(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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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 (0)
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 (0)
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 (1)
September 06, 2019
Lake Performance installed. Awesome look and soundHelpful (0)
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 (18)
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 (0)
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 (1)
June 06, 2019
Review Part 2 of 2 (Chrome version follow up)
*Following up from my initial review on the Chrome variant of these headers from BBK* The Ceramic headers are much better product all around and because of the ceramic coating, there is better heat retention which provides it's own benefits. In regards to the install, with access to a car lift and a plethora of tools, still takes longer than an hour. Although the install is straight forward, it's the maneuvering you have to do, both, under and above the car with limited amounts of space that causes delays and issues. If you are going to attempt this install yourself make sure you leave yourself 2 full days in the event something goes wrong. You're looking at approximately 6 hours of your day going into this project unless you bring it to an actual shop where, hopefully, the mechanics there have a decent amount of experience dealing with this sort of thing. Overall, this is a nice piece of hardware for the 3.7L V6, and it gives the car a deeper exhaust note. Although there are performance gains, you will only get the most out of these headers with a tune despite what the guys over at BAMA will tell you.Helpful (6)
June 01, 2019
Not for the faint of heart...
So I’m an amateur when it comes to wrenching on cars. I grew up changing my own oil, replacing radiators, rotating tires, and replacing things like water pumps. I figured “hey, if the instructions say I can do it with simple hand tools, a jack and a couple stands, a few hours, friends and beers, I figured, why not save the money I’d pay a shop and do it myself? So I called a buddy over with an impact wrench and some deep wells, borrowed a bigger jack and got to work! Install honestly wasn’t so difficult as it was time consuming. I would absolutely recommend buddying up for this as you’ll have difficulty alone if you don’t have all the right tools. The hardest part was removing the old exhaust manifold as the nuts and studs were rusted on with plenty of junk in the threads. Heavily recommend using liquid wrench and a stud extractor or small socket to remove and clean them before installation of the headers. Only reason it took me two days and over 7 hours was due to the lack of correct tools, the rust, and the size of my large hands! Having two people definitely made for good company and faster work from the top AND bottom at the same time. After it was all said and done, definitely noticed a bump in the low end torque and power, and slightly deeper exhaust note. Will definitely be a great supporting mod for everything else I have planned. Recommend the ceramic for better heat extraction.Helpful (6)
May 19, 2019
Can definitely feel a big difference over stock but I also had a Lethal Performance catless H pipe installed at the same time with stock mufflers and was very raspy. So I got a set of Magnaflow mufflers installed which removed most of the rasp and gave a nice deep tone but still get some rasp on hard acceleration and drone about 3000 rpm and I'm hoping that quiets down over time. Just need to do some data logging and get MPT to update my tune. Every thing came boxed perfectly and had zero issues with quality, finish or fit. I also purchased from Ford new studs, nuts and gaskets for headers for about $70 and would recommend. Total install by Rare Fab in West Palm Beach about 4 hoursHelpful (2)
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.
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.
These install directly to the stock x pipe, so as long as your x pipe is stock, or has the same fitment, you'll be good to go.
(approx) a Day
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|Header Type:||Short Tube||Finish :||Ceramic|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Standard||Fitment:||2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs|