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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
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    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs
    Will it fit my Mustang?
    • V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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    32 Questions / 8 Answers

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    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?

    FordMike

    • 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.

      VincentV

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

    GregoryE

    • 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.

      AMKody

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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?

    V6Tim

    • 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.

      AMMike

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

    WoosungH

    • 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.

      Ryan H

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

    Brando

    • 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.

      fasteddie64

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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.

    starr

    • 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.

      LisaS

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    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.157303 4.2
    • Fit 4.52809 4.5



    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      January 27, 2018

      awesome performance mod

      I could feel the torque press me against the seat as soon as I took her out on the first drive. This was especially felt around the previously lackluster 2-k range. They made her sound deeper with some gurgle that came after a few hundred miles. Very much like a V8 now. Did not feel much of a power gain in the high RPM range <3.5K, but the added power in the low-mid is exactly what the car needed. I installed these myself, if you have a full day open, a lot of patience, and a decent set of tools this can be done yourself. Soaking the nuts with penetrating lube is a must. The hardest part was figuring out how to reach all the nuts with enough room to loosen/tighten them. Also I needed to grind out a notch on a 13mm/1/2in box wrench to do the final tightening of most of the header nuts. All in all I highly recommend this product, it somehow made the car even more fun to drive.

      Matches

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      January 16, 2018

      Nice headers

      Haven't really noticed a real gain maybe just because already did exhaust and cai.

      PhilL

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      January 15, 2018

      BBK Ceramic tuned length header's

      Great product for the money, high quality made. Fit and finish is excellent quality. If you want great sound improvement and to gain a lot on the lower half of the rpm range as well as noticably better power band all the way to redline then these header's will be a good investment for you. I did a 73mm BBK throttle body at the same time with Ford Racing X-pipe and Roush cold air intake and axle back muffler's already installed. The bolt ons are worth every penny if you want a great sound and nice amount of HP gain from your 3.7 cyclone V6.

      MichaelC

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      January 08, 2018

      A must have!!!

      Makes the 3.7 sound so much better! Definitely feel the torque increase!

      Mike

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      December 11, 2017

      A much more challenging install than I expected

      The description that these are a direct bolt on and should be a relatively worry free install, as well as BBK's advertised promise that "ALL BBK Headers are Pressure tested to ensure leak free performance," turns out to not always be true. The whole installation process has been a pain. The first set of headers I received were clearly not pressure tested and after two weeks of driving around with a weird sputter, my mechanic found that the headers were not completely welded at the collector point and had a gross leak. AM was extremely helpful in finding a solution to this problem for me in a very timely manner. After having the second set installed, I still hear a slight leak but I'll probably be able to take care of that. Once all of that was settled, the headers sound great. I definitely feel more low end power when accelerating and the car sound much deeper and louder, just as I was hoping.

      Namastang

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 11, 2017

      BBK shorty headers

      If you have all the tools it can be done in 3 hours or less.\ Definitely gave it a little more improvement then before I would recommend it.

      RamiroR

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      December 08, 2017

      BBK shorties

      The gainz were there and the sound. Great buy if you wanna build little by little. Diablo tune,Air raid intake, Xpipe, shortie headers =345 Hp

      MiguelG

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      November 30, 2017

      Deep amazing sound!!!

      These headers are definitely worth the price if you want an amazing deep sound from your exhaust! As in performance I would say I definitely felt the throttle response and more low end torque from 1.5k- 3k! I would recommend it 100

      Alex

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 1/5

      November 23, 2017

      Could not use not flat edge on engine

      Received 2 sets after sending the first set back. Both sets were not able to seal on engine. 2 strikes your out

      nothappy2011

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      November 08, 2017

      Amazing

      Buy it now. Amazing gains. More like end torque. More power. Nicer sound. What more can you ask for

      Bigmikedizzle

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      October 16, 2017

      Headers

      Sound amazing with My Custom 2.5 inch H pipe, All the way out No Muffs Or Resonators..

      Rey

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 03, 2017

      BBK Ceramic tuned length

      After spending about 6 hours putting these headers In, I'm very pleased with the preformance gains along with the sound. I don't know how much HP or torque I gained but I definitely feel it with every time i push the pedal dow.

      Darkstar485

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 01, 2017

      Great help

      First time installing headers and it was very simple and on point.Make sure to oil down all screws.. I have also installed roush axle backs and jlt cai.BBK help with deeper sound and flow.

