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

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      Review & Installation 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

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


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


      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.

      Not CARB Certified. These BBK Long Tube Headers are not CARB certified, therefore it is not legal for use in California or other states adopting California emission standards. It is intended for off road/race use only.

      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.

      Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

      MPN# 1541

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (47)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 47 customers

      Installation Time: Weekend

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      • November 28, 2019

        4 2004 GT - Lancemoreland Installation Time: Full Day


        Was well shipped great quality and 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...

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      • June 25, 2019

        5 1996 GT - jstrass Installation Time: Weekend

        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

        5 2001 GT - BenjaminD Installation Time: Full Day

        bang for the buck.

        get product.performance is good.good deal for the money

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      • February 16, 2019

        5 2001 GT - JeffreyR Installation Time: Weekend

        Sounds amazing

        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 so

        Helpful (3)
      • January 17, 2019

        5 2004 GT - GordonB Installation Time: Full Day


        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

        5 1998 GT - JustinM Installation Time: Weekend

        Love them

        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 again

        Helpful (4)
      • October 22, 2018

        5 2004 GT - DesmondA Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $250-$500

        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

        5 2000 GT - RobbieA Installation Time: Afternoon


        Fit great sound is out of this world better. i would highly recommend these to anybody looking for a deep sound

        Helpful (5)
      • September 11, 2018

        4 2004 GT - RobertC Installation Time: Full Day

        BBK long tube headers

        Needs studs instead of bolts but all in all good set of headers.

        Helpful (5)
      • July 26, 2018

        5 2001 GT - RobertRobertson Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100


        Good price and good quality. X pipe and cat back included. Now on car sounds good.

        Helpful (5)

      Questions & Answers (29 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      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...

      Helpful (2)

      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.

      Helpful (1)

      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.

      Helpful (0)

      will they rust

      • Yes, these will rust/discolor if exposed to the elements or even just not cleaned on a regular basis.

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      10 More Questions
      Will these bolt up to the stock exhaust? 1 answer
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      these headers are only for manual transmission??or both 1 answer
      Would I need to get a tune to run these headers on my 1999 Mustang GT? 1 answer
      I have a midpipe that attaches to the stock oem exhaust manifold. Will these attach to that same midpipe? 1 answer
      I’m putting a v8 in and my old headers on the v6 are 2.5, is the outlet 2.5? 1 answer
      how does this setup effect back pressure, I have straight pipes. With this setup will the back pressure being fully straight piped be dangerous to the life of the motor? 1 answer
      Can these fit a 01 cobra 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      Hardware included:
      • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
      • Manifold gaskets (2)

      Tech Specs

      Header Specifications
      Header Type: Long Tube Finish : Chrome
      Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Manual Mustangs

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