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BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers (96-04 GT w/ Manual Transmission)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Increase of 14 to 22 RWHP
    • Long Tube Header Design
    • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
    • Polished Ceramic Finish
    • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT Manual Coupe & Convertible Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my breakdown of BBK’s long tube headers, available in your choice of either ceramic, or chrome, fitting the 1996-2004 manual Mustang GT. Long tube headers are one of those mods on the long list of basic bolt ons, that aim to make more power than the factory part they’re replacing. In this case, these long tube headers from BBK are going to replace the ultra restrictive cast iron factory manifolds, which are notorious for choking out the flow of exhaust. Taking a closer look at the headers themselves, you’ll see BBK went with mandrel bent 1-5/8” tubing which should definitely help your flow of exhaust. In addition we’re also looking at laser cut flanges, as well as pre-welded bungs for your O2 sensor as well as your EGR. One thing I did want to point out with these headers that I noticed right away, was that BBK included a notch for the steering shaft, to prevent any rubbing or any interference. This is huge because some other header companies do not offer this, and therefore you might run into some fitment issues. Finally BBK gives you the option of picking these long tubes up in a chrome finish, or for a few bucks more you can opt for the ceramic coating. That ceramic coating is going to offer a couple of different benefits, first, performance, ceramic dissipates heat a little better than a stainless header, so it’s going to be slightly better performance wise and it’s going to be slightly better at reducing under hood temperatures, which is always a good thing. In addition that ceramic coating is also going to be better at reducing corrosion, which is only going to increase the longevity of the header itself. The final difference is appearance, both of these header options will offer their own unique look as they age. First up, we have the ceramics, they’re going to stay this bright silver color pretty much their entire life, on the other hand we have the chrome version, which as they heat cycle, tend to turn a dark blue/purple color which some people might like, others may not. Installing any set of long tubes can be a little intense, so if you don’t think you have the mechanical skill, or the tools to get this one done, I’d leave this job in the hands of the professionals. However if you are going to do the install yourself, just leave a full day to get everything bolted up properly, just to be safe. Keep in mind, whenever you install a set of long tubes, you will need to address your Mid Pipe. In this case in order to run these long tubes from BBK, you will need to run a flanged and shorty Mid Pipe. BBK recommends their shorty H-Pipe just for the best fitment and gains. So if you’re looking for a set of long tubes for your 96-04 GT, with the option of going for a ceramic or chrome finish, then be sure to check out these long tubes from BBK right here at AmericanMuscle.com

    More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the performance of your SOHC 4.6L Mustang GT with a set of BBK Long Tube Headers. These BBK ceramic coated headers will greatly improve your Mustangs exhaust flow over the restrictive stock cast iron manifolds and increase your Pony's horsepower and torque. Increases of up to 22 RWHP have been seen when installed with a BBK shorty H-pipe.

    Silver Ceramic Coating. These Long Tube Headers are completed in BBK's Polished Silver Ceramic Coating that not only looks great, but reduce 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 BBK Construction. BBK Long Tube Exhaust 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 added strength, leak-free performance and OEM fit. These headers are then completed in a polished silver ceramic finish for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

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

    Application. These Ceramic Long Tube Headers are designed to fit the coupe and convertible, manual transmission 1996 to 2004 GT Mustangs. BBK long tube headers require a flanged end shorty midpipe in order to function properly. BBK recommends using a BBK shorty Mid-Pipe for the best performance gains (see drop down option above).

    Technical notes. Not legal for use on pollution controlled motor vehicles; intended for off road use only. An O2 Sensor Extension Kit and BBK shorty Mid Pipe are required for installation.

    Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
    • Manifold gaskets (2)
    Installation Info
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    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Long Tube Finish : Ceramic Coating
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Manual Mustangs
    Will it fit my Mustang?
    • Bullitt - 01
    • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

    Fits Manual Mustangs Only

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    clearance issue ? Will i have a clearance issue if i used H&R Spring and it dropped about 2 inches in the front and 1.5 in the back? Will the headers be hitting the ground everytime there is a pot hole ???

    1323matt

    • I have H&R Race Springs on my '01 Cobra with the BBK long tube headers and do not have any unusual issues with clearance under normal driving. Speed bumps will slow you down but hat is about the extent of it.

