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

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Features, Video & Details

  • Increases Horsepower and Torque.
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing.
  • Bright Chrome Finish.
  • Gaskets and Hardware Included.
  • Fits 1996-2004 Manual GT Mustangs Only.

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey I’m Justin with, 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

Increase horsepower and torque. Bolt on extra horsepower and torque that you can feel throughout the entire RPM band with a set of BBK Long Tube Headers. These BBK Chrome Long headers will improve your mustangs exhaust flow increasing your pony's horsepower and torque.

Quality Construction. BBK crafted these Long Tube Headers to last using one piece laser cut 3/8" flanges, free flowing mandrel-bent 1 5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing and are completed with BBK's show quality bright chrome finish.

Application. These long tube headers are designed to fit the 1996-2004 4.6L Mustangs GT with a manual transmission only. These BBK headers include high-quality mounting hardware, gaskets, and instructions. 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.

Technical Note. This BBK product is not legal for use in emission restrictive states.

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
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Long Tube Finish : Chrome
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

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sound awesome

put a set of LT and bbk x pipe with high flow cats and this set sounds sick. the performance gain was about 10-15 rear wheel but throttle response was extremely noticable. installation was a pain..... ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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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...


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Will these fit on stock heads or do you have to have aftermarket performance heads?


  • Yes, these long tube bbk headers will fit with stock heads, aftermarket performance heads are not required for use with this.


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Do these go with automatic's as well? If not, do you guys carry any headers for automatic transmissions?


  • Unfortunately, the BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers are only designed for manual 96-04 GT Mustangs. The bellhousing and the transmission do not provide enough clearance for the headers.


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Will these headers with the Shorty O/R X Pipe fit with the Slp Loudmouth Catback exhast.


I have to do a bama tune with this headers?


  • Though a tune is not required for these BBK Long Tube Headers, we would recommend a tune to maximize the power potential of having them installed on your vehicle.


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would this be a good combination in addition to pypes the beast exhaust setup?


  • The BBK Chrome Long Tube Headers would require a BBK Shorty mid pipe, replacing the X pipe from the Pypes The Beast Off-Road Exhaust. For the most cost effective build you would want to get the Pypes violator catback and the BBK long tubes with matching mid pipe.

    Rob D

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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Performance Gain 4.733333 4.7
  • Fit 4.466667 4.5

  • 4/5

    July 07, 2009

    sound awesome

    put a set of LT and bbk x pipe with high flow cats and this set sounds sick. the performance gain was about 10-15 rear wheel but throttle response was extremely noticable. installation was a pain..... i would have them installed unless u know what your doing


    Helpful (7)

  • 5/5

    August 30, 2010

    Bolt lenght

    I had a machanic install my headers, about 4 hours in they call and told me that the bolts that go with where to long and they needed to buy different ones to continue, Other then that great product. Sound quality wasn't what was expected but the power difference is very noticable

    Nathan Law

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  • 5/5

    June 24, 2010

    Bbk long tube headers

    I got my order today of headers. I was excited but very disappointed how bbk packed my chrome headers. It looked like they just tossed them in there and taped it up. But in all my headers came put just find. Can't wait to put it on but disappointed in the packing of my parts


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  • 5/5

    May 27, 2011

    Sound amazing

    Not to happy with the way they were packaged when I got them they looked like some football players had been playing catch with the box but over all big difference sounds amazing with the x pipe the pull deff a good gane on hp


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    March 04, 2011

    Both negative and positive

    As previously read by another review, BBK has imporved thier packaging methods. But Ive found the quality of these headers to be far from being a quality product. Right out of the box, I noticed rust patches between the collectors, and behind most of the inner pipes. And you can clearly see the bending "scuff" marks under the chrome. Overall, not the best for quality. HOWEVER, The performace with a custom tune, is rather impressive. And they do sound great pounding the roads. But if youre looking into a set of L.T headers, save an extra 150, buy the cermaic. You get what you pay for.

