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BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (11-17 V6)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Increases Rear Wheel Horsepower
    • Shorty "Tuned Length" Header Design
    • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
    • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating
    • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
    • Fits 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys. Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here with my quick review of the BBK Tuned Length Shorty Headers available on your choice of either a ceramic or chrome finish, putting all 2011 and newer V6 Mustangs. So the products I have with me here are available for the 37 Mustang. Now a lot of guys and gals that drive them will tell you, they can be pretty potent given a little help. The help we're talking about again, Tuned Length Shorty Headers from BBK, available in your choice of either a chrome finish shown down here or a slightly more expensive ceramic coating up here. We'll talk about the differences between coatings in a minute, but let's first talk about what this tuned length business is all about. What BBK wanted to accomplish with their tuned length system is to basically keep all the runners of primaries here essentially the same length or as close to the same length as possible. Drawing them out a little longer than what you might see in a traditional shorty design, getting you closer to the performance that you might see with a long tube, yet still keeping that same compact package. You're still keeping your same catalytic converter location and still keeping the price down at the same time. Now with all that said, guys, can you expect similar performance or the same performance out of a shorty that you might see with a long tube? Well, honestly, the short and easy answer to that question is no. A long tube header is going to outperform a shorty, seven days a week and twice on Sundays. With that said though, these things will still offer some pretty decent gains. In fact, BBK is claiming roughly 10 to 15 horsepower at the wheels, 10 to 15 pound to the torque with your V6, and honestly, I have no reason to doubt that. Construction noise, here's what we're going to be looking at, guys. One and five-eighths inch mandrel-bent tubing, OE-style laser-cut flanges for a perfect fit. And they even include brand new gaskets and hardware to get you going. These are CARB certified so they are going to be 50 state legal. And one thing I do really like that BBK does with all their headers is they pressure test them just to ensure it's a leak-free product. Now onto my nitpicks. I do have few here with the BBK headers, but they're really not deal breakers in my opinion. Firstly, I wish the welds were a little better. For instance, I wish they fully welded this flange here at the collector. Again, not a big deal but just something to point out. I also wish they would have done a better job of smoothing out in inside ports here of the runners, there was little slag in there if you get your finger in there. Not going to totally affect the performance, but again, just my nitpick. This is a mild steel header, guys. It's not a stainless steel product so therefore, you almost have to expect some kind of corrosion to show up later on down the road. Because of that, we have seen some inconsistencies with the chrome coating. A little bit of surface rust of some of these headers. Again, not going to affect the performance. Well, I wouldn't be doing my job as a reviewer if I didn't point that out to you. My solution, spend the extra hundred bucks and go with the ceramic version here as they are going to be free from any surface imperfections. And on the topic of the finishes, let's get into that a little bit more because there are some subtle differences between the two. As I just pointed out here, guys, the ceramic is going to be a little bit more money, roughly a hundred bucks to be exact. And it will offer some additional benefits that you won't get with the chrome coating. For instance, the ceramic coating will slightly more durable. Basically, it's going to be more uniform coating. It's going to be in more durable coating, help resist any corrosion that you might otherwise see on that mild steel construction. And it's going to do a better job of reducing under-hood temperatures. That's what the ceramic coating is all about. Again, it does come out on the price though. Under 100 bucks on top of the chrome option. Let's talk about the chrome a little bit more. Again, more affordable here, coming in to the high $200 range. Very reasonable for an entry-level header, and it is going to be a pretty attractive header. It got discolor in a way that if you've seen a stainless header or if you've seen a chrome header kind of discolor, after a few heat cycles. You know that chrome turns into a bluish or purplish color. It actually looks really cool in my opinion, even cooler than the ceramic which kind of just remains that dull gray. Even though this is a performance product, I know it's definitely worth pointing out some of the differences and appearance because you do actually see these guys pretty good when you pop the hood. And again, don't take my word for it. Feel free to check out some of the customer submitted images on the site and see for yourself. Installation is a little bit of a bear here, guys. So just keep that in mind before you get started. I'm going to give it a full three out of three ranges on my overall difficulty meter. Not quite as hard as the long tubes, but it's pretty close. That's going to test your toolbox and make sure you have a decent set on hand before getting started, a six pack of your favorite adult beverage, and leave yourself a half to a full day to get these guys knocked out. Now for my final thoughts, guys, the Shorty Tuned Length Header from BBK is a great entry-level product. For V6 owners out there who are really aren't willing to go all-in on a set of long tubes, the shorties offer a no-tune require install. They're going to be slightly easier to install compared to those long tubes, and they're definitely going to cost you a lot less than a set of those long tubes. So be sure to checkout a set of BBK's four-year ride right here at AmericanMuscle.com