      Wildhorse1

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    I seen all the headers y'all offer and i didnt see any saying it fits the 2004 mach 1. Does it fit the 2004 mach 1? With manual transmission. And thanks

    BrandonT

    • Unfortunately, these BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers will not fit a 2004 Mach 1. To see our selection of long tube headers that fit an 04 Mach 1, please follow the link below! https://www.americanmuscle.com/9904-mustang-headers.html#shop-by4

      AMKarin

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    I have a 2003 GT that was an auto, but I put the motor and manual transmission in it from my 2002 GT, do you think these headers would work?

    BrandonT

    • If your Mustang is using a manual transmission then the BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers will have no issues fitting.

      Rob D

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    What is the collector pipe size ? 21/2 ? Or 3 inch ?

    MicahM

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers have a 2.5" collector.

      Rob D

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    I know it says manual but could you make them work for a automatic?

    AndrewD

    • These will not work for an automatic as the headers will interfere with the steering shaft.

      KevinD92

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    hi i want to buy these headers and a matching catted x pipe.. are the o2 extenders necessary? and what if i cant get my car tuned right away will it hurt it in any way?.

    chuck

    • Hey Chuck, The o2 sensor extensions are necessary to complete the installation, as well as the tune. Your car will run rich/lean with out a tune which does harm the vehicle and must get it properly tuned to adjust for the power and flow of pressure.

      Cobra_Machine04

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Weekend

    Installation Cost:$500-$1000

    • Performance Gain 4.645161 4.6
    • Fit 4.387097 4.4



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      January 23, 2018

      Best money spend ever

      This is a great product you will instantly feel the difference on your ponie not only on the power but just also on how strong it will sound this is a new level for that American bad boy I’ll recommended the only thing I was very desapointed is because not many mufflers shop or mechanic are willing to do this kind of job because the complexity but once the job is done all the wait was totally worthed

      OscarM

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      November 30, 2017

      Must Have!!!

      Just had this installed and wow. They are not easy to see under the hood the way it is positioned but if someone is looking close enough they look good. Opens the exhaust and lets it all flow easier. Didn't really feel much of a performance gain.

      Got2Strut

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      November 12, 2017

      Power, sound, all thats promised is there.

      Took it to the shop to install out of fear of making it a weekend long project, at the time winter was an impending doom and I was afraid that the engine had to be lifted and or k member dropped for room to install. The shop guys had it done with in 2 days. I made the decision of pairing these bad boys with the SLP loud mouth 1 cat back exhaust and BBK X pipe with high flo cats. Sound and power is incredible, much more noticeable after tune. Bama tunes should work perfectly fine with this bolt on. Major changes to idle too. Overall entirely satisfied. 5 out of 5.

      Mikeyoo221

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      November 05, 2017

      loud af

      super loud and performance is insane. wish they were a little easier to fit in and werent so low to the ground.

      DylanH

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      August 04, 2017

      Perfect.

      I would recommend these to everyone. Ive had them on two different cars now and there are perfect on both. Great sound. I would go ahead and spend the extra 100$ for the ceramic also.

      BrentO

      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      July 08, 2017

      Long tube header

      The BBK long tube headers are a great fit. Installation took the better part of a day but went on without problems. After you drop the k member you have access to all the bolts. Like any header install there are some on the bolt that are difficult to get to but nothing that requires special tools. Well worth the price. Great sound, performance and look.

      BrentonR

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 07, 2017

      BBK long tube headers

      Installed on 2001mustang bullet gt. Perfect fit paired with mid H pipe off road. And finally Flowmaster American thunder cat back system. Perfect fit front to back. Hangers and all. Stainless steel tips perfectly centered and flush at bumper. Note. Bolts are extremely hard to get in Passenger side closes to firewall with starter out and motor lifted inch or two. Nice looking product.

      SteveS

      Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

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    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $1000+

      June 27, 2017

      A bad muffler shop and I'm sick to my stomach.

      I honestly can't tell you anything. The shop that I took it to installation. Had it almost two weeks.by the everything was said and done my mustang as beautiful as she us , is currently sitting up on blocks waiting for the owner of the shop to do the right thing and replace my now blown motor. So I can't give you a review. I really wish I could . I can tell you that they were a beutiful in the box.