    Kyle Sammons

    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (2)

  • 3/5

    October 13, 2010

    01 cobra

    i installed mine during an engine swap so i didnt have to deal with reaching the bolts inside the car. kinda disappointed that i had to cut a couple bolts to clear the flange and pipes. one i had to cut so short it barely had enough thread to tighten. i would recommend using a drill bit the size of the bolt head to create a recessed hole.


    Year: 2001

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  • 4/5

    February 07, 2010




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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 10, 2017

    Awesome product

    These header are super nice and we're much easier to install than other header.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    September 22, 2016

    Loud loud loud

    Installed the bbk long tubes about a week or two ago, install was a pain but deff changed everything about the car. Along with a Bama tuner there extremely loud. Thanks American muscle for fast shipping!


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    May 10, 2016

    Great performance part

    I swap my old bbk shorty headers for these new bbk long tubes and man can you hear and feel the difference they have a great deep throaty sound and a good HP boost. I wish I would have went with the long tubes sooner perfect headers for a mustang.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 31, 2016

    longtubes long day

    First I got BBK shortys I found the shortys were harder to install do to the bends in the headers seem to cover the bolt holes. I returned them for the longtubes and had no problems installing them fit great sounds awesome performance was also great! I did the install in about 3 hours mind you I already had the stock manifolds off if you don't know your way around your car pay someone and expect your car to be gone for about 7-8 hours


    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 12, 2016

    Good Quality! Bang for your Buck

    Product got to me very quickly. Less than a week. Everything in the box ready to go. I decided to take the challenge and throw them in myself. I'm an automotive student so i did it at my school. Time it took with a lift was about 12 hours or so. The install instructions are pretty poor. One thing that is not mentioned. You will have to pull the dipstick tube. otherwise the new headers on the driver side simply won't go on. When installing the driver side headers make sure to have the dipstick/headers installed together otherwise you'll spend are hard time fishing it back in. Not fun. Overall great product! BBK did well.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Kansas City

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    September 01, 2012

    Sweet Headers

    First off want to say the performance gain is awesome (applied with o/r shorty H). Secondly these are the biggest pain in the a** to install!! I would seriously recomend having these done by someone else or a pro. It is an extremely tight fit and nearly impossible to get to some of the header bolts (removal of K member is a must). Never the less am very impressed by the throttle response and the sheer launch I get out of these headers. Sounds sick and look awesome!!


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT WI

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 21, 2012

    A Pain but are they worth it?

    So I installed these long tube headers on my 99 Mustang GT about a year ago, and they sound great and the gain was great. Today I am replaceing the clutch in the Mustang and well the headers are built a little to narrow to get the transmission out without almost completely removing the RH header. So a 4.5 hr job turned into a 7hr job. So you decided if these are worht the trouble or maybe get a different brand. I like and dislike these headers.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    May 31, 2011

    Hard work pays off

    Kind of a pain in the a$$ to install, I truely think it would have been easier to drop the cradle to install these. Payoff is worth it though. Sound great and noticeable difference in power gains.

    Juan Banda

    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    May 22, 2010

    Awesome sound

    Sounds amazing. Pair it with the bbk o/r h pipe and the sound will make you blush. Very difficult to install so i'd recomend paying a mechanic


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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    October 17, 2017

    Long bbk headers

    They came in quick installation was very easy. Am did it again they one of the best quality sellers. I would highly recommend these king tubes over shorties way more air flow with the power added


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 01, 2017

    Takes some time but worth it!

    Perfect fit! Tricky to get all the old factory bolts out.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    August 21, 2017


    Looks great right out of the box, the finish is pretty shiny and looks like a well designed header. Even the ports on the flanges are gasket matched for reduced turbulence/increased flow. highly recommend it to complete your mustang's exhaust setup.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 13, 2017


    Everything is great , just a problem with the hardware. When I was trying to install my xpipe the thread kept stripping the screws so I had to go to my local hardware stor and buy a bit so I can redo the threads and buy new screws


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