      KristiD

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 29, 2017

      Makes the car sound different

      Love the new sound and can't really tell the hp difference due to not having a tune yet but I'll update it soon

      JesusT

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 23, 2017

      They are on!

      I finally got around to installing these. I read forum after forum post on these to find the most tips I could for install. The install took 4 hours to do with no issues. You read how tight everything is but until you see it you have no idea. There is one nut that will seem impossible to tighten but it can be done. Since installing the headers I have noticed an increase in power in the early RPMs. The sound of my exhaust is wonderful. I have the Roush axle backs which had a little bit of drone in the low RPMs on my car. This cleared that up and really rounded out the sound. It’s got more of a raw sound to it than before. It still sounds like a V6 but now it sounds like a mean, raw V6. I am happy all around. I do not regret it and recommend it if you are serious about your exhaust sound.

      BrandonA

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 23, 2017

      My Stang Breathed a Sigh of Relief

      If you want your V6 to sound like a "real" muscle car, you HAVE to get these BBK Headers. When I bought my used 2013 V6 Mustang in that gorgeous Candy Apple Red Metallic, it was bone stock. Since then, I've added Flowmaster 40's, a Ford Performance X Pipe, AIRAID CAI, a throttle enhancer, and now, the BBK Ceramic Tuned Shorty Headers. I waited to write the review until I had gone to the track and run the car at Bandimere Speedway, home to the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals. So here it is: A. The car sounds awesome. Gone is the raspy tuner sound. It rumbles with a "healthy" growl. At 2500-4000 rpm it just makes me smile. B. It MOVES faster, so much so, with all that's been done to it, I've shaved 6/10 of a second off my ¼ mile ET. Down from the mid to low 16's to mid to high 15's depending on atmospherics. C. Keep in mind, we race at over 5800 feet ABOVE sea level. Sea level performance will be much better. We have 30 less air up here. D. What's left you ask? 3.73 gears to replace the anemic 2.73 factory stock gears, along with Posi Traction so I can say bye bye to one turn burns. A BBK 73mm Throttle Body to replace the stock throttle body. An aluminum solid drive shaft. And last, but certainly not least, a BAMA 93 Octane Race tune to tie it all together. My guess is that I will wind up in the mid to high 14's when all said and done and able to take on V8 4.6L GT's; Dodge Challengers, and Camaros, and put them on the trailer. Again, WE RACE AT ALTITUDE. I would love to see this thing run at sea level. Ramona, here I come. We just wrapped up our race season last night, so, it's a winter of mods to be done over time before April of next year when we pick it up again. Now, for the install. As everyone has said, be prepared for a PITA install. I had Exhaust Pros in Aurora, CO do the work and it cost me $350. It took them 6 hours. They do excellent and meticulous work so it was well worth the cost. I have to take it back in after 500 miles for them to tighten anything that may have come loose. All in all, between the Flowcasters, X Pipe and these headers, this pony sounds mean with a deep growl and no raspy high pitched tuner sound. At idle, it just does a low groan rumble. And as I said, listening to this machine go through the range, it makes me just smile.

      JohnS

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 06, 2017

      3.7 bbk shortys

      Fit up is great I got the ceramic coated headers, installed them by myself I removed the starter and battery box gives enough room. They Look great and well made. Give yourself an afternoon to install d/s is the easiest I started all the nuts first the the started the two down pipe flange bolts then did p/s then finally tightened everything up

      Jeff

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 13, 2017

      3.7L F150

      Actually had these installed on my F-150 w/ 3.7L V6. I had already done a cold air intake system on it and a 3in Magnaflow catback exhaust. Once I put these headers on sounded way better. Had them for about 6 months now and the ceramic is great no rust etc.

      ManuelB

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      August 12, 2017

      My first Mod.

      Awesome service, took a bit long to arrive, but it was a holiday so no problem there. I have BBK CAI and Roush Axlebacks and these shorties by far deepened the sound of the car, not to mention the small power gain in the low RPMs. I highly recommend these headers for your setup.

      RoushRS

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      August 11, 2017

      PAIR THEM UP!

      The bbk shorty headers by themselves do not offer much horsepower, but putting other parts with the shorty headers allows you to feel the gains. We have the roush axle backs, flowmaster x pipe, and a roush cold air inatake along with the headers and the car sounds amazing, and feels amazing! Going to throw on a tune for the first time in a couple of weeks, so I can't wait for that!

      SK

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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