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- How to Install a BBK Chrome Ling Tube Headers in your 1996-2004 Mustang GT
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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November 28, 2019
Was well shipped great quality and sound.chrome finished .a very big improvement on what was on there was a lit th le surprised on amout of work it took to install having to drop whole k memember...Helpful (0)
June 25, 2019
1996 Mustang Gt
Overall, great product. Ended up taking the engine out to install these since extra work was needed. The sounded was very more aggressive and could feel the difference in the pedal. Packaging could of been better...Helpful (1)
May 20, 2019
bang for the buck.
get product.performance is good.good deal for the moneyHelpful (0)
February 16, 2019
Took about two days to install. Had to drop the k member and was still a pita but got it done, make sure you feed your oil dip stck through the headers before bolting them down! I had to buy a 70$ flexible dipstick because i failed to do soHelpful (3)
January 17, 2019
I Just got them I hope they are great long tube headers! American muscle sales Great parts so far I need the tubular front lower control arms for 329 but they are out of stock I wish they would get some in!!!!Helpful (6)
November 25, 2018
Got these full length headers for my 98 steeda they sound and perform amazing really helped wake up some hidden horsepower only problem is the installation takes a lot longer than you would imagine because you have to drop the entire K member but other than that love them would buy againHelpful (4)
October 22, 2018
2004 Mustang Gt
Had a shop do these and boy it’s loud and perform well. The car feels different and it sounds different. At WOT is incredibly loud!!Helpful (7)
September 17, 2018
Fit great sound is out of this world better. i would highly recommend these to anybody looking for a deep soundHelpful (5)
September 11, 2018
BBK long tube headers
Needs studs instead of bolts but all in all good set of headers.Helpful (5)
July 26, 2018
Good price and good quality. X pipe and cat back included. Now on car sounds good.Helpful (5)
Do i need the O2 extention? I have a 2004 GT but it doesn't state which models need the extension. I just want to be sure so I don't spend the extra money on it and end up not needing it.
yes you will need them, I made the same mistake and didn't buy them...
I lowered my car with SR lowering springs. I'm concerned about the ground clearance with these headers. With ride height reduced by 1.5 is it advisable to get these are go with Short Tubes?
You will have enough clearance with these long tubes and springs on but would be careful going over bumps.
Will these work on straight pipes or do I need to buy mid pipes as well.
Is there a set that will work with a 1999 Ford Mustang GT Auto?
We do not offer the same product that is compatible with automatic transmissions.
will they rust
Yes, these will rust/discolor if exposed to the elements or even just not cleaned on a regular basis.
You will need to also get a BBK shorty mid-pipe for this to bolt up.
We recommend the BBK mid-pipe as this will guarantee fitment with the headers.
These will work with the Borla Atak cat-back yes.
These are designed to only work on the manual transmission application.
These long tube headers are designed to fit the 1996-2004 4.6L Mustangs GT with a manual transmission only.
You will need to get a tune with these long tube headers.
The BBK long tube headers require a flanged end shorty midpipe in order to function properly. BBK recommends using a BBK shorty H-Pipe or X-Pipe for the best performance gains.
Yes, these headers do have a 2.5" collector.
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers will not affect back pressure enough to the point where it will be harmful to the engine. If you would like to keep back pressure, you can go with a catted mid pipe instead of an offroad mid-pipe.
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers were designed to fit 96-04 GT's, and 01 Bullitt's and will not fit your 01 Cobra.
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What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Header Type:||Long Tube||Finish :||Chrome|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Shorty||Fitment:||1996-2004 4.6 GT Manual Mustangs|