      AlanC

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      June 14, 2017

      BBK Long Tubes

      Headers bolted right in and look great. My car is lowered 2 inches and I have had no issues with ground clearance. Cost of installation included BBK catted H-pipe.

      WilliamB

      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      May 21, 2017

      1996 Mustang GT

      Shipping was timely. I installed these headers solo. It took me 19 hours start to finish. You're going to need rust penetrating WD40. Had some problems with the stock manifold bolts breaking and my oil dipstick tube, which I broke and local part stores do not sell them. Ratchet wrenches and crows feet are needed and also you'll need to cut a few of the bolts. They won't fit in the holes because the pipes are too close. You can either lower the K member and then the engine or unbolt the engine and jack it up from the K member. You will need 3 jacks if this is a solo job and 4 jacks stands. I recommend a professional install. Sounds like a boss with these headers on though.

      96MustangGT

      Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 15, 2016

      Works great

      It fits great and made my car faster with the long tube header

      Abdul

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      November 13, 2016

      Absolutely amazing

      I had these installed on my 04GT with bbk shorty catted x pipe and flowmaster fortys my god does it even sound great very aggressive tone throaty sound very pleased with it I had them put on back in August I wasn't about to attempt to drop my k frame in the driveway still looks great the coating hasn't peeled like some reviews have said I also had it tuned with the X4 Flash tuner for best results you really notice the performance in higher Rpm pulls very hard I smoke people for fun now ten out of ten would buy again hope this helps!

      RedBeard

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 23, 2016

      Best Bang for your Buck

      This was so far the best mod for my car. I spent days reviewing long tube headers had my mind set on Kooks but changed it at the last minute. Mainly because I wanted the catted H-Pipe. Along with a Bama tune this combo brought my GT to life, I also have super 44's and I 100 satisfied. If I started over this would be my first mod. I had it professionally installed, the shop said it was extremely big job.

      chaky

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 18, 2016

      GREAT UPGRADE

      Well done Bbk! Once I installed these bad boys along with the off road h pipe and magnaflow magnapacks , your car will have that great muscle roar ! Took it out in the streets and immediately smoked a guy in his Honda while he was with his girl ! Big improvement in performance you won't regret it

      Pat805

      Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

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    • 5/5

      June 19, 2016

      Grate product

      These headers were the easyest set to do. Rebuilt my engine was the 4.6 now it's a 5.1 strocker. Let me tell you they sound amazing. Well crafted

      BlueThunder

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 29, 2016

      Difference you can feel!!

      Pain to install but worth it in the end. To make things a lot easier, drop the k member to free up the much needed room. It's a big job to tackle. If you don't have the tools or time take it to a shop or experienced mechanic. You can feel the difference with these headers, pulls harder and you can tell the engine is breathing much better.

      242urban

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      April 19, 2016

      Good headers

      LoL, 04 ecoboost..... These headers are good, work well for me. I have them on this and my 96 supercharged GT. Hard to say how long it takes because I ripped the engine out to rebuild and add boost, but easier to take k-member down a bit.

      mustang04

      Year: 2004 Submodel: Ecoboost

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      March 28, 2016

      Great looking tough to install

      First off these look and sound great. But if I had to do it again, I'd just pay to get them installed. Even with dropping the k member these things are tough to get bolted on. A couple of the studs need to be shaved just to get into the holes. Not sure why they come with instructions? The instructions do not mention dropping the k member. I can't imagine how you would install these without dropping it.. Either way super fast shipping and as always great customer service from American Muscle. Thanks!

      2Ver75

      Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (0)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      February 24, 2016

      amazing!!!!

      the BBK long tube headers works grate. i have so much more power with the Bama tune, this was worth every cent. the only problem i have is the engine light came on because of the sensors that go in to the cats, i just paid a friend to pass it.

      Scotts97

      Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 27, 2014

      These sound awesome!

      I purchased these as a gift for a friend of mine with an 04 GT, we got them in, in about a day, they sound great and you can definitely feel the difference

      Will2004

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Philadelphia, PA, USA

      Helpful (1)

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