(approx) a Day
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
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
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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
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September 28, 2019
max air flow
had these installed professionally. costly but now this under powered 4.6 liter s.o.h.c. motor can breathe. I can not say it does not roar. Headers and Glass packs wow it sounds fast but goes ultimate turtle. lolHelpful (1)
January 24, 2019
Love these headers
They was perfect and they sound good and give the power that the stock don’tHelpful (4)
November 23, 2018
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.Helpful (6)
September 04, 2018
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.Helpful (6)
August 09, 2018
Long tube headers
Great bang for the buck, just had them installed last week. Runs and sounds great.Helpful (6)
June 14, 2018
Tools few hours to install but leme tell power is right there and very strong pair this with a tunner and your killingHelpful (7)
May 20, 2018
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 exhaustHelpful (6)
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.Helpful (6)
May 02, 2018
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 hoistHelpful (7)
April 06, 2018
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!Helpful (6)
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.
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.
will i have issue if my car is automatic? any issue on the passenger side rubbing with the transmission?
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers will not fit the automatic transmission equipped Mustangs due to the passenger side hitting the transmission. These Ceramic Long Tube Headers are designed to fit the coupe and convertible, manual transmission 1996 to 2004 GT Mustangs.
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.
Can the x pipe for shortie headers be cut down to fit these long tubes? I really dont want to have to buy a whole new mid pipe
Yes, you can make modifications to your existing mid-pipe to pair up with the long tube headers.
No, you will need to get BBK shorty mid-pipe for this to work.
These will fit with the factory K-member but will be a tight fit.
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.
BBK only offers their long tube headers for this generation in a manual transmission variation.
There is a quite a handful of steps and removal needed when installing aftermarket long tube headers on your 99'-04'. You will have to remove and relocate a handful of components when installing these headers. Below is an installation guide provided by BBK for the full steps on installing this part, https://lib.americanmuscle.com/files/bbk-longtube-headers-9604gt-install.pdf
Yes, these headers would work with Pypes Violator X-Pipe! Follow the link below to the proper item. https://www.americanmuscle.com/pypes-catted-hbox-9904gt.html
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
If your Mustang is using a manual transmission then the BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers will have no issues fitting.
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Long Tube Headers have a 2.5" collector.
These will not work for an automatic as the headers will interfere with the steering shaft.
(approx) a Day
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Header Type:||Long Tube||Finish :||Ceramic Coating|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Shorty||Fitment:||1996-2004 4.6 GT Manual Mustangs|
Fits Manual Mustangs Only