    Tuned Length Design. BBK Shorty "Tuned Length" Headers out perform both the stock manifolds and regular shorty headers. Tuned Length Headers have a unique extended tubular design that allows for unrestricted exhaust flow to increase horsepower and torque. Perfect for street and strip.

    Silver Ceramic Coating. These Tuned Length Shorty 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 Shorty Tuned Length 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 additional strength, leak-free performance and a OEM fit. The headers are then finished with BBK's high-temp Silver Polished Ceramic Coating for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

    Application. Designed as a direct bolt on, these BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers will bolt straight up in the stock location to the factory Mid-Pipe without any modifications on both automatic and manual 2011 to 2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs to improve exhaust flow and sound.

    Technical Notes. These BBK Shorty Headers are CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal.

    Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Driver side shorty header
    • (1) Passenger side shorty header
    • Installation hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs
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    5 Top Rated Questions

    I have a 2016 Ford Mustang V6. I replaced my resonator with an H pipe and replaced my stock mufflers with the Flow Master Outlaws AB. I still have the factory cats on my car. Will these headers fit my mustang exhaust set up?

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers are designed to mount up to your factory mid pipe. You may need to modify your H Pipe to install these properly.

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    I am interested in this product because I live in California. I recently got my '11 smogged for the first time and I asked my tech about this product since it does have the CARB rating. What he told me is that they would look for a CARB sticker on the product to ensure legality. I don't see a sticker on in the product images... does it come with one that I can apply somewhere else under the hood for quick reference?

    • Hello, These BBK Shorty Headers are indeed CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal. You would receive a carb sticker that you would place on the bulk head or inner fender.

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    I have a 2015 v6 mustang, will installing these short headers void my warranty

    • The Magnusson Moss Warranty Act: US Code – Title 15, Chapter 50, Sections 2301-2312, was created to protect consumer warranties. According to this act, a manufacturer such as Ford cannot void the warranty of a vehicle due to the use of an aftermarket part unless they can prove the aftermarket part directly cause or contributed to the failure of the vehicle.

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    Do I need a tune file(sct or bama) to use this product?

    • Hello! No tune is necessary for these shorties! But a tune would really add to the performance upgrade and work well with this especially if you have intake and other exhaust mods.

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    Check Engine light? Without a tune will this make my check engine light come on?

    • No these are a direct drop in and will bolt right into place of the factory manifolds without any modifications. And depending on the condition the only thing you will need are new gaskets between the heads and the headers. Just for the record a tuner and Bama tunes will get you all the power that is waiting for you to unlock. It is the easiest best bang for the buck up grade you will ever do for your car.

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    WILL THIS FIT ? Will this short headers fits my Magnaflow Street Catback Exhaust (13-14 V6). Item # 48054. if not what type of header should I be looking for. 2 answers
    Is there any MPG gain? 2 answers
    Will these headers fit with the Flowmaster x-pipe? Or will I have to do some modifications to the pipes to get them to work properly? 1 answer
    Are there any parts I need to connect these headers to my stock exhaust? 1 answer
    Do you guys recommend me getting new gaskets or using the ones in the box or using the ones I already have installed? 1 answer
    I have a 2014 V6. I replaced the stock H pipe with a Ford X pipe. Will these headers (BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (11-17 V6) be a direct bolt on with no additional modification needed? 1 answer
    I have a 2017 mustang ecoboost, will this fit right in with the turbo ? 1 answer
    Do these shorty ceramic headers increase the noise level in the cab? 1 answer
    Can these be used with new OEM gaskets? 1 answer
    Is there enough room/clearance to install with Stage 8 locking bolts intead of the studs? 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.137615 4.1
    • Fit 4.550459 4.6



    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      September 14, 2018

      Bbk shortys

      The shipping was really good, the only problem i had was with the thread where the provided studs go(to connect the collector pipe) they were really bad quality i had a hard time putting them in and when i was tightening up on of the bolts they came off from the header i was really disappointed but other than that these made my car sound better i love the sound now!

