: Installer said they went on with no problem. However, BBK is the only manufacturer that uses a different bolt pattern (i.e., some new and some OEM used to install) that requires a lot of attention to get right. Additionally, for those with lowered mustangs, the collectors on my car (1" drop front, 1.75" drop rear) are no only 5" off the ground. For those that went lower, you may want to consider the higher priced Kooks that fit the same as the factory headers with regards to ground clearance. FINISH on these headers is awesome, they look amazing under the hood and don't discolor because of the Ceramic coating. SIZE: 17/8" vs. 1 3/4" LTH's. Moving more air in or exhaust out means bigger is always better. AM advises that the 1 7/8" are for forced induction cars which is true that they are better for that. However, you a) will have to spend money to put these on later if you elect to force induce the car and b) with the right tune, the 1 7/8 work no problem for NA cars and you will get more power and better sound. SOUND: I have a Flowmaster Hushpower axle-back. The sound is terrifying at WOT to anyone that is not a muscle car junkie; those that are will be so excited to hear it that they will need to change their underwear (I have to do laundry more often now)! Idle is deep and powerful. No drone at cruising speed. Any touch of the throttle to accelerate normally (which is hard to do) yields a deep Nascar like sound that draws a lot of attention...be ready for it. POWER GAIN: Real and immediate! A totally different car that I have to learn how to drive again. Great gains all the way through the power band. Low End requires additional throttle feathering to stop from spinning my 10" wide wheels. Mid-Top End requires attention. With each HWY entrance, I roll past 100MPH so quickly now and my car wasn't slow to begin with. You really have to pay attention or pay the tickets. MUST DO: If you buy the Catted X-Pipe like I did, you will need to get some DYNOMAT Insulation and Heat shielding. The CATS no longer line up with the factory heat shields, they end up in between so you can and will feel the heat in the car without it. This is not expensive and I highly recommend it. You just stick it to the bottom of the car. Consider yourself warned.

    Frac72

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    July 31, 2017

    WORTH THE WAIT!!

    OUTSTANDING PRODUCT. Install is not a garage project FYI. Opted to have a shop do the install of my full exhaust, and still took 5-6 hours total. the result = WOW what a difference!

    RobertD

    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 13, 2017

    2014 GTCS

    The headers work awesome! Make sure you look through the hardware before you install, my headers came with fine thread and course thread flanged bolts. My 2014 uses fine thread, if you don't pay attention you could damage your heads. Install took about 6 hours with a lift.

    KentK

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 18, 2017

    Just what I was looking for

    These headers are great looking and not nearly as difficult to install as what I've heard. The sound coming from my stainless works retro chambered exhaust is awesome with the addition of these headers and since they're ceramic coated, the heat under the hood is greatly reduced compared to others. I might even but a set of these for my 04gt . Great product, couldn't be happier.

    GaryHead

    Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    March 06, 2017

    SCREAMS AT WOT

    This was one of my first mods to my car and one of my favorites. Really nice tone, thing screams at wot like a banshee on fire and when not on it too rough it rides with a deep rumble and beautiful melody. My only advice beware of going with "high flow cats ;)" will attract a lot of attention wanted and unwanted and drones a bit while at 60-70 mph highway speeds. Can be balanced really nicely with some reputable brand name axelbacks. Going that route will eliminate the drone and will give you a really good deep tone while still having the mayhem at full throttle.

    SeeYa

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    March 05, 2017

    BBK 1 7/8" Ceramic Long Tube Headers

    This was a self Installation on a 2012 Boss 302 Mustang using floor jacks, jack stands, and regular tools. Advise you go to YouTube and watch videos for your particular install, there are plenty of videos out there. On difficulty scale of 1-5, I rate this at a 4, mainly because I had to install without a lift, working on the floor under the car, and the difficulty of access to and removal of some of the stock header nuts and motor mount bracket bolts. Would have been a much easier install with a lift. Provided installation instructions were very helpful, but again, recommend watching YouTube installation videos prior to installation. All necessary installation parts and hardware were included and the headers fit perfectly. Opted to reuse the factory installed stock exhaust manifold studs and nuts which made the installation easier. Otherwise, you will have to remove all of the factory studs to use the provided header bolts. It was necessary to lift up the engine a couple of inches to get the motor mounts back in after bolting on the headers, but overall the installation went smoothly. Just follow the instructions, be patient, and the installation will go well.

