(approx) a Day
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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
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Technical Notes. These BBK Shorty Headers are CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal.
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(approx) a Day
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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|Header Type:||Short Tube||Finish :||Ceramic|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Standard||Fitment:||2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs|
April 26, 2020
I haven't had it dyno tuned, but it sounds deeper - throatier.Helpful (4)
April 22, 2020
Just ordered these cant wait to get them, supposed to get here today will be doing it over weekendHelpful (3)
April 05, 2020
Nice sound and ok ..once installed- tricky
I read the reviews and did some homework and have been working on cars a long time- these were tougher to install that I thought. Some points to pass along - hope they help someone else - don't attempt these if you are doing a driveway job with basic tools. You need a full set of tools, wrenches sockets lots of angle and swivels and a lift preferably. Could be done on the ground but not for me anymore. If not, save up and I recommend getting them installed- its a tricky job- especially installing right side - the removal is just as you would expect - lots of penetrating oil and take your time. Save the factory metal gaskets (sandwich of 3 per side) - my 2011 is 100,000 mile car and they looked like new. I used them and no leaks - the install, particularly the right side is challenging as the bottom 3 studs and nuts are largely inaccessible - some tips- the bottom right bolt near the firewall, once you get the new stud in, grind off the 5mm hex end so its 1/4 inch shorter. That way so you can get the nut and a wrench on it - otherwise you need to use the force ( for any star wars fans). You won't be getting the nut even on- no room between stud and tubes - Use the factory gaskets and buy new ford studs ( a buck each - 12 total) The right side has a bracket, at least on my 2011, that partially covers the gasket. Remove that so you can salvage the gasket and not bend it. Notch it on the bench grinder slightly once out for an easy install so the bracket doesn't interfere. Looks like a ford engineering oops - take the battery and tray out and swing the starter (2 easy bolts) out of the way - leave the wires hooked up. - Disconnect the upstream right O2 plug as it will be in your way - tie up the pipes good - watch the O2 sensors don't hit the frame when the cats drop - use hi-temp thread lock on the manifold stud nuts and the 4 flange bolts (header to cats) to ensure they stay tight. - don't give up- the right side makes you wonder why they didn't engineer it to allow swivel socket access. Even if a half a HP was lost - its way too tight. Ive done headers before - they are never easy but this one takes the cake. The bottom three - especially the back is brutal. It's an 8th turn at a time all the way in. Open a cold can of something and keep on trucking. You'll eventually get er done. The reward is a great sound - much deeper with my Roush axle backs now. I can tell its breathing well. Hope this helps someone else out there. Product was well packed and damage free - I bought the ceramic and didn't have any rust or weld issues on other posts. Like them now that they're in (whew) .Helpful (5)
February 21, 2020
She's breatin right
The shorties are the third BBK install after the CAI and TB. With using 93 octane gas VERY noticeable power increase. The shorties not so much power, but they do give a deeper exhaust note, even with stock exhaust and an increase in cabin noise under acceleration. The look is the best feature. Personally installed the drivers side had to take to a muffler shop to do the passenger. Stick with the stock gaskets. I added SS nuts to help reduce corrosion. AM was great with accurate and timely deliveryHelpful (3)
February 16, 2020
I got these and they are well worth the money. Install wasn’t too bad, some parts were a bit of a pain, but we got past any issues super quick. It took a total of about 6 hours. I definitely feel more of a throttle response. Also, these headers are a great way to make a V6 sound deeper. I highly recommend themHelpful (3)
January 20, 2020
Very nice sound
2014 V6 w/ CAI, 73mm BBK TB, E3 plugs, and MBRP Axle back. Installed the BBK ceramic Shorty Headers and i am very pleased with the new sound of my engine. It sounds more throaty when on the gas. Although, it does seem a little quieter at idle. I can definitely feel an improved throttle response and slight torque increase as well. I needed to some slight resurfacing as the flange was not completely straight. I opted out of using the provided gaskets. Because the stock gaskets were of better quality. Overall, i am very pleased with the sound and performance these Headers bring.Helpful (6)
September 06, 2019
Lake Performance installed. Awesome look and soundHelpful (4)
July 16, 2019
What is the difference in ceramic and chrome??? I wanna buy this but I want know the difference between these two.Helpful (33)
June 19, 2019
Very hard and expensive install
They give a great amazing tone to the car. Without some headers your car would definitely sound like a stock v6Helpful (4)
June 11, 2019
Not worth it
Had to have two sent out first set was damaged looked used. The next set look poorly made sloppy!!!Helpful (4)
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.
Do the headers come with the OC sencer
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers do not include new O2 Sensors (Sold Separately).
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.
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?
Yes, these headers will bolt up to the Ford Performancex-pipe without any modifications.
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.
The MPG is only slight. MAYBE 1-2 MPG at most. What you do gain is a decent kick in the pants power gain. Don't listen to anyone who says that no shorties make power. These shorties certainly do. Anyone who says shorties make no power have probably never driven a car with them on. You will create more TQ, which does create better mileage for you. Don't fear the shorties and go get 'em! I love mine.
The stock O2 sensors can be used with these headers.
These headers will give you in increased deeper tone.
Yes, they are designed as a direct bolt on so will bolt straight up to your factory mid-pipe with no modifications needed.
Shorty headers usually provide a minor increase in the overall sound of the exhaust.
Shorty headersdo not require a tune or additional parts for install. They will fit with your stock set up as well.
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.
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.
Sure, that wouldn't be a problem. Your catback doesn't directly bolt up to your headers so these Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers would be a great addition to your Mustang.