      EdwinV

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      September 14, 2018

      Shorty headers

      These things are awesome! Really bring out a nice sound for my V6 with all my other exhaust components

      Atwood

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 10, 2018

      Honest review!

      A increase in low end torque was present as well as a slight increase of power. Only thing I disliked was the finish was kind of bad even after paying the extra 100$ for the ceramic coating.

      EdmondP

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 09, 2018

      BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers

      These Headers are a very nice product. The look a fit is great. Like the video states, the welds could be a little better but they get the job done. The Headers definitely add some nice deep sound through the whole powerband. The idle is a slightly deeper tone. It definitely has a more powerful engine tone and knocks out a good bit of the cyclone rasp. They add a little noticeable bump in the lower RPM acceleration, nothing crazy but noticeable. All that said, the install on these is a pain if you plan on doing it by yourself or with a friend. My first recommendation is put a lot of penetrating oil on every nut you have to take off. It will cut down huge on the install time. Definitely unbolt the starter to reach the passenger side easier. If you don't have professional tools it will be a long process taking off and putting back on the nuts, but it can be done if you have some patience. The four stock nuts for the flange to mid pipe connection come loose with 15mm socket and extension. The BBK nuts for the flange go on with 17 mm socket. The starter comes off with 13mm and 10mm socket. The 12 nuts from the engine to the header come loose and go back tight with 1/2 inch wrench/socket/extension. Overall, this product is well worth it.

      Steven

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 04, 2018

      BBK shorty headers

      Some what time consuming install but managed to do it myself, looks really good sounds and runs great had to clean up threads on the shorty headers to be able to get bolts screwed in.otherwise they are awesome. I did put full day due to trip to Home Depot to get the thread tool And had some breaks to eat etc

      MikaelM

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 01, 2018

      Ready to rev

      I made certain to read every single review about these not only on THIS site but on others. Obviously not everybody is pleased with them. But I am!!! And I’m glad I made the decision to give them a try. They just arrived in great condition and I will make sure to write another review once I have them installed. But they look great. Mine were welded nicely with very smoothed edges. They were packaged in a way they could’ve possibly get damaged and I appreciate that. So far I have the Pedal Commander, KandN air intake.. SCT X4 tuner, and now tomorrow the headers get installed. I know how to do them but I honestly don’t want to lol. I’m having Tuffy Auto do them in North Carolina. $335 but the reputation is a good one and I’d rather pay to play right!

      AbbasA

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      July 29, 2018

      great product

      Did just what it said it was supposed to do. Very happy with, would recommend to anyone!

      LeslieD

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 29, 2018

      Opened throttle

      Not only to the BBK shorty headers look sweet under the hood they perform. I can feel the restriction lifted once I removed the factory manifolds and installed the BBK’s. Installation took approximately 2 hrs each side

      LuisR

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      July 18, 2018

      Keep your expectations in check

      Don't have exact numbers to put down, but even with the stock tune, I've noticed a small bump in performance on the low-end. As a daily driver, it's a pretty nice benefit, since the engine clearly has a little bit more torque to get the car moving from low RPMs. But the install. The install was a tedious process. If you're lucky, the stock flange bolts will unscrew properly from the downpipe. That's not the worst part though. Like some others here, my headers had an exhaust leak between the gasket and header. Turns out that a defect was letting gas leak out from under the gasket's seal, and this is with a new Ford OEM gasket. So I'll have to fix that up with copper gasket sealant... which means taking the header off again...

      ZG

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 09, 2018

      Nice upgrade over stock

      Took all afternoon without a lift but the fit was good. As far as performance you do get a faster throttle response in the low rpm range with the stock tune but nothing too noticeable. Go with these if you do not want the raspy sound in long tube headers, but If you do not care about sound and all you want is power then go with long tubes.

      EdgarS

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      June 28, 2018

      Loving my new headers!

      Just had my new headers installed in my 2011 Ford Mustang and boy does she sound sweet. Great customer service and quality parts.

