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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 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

    MPN# 15410

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
    • Manifold gaskets (2)
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Long Tube Finish : Ceramic Coating
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Manual Mustangs
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        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 ???

        • 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.

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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?.

        • 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.

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        Hi I just bought these headers along with a shorty H-midpipe and the loudmouth exhaust they are currently being installed and the mechanic said I may have to get it tuned cause the rear end may throw codes? I have it on a diablo tune with 4:10 gears CAI and I also of the 02 sensor extensions, why would it still throw codes? He says it may need to be put on a dyno to be properly tuned also so it doesn't backfire when I down shift would this be true?

        • Anytime you buy long tube headers you will need to retune your vehicle to accommodate the new air flow rates of the long tubes as they change compared to shorty headers and downpipes.

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        Is a tube K- cross member necessary for the headers to fit. Will they fit with factory cross member.

        • These will fit with the factory K-member but will be a tight fit.

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        Will these match up to an SLP mid/x pipe and exhaust? 04 GT convertible

        • We generally recommend the same brand mid-pipe with the BBK headers. We do offer both an h-pipe and x-pipe from BBK that will work with those headers. They can be found here: https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-hpipe-shorty-catted-9604.htmland https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-catted-shorty-xpipe-9604v8.html.

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        10 More Questions
        I'm looking for long tube headers that will fit an 04 Mustang GT with an automatic transmission. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. 1 answer
        During install are these direct fit or do u have to loosen up other things to Make room during installment 1 answer
        Will these headers bolt up to a pypes violator x pipe? 1 answer
        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 1 answer
        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? 1 answer
        What is the collector pipe size ? 21/2 ? Or 3 inch ? 1 answer
        I know it says manual but could you make them work for a automatic? 1 answer
        why use the x-pipe instead of the h-pipe 1 answer
        I recently added borla stingers to my 04 mustang gt I was wondering if I added long tube headers will make it will it make it louder? I want a loud deep growl not a raspy loud 1 answer
        I have an 02 GT with stock headers, stock mid pipe, and SLP LM1 and wanted to make it louder but I am on a budget but don't want to go near Pacesetter. I like the sound of X pipes and the price of the BBK Ceramic Long tubes. However I don't like how people said that how the BBK X pipe doesn't fit well with the LT's and how they had to do some extra bending. But I do not want to do that after spending $800 on an exhaust that was supposed to fit with each other. My question is will the BBK LT's fit with the BBK offroad X pipe without any issues what so ever? If not what would be a good offroad X pipe to pair with the ceramic BBK LT's without any fitment issues? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (60) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.7

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Weekend

          Installation Cost:$500-$1000

          • Performance Gain 4.675 4.7
          • Fit 4.325 4.3



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            January 24, 2019

            Love these headers

            They was perfect and they sound good and give the power that the stock don’t

            Bullittman

            Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

            Helpful (3)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            November 23, 2018

            Fitment issues

            The headers themselves fit well if you drop your K member rather then lift your motor. Fitment issues would be 1. Bolt holes on the manifold are covered up by header tubes so sliding a bolt in after you put the exhuast up to your head is impossible. You have to put the bolt in first the put it up to your head. Tightening that then bolt is super tricky and time consuming 1/4 inch every turn. 2. Would be the pre drilled holes for the bolts going into your head are not at perfect angles. So lining up your bolt with the proper angle of your head is almost impossible. 3. EGR thread angle to line up to new headers is also off you will have to re bend your ERG tube to get it to thread properly. Besides that they are super nice look at cant tell gains or true sound as I broke two head studs and had to get my car off the lift so I have an exhaust leak and that is all I can hear.

            AdamP

            Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            September 04, 2018

            Headers

            Was probably the hardest install I've ever done I wouldn't do it again on a new Edge ever but it looks good and sounds decent. And yes there's no way getting around it you're going to have to drop the K member.

            DanielR

            Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $500-$1000

            August 09, 2018

            Long tube headers

            Great bang for the buck, just had them installed last week. Runs and sounds great.

            Bullitt

            Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            June 14, 2018

            Headers

            Tools few hours to install but leme tell power is right there and very strong pair this with a tunner and your killing

            PedroG

            Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $1000+

            May 20, 2018

            Great add

            This was absolutely a expensive time consuming pain, but I am happy with the results, the sound of the exhaust is so clean now and the air flow is huge, I can hear the air flow through the motor!! Also my car feels so much different in terms of preformance it absolutely romps now! Went with an h-pipe and magma flow exhaust

            Hake

            Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 05, 2018

            BBK long tube headers

            The BBK long tube headers installed beautifully. Due to some of the bends in the tubes a stud and bolt combo had to be used. That hardware was provided by BBK so there was no panicked run to the hardware store.

            NicholasN

            Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            May 02, 2018

            awesome!!

            i put these headers on my mustang in my garage with the help of my friend. took a weekend to do, i matched it with a catless bbk X pipe and an SLP loudmouth catback exhaust.. it definately woke up the car alot, installation sucked a little bit due to not having a hoist

            AdamM

            Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            April 06, 2018

            Great!

            They fit great! Took me a week to do it tho but I did it all by myself in my driveway and the only way is to drop the k member. Highly recommend these though!

            DylanK

            Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 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

            Helpful (7)

          • 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 (7)

          • 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 (8)

          • 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 (7)

          • 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

            Helpful (8)

          • 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

            Helpful (8)

          • 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

            Helpful (6)

          • 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

            Helpful (7)

          • 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

            Helpful (9)

          • 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.

            ZachD

            Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 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

            Helpful (7)

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