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

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    Features, Video & Details

    • 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

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install 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

    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

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
    • Manifold gaskets (2)
    Installation Info
    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

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    BBk Equal length headers (Mustang Gt 5.0)

    Excellent product. All needed hardware and gasket. suggest removing sparkplugs and replacing. Very much needed extra set of hands. 4 hours tops with a couple of beers and the help of reviewing americanmuscle ...

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    GT 5.0 Headers

    Great great product, got the guaranteed 3 day shipping and was here on the third day. installation no prob, sounds great too!

    Helpful (9)

    Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    6 Questions / 8 Answers

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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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    What is the best Boot End Angle degree should be used with these headers ? I have 90 and haveing trouble burning the boots.


    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Equal Length Shorty Headers will work best with 45 degree plug boots.

      Rob D

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    Is there warranty on these shorty headers?


    • BBK does have a warranty for these headers. For information, please visit BBK for details.


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    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


    • Hello! I apologize but unfortunately we do not sell parts for Thunderbirds, and because of that I can't guarantee that anything will fit!

      Doug P

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    Will these headers work with GT 40P heads Will I still have to use a 90 degree boot?


    • Will the bbk shorty headers be too loud for my 91 lx is stock what else do I need to change


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    What Hardware comes in the box? Does this set of headers come with stainless hardware or would i need to purchase it separately?


    • If you have aluminum heads mever use stainless steal fasteners it will tear up threads but if not you will nee to the buy your own


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    Customer Reviews (24) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.9

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Performance Gain 4.533333 4.5
    • Fit 4.6 4.6

    • 5/5

      August 03, 2010

      BBk Equal length headers (Mustang Gt 5.0)

      Excellent product. All needed hardware and gasket. suggest removing sparkplugs and replacing. Very much needed extra set of hands. 4 hours tops with a couple of beers and the help of reviewing americanmuscle web site for visual help.

      Felipe Serrano

      Helpful (17)

    • 5/5

      April 17, 2010

      GT 5.0 Headers

      Great great product, got the guaranteed 3 day shipping and was here on the third day. installation no prob, sounds great too!


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    • 4/5

      March 22, 2010

      BBK equal length headers

      Great product, built well and looks good. Comes with all nessecary parts, but these are not entierly easy to install. I suggest unbolting the motor from its mounts (they probably need to be replaced anyway so do this as well) then raising the motor with a floor jack so you have much eaiser acess to the motor, no need to disconnect the steering when doing it this way... my 2 cents, unbolt motor, change motor mounts and replace spark plugs all at the same time.. 4-5 hour install with the right tools, equipment and extra set of hands.


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    • 5/5

      January 04, 2011

      BBK Headers

      Great product, felt additional horsepower and looks great also. Took 2 hours each side. Passenger rear header bolt was difficult to install and tighten took about 1 hour. Driver side H-Pipe to header alignment took 1 hour also. Without those two issues I could have finished in about 2 hours.


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    • 5/5

      January 14, 2010

      Mustang Lx

      Awesome headers fast shipping, i couldn't have made a better choice.


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    • 5/5

      January 15, 2009

      equal shorties

      excellent quality they ad real noticible power and make awesome sound to the end of your taipipes


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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      March 12, 2012

      Great Sound!

      These sound great. Great mid-range power increase (2500-4000 rpm). These stick out a little further than stock. I had to tie my A/C line out of the way. Other than that, great fit. You might as well buy motor mounts as well since it is easiest to jack up the motor to get the driver side header on. Overall, very happy with the deep throaty sound these things give.


      Year: 1989 Submodel: GT Huntsville, AL

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 09, 2011

      not as hard as some say

      My first order from American Muscle and shipping was great, thanks. I was a concerned over the installation after reading the guide, but that wasnt the case at all, at least on my 93 lx. I started the install with my 15 year old son around 2pm and we had the stock headers and H pipe removed, pump removed and new headers installed by 6-6:30, finished the new X pipe install the next morning. The only thing that had to be removed on the drivers side was the dip-stick, which was easy enough, and we slid the battery back a hair to give extra clearance to get the headers in. The steering linkage was not in our way. On the passenger side, removing the air intake was all that was needed. I also removed the smog pump and went with a shorter belt while we were there. Overall the install process couldnt have went any smoother, if your on the fence with these just buy them, install was fine, fit was fine and couldnt be happier.