      AlexJ

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      June 16, 2018

      Great hp increase and sound enhancer

      Easy to install myself with the right tools and some skills increases incredibly the sound the pull back feeling

      JonathanA

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      June 12, 2018

      HEADERS ARE AMAZING

      The headers gave my v6 2013 a deep growl. I can also low end Torq when I launch it. Currently, I got BBK throttle body, BBK CAI , roush axle back, these headers, stock cats, custom h mod pipe. Also a MPT tune

      JixyRS

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      May 20, 2018

      BBK Shorty Headers

      Looks great, nice ceramic coating, and gives you a better sound. All in all a great product!

      WilliamR

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 20, 2018

      Increased performance w/good sound byte

      Overall happy with the product. It delivers what it says it does. Feel the difference with extra tug esp. at lower RPMs. More power; downshifting less these days. Also, it smoothed out some of the droning in my cab. Shorty complements well the stuff I previously got from AmericanMuscle: Roush (KandN..) CAI, BBK throttle body, Roush axleback, and Bama tuner. All worth the money.

      Al

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      May 19, 2018

      Underwhelming

      I have the FRPP Sport axle backs, made by Borla, so word to everyone buying these shorty headers; It all depends what else you have on whether these are worth the investment or not. For some set-ups, they'll give you a better, deeper, throatier sound. For others, you may not get much a difference at all. My set up already sounded deep, so a cold start up after these headers were installed sounded no different. Only under HARD acceleration could you hear the engine breathe and open up. Trouble is, I'm not wide open throttling it everywhere I go. So, you may not get all you are hoping for with these. It's worth the investment if you can do the install yourself. But if you also pay a shop for the install on top of the cost of the headers, you'll feel like it's not a lot of bang for your hard earned buck.

      fade2

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 04, 2018

      bbk ceramic headers

      I installed these headers in 4-1/2 hours could have cut about an hour off if I had a lift and air tools. The passenger side last bottom nut was not as bad as it seemed, I installed the two top end nuts about two threads then use a box end wrench to hold the nut, lift the header out put the nut on the stud then hold the nut with a screwdriver while lifting the header to get the wrench out. the take a cheap wrench and grind the round corners of the open end of the wrench flat makes it easy to get the wrench in and turn took about 5 minutes to tighten the nut. No issues with fit, has good deep sound. My 18 year old son who is no car guy noticed the sound said it sounded better. So far these are good to go.

      Robert

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      April 16, 2018

      Pain in the butt to install

      After 3 days of trial and error, I finally managed to get these on. On startup I had a major exhaust leak, after taking it into a professional shop, the mechanic found that it was leaking where the dump tube meets the downpipe. He straightened it out and welded new flanged onto the headers because the ones they come with are garbage. YOU NEED NEW HARDWARE. Amazon sells locking nuts for ford small blocks, and yes they are expensive ($60), but its very worth it. The old bolts will be very rusted and its not worth the risk. The gasket that BBK sends is trash. Get a pair of OEM gaskets by Ford or Mr. Gasket and your life will be a lot easier. Recommended copper gasket spray before install to prevent leaks. If you choose to go without the locking nuts, at least buy new studs from autozone. $7.99 for bolts and studs. Make sure to re torque the bolts after a couple of heat cycles, and if you're confident, use loctite. The bottom far bolt will be the hardest to install by far, but you will eventually get it if you unbolt the black coolant like spanning the length of the headers. When reinstalling the dump tube to the downpipe, a jack under the cat to push it into place will help. Those suckers are heavy, especially if you're doing it alone. Be patient, and ask for help if needed. (and if there are 2 holes in the BBK logo, its the tack welds that burned through. Muffler patch or EXTREME heat JB weld will patch them up. Don't use normal JB weld or it will bake to powder.

      CameronK

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      March 24, 2018

      Attractive and functional

      Had them installed along with a Borla touring exhaust. Left the H pipe and cats alone. Haven't had anyone not like the sound, and it doesn't intrude on the highway. Not sure there is any big difference in power. Would do it over tomorrow. But, no it doesn't sound like a V8, doesn't really sound like a six anymore either.

      MartinF

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      February 25, 2018

      Awesome

      Noticeable HP Gains and Torque! Sounds great as well!

      Jabari

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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