    Dale

    Year: 2012 Submodel: Boss

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 25, 2017

    Absolutely awesome!!

    For the first time ever doing long tube headers install everything was pretty straight forward. I did the install my self in my garage with some good old jack stands. Dropped the k member, motor mounts and stock shortys. That's the route I found easiest with some home depot tools hahahaha. I did it over the span of a week just because it was easy and I wasn't in a hurry. But once the headers came in it all went back in like butter! I had to remove the battery to get to the rear passenger bolts just for ease. Steering shaft had to be taken loose as well. They slide right in with the right amount of room. Once installed they look freaking awesome! And sound amazing! Definitely recommend especially if you are going for some more power!

    LanceT

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    February 06, 2017

    Took longer than expected

    I ordered these long tubes with the BBK off-road X-pipe and they arrived promptly and in good condition. I installed them in my garage with jacks stands and a friend over the weekend. Probably 12 hours of work and neither of us had done this before. The instructions BBK sent with the system contradicted the instructions on the website which led to a lot of confusion about which exhaust studs were removed. We followed the paper instructions sent and ended up using all 5 exhaust bolts included on one side of the motor. When we got to the other side and realized the other 5 bolts were a different threat pitch we ended up reusing all the exhaust studs. They fit just fine but when the headers were fitted on the studs become close enough to the pipes that a ratchet won't fit and I had to use and open and wrench and tighten all the nuts which took a long time. My car is now crazy loud and aggressive sounding.

    ErikW

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    October 07, 2016

    BBK longtubes

    The headers were shipped quick and packaged nicely only problem is they send you two half sets of header bolts that if you don't pay attention like me then you'll strip a hole and throw your phone and it'll shatter and then att will send you a phone that's newer and better so all in all I'm happy and loud. And i don't give a friggin heck so I bang gears and listen to bald eagles yell.

    Steve

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 27, 2016

    Huge difference

    Great quality headers. Packaging was not that great but no problems. Driver side is a breeze passenger side will leave you with nightmares. Car sounds amazing but hope you don't mind waking up your neighbors. Took 17 hours straight with a jack and jack stands basically by myself

    Coyote504

    Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 22, 2016

    Ok I guess

    It's ok I guess,not loud at all with stock mufflers , I just ordered the roush mufflers waiting for them to come in hope it sound better ! Feel a lil more hp but not that much.

    Blackmamba

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Louisiana

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    December 09, 2017

    Nice sound

    I recommend this to everyone who has supercharger mustang. The truth is that the sound is incredible and the increase of wh

    MartinezM

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    November 15, 2017

    Great Fit, sound brutal

    Headers look amazing. The sound with the non-cat xpipe is astonishing. Pops and crackles a lot. If you want to quote it down, leave your resonators on. I took mine off and I just have Bassani mufflers on. Kit came with the wrong O2 extensions for the front and didn’t come with exhaust gaskets. Check everything before installing!!! American Muscle got it worked out. The finish looks great and I always get compliments on how it sounds. Good job AM!

    RobertG

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    November 07, 2017

    BBK headers

    Look and sound great. I had a shop install them and they actually recommended these over some higher priced options, because they knew they would fit without any unexpected issues. Power seems up in the higher rpm ranges and the sound is completely different. It’s much louder and just sounds mean.

    RichardS

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 27, 2017

    Awesome buy!

    This item is cost friendly and great quality! There pretty aggravating to install but well worth it! They sound amazing don't wait get you a pair!!

    GreggoryH

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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