      Year: 1993 Submodel: Other North Carolina

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 14, 2017

      Bang for your buck

      Nice look. Great sound. Small but noticeable power gain. Had some issue with passenger Side hitting frame rail. Had to replace engine mount


      Year: 1993 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 20, 2013

      Nice look, sound and feel

      Started this at about 7pm and got done about midnight. very nice look, sound, Ill let you know on feel part when it's not 40 below and roads aren't coverd with ice but still my daily driver. as for fitment holy Passanger side! expect to spend some time here. driver side went right in 2hrs. could have been sooner but I like to clean and make sure things are done right. Passenger side was a pain! ended up removing smog pump and with vac. lines heat treated broke one so thats gone now. LOL check with your state but here in Fairbanks, Alaska no emissions. smog pump out alternator for clearance and was tuff to get past the fuel lines but managed. didnt have to jack the motor like some say to do. 1992 5.0 vert by the way. sounds great and overall looks performance very clean! would recomend this product for sure. no cats and driver side to H pipe was a bit of a hassle would recommend putting in your stud bolts to H pipe before hand if they don't get in the way not to sure. love the look 3/8" flange is great nice add to it. Hardware also is great everything you need to put these headers on are in the box. also didnt have to drill on flange in any of the holes for the exhaust to the block. must have been a bad jig for some of you. For the most part easy for those with basic mechanic skills. Thanks AM for BBK and BBK thanks too! much more to come down the road. peddle to the foor boys and girls have fun! drive safe.


      Year: 1992 Submodel: GT Fairbanks, AK, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      May 25, 2012

      Great Choice

      I upgraded from a set of shorty headers to BBK's equal length headers and I'm pretty happy with the change. They provided a throatier sounds while allowing your fox to breathe a lot better.


      Year: 1991 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 20, 2012

      Bbk headers

      Worth putting this on. Works well with off road h pipe and flowmasters. Noticed a lil bit hp gain. More sound tho. Really nice. Good underhood appearance. Really good set of headers. Worth the money. You'll feel the difference.


      Year: 1989 Submodel: GT Orlando fl

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    • 5/5

      September 18, 2010

      LX 5.0 Headers

      Got the guaranteed 3 day shipping and was here on the third day. installation was not a problem, Car sounds great too!and the help of reviewing americanmuscle web site for visual help. Great great product,


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    • 5/5

      August 24, 2017

      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.


      Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 31, 2017

      Straight forward install

      They arrived on time. I work on cars for a living so install was pretty easy. I will warn do-your-selfers to be prepared to lift the engine on the passenger side to make the installation go alot smoother. Driver side is a breeze. I say an afternoon in my review because I also installed a Pypes catted Xpipe ad well.


      Year: 1993 Submodel: LX

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 26, 2016

      Looks great and sounds even better!!!

      Couldn't be any happier with the BBK shorty headers! easy to install, perfect fitment, look incredible and sound even better! I've had friends ask if I upgraded the cam simply bc of the growl these put out! A huge thanks to the guys at American Muscle for this one!!


      Year: 1992 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 04, 2013


      These BBK chrome shorty's have a good power gain, look great, fit like a glove, and help my stang breathe much easier than the stock manifolds. They make the engine compartment look like I just spent thousands on it. Keep in mind, they are shorter than stock so pipe has to be added to complete your exhaust system. The effort is well worth the gain.


      Year: 1993 Submodel: GT vidalia, GA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 14, 2012

      Great headers for the $$

      I went shorties instead of long tubes so i would not have to change the h pipe that was on the car when i bought it. These shorties are a great upgrade for the $$.


      Year: 1990 Submodel: Other Texas, USA

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    • 5/5

      April 21, 2011

      Bbk chrome headers

      Noticed small gain, getting old headers out, a pain!!, 4 hrs total, I reused old hardware for collector bolts new ones were poor design, looks awesome, over all, ehhh, I'd spend more money on long tube next time


      Year: 1993 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      October 02, 2009

      great sound

      they sound great, but they aren't the easiest headers in the world to install. overall finished product sounds and looks great. this vendor is unbeatable, the shipping is quick and FREE!


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