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BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Equal Length Shorty Headers (86-93 5.0L)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey guys. Justin with here with a brief breakdown of the BBK Chrome Equal Length Shorty Headers available for your 86 to 93 Fox Body Mustang. Before we start talking about some of the benefits in details with these specific Shorty Headers from BBK, let's briefly talk about why you might want to go with a set of shorties when compared to a set of long tubes. And I think the easiest and simplest way to describe this is, a set of shorties is going to be far easier to install and easier on your wallet compared to those long tubes. Now with that said, a long tube will probably make more horse power in the end, but nevertheless the shorty will be a solid upgrade over those restrictive and heavy cast-iron manifolds. Now these particular headers feature what BBK refers to as their tuned-length or equal-length runner design, and that's a design that features slightly longer primaries here, or runners. And that's gonna give you a little bit more power and torque according to BBK.Now you can also expect a change to your exhaust note, basically a little louder, maybe a little bit more aggressive exhaust note as some of our customers have pointed out in the customer review section. Those Equal Length Runners are one and five-eighths inch in diameter and have all been mandrel bent to help improve your exhaust flow and are attached to a laser-cut flange for an OEM-like fit. BBK even tosses in some included gaskets and hardware just to save you any unnecessary trips to the parts store. As you can see, these headers do also feature this nice bright chrome finish here, which will no doubt look good underneath the hood of your Fox Body. And for a few bucks more, you can opt for a ceramic coating which will make the finish slightly more durable, and it will help reduce under-hood temperatures.If you would like to check out other options from BBK, well then you can always head back to the site Click the link below if you're not already watching this there. Now even though these Shorty Headers are slightly easier to install compared to a set of long tubes, there still is a good amount of work involved, so just make sure that you leave yourself at least a half a day in the garage, and make sure you have a good set of tools on hand before getting started. Now either way guys, if you do have any more questions about the BBK Shorty Headers here, or if you'd like some install help from one of our Mustang experts, reach out to them anytime using e-mail or by phone. So if you're in the market for a set of Shorty Headers for your five-liter manual Fox Body Mustang and you want to make more power than a traditional design, and also look good while doing so, then you have to check out the Chrome BBK Equal Length Shorty Headers available here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Increases RWHP
      • Shorty Equal Length Tuned Header Design
      • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
      • Bright Chrome Finish
      • 50 State Legal - Carb EO Number D-245-5
      • Fits 1986-1993 5.0L V8 GT, LX and SVT Cobra


      Equal Length Tuned Design. BBK Shorty "Equal Length Tuned" Headers out perform both the stock manifolds and regular shorty headers. Equal Length Tuned Headers have a unique extended tubular design that allows for unrestricted exhaust flow to increase horsepower and torque. Perfect for both the street and strip.

      Quality BBK Construction. BBK Shorty Tuned Equal Length Headers are manufactured from 1-5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow. And feature one piece laser cut 3/8" header flanges for additional strength, leak-free performance and a OEM fit. These headers are then completed in a bright chrome finish for good looks and a long life.

      Application. Designed as a direct bolt on, these BBK Shorty Equal Length Tuned Headers will bolt straight up in the stock location to the factory Mid-Pipe without any modifications on both automatic and manual 1986 to 1993 5.0L V8 Mustangs including the GT, LX, and SVT Cobra to improve exhaust flow and sound.

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

      Fitment: 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Details

      MPN# 1512

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (29)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 29 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • February 08, 2020

        5 1992 LX - Irishking03 Installation Time: Full Day


        For anyone who is new to installing car parts this may be a little more difficult for you. Takes sometime especially if the vehicle has oem headers. Took me a little longer with basic jack and stands. I decided to do BBK shorty headers, BBK catless H-pipe and SLP Loudmouth Exhaust. These 3 together are loud. Very loud. I absolutely love the choice I made. Took my a full day because I did the full exhaust install from headers back.

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      • August 29, 2018

        5 1989 GT - LawrenceM Installation Time: Afternoon

        Best headers for stock location

        Everything is in the box bolts studs gaskets smog tube if needed and a awesome set of headers thanks again

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      • August 11, 2018

        5 1990 LX - wildhorses Installation Time: Afternoon

        good looks at a great price

        part fit as stated all parts included (gaskets bolts) much better looking than stock

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      • April 06, 2018

        3 1991 GT - NathanC Installation Time: Afternoon


        I really liked it but the headers came with some rust on them and were not packed according to how the factory packs them. I think that these may have been sitting in the warehouse for a while and unpacked a few times and may have been just sitting around.

        Helpful (6)
      • March 23, 2018

        5 1990 GT - JeremyT Installation Time: Afternoon

        Foxbody headers

        These new bbk headers added an awesome look and sound. Easy to install and it came in a complete kit bolts and gaskets would definitely recommend.

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      • October 20, 2017

        5 1986 Other - TylerW Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great looking upgrade

        Fit right on came with a little bit of surface rust which I didn't really like but i literally whipped it off it would be much easier with a extra set of hands but I did it myself

        Helpful (6)
      • August 24, 2017

        5 1990 GT - Gregorio

        The sound drops panties

        I would recommend another set of hands if you're doing full exhaust, or even if you're just putting on the headers.

        Helpful (9)
      • July 09, 2017

        5 1992 LX - Mystang Installation Time: Afternoon

        Exactly what I wanted!!!!

        Headers sound awesome, look awesome.... Had them professionally installed and I could not be happier. Thanks!!

        Helpful (6)
      • July 02, 2017

        5 1992 GT - AndrewC Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great Product

        Great sounding headers. Build up a nice color too. The only downfall is you will have to lift your motor to fit the passenger side header on a stock motor. Really nice headers tho.

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      • June 05, 2017

        5 1991 GT - Granados Installation Time: Full Day

        Bbk shorty equal length headers...

        Good power gain and nice deeper tone to the exhaust. Looks nice under hood !

        Helpful (7)

      Questions & Answers (10 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Could these fit in a 93 v4 5.0 mustang?

      • This will fit '86-'93 5.0L V8 Mustang models.

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      Will these (86-93 5.0L) headers drop into a manual 1982 Mustang GT?

      • We are only able to confirm fitment with the 86-93 5.0L models at this point in time.

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      Will these fit GT40P heads?

      • You'd run into the same spark plug issues with these when using them with GT40P heads. Please take a look at 40069 by MAC, designed specifically for 79-93 5.0 applications using GT40P heads. They're also chrome and the same diameter for comparable performance.

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      Will these equal length headers work on my 88 mustang 5.0l with Gt40p heads?

      • These headers were designed to work with 1986 to 1993 5.0L V8 Mustangs and will not work with GT40p heads, unfortunately.

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      Do these bolt onto the stock exhaust system or is there additional modifications required?

      • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Equal Length Shorty Headers will bolt up directly to the factory mid-pipe without any extra modifications being required.

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      5 More Questions
      What is the best Boot End Angle degree should be used with these headers ? I have 90 and haveing trouble burning the boots. 1 answer
      Is there warranty on these shorty headers? 1 answer
      I have a 1987 thunderbird 302 5.0 v8 I know it's the same engine as the mustang I was just wondering if it would still fit 1 answer
      Will these headers work with GT 40P heads Will I still have to use a 90 degree boot? 1 answer
      What Hardware comes in the box? Does this set of headers come with stainless hardware or would i need to purchase it separately? 3 answers

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      Hardware included:
      • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
      • Manifold gaskets (2)

      Tech Specs

      Header Specifications
      Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
      Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1986-1993 5.0 V8 Mustangs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • GT - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
      • LX - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
      • Other - 86

      Fits 5.0L V8's Only